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Republicans Won’t Offer Rebuttal to Obama Speech Tomorrow Night; Pelosi Peeved

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By Doug Powers  •  September 7, 2011 12:00 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Tomorrow night, President Obama is expected to announce a $300 billion “jobs plan” (the “stimulus” that dare not speak its name). After the speech, Republicans will either be busy tailgating before the game or would rather let Obama’s “let’s try the same stuff and hope for a different result” approach serve as its own rebuttal. Either way, Nancy Pelosi isn’t thrilled with the Republicans’ “silence is golden” tactic, which means it’s the perfect response:

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.

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.

If the amount of spending earmarked for the money hole is true, Obama’s plan wouldn’t even be a third of the size Maxine Waters wants. If Pelosi thinks somebody should offer a rebuttal, maybe she can convince Maxine to deliver it.

Update: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air reacts to Pelosi calling the lack of a Republican rebuttal “disrespectful”:

It’s now disrespectful to refuse to disagree with Obama?

**Written by Doug Powers

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