After the SOTU: We Have Two Parties

Some choice Dem quotes in this piece:

The man whom Bush defeated last November, Sen. John Kerry (news – web sites), D-Mass., took on the president as well. He said, “Every American deserves a real plan to improve retirement security — not weaken it,” and said Bush must do more to unite Iraqis and persuade other nations to help train an Iraqi security force.

“The greatest tribute to the memory of the fallen is an exit strategy called success,” Kerry said.

Rep. Charles Rangel (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., said Bush “did not mention how many more lives will be lost because we still have no timetable for leaving Iraq. And he did not mention how his plans for Social Security dramatically cut benefits across the board and make the challenge worse.”

House Democrats invited about 15 constituents — including senior citizens — to the House galleries as a symbol of their opposition to Bush’s Social Security plans. Democrats also planned a news conference Thursday at a memorial to Social Security’s father, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Reaching out to Hispanics, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (news, bio, voting record), D-N.M., and Rep. Robert Menendez (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J., delivered a Spanish-language response to Bush’s address Wednesday night.

They’re doing a good job. They need to keep it up. They need not to get tired. We’re not tired. We’re here, we’re seeing leadership, we’re excited by it, we’re ready to work, we’ve got their backs even if they haven’t always had ours, because this is the right party, in the right place, in the right time. Let’s go.