The State of the Union Was a Visibly Degenerate Variety Show

On the surface, it was all as direct and literal as a game show. Education policy? The little girl gets a scholarship! Afghanistan? Here’s one of the troops, brought home, right now! What wasn’t mentioned head-on in the speech was the most relevant fact about the president and the presidency: an acknowledgement from Trump that he had recently been impeached in room where he was speaking and, for the next 19 or so hours, would remain be under impeachment in a Senate trial.