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Who Will Give the GOP's State-of-the-Union Response?
The Atlantic ^ | 1-21-11 | staff

Posted on 01/21/2011 7:01:55 AM PST by Brookhaven

It's one of the most treasured spotlights -- and one of the most thankless tasks -- in American politics. For one night this year, a Republican will become the face of the party and offer a response to the president of the United States after he delivers the State of the Union address.

The spotlight is intense; despite the fact that the response gets a far smaller audience than the president's address, it's still watched by everyone in Washington, and by millions more around the country. It can highlight a rising star in the GOP, like last year's address in which Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell shone. Or it can be easily mocked for one outstanding feature; think of the parodies of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance, or of then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's seemingly independent eyebrow.

The honor comes with a requirement not unlike the Hippocratic oath: Above all, just don't screw up.

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Do you think the GOP old-guard would allow Palin to do it? Nah, bu it would be great. Watching the PDS media lose it and totally forget about President Obama's speech.


1 posted on 01/21/2011 7:01:56 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: Brookhaven

If I was picking, it would be either Paul Ryan or Rubio. I would prefer Ryan because he can just pick apart the BS out of Obama’s mouth in a way few can. He’s the easiest to listen to wonk in recent history. Rubio is the easy choice politically, but he’s a newbie and really would only be able to answer platitudes with our own platitudes.


2 posted on 01/21/2011 7:04:27 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: Brookhaven

They really shouldn’t give a response. Nobody watches responses and there are nothing but potential downsides to giving it.


3 posted on 01/21/2011 7:05:29 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Brookhaven

Let that witch, Murky, do it.


4 posted on 01/21/2011 7:06:43 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: ilgipper

If I was picking, it would be either Paul Ryan or Rubio.

I like these two. I would like Alan West as well.


5 posted on 01/21/2011 7:07:45 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: marstegreg

Ryan, Allen West, or even Chris Christie.


6 posted on 01/21/2011 7:08:25 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Brookhaven

PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 01/21/2011 7:08:36 AM PST by Mr. K (There are 10 types of people those who know BINARY and those who don't)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

They really shouldn’t give a response.

I’ll second that. It’s a waste of time - except it gives libs something to make fun of. Has there ever been anything good that’s come from one of these?

If we MUST have one, how about Congressman Joe Wilson - with a two word limit.


8 posted on 01/21/2011 7:09:13 AM PST by crescen7 (game on)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
That's an interesting take, just don't give a response.

I suppose you are right, there are at least as many downsides as upsides. If nothing else, instead of a "response" it should be what the GOP would propose instead.


9 posted on 01/21/2011 7:09:25 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Reportedly Christe turned down the opportunity.


10 posted on 01/21/2011 7:10:09 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: Brookhaven

Paul Ryan or Allen West! Either one would be great!


11 posted on 01/21/2011 7:12:17 AM PST by Castigar
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To: Brookhaven

Rock ‘em and sock ‘em with Bachmann.


12 posted on 01/21/2011 7:12:31 AM PST by incredulous joe
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To: Brookhaven

Nobody is going to be in the mood to give a rebuttal, not after holding hands for an hour and helping Obama with his rehabilitation program.


13 posted on 01/21/2011 7:15:45 AM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: K-Stater

That’s too bad. I don’t know if his formidable PR skills transfer to a televised speech or not, but the Big Man can work a room like few other politicians I’ve ever seen. He’s got that great combination of preparation with facts, unflappability, and straight no-nonsense talk that really works.

He’d be too liberal for me to ever vote for as President, but man, would I love to see him be Press Secretary. Verbal beatdowns, Soprano-style, issued daily.

}:-)4


14 posted on 01/21/2011 7:18:06 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ryan, Allen West, or even Chris Christie.

OOOOHHHhhhh!! I forgot all about Christie..That would be an awesome.


15 posted on 01/21/2011 7:18:48 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: Brookhaven

Was Palin’s speech intrinsically disaterous? I thought everything she said was right on the mark.

But she can’t deliver the Republican Response speech because that would be a huge endorsement for by politicians that are not ready to endorse her.

Heck, how about Jeb Bush?


16 posted on 01/21/2011 7:18:56 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: incredulous joe

Bachman would be great! They hate her so much it would drive them totally bonkers.

She’s a tough well-spoken pol.


17 posted on 01/21/2011 7:19:20 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: ilgipper

Good choices. I would pick Ryan this year and Rubio for 2012 just for the reasons you give. Ryan knows the budget issues and Rubio is a good political figure who can have an influence on the 2012 elections.


18 posted on 01/21/2011 7:19:29 AM PST by kabar
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To: K-Stater

Cucinelli of Virginia - he’s making them cry here.


19 posted on 01/21/2011 7:20:50 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Brookhaven

My first thought was Paul Ryan. He can lay out exactly what was BS about Obama’s speech and present a real alternative. He knows what he’s talking about, and it shows.

On the other hand, just for giggles, I’d like to see Issa up there going over a list of investigations...


20 posted on 01/21/2011 7:21:10 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Brookhaven
The guy (Middle, far right) with the "What a lying, arrogant, narcissistic, and ignorant snob" look on his face.



Screw protocol, the SOTU address should be a hecklers den in response to the lying and disingenuous speech regurgitated by one person (Repub Pres. included). Don't like it, do the manipulative lecturing in writing.
21 posted on 01/21/2011 7:22:13 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Brookhaven

I could care less about the GOP response since I know that they don’t really mean anything they will say in it. And the party poo-bahs certainly won’t let Sarah do it. They missed their boat with her this time last year.


22 posted on 01/21/2011 7:22:24 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: rollo tomasi

Oh boy, dyslexia kicking in, (Middle, far left), not right, LOL.


23 posted on 01/21/2011 7:24:20 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Chris Christie went to the head communist dinner, Tom Marr was right he caved.


24 posted on 01/21/2011 7:26:20 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (YOU BETCHA!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

How about somebody that’s not elected.....like, say, Herman Cain.


25 posted on 01/21/2011 7:26:38 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Brookhaven
What is Sarah Palin Doing During State of the Union?
26 posted on 01/21/2011 7:27:39 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Castigar

Allen West would be perfect. The Rats have been clubbing us over the head with the “first black President” meme for years...OK, then, you want to play identity politics? Fine. Here’s a black man, a 22-year Army veteran, who is a staunch conservative and can speak rings around Obama. West is a fantastic orator and he doesn’t need a Teleprompter to do it.

}:-)4


27 posted on 01/21/2011 7:29:41 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Brookhaven

Only if they really cared more about the country than their own sorry a$$es and we know that is not the case. Would be spectacular to watch the libs go crazy. I have no doubt, if given the chance, she would shine and inspire.


28 posted on 01/21/2011 7:32:30 AM PST by Josephat
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To: Clint N. Suhks

That really surprised me. I heard that even Boehner and McConnell abstained.


29 posted on 01/21/2011 7:32:54 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Moose4

I like your thinking. What’s the rest of your administration look like?


30 posted on 01/21/2011 7:35:34 AM PST by Josephat
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Christe has turned into a louse.
He’s good on the economics, and DEAD WRONG on EVERYTHING ELSE.


31 posted on 01/21/2011 7:35:57 AM PST by Flintlock
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To: Brookhaven

I’m hoping for Michelle Bachmann. She has a pleasingly sharp tongue, and tends to make liberals froth.


32 posted on 01/21/2011 7:38:08 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ilgipper

bttt


33 posted on 01/21/2011 7:40:08 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Trent Lott on Tea Party candidates: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them" 7/19/10)
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To: Brookhaven

Governor Palin would be the best choice, unifying the party.
We’re in sore need of unification.

An off- ball but productive choice would be that cable (CNBC?) financial commentator!


34 posted on 01/21/2011 7:41:43 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“They really shouldn’t give a response.”

Excellent idea. It would be like when Hussein flicked off an imaginary piece of dust from his shoulder to signify insignificance. Hussein is insignificant. His speech will be insignificant. Priebus should say, “Nobody listened; it’s impossible to prepare an appropriate response.”


35 posted on 01/21/2011 7:44:27 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: Brookhaven

Palin gave a great response on the libel attacks regarding the shooting in Arizona.

She is more a recognized face of the GOP than anyone else.


36 posted on 01/21/2011 7:48:33 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: Brookhaven

Bachman!!!!!!!


37 posted on 01/21/2011 7:56:02 AM PST by crazydad
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To: ilgipper

I’d say Ryan. He’s point man on the budget and that is THE issue.


38 posted on 01/21/2011 7:59:08 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Brookhaven

If Sarah Palin gives the rebuttal, there will be more people watching the rebuttal than the original Obama speech.


39 posted on 01/21/2011 8:06:46 AM PST by eCSMaster (My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.)
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To: Brookhaven
It should be an elected official... so Michelle Bachman is the answer.

LLS

40 posted on 01/21/2011 8:06:46 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: rollo tomasi
In that case, I choose Darrell Issa!
41 posted on 01/21/2011 8:07:58 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: frposty

Jeb Bush??????? Might as well let colon powell do it.

LLS


42 posted on 01/21/2011 8:09:27 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Brookhaven; All
Mike Allen of Politico just tweeted this:

playbook crowdsourcing works! We're told PAUL RYAN will deliver GOP State of Union response, to send msg trimming federal budget is priority
43 posted on 01/21/2011 8:16:19 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Brookhaven

It’s about leadership and guts....Bachman or Palin!!


44 posted on 01/21/2011 8:18:01 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: Brookhaven
Marco Rubio.

Listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1XGXFufq14

http://www.marcorubio.com/issues/

45 posted on 01/21/2011 8:21:16 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Brookhaven
Do you think the GOP old-guard would allow Palin to do it?

Ummm... we need a reprieve from Palin for a while.

46 posted on 01/21/2011 8:23:51 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: kabar
Yup. We need some fresh faces. Some of those mentioned have been in our faces non-stop for too long.
47 posted on 01/21/2011 8:27:02 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64

Just announced that Ryan will do it.


48 posted on 01/21/2011 8:28:41 AM PST by kabar
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To: ilgipper

Since Ryan would have Obama’s speech in hand, he needs to play off that. Obama CAN”T deal with specifics, aways sermonizes. Ryan could puncture every balloon. The main thing is to say that Obamacare has divided the country and that if the President insists on ignoring the strong opposition to it he will create even more turmoil. A leader who does not listen cannot lead.


49 posted on 01/21/2011 8:32:37 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: kabar
Just announced that Ryan will do it.

Excellent!

Ryan is a smart, young, quick, summa-beach who can rip Obama's words to shreds. He'll bring a fresh toughness to the stage that many have not seen, and quite frankly, I'm weary of The Twins right now.

50 posted on 01/21/2011 8:33:47 AM PST by Cobra64
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