United States

Feb 15, 2013

The Union is fine, the Republicans not so much

President Obama's State of the Union address set out some ambitious progressive reforms, while the Republicans scatter and filibuster as they work out which battles to fight. Crikey takes the political pulse of the US.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


The phony war in US politics is over, with President Obama proposing a sweeping liberal agenda in the 2013 State of the Union address, in the same week as the Republican Party filibustered the appointment of the nominee for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel.

Both moves were heartfelt, but they were also directed at their immediate political effect. Team Obama’s liberal program of raising the minimum wage by 20% to $9 an hour, funding for universal pre-school education and development, changes to Medicare funding etc, are squarely aimed at a Republican House which will reject them, and put them in the spotlight.

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5 thoughts on “The Union is fine, the Republicans not so much

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this good news and analysis. I gather that Obama may even get some of his program implemented while setting up the Democrats nicely for the mid term elections.

  2. Andybob

    I hope filibuster reform brings back the requirement to continually speak. There is something heroic/pathetic (depending on your view of the relevant legislation)about a Senator talking non-stop for hours to prevent a vote. Makes for much better television than the current milquetoast method.

  3. Holden Back

    Strom Thurmond, Civil Rights Act 1957, now THAT was a filibuster! And he was still a Dixiecrat then, raging against the Republican Bill.


    The irony of Karl Rove having to put wooden stakes through the zombie Tea Pot (crack pot?) brigades is comedy gold. Murdoch and Ailes nurtured this septic infection in the GOP and it now looks resistant to easy cure and continues to fester, more slowly perhaps, but persistently.

    There just may be a god.

  5. Mercurial

    I can see why Murdoch is so desperate to topple Gillard. If She manages to win the Oz election, I can just imagine Abbott and his boys running around like rabid Republicans, without a clue.

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