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  • State of the Union addresses can be a type

  • of partisan Pilates for some.

  • For others, it can be a direct ticket

  • to becoming an internet meme.

  • Behind many of these reactions

  • is a careful calculation, and we break it down.

  • You won't find many Democrats jumping out of their seats for President Trump.

  • Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the exception.

  • He's sitting right in the front.

  • And that's likely not a coincidence.

  • Here he is again applauding Trump's jab

  • at those who kneel for the national anthem.

  • And again after Trump mentions rising wages.

  • It's a re-election year for Manchin

  • and he's in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Trump.

  • Now he's apparently showing support for a president

  • from the opposing party.

  • Let's go to the other side of the aisle.

  • We repeal the core of the disastrous Obamacare.

  • The individual mandate is now gone. Thank heaven.”

  • Did you catch that?

  • Overwhelming excitement,

  • except for Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

  • Last summer,

  • Murkowski played a key role to squash

  • efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

  • Working with the Senate,

  • we are appointing judges who will interpret

  • the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court justice.”

  • President Trump threw a compliment right

  • at Neil Gorsuch,

  • but he didn't take the bait.

  • “... in the history of our country.”

  • Did you notice who stood? Senator Joe Manchin.

  • But justices must make careful and largely coordinated

  • choices about what statements are uncontroversial enough

  • to warrant applause.

  • We can achieve absolutely anything.”

  • America is grieving for you.”

  • Kenton Stacy would have died if it were not for Justin's selfless love.”

  • Another group that attempts to play it down the middle: the military officials.

  • Like the justices,

  • they must decide what is partisan platitude

  • and what is not.

  • And I will not stop until our veterans are properly

  • taken care of, which has been my promise to them

  • from the very beginning of this great journey.”

  • We must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully

  • never having to use it.

  • But making it

  • so strong and so powerful that it

  • will deter any acts of aggression

  • by any other nation or anyone else.”

  • Watch as they hesitate.

  • That the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated

  • very close to 100 percent of the territory.”

  • To clap or not to clap? In a deeply divided Congress,

  • applause or silence can send a powerful message.

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The Politics Behind Clapping (Or Not) For the State of the Union | NYT

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    Samuel posted on 2018/02/07
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