A for­get­table State of the Union

The Washington Post - - CAPITAL BUSINESS -

Whether, like me, one is skep­ti­cal of Pres­i­dent Trump’s State of the Union speech and very aware of the lies, old and new, that lit­tered it, or, like Marc A. Thiessen, fan­ci­fully imag­in­ing a push to­ward the votes of cen­trists [“Trump’s play for the po­lit­i­cal cen­ter,” op-ed, Feb. 7], those with opin­ions on the speech should re­al­ize that within a month, maybe much less, we’ll all have for­got­ten this speech.

By then, it’s likely that ei­ther there will be an­other shut­down or Mr. Trump will have in­ap­pro­pri­ately and per­haps un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally in­voked “emer­gency pow­ers.” Some­time within the next few months, spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III’s long arm of the law may have grabbed more mis­cre­ants within Mr. Trump’s cir­cle of “best peo­ple” and Demo­crat­i­cled House com­mit­tees may have dis­cov­ered more cor­rup­tion and crim­i­nal­ity.

As the year goes by, eco­nomic growth is ex­pected to drop, ex­pos­ing an­other Trump­hood. So, with the rou­tine of gov­ern­ment in Congress, with the chaos in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and with court chal­lenges pil­ing up, it’s fair to as­sume the gaudy spec­ta­cle that is the State of the Union will prove it­self, again, to be a real noth­ing­burger. As oth­ers have opined, it’s a waste of time and our at­ten­tion and should be put, mer­ci­fully, to death. Steven Chinn, New York

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