Tomorrow night, the President will deliver State of the Union address. This is his chance to lay out his policy plans and tell Americans what he’d like to accomplish with the rest of his term.
In the speech, we can probably expect Obama to continue to try to reach out to the Republicans to urge them yet again to work with him. But given that Congress is plagued by Republican leadership that can’t govern and won’t work together, we should also expect the President to go over their heads–directly to the American people–when they refuse to do their jobs.
One real opportunity to get around the record-breaking obstructionism is on climate change, which is something Obama has been wanting to address since he was first elected.
For Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, Montana’s millionaire Congressman was one of the few members of Congress who thought it best to sit with his right-wing buddies instead of reaching across the aisle.
Look closely at this photo, and you’ll see Dennis Rehberg (upper left, holding a sheet of paper) sandwiched between Congressmen Steve Scalise and Rodney Alexander, both Republicans from Louisiana, and both fellow members of the Tea Party Caucus.
After Dennis Rehberg refused to participate in the spirit of bipartisanship this week, he did admit the seating arrangement was a “big hit.” Montana’s two Democratic senators, by the way, sat with Republicans.
But when asked by KECI, Rehberg tried to downplay the issue, saying he doesn’t think the seating chart should get so much publicity. Maybe not, but if you don’t believe in bipartisanship, you’re going to need a better excuse than this:
“Frankly most of the conversations in Washington aren’t necessarily Republican versus Democrat. What we find is urban versus rural.”
Really? Maybe that’s why Rehberg voted twice against New York City’s 9/11 emergency responders. And it looks he’s having a tough time trying to explain those votes, and his lawsuit against Billings firefighters, to Montanans these days…