Why do we watch the State of the Union?
Why do we organize parties as Drinking Liberally chatpers around the country are doing, and as we will host tonight at San Marcos (St. Mark's btw 2nd & 3rd)?
We certainly don't believe it's an honest address, rigorously fact-checked and determined to present the American public with truth. Those 16 words about uranium handled that myth.
We don't believe that it even represents an agenda for the next year. Remember when W. spent a speech discussing hydrogen-fueled cars and defeating AIDS.
If anything, the State of the Union Address is a weird sibling to the Alito hearings: nothing of substance will be said, tough questions will be avoided, the concerns Americans have going in will be given no audience, and the public will just be numbed by platitudes and pleasantries.
In Santa Barbara, at their Drinking Liberally, a member argued that Dems should have announced a filibuster before the Alito hearings began. I laughed -- won't that paint us as obstructionists? His response: the hearings won't illuminate any of our deep concerns, and will only present a palatable dish of Alito to a less engaged, broader public.
And he was right.
So is the answer that we shouldn't watch the State of the Union? That we should have a prebuttal (which I believe Dems are doing)?
Or just do what we're doing...treat it as grusome entertainment and watch it with friends and family with drinks (and drinking game) in hand.