At times, the President's State of the Union message tonight sounded like a lecture aimed squarely at the U.S. Senate. Three times he went out of his way to thank the House of Representatives for passing important legislation--a jobs bill, financial reform, and an energy bill--and then implored the Senate to do the same. (I noticed Nancy Pelosi smile each time.) Near the end of the speech the President issued an even harsher rebuke to his former colleagues:
To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.
(Senate illustration from Florida Center for Instructional Technology)