Last night's State of the Union offered the usual theater, and was heavy on symbolism while light on substance. As one of my Facebook friends noted, the President said more about the upcoming Olynpics than the National Security Agency's overreach.
There are always everyday Americans pressed into the service of the President's current causes, and this year was no expection. There is usually a tribute to our service members, and this year's tribute to Cory Remsburg was especially moving.
The best policy moment came when President Obama challenged Republicans to come up with alternatives to the Affordable Care Act rather than hold yet more meaningless votes to repeal it. The best moment for science came when the President declared that the climate change debate is settled--which it has been for decades, but many of us still need to hear.
While it was happening it was fun to tweet passionately as Obama made good points. But one day later I see the speech as mostly an empty exercise. Nothing Obama said will shift any votes in Congress. Our politics are hopelessly clotted, so we as might as well enjoy the theatrics of its dysfunction.