I’m sitting here with the flu and not much better to do, so here we go…

The speech got underway just after 9 p.m. e.t. It’s Bush’s final State of the Union before he gets a tearful goodbye from the Democrats and some Republicans.

From my count, there were $892 quadrillion worth of proposals made by the president. He’s dangerously close to being over $900 quadrillion, a level which would require him to switch parties. Careful, Dubya, you don’t want to turn into a spendthrift.

The biggest surprise of the night? Hillary stayed awake. Yep, she must be running for president all right. Too bad they didn’t sit her next to Teddy — I was looking forward to the bloated Pope of Massachusetts getting busted over the head with his own Dewars bottle.

What’s no surprise is that, on one side of the aisle, we saw real support of the troops, and on the other we saw what amounts to aid and comfort to the enemy. When Bush spoke of conducting the war, the Democrats sat. When he said “this enemy must be defeated,” they rose and applauded. This is where the point of disagreement resides. The Republicans support the troops, and the Democrats want to let the “war fairy” defeat the enemy.

Nancy Pelosi was blinking so much that she’s been offered a job as sign outside a Nevada brothel. I think she’s sending some kind of code. For anybody who cares to try to decipher it, here’s a tape loop taken from a network feed:

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I think she’s Morse coding “Oil can… oil can!” but I can’t be sure.

Oh, also, one last time, Mr. President. I beg you… it’s “Nu-klee-er”… NU-KLEE-ER… not Nu-kew-ler.

After Bush’s speech, the Democratic response (by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who opted for a less confrontational approach and more for a hypnotic tone) consisted of the usual two key points: “Nuh-uh!” and “Shyeah… as if!” She closed by saying “God bless, and sleep well” — the same thing Priests say to guys who are about to get lethal injections.

Whoever said “A house divided against itself cannot stand” never saw a building in which a State of the Union speech was being given.

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