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My Two Cents

I didn’t like the speech very much. It was too long, and too expensive. It wasn’t as well written as his previous SOTUs. An example of clunky writing: “But let us be candid about the consequences of leaving Saddam Hussein in power. We are seeking all the facts. Already the Kay report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations.” I liked the legal-papers and permission-slip lines, though. In general, the foreign policy section was a lot better than the domestic section. (There’s no forward strategy of freedom for America.)

As for the Democrats: I refuse to believe that the people of South Dakota are as whiny and selfish as Tom Daschle makes them out to be.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.