Finally, a Politico piece with which most warring partisans and virtually all Americans would agree, "10 SOTU gripes hours before speech":
1) The speech doesn’t accomplish anything.
2) The action is predictable.
3) So are the storylines.
4) The speech is overhyped.
5) The format is outdated.
6) Enough with the press releases.
7) And the standing ovations.
8) And the invited celebrities.
9) And the fashion.
10) The whole thing is just boring.
Yet each year the media hype multiplies with a rabbity exponentiation--which, I suppose, is necessary to compensate for the oppressive fact that the whole thing is just incredibly boring.
As if to prove how boring, an accompanying Politico piece reprints the House Republican Conference's talking points, which insomniacs everywhere should keep at their bedside:
With President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address on deck tonight, House Republicans have a unique opportunity to counter the President’s message with one of more opportunity, more prosperity, and less government. It is no secret that the president is expected to give an aggressive speech that will lay out a very liberal agenda for his second term. It is critical that we are on offense.
There's a bit more, but you're probably dozing off already ...