Democratic Response Thread

Update [2007-1-23 22:58:53 by Jonathan Singer]: The Democratic response, courtesy Sen. Jim Webb

Spanish Democratic response, by Rep. Xavier Becerra:

Update [2007-1-23 22:42:23 by Jonathan Singer]: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin has posted his response and is liveblogging over at Daily Kos.

Update [2007-1-23 22:28:1 by Jonathan Singer]: I would concur with the sentiment of Chris Matthews, who opined that, perhaps for the first time since Ed Muskie delivered the Democratic address in 1970, the opposition response was stronger than the President's own state of the union address.

Below the fold the prepared text of the Democratic response to the President's state of the union speech as delivered by Jim Webb:

Sen. Webb's address:

Good evening.

I'm Senator Jim Webb, from Virginia, where this year we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown - an event that marked the first step in the long journey that has made us the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth.

It would not be possible in this short amount of time to actually rebut the President's message, nor would it be useful.  Let me simply say that we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and healthcare for all Americans, and addressing such domestic priorities as restoring the vitality of New Orleans.

Further, this is the seventh time the President has mentioned energy independence in his state of the union message, but for the first time this exchange is taking place in a Congress led by the Democratic Party.  We are looking for affirmative solutions that will strengthen our nation by freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil, and spurring a wave of entrepreneurial growth in the form of alternate energy programs.  We look forward to working with the President and his party to bring about these changes.There are two areas where our respective parties have largely stood in contradiction, and I want to take a few minutes to address them tonight.  The first relates to how we see the health of our economy - how we measure it, and how we ensure that its benefits are properly shared among all Americans. The second regards our foreign policy - how we might bring the war in Iraq to a proper conclusion that will also allow us to continue to fight the war against international terrorism, and to address other strategic concerns that our country faces around the world.

When one looks at the health of our economy, it's almost as if we are living in two different countries.  Some say that things have never been better. The stock market is at an all-time high, and so are corporate profits. But these benefits are not being fairly shared.  When I graduated from college, the average corporate CEO made 20 times what the average worker did; today, it's nearly 400 times.  In other words, it takes the average worker more than a year to make the money that his or her boss makes in one day.

Wages and salaries for our workers are at all-time lows as a percentage of national wealth, even though the productivity of American workers is the highest in the world.  Medical costs have skyrocketed.  College tuition rates are off the charts. Our manufacturing base is being dismantled and sent overseas.  Good American jobs are being sent along with them.

In short, the middle class of this country, our historic backbone and our best hope for a strong society in the future, is losing its place at the table.  Our workers know this, through painful experience.  Our white-collar professionals are beginning to understand it, as their jobs start disappearing also. And they expect, rightly, that in this age of globalization, their government has a duty to insist that their concerns be dealt with fairly in the international marketplace.

In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy - that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base.  Not with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street.  We must recapture that spirit today.

And under the leadership of the new Democratic Congress, we are on our way to doing so.  The House just passed a minimum wage increase, the first in ten years, and the Senate will soon follow.  We've introduced a broad legislative package designed to regain the trust of the American people.  We've established a tone of cooperation and consensus that extends beyond party lines.  We're working to get the right things done, for the right people and for the right reasons.

With respect to foreign policy, this country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years.  Many, including myself, warned even before the war began that it was unnecessary, that it would take our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism, and that invading and occupying Iraq would leave us strategically vulnerable in the most violent and turbulent corner of the world.

I want to share with all of you a picture that I have carried with me for more than 50 years.   This is my father, when he was a young Air Force captain, flying cargo planes during the Berlin Airlift.  He sent us the picture from Germany, as we waited for him, back here at home.  When I was a small boy, I used to take the picture to bed with me every night, because for more than three years my father was deployed, unable to live with us full-time, serving overseas or in bases where there was no family housing.  I still keep it, to remind me of the sacrifices that my mother and others had to make, over and over again, as my father gladly served our country. I was proud to follow in his footsteps, serving as a Marine in Vietnam.  My brother did as well, serving as a Marine helicopter pilot.  My son has joined the tradition, now serving as an infantry Marine in Iraq.

Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country.  On the political issues - those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death - we trusted the judgment of our national leaders.  We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm's way.

We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it.  But they owed us - sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it.

The President took us into this war recklessly.  He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq,  the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs.  We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable - and predicted - disarray that has followed.

The war's costs to our nation have been staggering. Financially. The damage to our reputation around the world. The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism. And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve.

The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military.  We need a new direction.  Not one step back from the war against international terrorism.  Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos.  But an immediate shift toward strong regionally-based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq's cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.

On both of these vital issues, our economy and our national security, it falls upon those of us in elected office to take action.

Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century.  America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines.  The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth.  The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt.

Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions.  He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves "as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other." And he did something about it.

As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate.  "When comes the end?" asked the General who had commanded our forces in Europe during World War Two.  And as soon as he became President, he brought the Korean War to an end.

These Presidents took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world.  Tonight we are calling on this President to take similar action, in both areas.  If he does, we will join him.  If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

Thank you for listening.  And God bless America.

Rep. Becerra's response:

Buenas noches. Les habla el Congresista Xavier Becerra de Los Ángeles, California.

Hoy es un día importante y especial. Como es la tradición, el Presidente Bush acaba de darnos su informe del estado de la nación.

Es, también, un día especial para mí porque hoy mis padres celebran su aniversario de bodas: ¡54 años!

María Teresa y Manuel Becerra han dado los mejores años de su vida a este país. Lo que no lograron ellos, lo pusieron al alcance de sus hijos.

A todos los padres, obreros e inmigrantes de esta gran nación: gracias. Gracias por su trabajo, su patriotismo y su fe en los Estados Unidos.

Es por ustedes que el estado de nuestra nación es fuerte. Sin embargo, nuestro país podría ser aún más fuerte.

Nuestra economía ha crecido. ¿Pero de qué vale si padres de familias tienen que trabajar dos empleos cada uno, sólo para pagar las cuentas? Hoy, 37 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos viven en la pobreza.

De este país se gradúan los mejores médicos y tenemos las mejores tecnologías. ¿Pero de qué vale si unos 47 millones de estadounidenses no tienen seguro médico?

Personas de todo el mundo vienen aquí para estudiar en nuestras universidades. ¿Pero de qué vale si muchos de nuestros propios hijos no las pueden pagar?

¡Ya basta! Los demócratas escuchamos su mensaje el pasado noviembre. Ustedes nos dieron la oportunidad de dirigir el país y llevarlo en una Nueva Dirección.

Con su ayuda, es exactamente lo que vamos hacer.

En las primeras dos semanas del 2007, los demócratas de la Cámara hemos votado por medidas para: aumentar el salario mínimo; reducir el costo de las medicinas recetadas; recortar el costo de la universidad y cerrarle las puertas a la corrupción política

Amigos, la época del conformismo ha pasado. Los demócratas vamos a liderar, aunque en momentos podría significar un desafío al Presidente.

Día tras día, nuestras tropas han luchado con valentía en Irak. Siempre estaremos a su lado dondequiera que estén desplegados. Pero nosotros, los demócratas, no vamos a cruzar los brazos mientras ellos estén atrapados a fuego cruzado de una guerra civil.

Ya es tiempo de que el Presidente escuche el pueblo estadounidense, sus generales y un creciente número de líderes demócratas y republicanos. Es hora de que hablemos de retirar a nuestras tropas de Irak, no mandar más.

Los demócratas creemos que podemos retirar a nuestras tropas de manera responsable; que podemos seguir entrenando a los iraquíes; y que podemos, entonces, reenfocar nuestros esfuerzos en el contra-terrorismo. Pero tenemos que incluir a los países vecinos de Irak en el proceso de estabilizar el país.

En fin: los iraquíes tienen que tomar responsabilidad por su propio futuro. Sólo los iraquíes pueden salvar a Irak.

En cuanto a la inmigración, después de años de ataques e inacción por parte de los republicanos, los demócratas estamos listos para liderar. Pero para tener éxito, necesitamos el apoyo del Presidente y estamos listos para trabajar con él.

Nuestros principios bipartidistas para una reforma migratoria integral son claros: proteger a nuestra frontera de manera responsable, eliminar los retrasos y mejorar el proceso de tramitar visas y establecer un camino hacía la residencia legal para los inmigrantes que se la han ganado con años de trabajo duro.

Nuestro sistema de inmigración no funciona. Ya es tiempo para una reforma migratoria.

Gracias a ustedes, tenemos nuevos líderes para llevar a los Estados Unidos en una Nueva Dirección. Gracias a ustedes, Nancy Pelosi es la primera mujer en la historia de la nación elegida Presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes.

Y gracias a ustedes, más de la mitad de los miembros latinos del Congreso están en posiciones de liderazgo. Nunca se ha visto tanta diversidad en nuestro Congreso.

Desde Irak hasta la inmigración, del salario mínimo y los precios justos para las medicinas, los demócratas estamos listos para llevar a este país en una Nueva Dirección. Juntos, lo podemos cumplir.

Que Dios les bendiga a ustedes y a los Estados Unidos.

Buenas noches.

Tags: Jim Webb, Open Thread, State of The Union (all tags)

Comments

45 Comments

Re: Democratic Response Thread

Jim Webb mentioned New Orleans. George Bush didn't. Which of these men is president of these United States?

by lightyearsfromhome 2007-01-23 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Less snarky response: Webb's speech is majestic, powerful, truthful, and appropriate. I long for a day in the future when such a person occupies the White House.

by lightyearsfromhome 2007-01-23 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Very well put.

by LiberalPansy 2007-01-23 05:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Jim Webb rules!

by jmderosa 2007-01-23 05:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Webb did indeed knock it out of the park.

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2007-01-23 05:30PM | 0 recs
Webb is everybody's VP.

I think he got it exactly right.  Loved the New Orleans reference.

He's the VP for sure no matter who gets nominated.

He brings VA and the presidency...and a great TR populist belief in government.

by BrionLutz 2007-01-23 05:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

Not so sure about his 'lock' on the VP nomination. And lets not forget, Senator Webb isnt exactly a liberal guy.

by LiberalPansy 2007-01-23 05:33PM | 0 recs
Webb is a progressive...just like TR.

"And lets not forget, Senator Webb isnt exactly a liberal guy."

But he is a progressive, liberal guy, just as TR was.

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by BrionLutz 2007-01-23 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

Webb is progressive on issues that are matter of life and death. When it comes to the burning issues of the day, I will take him over Hillary any day. Hillary is probably more liberal on some issues, but are ot that crucial to us at this moment. (Of course, every issue is important in some way, but I consider the time context of such issues too).

Also Webb has been less afraid to attack republicans.

by Pravin 2007-01-23 10:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

He barely won VA... so there is no guarentee he will bring it, plus he might not want the role since he was JUST elected and might feel he is letting down the people who elected him.

But, he would be an excellent choice as a VP, I agree with you 100%.  I don't know if he would guarentee VA, but I think he would help in Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin and some of the other midwest and west states that are purple or are getting there.

by yitbos96bb 2007-01-23 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

He's not Hillary's VP.  The general consensus I've heard is that Rendell was asked to use PA as a test-bed for universal healthcare as part of his audition to be Hillary's VP.  If he pulls it off and she gets the nom, Rendell gets the job.

by jcjcjc 2007-01-23 05:55PM | 0 recs
Wouldn't be surprised

Rendell and the Clintons are real close, his kid is already grown up, and he's unlikely to ever run for Senate regardless of what Specter does.

That said, should Obama not win the nomination, both he and Bill Richardson would be serious candidates for the VP nod. Richardson says he has no interest in being VP, but I wonder.

by brownsox 2007-01-23 07:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Wouldn't be surprised

Of course Richardson says he has no interest in the VP nod!  No one says they want to be the back-up quarterback if they think they have a shot at being the starter.  Otherwise, it creates the impression that you don't have enough drive and passion to deserve either job.

by jcjcjc 2007-01-24 04:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Wouldn't be surprised

Agreed... I have said several times that if Obama wins, Richardson would be a fantastic VP choice... The voice of experience to go with Obama who would be the voice of enthusiasm (and this is my opinion so I really don't care if people don't think Obama is the voice of enthusiasm.)

Webb would be good too given his EXTENSIVE experience in the military and dealing with Washington.  

by yitbos96bb 2007-01-25 06:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

"The general consensus I've heard is that Rendell was asked to use PA as a test-bed for universal healthcare as part of his audition to be Hillary's VP."

Ed Rendell's a great guy but for VP he adds nothing to the ticket.

Webb pulls in VA and provides a great contrast.

by BrionLutz 2007-01-23 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

I like Jim Webb a lot.  Just a stand-up guy.

I don't know that Webb inherently pulls in VA.  It is more the case that immigration of blue voters to VA is pulling that state in and Jim Webb happened (narrowly) to be the beneficiary.  Also, let's face it, Webb was the beneficiary of a grossly incompetent opponent who had forgotten how to conduct a real knock down, drag out campaign.

Hillary strikes me as the type who is going to pick one of her own strongest supporters.  

Her campaign is going to be as well-organized and tightly-run of a campaign as we'll ever see in our lifetimes.  Hillary's campaign is going to be everything that people claimed the Bush campaigns were, just minus the imbecile candidate.

I don't see her straying far in VP choice unless her closer choices really screw up in the next year.  Jim Webb isn't one of her people.  At all.  That works heavily against him.

by jcjcjc 2007-01-24 04:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

"I don't know that Webb inherently pulls in VA."

Webb defeated an incumbent and one the Republican Party was touting as presidential material.

He's the perfect New Democrat for VA.

by BrionLutz 2007-01-24 05:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

He won a seat that was given up as a dead prospect for Democrats at the beginning of the year. So who cares if it was narrow.

I wonder if any of the other Democrats would have even won that seat.

by Pravin 2007-01-23 10:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Webb is everybody's VP.

Good teams win by field goals.

by jcjcjc 2007-01-24 04:34AM | 0 recs
If think he'd bring VA

He barely won VA, but now that he has we're all proud as hell of him. I think he'd be an excellent VP, but I'm not sure he wants the job.

by msnook 2007-01-24 10:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Much better than the dude with the bionic-eyebrows (Tim Kaine?) last year.

by hoose 2007-01-23 05:23PM | 0 recs
That was tone deaf last year. The Dems wer

wusses up until Webb appeared.

by Feral Cat 2007-01-23 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

"We'll be showing him the way!"  Jim Webb

by jmderosa 2007-01-23 05:26PM | 0 recs
Last Line

I loved that line too. Clever yet appropriate. My father actually laughed out loud when he heard it.

by JewishJake 2007-01-23 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Ugh, you beat me to it. I wish Webb could be on every Senate committee, especially HELP and Commerce so he could opine about economic fairness.

by AllenB101 2007-01-23 05:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

I checked the Armed Services Committee members and subcommittees today - Webb is on three out of six subcommittees. That looks good!

by Books Alive 2007-01-23 05:55PM | 0 recs
I got shivers with the last line

by Feral Cat 2007-01-23 05:34PM | 0 recs
Mark it on your calandar!

Did everyone see that?!  Like the subject line indicates, mark it on your calandars, the democrats actually did better than the GOP on messaging tonight.

Let's hope that it is the begining of a long tradition of effective messaging from our party.

by lockewasright 2007-01-23 05:37PM | 0 recs
Show Him the Way... TO THE HELICOPTER

Ala Nixon.

That last line is brilliant.

It is powder saved up... all that we wanted Reid and Pelosi to say... summing it all up...

"WE WILL SHOW HIM THE WAY"--

That is an implicit threat.  

A couple other thoughts:

1) Webb just leaped onto Hillary's, Obama's and Edward's radar as a Veep.  I think he especially fits well w/Hillary.  Just noting.

2) Populism? Wow!  They should make ads from the trade portions/jobs portions of this speech.

3) You, Mr. President, are no T Roosevelt or Dqight Eisenhower.  And certainly no Ronald Reagan.

by jgkojak 2007-01-23 05:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Certainly the best Democratic response I have seen to Bush's SOTUs. It sounded like it came from a majority party. Good job, Sen. Webb!!

by YellowDog2000 2007-01-23 06:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

JIM WEBB FOR PRESIDENT!

by Ethelred 2007-01-23 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

This was the first time I'd seen Webb speak at more than sound-bite length. Pretty good. He has an emotional intensity, a controlled anger even, that rivets your attention.

by SqueakyRat 2007-01-23 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Webb is a completely different guy since the attacks on the content of his old books. I followed that campaign closely and watched all the debates and he always seemed very competent but to lack passion until he was forced to defend his own work, books he obviously has great pride in. Now it flows every time.

Mark Warner can handle Virginia from the VP slot. That would be worth 3-4 points minimum as a native son, and that's plenty to carry Virginia unless the nation prefers the GOP nominee by more than a point or two in the national popular vote, which isn't likely.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-01-23 06:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Excellent observation Gary!  I recall being at the rally in Northern VA where I think Webb first responded to the attack on his novels.  He said something to the effect of, "My opponent has now shown his true character" and then gave the "fish rots from the head down" line.  It definitely WAS the first time i saw him showing real passion and emotion on stage.

I'm also in agreement about Warner for VP.  His popularity among ALL Virginians (dems, indies, repubs)is very high and he'd be a greater asset than Webb on the ticket.  I truly hope he's keeping VP in mind even though he isn't running for Pres.

by Jambon 2007-01-23 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Stylistically- i would give it a B+. Overall good, but some places smile a little too much (but definitely preferable to Reid or Pelosi)

Character- he did really well. i liked the carrot and stick feel to it. he struck the right tone between tangling a carrot, but make it clear- that a new player is now in the lead

substance- finally, finally, finally, the democrats are learning to not be so wonkish- i think he perfectly explained where we are in terms of values

overall- i am glad he's the sen. from the great state of va (i have a bias), and i am impressed with the democrats tonight.

by bruh21 2007-01-23 06:49PM | 0 recs
Key to the whole response was

that he espoused values and not policy

Which is why I think he succeeded so well.

If you really read Lakoff this is what he recommends all progressives should do

Webb made it look effortless - but for many Democratic politicians it is not easy to give a speech like that - they are more comfortable rattling off policy details

by merbex 2007-01-24 04:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread
Show him the door.
by inexile 2007-01-23 07:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Bush was mediocre and Webb was very good, simple as that.  The one critique I have of Webb was that he seemed to lose his fluidity at some points, but it hardly took away from his overall speech.

And big props to Dick Durbin - he is really doing an outstanding job interacting with the 'roots.  And the best part is, he isn't blogging for some ulterior motive (e.g. Presidential candidate looking for money/support), but is instead blogging because he knows we have important things to say and are a growing part of the Democratic Party.

by NYPopulist 2007-01-23 08:02PM | 0 recs
Re: lose his fluidity

sometimes looking human is better than looking polished. How many times have we seen polished shit?

by Cleveland John 2007-01-24 04:29AM | 0 recs
Yes!

It feels so f***ing good to be overwhelmed with pride after all these years.  There have been many indications lately but this just does it.

Yes.  And let's have more of the same for many years to come.

This is going to be fun...

by Shaun Appleby 2007-01-24 01:14AM | 0 recs
Xavier Becerra Rocks!

Any spanish speakers or casi-spanish speakers check out that wonderful speech?  How do we get that out to the people?  Are the Dems. distributing that to spanish TV and radio?

That is the way to connect with our immigrant brothers and sisters!!!

by kentuckydave 2007-01-24 03:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Much better than Kaine's from last year. None of that repetitive cliche stuff - "There is a better way. There is a better way." I swear, I thought Kaine was trying to hypnotize us all.

What really excites me isn't Webb's tough posturing or background, though. The style aside, the populism aside, he mentioned New Orleans, and Bush didn't! This is one of the defining issues of our time, and Bush ignores it. I don't know if Katrina was in the speech Reid's staff gave to Webb or not, but I know it was in Webb's own text, and that's as it should be. Woohoo!

http://waywardepiscopalian.blogspot.com/

by Nathan Empsall 2007-01-24 03:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread

Oh my God! Finally, a Democrat who has got IT!

What is IT! An aura of integrity, yet humility. A vision - and yet the ability to speak of it in plain-spoken terms. A defense background, and a Southerner to boot!

WOW!

by bushsucks 2007-01-24 04:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread -Becerra

Rep. Becerra's reponse was quite good also. He used a great oratorical device. Paraphrasing...'Yes, we have the best health care system in the world, but what good is it if 47 Million people can't use it....'

by juano 2007-01-24 06:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Democratic Response Thread -Becerra

It was excellent.  I put up an English translation of Becerra's speech up on The Texas Blue.

Where did the Spanish transcript above come from, BTW?  I saw the link to Webb's response in the post, but couldn't find the link to Becerra's.  And I know I searched high and low for that sucker before I started doing the translation.  Ended up having to do it straight from the video.  That was a pain.

by George Nassar 2007-01-24 07:33AM | 0 recs

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