Saturday, September 30, 2023
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor
From an American Article
by Thadeus McCotter

February 19, 2023 --


Since I’m on the subject of a State of the Union’s substance, there are actually three versions. The first version is the leaked passages dribbled out to the press prior to the address. The second is the version placed on members’ seats and handed to the press that contains the unabridged address for their edification, the historical record, and opposition researchers. The final is the edited address—a script, really—for the president to recite within the confines of the televised time frame. The president can ramble longer, as was Bill Clinton’s wont, and the press won’t pull the plug, as it would upset the tens of viewers who remained rapt by the “pageantry.”

OK, I know what you’re thinking. If the Address is printed in full, why don’t legislators just stay home and read that? Why do so many feel compelled to attend?