Tonight President Obama will address the nation and deliver the State of the Union address which is one of those things that is a Washington DC tradition even though nobody cares about it anymore and most people wish it would just go away because it serves no useful purpose other than to make people have to get dressed up on a weekday night and hang out with people they hate and it’s all blah blah blah blah fap fap fap whatever, who gives a shit, why am I here, I’d rather be at the Watergate snorting coke off of my mistress’s ass.
In other words, it’s just like a Sally Quinn dinner party, only you’re invited to watch on TV! Lucky you. Sure, you could flip over to Bravo and watch something starring Bethenny Frankel but that would make you History’s Second Greatest Monster, right after Bethenny who contains more pure concentrated evil than Hitler and Taylor Swift combined. Bethenny …. God, I hate her. So. Much.
So. Anyway. As I was saying: the State of the Union is tonight to be followed by the Republican response which is generally used to increase the profile of one the party’s up and coming ‘Rock Stars’ which is why many people still compare watching Mitch Daniels 2012 star turn to the pivotal moment in their youth when they saw the Beatles for the first time on Ed Sullivan. Only this year, Everybody Wants To Be A Rock Star:
The response, a once careful attempt at stagecraft fashioned under the close watch of party chiefs to be as uniform and on message as possible, has given way to political free agency.
For example, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, plans to spend part of Tuesday in a television studio off Capitol Hill recording his own unsanctioned rebuttal to Mr. Obama’s address that night. His staff plans to blast the video to news outlets around the world, and to the hundreds of thousands of people the senator reaches online through Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.
Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, will have top billing for the newest — and to some Republicans the most unwelcome — post-State of the Union event, the official Tea Party response.
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, not content to wait until Tuesday, got rolling last week when he released a statement in which he demanded that Mr. Obama answer accusations on a variety of issues, including National Security Agency surveillance and the Affordable Care Act. He then followed up with a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asking for a special prosecutor to look into accusations of political persecution by the Internal Revenue Service.
Competing with them for the soapbox will be Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, who is to deliver the party’s official response.
Because of this, and because those of us at Raw Story care deeply and want to give you the readers “… the crucial contextual information necessary to understand what’s happened” we will be liveblogging/Tweeting/Shoutyfacing the SOTU and the Republican responses and the even more important media responses (“what does Peggy Noonan think and how drunk is she this time?”) on Raw Story tonight for The First Annual #RawSOTU where Publisher Roxanne, Editor Tony, Amanda Marcotte, and my own bad self will welcome the Lovely & Talented Lizz Winstead to join us for an evening of delightfully whimsical commentary, bon mots, hilarious hijinks and probably some swear words:
Please join us then. BYOB.