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Reactions to the president’s speech, most of them underwhelmed, are rolling in, and mine is contained in my new column at

Speaking of columns, Lileks’ first for the Hughniverse is posted there on my blog there, though his own blog will be up and running soon. But you have to be a member. Quite a conversation at Duane’s World last night after the president closed.

Read two of the post-mortems. Karl Rove has the center of the target, which will be House Democrats if they allow themselves to be the president’s “expendable shock troops” as called them yesterday.

And Powerline’s John Hinderaker bring’s his litigator’s eye to the numerous contradictions embedded in the speech. The most obvious:

Obama described his plan for an insurance exchange where those who are not part of a larger plan will be able to buy coverage. He then added:

This exchange will take effect in four years, which will give us time to do it right.

But wait! Aren’t people dying? The Democrats tried to ram their bill through Congress before the August recess, with essentially no debate and with virtually no one having read it. Their theory was that we are facing such a dire emergency that there is not a moment to lose. If, in fact, we have four years to spare, could we maybe stop trying to cram the bill down Americans’ throats?

Read the whole thing.

And then stop by and and make the first of many contributions towards rebalancing the Congress away from a supporting cast for the president’s hard left vision for American medicine and the American economy. The president made it very clear last night that he’s doubling down on his agenda and that August’s protests made zero impact on his ideological direction or determination. The only way to blunt the president’s agenda is to change the makeup of Congress, and the most effective way of doing that is through great individual candidates and strong House and Senate Republican campaign committees.


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