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In the category of: It’s hard to overstate what a big deal this is.
In the category of: Intentional or idiotic?
The back and forth between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the partial government shutdown escalated Friday, as Pelosi said the White House leaked plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercially to Afghanistan.
On Thursday, Trump said he was revoking a military flight for the CODEL, suggesting Pelosi fly commercial instead.
Pelosi was apparently prepared to do just that. But she told reporters Friday that in the midst of the planning word came that the White House had leaked that the delegation was preparing to travel commercially.
“The fact that they would leak that we were flying commercial is a danger not only to us but to other people,” she said, adding it was “very irresponsible on the part of the President.” But she dodged a question about how she knew the administration was behind the leak.
In the category of: Sounds like a plan.
The president “shall from time to time 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,” the Constitution says. But must he do it with such pomp and circumstance; with the bloviating exposition of so little substance; with the pageant reaction shots of Congress, all sycophantic to one audience or another; with the multiplying response speeches, each as empty as their vacuous prompt; with prop guests and press hyper-analysis and the near-religious routine of obligatory applause?
In a word, no.
None of this need happen at all — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Wednesday move to postpone 2019’s State of the Union address until President Trump agrees to end the partial government shutdown offers a rare opening for reform.
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