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THE PHONIES – OVERNIGHT:  At a time when we are so inspired by the Ukrainian resistance, some people proudly step forward to show us how cowardly and hypocritical they are.  We thank them for their non-sacrifice.  From bizpacreview: 

President Joe Biden drew ire from Democrats and Republicans alike during his first State of the Union address, and it was surprisingly on the same issue.

Pivoting off the topic of COVID-19, Biden attempted to transition into a plan for the future that would unite Americans. He brought up the deaths of New York Police Department officers Jason Rivera, 22, and Wilbert Mora, 27, who were killed in the line of duty after being ambushed on a domestic disturbance call.

Biden left out the ambush stating, “They were responding to a 911 call when a man shot and killed them with a stolen gun.” He then discussed measures he believed achieve both “safety and equal justice” like holding “law enforcement accountable” and banning chokeholds.

Touting $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan meant to break “the cycle of violence and trauma,” Biden struck a nerve when he stated, “We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”

Republicans reacted with annoyance to this because it states an obvious reality they have promoted all along. Clay Travis sarcastically welcomed Biden for his revelation.

“Joe Biden just said the answer isn’t to defund the police, it’s to fund the police,” Travis wrote. “But his party spent the past two years arguing to defund the police. Welcome to the party, pal.”

Others suggested that Biden’s words, both past and present, should speak for themselves.

COMMENT:   Reaction to the president's speech generally split along party lines, but there is no evidence that he made any converts.  It is his hypocrisy and cowardice that finally gets him, and his party.  Few Democrats are willing to run on a "defund the police" platform, not because they don't believe in that pathetic cause, but because it will cost them votes, and possibly elections.  But just wait until they get into office.

March 2, 2022