Atlantic Media Event : Journos & Politicos Reflect on SOTU

This morning at Union Station, The Atlantic and National Journal hosted a panel discussion about the impact of the President’s SOTU address last night. Atlantic Media’s Political Director Ron Brownstein was joined by a journalists panel including John Harwood, Alexis Simendinger, and Eugene Robinson.

Political guests included Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), WH Dir. of Comm. Dan Pfeiffer and one lone Republican – Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

While Klobuchar and Cornyn kept it cool, Rep. Becerra spent much of his stage time finger-pointing at the Senate for the health care bottleneck, claiming “the House has a plan that will work but we need a little help from our friends in the Senate.” Becerra was also quick to criticize Republicans for not standing to applaud President Obama’s mention of tax cuts for small business.

Pfeiffer, who closed the series said the Address was not meant to signal a “reset” rather, “it was a robust explanation of where we are and where we need to be.” On Senator-elect Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts? Pfeiffer sees it as a very anti-Washington sentiment, not as affirmation of the Republican brand.