I won't be watching the State of the Union speech tonight. Actually, my lovely wife and I are attending parenting classes on Tuesday nights, and so we'll miss it.
Daily Kos points out that recent presidents have traditionally included a phrase to the effect that "The state of the union has never been better." Bush himself said something similar last year, but doubt there's much call for such an assessment this year. Kos has several other SOTU-related posts as well.
It's also nice to see prominent Democrats asking the uncomfortable questions Bush would no doubt rather gloss over:
President Bush says a lot of the right things, and he says them well. But a speech doesn’t equal a solution, and a sound bite is no substitute for a strategy.
...I’d like to hear the President explain why we can’t afford $5 billion for homeland security because we need $674 billion for a tax cut. If we’re given the choice between cutting taxes for the wealthy and ensuring our security, Democrats have a four-word answer: fund homeland security first.
...Last year, President Bush told the nation in his State of the Union address that his economic plan could be summarized in a single word: jobs. Unfortunately, his record could be summed up in one phrase: loss of jobs. Since President Bush took office two years ago, a total of 2.3 million private-sector jobs have been lost -- the worst record of job creation for any President since the end of World War II.
...Most importantly, the American people deserve to hear why the President believes that massive new tax breaks for wealthiest Americans are more important than funding urgent needs on job creation, homeland security, education, and health care.
...There’s a name for all this: it’s called a credibility gap. Unfortunately, it’s nothing new in Washington. History is full of politicians whose rhetoric is out of step with reality, who promise something and then fail to deliver. But the Bush Administration offers a credibility gap with a new twist: this is a White House that promises one thing knowing full well it is delivering another.