I must say, I didn’t know what to expect but I wasn’t expecting this. Sarah Hucky Boo Boo Sanders was tasked with the Republican response/rebuttal to Joe Biden’s stellar State Of The Union speech. Only she didn’t talk about it. She did not address or rebut one single thing that the president said tonight. Not one.
She did make a generalized comment, that she didn’t believe Biden, but she didn’t say precisely what he said that was so unbelievable — and that is the job she was there to do. “We are under attack in a left-wing culture war we didn’t start and we don’t want to fight. We have to salute their flags, while Big Tech colludes to strip away your right to free speech,” she said. I believe that’s a dig at LBGTQ.
Then she went into story hour and talked about going to Iraq on Christmas Day a few years ago. What that offered as rebuttal to President Biden’s speech, I have no clue. I can only conjecture that since she had nothing to offer with respect to what Biden said, that she could only tell old war stories form the Trump White House.
Yawn. “Sarah, you have a tough job,” a soldier told her. I’m sure he was big and strong and cried and called her Sir. “Sarah, we are in this together,” he said, as he ripped off a patch of some sort from his uniform and handed it to her — while she wept. Seriously. I’m not making this up.
“Our freedom is under attack and the America we love is in danger. President Biden and the Democrats have failed you.” How, she did not say. Then she recited the hoary old cliche that I remember from high school, “I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future.” No points for originality there.
Then she was done. That’s it. It was a short address, I would say short and sweet, but it was short and empty. It was a nothing burger. She made a few negative comments about how awful life is now under Democratic reign and mouthed a few talking points and then talked about herself. That.Was.It.
Incredible. The GOP is in worse shape than I thought. If Sanders’ message was that the United States should ban CRT, and get rid of words like Latinx and other such trivia and that is the new GOP platform, color them already gone. Sanders’ response was pathetic, which is in keeping with her career in public life so far. If it is in any way representative of the vacuum of ideas and leadership in the GOP, 2024 is going to be a nature walk instead of an election.
President Biden hit a lot of solid topics tonight, economy, Medicare, Social Security, junk fees, COVID, immigration, climate, the police, on and on and on — and we got a bedtime story from Hucky Boo Boo and that’s the best the GOP can provide?
I’m not saying we get cocky and stop working, I’m saying that this is much much worse than I thought. I honestly thought Sanders would come up with some kind of substance, and not make this appearance a vanity project. But maybe the simple truth is, nobody wanted to give the response, including her, and so she decided to turn it into a photo op. Another vintage Trumpian gesture.