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Obama’s contradictory message

The president is suffering from a cognitive dissonance overload.

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

If you listen carefully tonight to the State of the Union address you can spot some or all of these (and you might find some of your own):

The decade of war is over but we face threats from new regions but we are reducing by half our troops in Afghanistan but our troops deserve our support but we need taxes or the axe will fall on the Defense Department.


I’m pivoting to jobs and the economy but let’s talk about other things.


The debt isn’t really a problem, but we need to hike taxes.


The economy is much improved, but we have lots of unemployed but we can solve this by another stimulus, but it will get different results than the last time around.


The Republicans haven’t done anything on immigration but their plan is no good but mine is not going to get hung up on border security but the GOP needs to work together to do it my way.


I said I support gay marriage when I ran for president (this time) but then I said it was really a states’ issue but then I brought it up in the inaugural address but then my spokesman said there was nothing to it but then if I haven’t already disrupted immigration reform I’ll insist we extend whatever we are extending to gay spouses.


Elections matter but not the House elections.


I’ve put out the best possible anti-gun proposal but Republicans oppose it but then so do red-state senators but then Republicans will be responsible if more children get shot while I am president.


I’ve promised before to freeze spending but I didn’t really mean it but I will say I’ll stop spending again.


We are spending way too much on health care but Obamacare was going to fix that but it isn’t but I’m not doing anything significant to fix Medicare or Medicaid.

Right Turn will be up late tonight with reaction to the president, to the GOP’s response from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and maybe a Westminster recap.


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