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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Six Reasons Why the State of the Union Won't Make a Damn Bit of Difference

Many pundits are speculating about the possible impact of the president's State of the Union Address.

Here are six reasons why it won't have one.


  1. Even the best of presidents in the best of times can seldom move public opinion with the "bully pulpit."
  2. It's not the best of times for President Obama:  more people disapprove than approve of his performance.
  3. Many Americans think that "you can keep it" was a deliberate lie.  People don't believe perceived liars.
  4. President Obama is in his second term, and second terms usually suck.
  5. Much of this year's agenda consists of stuff he could not do last year.  Leftovers get rancid.
  6. Last year's speech got low ratings.  And as with last year, there is plenty of other stuff on TV.