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Flounder In Chief Folds

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The art of the deal:

President Trump said late Wednesday that he would deliver his State of the Union address once the federal government reopens, capping a day of brinkmanship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told the president that he was not welcome to deliver the speech in the House chamber while the government is partly closed.

“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after 11 p.m., hours after he had said he would look for another venue for the speech. “I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over.”

Remember the movement, under the dynamic leadership of, er, Seth Moutlon, to replace Pelosi with [random Democrat to be named never]? That was really dumb.

Some people have pointed out that this might lead to a situation in which no Democratic president can give a public SOTU to a Republican House. That would be…fine? The previous longstanding tradition of written SOTU was fine, and unlike the erosion of norms concerning, say, judicial nominations it doesn’t materially affect the functioning of the government.

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