Why the State of the Union is a waste of time

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014 3:45 p.m. MST

President Reagan holds up 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds, which the President said was two months late from Congress, during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 25, 1988.

Bob Daughtry, Associated Press

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The State of the Union address has lost its relevance, according to Politico’s Todd S. Purdum.

“Blame the Democrats. Blame the Republicans. Blame social media, members of Congress, the wind or the weather,” Purdum wrote in his article, “The State of the Union: Make it stop.”

“But the State of the Union — as political event, public theater, real-time town hall or self-help reality show — has jumped the shark.”

Purdum believes that the speech is not only an "overblown" media spectacle, but also an obsolete political practice full of hollow rhetoric. “Maybe," he concludes, "it’s time to rethink the whole drill.”

Read more about The State of the Union on Politico.

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