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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Democratic Rebuttal

The Democrats actually scored a run against the Republicans this time around. To rebut the President's State of the Union speech, the Democrats chose newly elected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. This was a smart choice because Kaine is not a nationally known figure. He is not someone who will immediately polarize the viewers. He has just won in a state normally considered a red state, and he is now governor of what is considered the best run state in the country. Kaine gave a very effective, non offensive speech. The tone was upbeat, one that proposes another way (even though Democrats have not articulated any such thing). His catch beat phrase "there's a better way" was delivered not as a separate sentence, but as an addition to the previous sentence, giving it an intonation that in itself sounded hopeful. He came across as very likeable, not offensively critical, but firm in his critiques. Reaction to his critiques of the Bush Administration probably were received better than if they would have been delivered by Hillary Clinton. All in all, he was a good choice to deliver the Democrats a run in the second inning of a nine inning game ending in the November Congressional elections. But remember, Democrats know how to lose games that anybody else would have won.

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