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The State of the State of the Union Is Long

From today’s State-of-the-Union-heavy edition of the Morning Jolt:

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Many of the reactions came on Twitter, as much of the conservative blogosphere could offer their thoughts in 140 characters or less:

Dan Gainor: “In this country, we do big things . . . like long State of the Union speeches.”

Michael Graham: “’We do big things’ could have been the theme of a great SOTU. But after an hour about science fairs and windmills, it just sounded lame.”

The great AdamSBaldwin, a.k.a. Casey from Chuck: “WE DO SPEND OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY IN A BIG WAY!”

Liz Mair: “I propose a new SOTU rule: 45 minutes, then break for some Gatorade; no injury time after 2nd half. Red cards for time-wastage.”

William Jacobson: “A million points of trite.”

Glenn Reynolds featured a photo of a bored-looking Joe Biden and John Boehner. For what it is worth, Guy Benson mentioned that Frank Luntz’s focus group “hated the speech. All but two said it fell short of expectations.”

Drew M: “Tonight’s speech will take its rightful place at the top of the long list of forgettable and forgotten State of the Union speeches.”

Some sensed some significant policy concessions in the rhetoric, however.

Dan McLaughlin: It is a real milestone to see Obama applaud victory in Iraq without caveat. Nathan Wurtzel chuckles, “Change, indeed.”

Eli Lake notices that Obama did not mention the 2011 total exit from Iraq.

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