Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:41 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to “middle-class” values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it.

“A Bold Call to Action, Even if No Action is Likely,” read one headline. And below it: “Obama Speaks as Though His Party Won the Midterms.” Both headlines hail, not from a conservative rag, but from the New York Times.

“Watching an emboldened Mr. Obama, it would have been easy to forget that he was standing there just two months after the biggest electoral repudiation of his presidency. Indeed, with economic indicators on the rise and his own poll numbers rebounding slightly, he made no reference at all to the midterm elections, offered no concessions about his own leadership and proposed no compromises to accommodate the political reality,” wrote Times reporter Peter Baker.

I quote the Times because, if I wrote what Baker wrote some Chronicle readers would yelp; they would cry foul, and see only sour grapes and knee-jerk opposition. A confident Obama, unbowed and crowing he won in 2008 and 2012, was good, clean fun for the liberal base.

But what does the rest of America get out of this bluster? Bupkis.

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