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Newman did praise Bush's statements in favor of worldwide AIDS funding (as always with Shrub, it's his actions you have to watch out for). [Oops--spoke too soon! NN looks at the numbers, and says they aren't encouraging. (Bush says one thing and takes vastly different actions? I'm shocked--Shocked!)]
With regard to Bush once again trotting out allegations of Iraq-al Qaeda ties, Newman agrees that "[i]f Bush has proof of this, he's got his invasion," but says it's time for Bush to "put up or shut up."
Meanwhile, Slate's William Saletan noted that Bush didn't exactly talk much about the state of the Union:
The state of the union isn't a process. It's a result. Yet in the few minutes Bush spent on what he had "accomplished," he spoke of processes, not results.
...That isn't a record. It's an agenda. An agenda is the measures you enact: education reform, a Homeland Security department, tax relief, corporate oversight reform. A record is what those measures are supposed to accomplish: lifting public schools, protecting the country, ending the recession, improving corporate integrity. By inserting these hypothetical achievements at the beginning of each sentence about his agenda, Bush made them sound real. They aren't. His education bill remains unfunded. The corporate reforms he signed were watered down. The first Secretary of Homeland Security was sworn in four days ago. And the economy is still a wreck.
What Bush said of Saddam's disarmament record could equally be said of Bush's domestic record. He has given no evidence of progress. He must have much to hide.
(via Mark Kleiman)