Clearly the 100,000 lb. gorilla (as Tom Brokaw put it) is Iraq and I would expect the Democratic response delivered by Senator Webb to address this.
Similar (and somewhat unfortunately for those of you trying to decipher my comments) to my rambling post of the President's speech, I will do the same for the response.
Did Jim Webb play football? He has that look.
Webb mentions New Orleans. Did President Bush mention New Orleans and I missed it?
The two areas that the parties disagree on most: How we see health of the economy and foreign policy--meaning how we might bring the war in Iraq to a proper end and how we deal with terrorism.
When did the response to the SOTU begin? Has this always been the case?
Webb is a decent speaker and seems to be using the right words (tone, trust, right, and reason).
I guess I didn't know that Webb's father was involved in the Berlin airlift. Nor did I know Webb had a son in Iraq and he served in Vietnam. Do other members of Congress have children serving in Iraq?
The leaders owe us sound judgement, clear thinking, etc. in regard to war and peace. And the nation is "held hostage by the predictable (and predicted) disarray" that has come with Iraq. We need a new direction--immediate shift toward regionally based diplomacy. I'm not sure exactly what this means but on the surface it certainly sounds manageable.
Is Webb an historian? Any historical training? He sure knows a lot (or his speechwriter does). Has anyone else noticed that over time (and debacle) we are nicer and nicer to President Eisenhower?
The Democrats are calling on the President to take control of these two issues that really divide Congress.
"If he does, we'll join him. If he does not, we'll be showing him the way."
Senator Webb has a done a very nice job for a first timer and someone that we aren't really sure where to "peg" in the party in terms of ideologically. When that centrist committee gets together--the one that will no doubt include Joe Leiberman and possibly still McCain, here is a man that should join them. I think that Jim Webb was the right guy for this response. He wasn't emotional as some senators may have been, he doesn't have a history with this president, as many leaders of the Democratic party do. And he's an up and coming force to be dealt with. What he said tonight is going to matter not just in terms of his career, but the party's future. Jim Webb, job well done.