January 27th, 2010
10:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: McDonnell's rhetoric rings false

(CNN) – Gov. Bob McDonnell reads standard GOP talking points very well.

"We hate government, blah, blah, blah." Let's see him turn down the federal money that's keeping Virginia afloat. After he finishes attacking the government, McDonnell will go into a government limousine, with a government driver and ride to a government-provided mansion.

If he hates government so much why has he spent his life in it? Still, he's done a good job on a thankless task. No one should follow Barack Obama.

January 27th, 2010
10:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Keep us out of it!

(CNN) - Okay, now he's getting personal.

President Obama said, "The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, and big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away."

Hey! Why is he attacking pundits? Those of us who sweat under hot lights crafting cute one-liners and spewing sound bites – are we not Americans, too? What would he replace us with: people who actually know something?

Heaven forbid!

January 27th, 2010
10:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Placing the blame for the deficit

(CNN) - Sounding like Joe Friday, President Obama said "just the facts" on the deficit.

And he laid blame for the deficit squarely where it belongs: at the feet of the Republican Congress and the Republican president who squandered the massive Clinton surpluses and created the massive Republican deficits. Thank goodness.

At the beginning of the speech he described the recession as "a storm," which I hated. But later he made it clear it was not a natural disaster, it was a man-made disaster, caused by Republican tax cuts for the rich, Republican wars with no way to pay for them, and a Republican prescription drug plan that went straight on the national credit card.

January 27th, 2010
09:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Republicans should have put their hands together

(CNN) – Hard to believe that Republicans did not applaud when President Obama called for Wall Street fat cats to pay a fee to help reduce the deficit. Taxpayers bailed them out and now they're reaping record bonuses. That's bad politics and bad policy – not to mention bad morals.

January 27th, 2010
09:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Middle class? I'll drink to that

(CNN) – My buddy (and former CNN colleague) Tucker Carlson has a State of the Union drinking game on his new website, The Daily Caller. One of the phrases that requires you to drink is "middle class." I emailed a White House aide and asked how drunk I would get if I had a drink every time President Obama says "middle class." The response? Plenty. So expect a heavy dose of "middle class" tonight.