House Republicans are pre-emptively hitting President Obama and Senate Democrats ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union address by highlighting the fact that Democrats won't have sumbitted their own budget for consideration by 1,000 days.
The House GOP released a video that "previews" the speech, while calling out Democrats for the ignominious milestone, which will coincidentally land on the day Obama delivers his address.
The video, titled "Coming Soon: 1000 Days Without a Budget", is made to look like a movie preview, and features photos of Obama looking tired and speaking with Senate Democrats while negative economic data flashes on the screen and ominous action-movie-style music plays in the background.
The preview makes a point to specifically call out Senate Democrats as a whole, and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) specifically, and refers to the vice president as "Sheriff Joe Biden", a reference to a 2009 speech where Obama referred to him as "The Sheriff": "If you're misusing taxpayer money, you'll have to answer to him," he said in the speech to Department of Transportation employees.
And while the video claims to be previewing Obama's speech tomorrow to a joint session of Congress, it also gives an early look into how Republicans plan to attack Democrats and the President going into a contentious election year.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told reporters on Monday that he hopes to hear Obama admit that his policies, in regards to the economy, aren't working. "I certainly would like to hear from him that there's a recognition the policies in place have made this economy more lackluster," Cantor said.
Cantor says the GOP majority in the House will focus on oversight this year, calling hearings to address examples of when "the administration has failed to provide the leadership that I think most people expect." Cantor mentioned Solyndra as a prime example of the administration's political miscues that they expect to go after in the coming year, but would not elaborate on any additional examples of what they may decide to investigate.
Republicans have warned that they plan to use the 2012 election as "a referendum on the President's policies regarding the economy," as Speaker Boehner told reporters at the House GOP Conference Retreat in Baltimore last week. Boehner said he expects "every member in every committee" to look into Obama's policies so that they "understand the devastating impact of these policies on our economy."
But the lack of a Democratic budget from the Senate appears to be a major point that Republicans plan to drill down in the coming weeks, especially now that the White House has announced they are delaying their own budget by a week.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), co-authored a post on the National Review’s website today saying they are "disappointed" that Democrats have not offered a budget plan in the past 1,000 days.
"If the president wishes to begin a genuine dialogue with the American people in tomorrow's State of the Union address, then he must hold his own party accountable for its dogged refusal to produce a plan to prevent this crisis and lift this cloud of uncertainty from the economy," the two lawmakers wrote.