State of the Scott

It was a weakened and chastened president who came before the American people last night, talking about tax cuts and begging for some progress on health reform someday. The proof of his diminished legislative prospects?
President Obama said he wanted action this year to abolish policies that prohibited gays from openly serving in the military, for the first time establishing a timetable for one of his long-held goals. Obama called for repeal of the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law near the end of his State of the Union speech, addressing the issue in a single, passing mention, but rekindling the debate between supporters and opponents of the move.
Don't ask, don't tell is of such minor concern to the president that it wasn't part of last year's agenda - he was going to be too busy passing things Americans hate like cap & trade, card check and immigration reform to be bothered with DADT. This bone, thrown to his liberal base, is proof of how impotent the White House now considers itself to be. Compliments? The Boston Globe calls Obama's State of the Union a defensive speech.
The jolt of fear that Scott Brown’s victory over Martha Coakley sent through the Democratic world obviously shook the White House as well. Obama sought to remind voters that he is the true vessel of change by stressing his anti-Washington bona fides. He still wants to promote bipartisanship, to behave magnanimously toward his rivals, to keep his administration as clean and open as possible.
The Boston Herald also highlighted Obama's fear of Scott.
President Obama never mentioned him by name, but Republican rising star Scott Brown - and his game-changing Senate victory last week - loomed large over the hourlong State of the Union address last night. “Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved,” Obama said. “But I wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year.”
Here's Scott Brown's response to the State of the Union speech last night:
“I was pleased to hear President Obama acknowledge that our economy must be a national priority and I applaud him for taking some important first steps. But putting America back to work requires bold action. Bold action means broad-based tax cuts for families and businesses to create jobs and not merely targeted tax relief. Bold action also means major reform and restructuring to actually cut spending and not just freeze it. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle on far-reaching new initiatives that will put our economy back on track and get our fiscal house in order.”