There's no arguing with wingers on this stuff, so I looked at another fairly recent speech delivered to a joint session of Congress, one that no Republican could possibly criticize: President George W. Bush's speech on September 20, 2001, nine days after the 9/11 attacks. Surely that speech, also before a majority-Republican Congress, would have been greeted with a great number of rounds of applause -- right?
Well, here's the tally:
Bush, nine days after 9/11: 31 rounds of applauseSome of this has to do with the length of the speeches: a quick word count of Bush's speech tallies it at 3054 words; Netanyahu's was 3918. But still: Netanyahu was applauded once every 91 words. Bush was applauded only once every 98.
Netanyahu today: 43 rounds of applause
Benjamin Netanyahu: the greatest American, according to the current conservative Congress?
(See also the recent Public Policy Polling survey of Republican voters, in which Netanyahu had a higher favorable rating than any likely Republican candidate for president.)