State of the Union

The State of Our Union Is…Drunk?

The Reason Roundtable podcast grapples with a news week so packed it makes Manhattan look like Kansas


Let's see, Super Bowl, then the Iowa caucuses, various Democratic presidential debates, impeachment endgame, and…the State of the Union address? Is Dry January destined to be replaced by Binge-Drunk February, at least among people who can't pry themselves away from C-SPAN?

Such are the questions on today's episode of the Reason Roundtable podcast, in which Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch share coping strategies, deliver their own private State of the Union addresses, and confess to rooting interests (or lack thereof) in tonight's big Democratic vote. Also discussed: Shakira's hips, Joe Biden's sins, and Katherine's retracted endorsements.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music: 'Tango de la Noche' by Wayne Jones

Relevant links from the show:

"Will the Justices skip the 2020 State of the Union?" by Josh Blackman

"The Eternal State of the Union, 2015 Update Edition," by Matt Welch

"The Ultimate Impact of Trump's Impeachment Remains to be Seen," by Ilya Somin

"Lamar Alexander, a Key GOP Senator, Says Trump's Delay of Ukraine Funds Was 'Inappropriate'—but Not Impeachable," by Peter Suderman

"Republican Senators Say the Truth Is Irrelevant in Evaluating the Gravity of Trump's Misconduct," by Jacob Sullum

"The Real Problem With Alan Dershowitz's Position on Quid Pro Quos and Impeachment," by Jacob Sullum

"Let Us Bury Prof. Dershowitz' Inane Impeachment Theory," by David Post

"Team Trump's Final Defense: He Didn't Do It, but Even If He Did, It's Not Impeachable," by Billy Binion

"Mike Bloomberg Just Lost My Vote With His Super Bowl Ad," by Nick Gillespie

"Trump Has Fully Embraced the Idea That Deficits Don't Matter," by Steven Greenhut

"Republican Deficit Hypocrisy Will Make America's Debt Problems Much Harder To Solve," by Peter Suderman