Republicans have decided they're not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama's jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.The GOP refusal to do a formal response says a lot of things:
At least three GOP lawmakers also have announced they're not going to show up for the presidential address. House Speaker John Boehner's office then confirmed Tuesday evening that nobody from the party would deliver an official televised response.
Pelosi said the party's "silence" would "speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs."
"The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people," Pelosi said.
But Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama's proposals on Thursday "will rise or fall on their own merits," suggesting a GOP response was not needed.
- They don't think Obama's speech merited a joint session and therefore is not worthy of a GOP response.
- Obama's plan is dead-on-arrival and everyone knows it so the GOP doesn't have to bother with a response.
- The public is not going to be happy having their evening TV viewing interrupted with a meaningless speech and the GOP doesn't want to be associated with that.
- The GOP wants to watch the NFL game.
Any or all of the above could be true.