What struck me watching the State of the Union Address last night was how the Democratic caucus is so visibly split. The thing to watch for is applause (especially standing ovation). The Republican side did this every minute or two during the speech. The reaction from the Democrats fell into three camps:
- Standing ovation. IIRC, this happened twice on the Democratic side. I can't remember what it was for but it sure didn't happen almost ever.
- No applause at all. The Democrats sat silent, not clapping, about half the time.
- A split caucus, with some clapping and others not. This was the interesting bit. It looked like about half of the time some Democrats would sit without applauding while others applauded with vigor. Some of that applause was standing.