January 23, 2007
President Bush delivers his state of the union address tonight. The State of the Union is good by almost any standard, but the war and the onslaught against the president by liberal democrat and the big media makes it appear we are failing everywhere.
The war colors everything. The president should take an aggressive stand on the war, reminding the country of the stakes.
The temptation will be for him to tell his opponents he wants to work with them. I’m all for common ground. I co-author a column on the subject for USA Today. But the other side is committed to the president’s defeat and humiliation because they want a democrat in the white house in 2008.
Democrats will never help the president succeed at anything, including the war against terrorists. They can’t afford to allow the perception that he is doing well. It’s too bad, because the threats against America are serious and the need to unite against them is urgent.
Let’s hope he stands on his principles tonight, if he can remember what they are.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.