For John, BLUF: I give kudos to the Democrats for strategic thinking in this instance. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
Update: Dems Planned Move For “Months”?
From Hot Air, by Cap't Ed Morrissey, 16 January 2019.
Here is the key Constitutional passage from Wikipedia:
The address fulfills rules in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, requiring the President to periodically "give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."For a long time the State of the Union was sent as a written document. President after President did it the way G Washington did it. Then came along Woodrow Wilson, who decided to do it in person. I don't see that as a permanent change.
My solution is for the President to write up the State of the Union and mail it off to the Speaker of the House and Senate President. Then he should sit down and do a live broadcast, from behind the Resolute Desk, in the Oval Office.
My wife favors the letter route, but thinks he should then go to the Senate Chamber and deliver the message live to the Senators, given that a majority might actually listen to and appreciate his message.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
UPDATE: This seems to have disappeared and is being resurrected.
Regards — Cliff