Quick. Name the four responders to President Obama’s State of the Union/Joint addresses to Congress. (The first one is not considered to be formal State of the Union.) Give up? I could only remember Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell so I had to look them up.
2009 – Bobby Jindal in an address remembered for his Kenneth the Page imitation. If he ever decides to run for President, this will haunt him.
2010 – Bob McDonnell the governor of Virginia who tried to rectify Jindal’s mistakes by giving his speech in the Virginia State House before a live hand-picked audience. And then he became known as Governor Ultrasound and his Presidential chances disappeared.
2011 – Paul Ryan. Representative Ryan did run for higher office tied to Mitt and, as we know, they lost. He is young and maybe can run again someday if the Tea Party ever gains firm control over the Republican Party.
2012 – Mich Daniels, governor of Indiana. This was supposed to be a stepping stone to the Presidential nomination. Didn’t happen.
So this year we have Marco Rubio giving the response in English and in Spanish (so we are told). He is trying to position himself as the young, fresh face for a 2016 run for the Presidency. I have alread heard some Republican consultants saying he’s young and Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are old and that is good for the Republicans. But State of the Union responders don’t have a very good track record, so we shall see.
Go to this link to see a short video of memorable moments.
- Who is Bobby Jindal, really? (tv.msnbc.com)
- The Republican response to the State of the Union: Boon or bane? (cbsnews.com)
- Forbes, Kaine to sit together at State of the Union (wtvr.com)
- So much for shedding the ‘stupid party’ label (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
- Does Television Really Need to Cover Two Responses To the State Of The Union? (daily-download.com)
- Morning Joe Previews State Of The Union With Look At How ‘Tone Deaf’ GOP Makes ‘People Feel Unwelcome’ (mediaite.com)