PostPartisan: State of the Union


Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The GOP still doesn’t get it

The Republican Party knows it has a problem attracting a broader electorate. And yet it keeps doing things to make people question its sincerity about reaching out to new voters.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, State of the Union

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/29/2014

With a skillful tone, Obama’s SOTU speech exceeded expectations

People disillusioned by the president might want to take a second look.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Democrats, economy, President Obama, Republicsans, State of the Union

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/29/2014

No, Michael Grimm is a thug

“What’s the definition of a thug? Really?” asked Richard Sherman last week.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Grimm, Race, State of the Union

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The Insiders: The only surprise was that there were no surprises in the State of the Union address

President Obama’s State of the Union address was more of the same liberal Democratic policies that kill jobs and stall economic growth.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, inequality, SOTU, State of the Union, taxes, The Insiders

Posted at 01:14 AM ET, 01/29/2014

What Obama didn’t say on the Affordable Care Act

The president needed to talk about how he messed up.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:14 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, State of the Union

Posted at 12:34 AM ET, 01/29/2014

A thumbs up for Obama and the State of the Union

President Obama was long on warmth and mercifully short on wonkery. And he did this by weaving his call for a “year of action” on behalf of the American people with the stories of the American people.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:34 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s best State of the Union speech

Apparently none of the commentators who’ve been saying his presidency is on its last legs bothered to let him know.

By Eugene Robinson  |  12:07 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Turning State of the Union into a sideshow

Robertson’s presence adds to the carnival-like atmosphere now enveloping what should be a sober occasion.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/27/2014

How Obama’s SOTU speech can be memorable

By Carter Eskew  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Obamacare, President Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 01/27/2014

The Insiders: Democrats would rather not have a State of the Union speech

How will vulnerable Democrats on the ballot in 2014 react to the president’s predictable references to Obamacare in his State of the Union speech?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:57 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2014, State of the Union, The Insiders

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Obama's welcomed 'pivot' back to Europe

Obama's State of the Union address made clear that Europe remains a priority for the United States.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:39 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama won't win the ideological battle -- just as Reagan didn't

Presidents don't change ideology. But if Obama and the Democrats implement policies that work, they'll have done something more important.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:58 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, State of the Union

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Five reasons why Obama is right to push for a higher minimum wage

The president's call for a $9 minimum wage is a good start for many reasons.

By James Downie  |  02:02 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, minimum wage, State of the Union

Posted at 12:27 AM ET, 02/13/2013

In State of the Union, Obama threatens Congress on climate change

On climate change, that's a good thing.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  12:27 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A visual statement of progress, followed by the same old story

How remarkable that an African American and the child of Cuban immigrants would bring us the state of the union.

By Eugene Robinson  |  11:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Marco Rubio, State of the Union

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union: Immigration, reframed

The most significant development of the State of the Union address was President Obama's decision not to use the immigration issue as a partisan wedge.

By Michael Gerson  |  11:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, immigration, State of the Union

Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's message: 'We can fix this'

It was a muscular, confident speech that took simple themes and elevated them to a broad message that the the country's problems, as difficult as they are, are still soluble.

By David Ignatius  |  11:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama talks poverty, but .

Advocates wanted President Obama to say a word about poverty, but he didn't say the magic words they wanted to hear.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:26 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Tweeting the State of the Union

Welcome to The Washington Post Opinions team's State-of-the-Union watch party. We know we have a lot of competition for your attention tonight. It's Mardi Gras! And they'll be awarding Best in Show at Westminster! But if you stay with us, you'll find out tonight what all the pundits will be talking about tomorrow.

By Marisa Bellack  |  06:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, State of the Union

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union 2013 drinking game

Take five drinks if he points to a polar bear in the audience to illustrate the importance of global warming.

By Alexandra Petri and Stephen Stromberg  |  05:52 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013

What a State of the Union does do -- and can't do

No, presidents can't change the course of the nation by finding the right words. But the annual speech is important, nonetheless.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Don't focus on the deficit, Mr. President

Jobs must be his central topic in the State of the Union.

By James Downie  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Deficit, economy, federal reserve, janet yellen, State of the Union

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Ted Nugent's Capitol offense

The repugnant rocker will be at tonight's address and we have an attention-seeking member of Congress to thank for it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, Ted Nugent

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 02/12/2013

A tale of two State of the Union speeches

President Obama won't have much to say in his speech, but Sen. Marco Rubio needs to be careful in his.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:09 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, jobs, Marco Rubio, State of the Union

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/11/2013

A word about poverty in State of the Union

Obama's use of poverty and poor would be the thunderclap of attention needed to renew efforts to do something about it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Head games before the State of the Union

Depending on who's talking, the president is preparing to be aggressively partisan or fiscally pragmatic.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union, The Insiders