If the State of the Union speech is the artisanal homebrew of the political year, State of the State addresses are buying tall boys in bulk.
History suggests that President Obama will deliver 7,000-odd words in his address. So far in 2013, governors in 44 states have laid out nearly 200,000 words of State of the State stock-taking. Carving this rhetorical thicket into what’s relevant to national politics and what’s not provides a survey of support for current policies, a sense of how new proposals may be received and a reminder that states churn with concerns far beyond the issues that will be wedged into primetime TV.
Whatever your view of his politics, it is difficult to deny Rep. Barney Frank’s inimitable facility with the spoken word. With the news of his retirement, it seems only appropriate to look back on a few of his best video moments.
Ezra Klein deserves a hearty hat tip for his roundup (do check it out), which leads with the most must-see of Frank’s takedowns: