Let's Scrap The State Of The Union

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Last year's State of the Union Address. (JIM BOURG/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — It isn’t likely that much good will come out of the current government shutdown, a colossal political blunder by the White House that has handed Democrats a chance to do what they do best – pander.

But if Speaker Pelosi’s call for the president to postpone the State of the Union Address set for a week from next Tuesday is honored, and somehow leads to the realization that the State of the Union Address is a severe waste of everyone’s time, it might make the shutdown worth it.

Quick – what was the most memorable line from last year’s address?

You can’t recall one because there wasn’t one.

For my money you have to go back 23 years to Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union speech to find a line worth remembering: “the era of big government is over.”

False, but memorable.

The forgettable banalities coming from the House rostrum aren’t the only useless part of the State of the Union.

The revolting partisanship on display, as the president’s partisans give standing ovations to his punchlines while the opposition across the aisle sits on its hands, makes them all look ridiculous. And the opposition response is another waste of airtime that could better be used for sports highlights or a Mister Ed rerun.

So by all means, let’s deposit the SOTU in the T-R-A-S-H and go back to the way it was before 1913, a letter from the president to Congress.

Or maybe, given who’s in there now, just a Twitter thread.

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