The president all but ignored foreign policy in his State of the Union speech. He did not present a defense of his proposed treaty with Iran, which already does not exactly have the best of support in Congress. In not addressing Egypt or Syria, his position on Guantanamo bay sounded like a broken record from six years ago. Threatening to veto sanctions approved by Congress on Iran, this president has shown himself to be disconnected with the real politics and shrewdness required of a true commander in chief.
It is unfortunate that there is nothing new in the President’s agenda for 2014. His speech was wrapped in the worn out rhetoric of class warfare and populism. It included the income inequality through re-distributive means, such as minimum wage laws and extending unemployment benefits. These do not improve the structural growth of middle class wage earners. All they do is reduce the number of available jobs and increase unemployment rates. There is no meaningful discussion of reforming Obamacare to make it a viable healthcare system that provides "affordable" and quality healthcare to Americans. There are no new ideas or proposed compromises on immigration to bring about true reform. There is no meaningful discussion of tax reform or energy policies too improve our economy. As a matter of fact other than lip service to speed the country’s economic recovery there is nothing substantive that practical economist give credence to that will actually achieve the goals set forth in our President’s rhetoric.
The Democratic Party now realizes that the President has placed his personal ego above a viable party platform that could help Democrats in the 2014 November elections. The Senate is now in play for Republicans, which requires only six seats to gain control. Many of the Democratic Senators with their seats in jeopardy need drastic air cover. In particular they need a quick reform to affordable care that would practically solve the administrative mess created by the President's signature reform. They also need a viable pipeline to create jobs to provide economic security. It is quite clear that the agenda that our president proposes does not help the cause of Democratic Senators in Red states.