My overall reaction to the speech is- BLAH.
Some red meat in there for the hardliners and partisans:
“Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second guessing is not a strategy.”
But the rest of the speech- blah. This made me snort:
“Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem. America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.
The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper and more reliable alternative energy sources. And we are on the threshold of incredible advances. So tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative, a 22 percent increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants, revolutionary solar and wind technologies and clean, safe nuclear energy.”
I can’t be the only one who just doesn’t believe Bush is serious about oil independence, and, even if he were, I don’t trust this crew to get it right. A couple months from now we will probably find out the Advanced Energy Initiative is a series of tax cuts to energy providers and a proposal to drill in ANWR.
Others to my right think he blew it on immigration.
It could have been worse.
Another less jaded review here from James Joyner.
My corporate masters have a link rich round-up of reactions here.