However, and this may sound strange coming from an avowed atheist such as myself, but mainly I think it is kind of like people who only go to church on Christmas. Apart from voting, watching the SOTU is an annual, ritual form of political engagement for many Americans who are otherwise disengaged. Even nine months from an election, even in an odd numbered year, even when we basically already know what the President will say (which is every year), many still tune in just because, well, for the same reason people go to church only on Christmas. It is just something you do to show you are a part of the team, even if you can't stand and / or can't be bothered by the trappings for regular engagement.I'm not sure I agree with this, but it is an interesting take. Thoughts?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Quote of the Day
Chris Bowers, at Open Left, theorizes about the large viewerships of State of the Union addresses: