Monday, December 22, 2014

Fire and water

Dem passion, GOP thirst

Fire and water

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool)
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool) AP

President Obama seasoned his 6,500-word State of the Union address/laundry list of federal stimuli with oratory that sometimes soared. His "they deserve a vote" riffery on behalf of Newtown massacre and other gun violence victims was moving and memorable.

But Republican reactions were forgettable and oddly...parched.

Sweaty, would-be GOP savior Marco Rubio's penchant for thirst-quenching during his SOTU response?

And that Republican hack who brought a dried-up rocker and firearms fetishist as his date?

Bad, bad optics.

But the evening's un-congeniality prize surely goes to House Speaker John Boehner, whose tone-deaf sitdown during the standing ovation for venerable voter Desiline Victor was worthy of Chris Brown.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
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