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This lib from Newsweek was on Olberman last night, sizing up Scott Brown.  The last line is the best.

My conclusion: this guy is a heat-seeking missile aimed straight at Barack Obama, and anyone who thinks he is moved by the bipartisan spirit of, say, Ed Brooke, the moderate Republican of yore from Massachusetts, is deluding himself. This guy is a fighter.”

“A few minutes into the press conference he declared, in answer to a question: “The stimulus bill didn’t create one new job.”

“Well, the shot went in up in Massachusetts , and he’s just begun to fire away.”

 “And actually, as a Hill friend of mine just pointed out, the stimulus actually had created at least one new job: Brown’s!”

     Although TIME Magazine labels this article “Confident Republicans give Obama Frosty Reception”, the awkwardness of the evening comes through in the article, and it comes through on both sides of the aisle. Everyone in the chambers last night knew that we are at a crucial point in our history, where the “progressive” agenda that is a priority for certain members of both parties is now apparent and that the public is not going to allow the progressive movement. Everyone in that chamber knows that the People are watching, and are willing to hold them accountable.

From TIME:

Stand-up comics call it a “tough crowd,” but then tough crowds are part of their business. It’s a whole other matter to be met with cold stares when you are the President of the United States, talking in prime time before a joint session of Congress, when your own party controls both chambers by historic margins. (Read “Obama’s State of the Union Address: Five Ways to Judge Its Success.”)

President Obama spoke the first 676 words of his State of the Union Address Wednesday night before the first hand clap. His tone was so somber, and the room’s mood so grave, that no one moved when Obama said, “We must answer history’s call.” There were no ovations when he called for “Democrats and Republicans to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our problems.” He got no love for saying, “the worst of the storm has passed.” (See “Judging Obama’s First Year, Issue by Issue.”)

By the time he announced that, “We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college,” Obama was forced to go off script. “I thought I’d get some applause on that one,” he said, looking over to the Republicans, who were sitting on their hands. There was some giggling, and some of them relented, offering the Congressional version of a golf clap.

So it went all night for the President, who a year ago came before the same body to announce, “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely.” That bold wisdom has, in the course of a year, been transformed into a much more qualified vision of something short of significant legislative failure. “To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills,” he said. (See pictures of Barack Obama’s first year in office.)

While the Democrats, at times, seemed to be considering the exits, the Republicans in the crowd handled the event with a renewed sense of confidence. A few minutes before Obama arrived, Republican Rep. Mike Pence stood in statuary hall, explaining why he had turned down a chance to run for Senate so that he could help lead Republicans back to power in the House. “This is a genuine, authentic, American movement,” he said of the political winds that had won Republicans state-wide races in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia.

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From America’s Right:

Red Hot Anger

A widespread conservative backlash has been slowly gaining steam since the latter years of George W. Bush’s administration. Sure, conservatives are angry about what Obama and his radical academic pals are trying to do to this country. Sure, we’re mad that the mainstream media was more interested in fluffing his pillows than doing their job and reporting the truth. And, certainly, we’re mad at the strides Pelosi and Reid have taken in the House and Senate to endanger our fiscal future and constrain our personal liberties.

But more than any of that, conservatives are furious with the GOP. We resent that they began turning their backs on the principle of limited, transparent, accountable government almost as soon as they won a majority back in 1994. We are frustrated that they insist on running weak, “moderate” candidates as though the New York Times was really a good source of political strategy.

The anger that has been simmering below the surface has started to boil over in unpredictable ways. We’ve got tea parties and town halls and Glenn Beck and Doug Hoffman and conservatives are starting to really work up a full head of steam. We feel like it’s time to even the score and make the GOP pay. Hell, we can do it without them!

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