The Spectacle Blog
John: The embargoed parts of the speech ain't all that juicy. Except for the energy initiative, that is.
Major Garrett of Fox News: Reports Sheehan was detained, not arrested.
Isn't there something a little unseemly about the way reporters talk before a speech when they've obviously read an embargoed advance copy? The president "will need to address energy." Oh, will he, now? I wonder whether that'll pop up in the speech! Why not just read the unembargoed excerpts and provide context, instead of playing games?
She apparently was trying to unfurl some banner and was hauled away. Too bad they couldn't have taken Boxer and Pelosi out with her.
Sheehan under arrest???
Several reports say that San Francisco congressbeing Lynn Woolsey (D-of course) has given a gallery pass to Cindy Sheehan to attend the president's speech. It's better than even money that CBS, NBC and ABC will have more camera time on her than on the prez. Too bad the Dems didn't invite her to deliver the rebuttal instead of boring old Tim Kaine. This could be hilarious. Start popping the corn.
Best Iran source reports on four new parallel tunnels under construction in north Tehran, in what is called Mini-City, that are designed to deny and deceive signals intelligence.
The tunnels, called the Hormuz Project, are 50 meters deep, about 150 to 300 meters long, and double concrete walled with a lead layer in between; also there is provision for fiberglass sound proofing. These measures are to shield radiation leakage and to muffle the loud whirring of a cascade array of P-2 gas centrifuge machines for processing uranium into the 90% purity necessary for a nuclear weapon. The tunnels are being built by the Hora engineering company which has its headquarters at Khatam Al Aribia, the main engineering headquarters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Council (IRGC).
From the polling perspective, if recent history repeats itself, we can assume two things will occur after the President's State of the Union (SOTU) speech tonight. First, CNN/USAToday/Gallup and perhaps CBS News will conduct instant reaction polls among speech watchers who will express great enthusiasm for the President and his address. Second, the traditional poll of all Americans conducted in the weeks following the speech will show little or no "bump" in the President's job approval ratings.By way of explanation, Blumenthal points to a tendency for the SOTU audience to be disproportionately packed with a president's copartisans.