Tuesday, January 28, 2003

SOTU Quick Analysis-I just got done watching/listening to the State of the Union, part of it at our church Home Group and part on the way home. Some highlights (1) Saddam's a** is grass, and Dubya's the lawnmower. Colin Powell will pull an Adlai Stevenson next Wednesday, laying out the case before the UN. That gives the US a week to twist arms (2) Dubya was playing well with our evangelical crowd. A move to ban partial-birth abortion went over well, but the part that got the most hoots was in a plug for more faith-based spending was that there was "power, wonder-working power" in faith. That was a play to an old hymn "There is power, power, wonder-working power, in the blood of the Lamb." [Update 11:35-Suzanna caught the reference and got the lyrics] (3) John Kerry looked like a total dork. The NBC camera was on him during a good applause line on getting the boys and girls of Afghanistan to school, and he gave about the wimpyist clap possible. It would have been better for him not to clap at all, like a stone-faced John (Doctors in the Hands of an Angry Trial Lawyer) Edwards when malpractice insurance reforms were mentioned. There was plenty of pork there and a lot of financial data that will have to wait 'til morning to digest, but I'd give him a solid A- for the evening. [Update 11:40-Ruffini's got the play-by-play, including the 29,984 line; The only thing keeping me from ROFL on that one was the fact that I was driving.]

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