Krauthammer: State Of The Union "Going To Be Extremely Aggressive And Partisan"
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I'm not sure he's going to give a speech about ideas or programs. In fact, if the inaugural address was sort of this extraordinarily ideological address, I think the State of the Union is going to be extremely aggressive and partisan. Obama is still campaigning, he hasn't stopped. Part one was to re-win the presidency, which he did. But now he is continuing his idea, his political objective now to is reduce, to fracture, to marginalize the Republicans in the House, who were the ones that stopped the agenda in years three and four of his presidency, and who he has to marginalize if he wants to enact his agenda in the second term.
So, I think he is going to be out there. He is really going to hammer Republicans on the sequester, that is the automatic spending cuts which Republicans in the House have announced they are going to allow it to be enacted unless Obama offers ultimate cuts. Obama wants a hike in taxes.
He's going to be, I predict, tomorrow night extremely aggressive against the Republicans on this. And he will then go through the litany of all the horrible stuff that is going to happen if the sequester happens. You know, all the food stamps taken out of the mouth of babies because the Republicans are protecting the oil companies, the corporate jet owners and the rich, et cetera, the usual suspects. I bet you, it's going to be at the heart of the speech, it's all to be able to beat back the Republicans so he can control Washington. (Special Report, February 11, 2013)