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GOPís hot new craze: Why everyone wants to give a State of the Union response this year

by Alex Pareene at Salon

http://www.salon.com/2014/01/27/gops_hot_new_craze_why_everyone_wants_to_give_a_state_of_the_union_response_this_year/

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Are you ready for the television event of the year? Thatís right: Itís almost time for the annual State of the Union address and its rapidly multiplying responses. Tomorrow, following the presidentís address, Americans will also (if they choose to) hear from three separate elected Republicans. Because if thereís anything Americans love more than lengthy speeches from politicians, itís three successive lengthy speeches from politicians. Maybe this year my pitch for C-SPAN Redzone will finally catch on?

Last year, the official Republican response to the presidentís State of the Union address was delivered by a famously parched Sen. Marco Rubio. Then there was another response, from Sen. Rand Paul, representing the Tea Party. This year, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers will deliver the official Republican response, followed by a Tea Party response from Sen. Mike Lee. And then Rand Paul will also deliver a response, representing Ö himself.

When Michele Bachmann delivered her ďTea PartyĒ response to the State of the Union in 2011, it seemed unlikely to become a tradition. But the next year, presidential candidate and pizza magnate Herman Cain delivered his own Tea Party response. Then came Paul, who apparently enjoyed it so much that he decided to deliver his own totally unaffiliated response speech Tuesday, to be posted on YouTube and sent out directly to his followers and fans via his email list.

Traditionally, the official opposition party response to the State of the Union was an opportunity to take advantage of free airtime to deliver the partyís official platform and message to a captive national audience (back when the speech was the only thing on TV). The response was sometimes used to showcase a partyís rising stars, but it was also common to have it delivered by recognized and respected senior members of Congress.




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