The Response

The Republicans chose a doctor — congressman and M.D. Charles Boustany. These responses, whether by a Republican or Democrat, are almost impossible undertakings. Most people tune out, and those who stay to listen spend the first half trying to figure out who it is. So it’s a mistake to compete word for word with the president and the media spinners. Boustany smartly chose not to. The full text of his remarks is here. The key is the following section, which comprises the most compelling and honest remarks spoken tonight by an elected leader:

The President had a chance tonight to take government-run health care off the table. Unfortunately, he didn’t do it.

And he didn’t insult the other party or the American people along the way. Good for him.