Obama Hijacks the Republican Agenda

 It's about framing the Democratic agenda in a way that commands the broadest possible support, hence making it politically harder for the Republicans to oppose.

It might be true that speeches rarely amount to much, and the heightened absurdity of the State of the Union address -- with its weird formality and members of Congress bobbing up and down like synchronized swimmers -- usually makes it seem less consequential than most. But when it comes to domestic policy, speeches are one of only a few instruments of presidential power. They're worth doing well.

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