I love the West Wing. And it is still relevant too – Introducing the Big Block of Cheese day!
My best nonpartisan thoughts? The President was feisty and I enjoyed his promise to exercise executive powers to bypass Congress on issues the White House strongly supports. Whether or not his promises to amount to anything is another story. The speech is sure to piss people off, which won’t help cooperation. Humor was good this year and thankfully no singing but I am unhappy with some of the claims of working with states and others on topics like marriage equality. In reality Obama and the White House have often come down soft on many issues and worked through a more passive support role.
The GOP response – well, in traditional fashion it basically said the same things but from a “the other party does not know how to do it right but we do” fashion. However, this might be the corniest thing I have seen in years. Also, why do I need to know about your entire family history? Woman, working background, do-it-yourself-er, mother, wife of a soldier…if only you were young, Queer, and Latina and the GOP would hit all their targets.
Honestly, no. but then I saw this headline “What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe.” What does happen? Here a quick account of such a situation from a regular guy (he might be an editor for The Atlantic, but he covers technology, not PUTUS)
Check out this quiz. It is obviously not perfect but I think it does an excellent job in that it provides more than just false dichotomies and allows you to mark how important each issue is to you. You can even write in your own answers, although this of course reduces accuracy. Are you surprised by your results? Did you look up more information about the topics after taking the quiz? Are you proud of your results, or do you a little embarrassed by your results?
I encourage you to take the quiz and share both your results and thoughts in a comment here.
Also, food for thought: look at the candidate maps on the homepage. I find it interesting that Romney has almost no “strong” states despite the fact that in reality this race in going to be between only Obama and Romney…