Obviously, Rs have field-tested their pablum with focus groups and decided they have a winner. Wonder what they paid Frank Lunz. In any case, it's been the terme du annum so far: Obama doesn't believe in "American Exceptionalism." I wrote about it recently, and, after the SOTU, you'd think it would be a dead issue (not that it ever deserved life.) But no:
PARKER: You know one of the words that I listened out for in his speech last night was the word "exceptional." ... But I didn't hear him say it and I thought at a time when you're building a speech around sort of defining the common purpose of America, that seemed to me a rather -- you know, a simple direct line, fairly -- pretty much a no-brainer, but he didn't say it.
BOEHNER: Well, they -- they've refused to talk about America exceptionalism. We are different than the rest of the world. Why? Because Americans have -- the country was built on an idea that ordinary people could decide what their government looked like and ordinary people could elect their own leaders....
....but you can't get the left to talk about it. They don't -- they reject that notion.
PARKER: Why do you think that is?
BOEHNER: I don't know. I don't know. I don't know if they're afraid of it, whether they don't believe it. I don't know.
Honestly, were Boehner and Parker even awake during the speech? If so, they heard Obama talk about the qualities that "set us apart as a nation" and the things we do "better than anyone else." And his belief that America is "not just a place on a map, but the light to the world" and "the greatest nation on Earth." And his reminder that "as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth."
Ms Parker has subsequently dumbled down, repeating it in an editorial column. How much ridiculouser can she get? Tow it behind an airplane?