On Twitter, politicians and pundits unmoved by Obama’s Syria speech

September 11, 2013

President Obama may have intended to refocus the country's policy on Syria last night, but the reaction on Twitter, at least, was a whole lot of "meh."

Pundits and journalists across the political spectrum dismissed Obama’s embrace of a diplomatic approach as merely the best of several bad options. Meanwhile, several members of Congress tweeted that the speech had done nothing to change their views.

Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Fl.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), an outspoken critic of Syrian strikes and a prolific tweeter, were among the decided members of Congress who repeated their opposition to intervention in Syria.

More positive responses to the president’s speech came, predictably, from Democrats -- including some Democrats who are undecided or leaning no on strikes. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) are undecided, per the Post’s latest counts. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is leaning no.

Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, may have summed up the reaction best:

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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