Skip to comments.Who Will Give the GOP's State-of-the-Union Response?
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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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.
They really shouldn’t give a response. Nobody watches responses and there are nothing but potential downsides to giving it.
Let that witch, Murky, do it.
If I was picking, it would be either Paul Ryan or Rubio.
I like these two. I would like Alan West as well.
Ryan, Allen West, or even Chris Christie.
They really shouldnt 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.
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.
Reportedly Christe turned down the opportunity.
Paul Ryan or Allen West! Either one would be great!
Rock ‘em and sock ‘em with Bachmann.
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.
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.
Ryan, Allen West, or even Chris Christie.
OOOOHHHhhhh!! I forgot all about Christie..That would be an awesome.
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?
Bachman would be great! They hate her so much it would drive them totally bonkers.
She’s a tough well-spoken pol.
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.
Cucinelli of Virginia - he’s making them cry here.
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...
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.
Oh boy, dyslexia kicking in, (Middle, far left), not right, LOL.
Chris Christie went to the head communist dinner, Tom Marr was right he caved.
How about somebody that’s not elected.....like, say, Herman Cain.
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.
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.
That really surprised me. I heard that even Boehner and McConnell abstained.
I like your thinking. What’s the rest of your administration look like?
Christe has turned into a louse.
He’s good on the economics, and DEAD WRONG on EVERYTHING ELSE.
I’m hoping for Michelle Bachmann. She has a pleasingly sharp tongue, and tends to make liberals froth.
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!
“They really shouldnt 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.”
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.
I’d say Ryan. He’s point man on the budget and that is THE issue.
If Sarah Palin gives the rebuttal, there will be more people watching the rebuttal than the original Obama speech.
Jeb Bush??????? Might as well let colon powell do it.
It’s about leadership and guts....Bachman or Palin!!
Ummm... we need a reprieve from Palin for a while.
Just announced that Ryan will do it.
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.
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.