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: