One Constitutional Tradition that Should End
Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” For some time now, this requirement has also included an official “reply” to the State of the Union by someone from the other party. This is modeled, I suppose, on the practice of having the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition debate the Queen Speech’s each year that opens Parliament.
Frankly, I think the State of the Union reply is a silly practice that should end. Can you think of any good replies to a State of the Union? I can’t. Can you think of any terrible ones? I sure can. No other presidential speech receives an official “reply.” Why should this one?