Wait a minute. Why is Obama giving his own response to the SOTU? Didn’t Sebelius already say everything for him? He sounds surprisingly combative and not very “post-partisan.” Obama pushes back on the rhetoric about the “surge,” insisting on holding the administration accountable for its claims that progress on the Iraqi political track was the purpose of the “surge.” On this he is entirely right–it is the only thing he is right about–but he doesn’t talk about this nearly often enough. The “politics of fear” also make a guest appearance. He rehashes many of the points from his South Carolina victory speech.
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