The reaction to President Obama's speech is predictable: the GOP is livid, the Dems pleased.
The pundits? The pundits want a different narrative. What happens to Obama when he doesn't have Congress on his side? Pundits like conflict: winners and losers. And to their lights, Obama is losing.
Obama's speech was about the future in spite of the GOP. Prophets can’t worry too much about winning or losing; they worry about where the country is headed. Obama sees a future that the Internet helps shape; the GOP sees the Internet as something to use to attack liberalism and Obama. The GOP has no vision for the Internet.
There was nothing in the speech about pushing the Russians back. Obama wants to negotiate with the Russians to lower the threat of nuclear war. The GOP isn't interested in that; they made hay in the Cold War and surely there’s room to make more hay. Fighting the Cold War made the GOP of today.