Lindsey Graham and the “Judgement of History”

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George Washington’s Annual Message to Congress, 1790

Lindsey Graham is furious with Nancy Pelosi’s decision to forbid Donald Trump from delivering the State of the Union Address in the chamber of the House of Representatives until he ends the government shutdown.


I wonder how Graham defines a “longstanding American tradition?” George Washington and John Adams delivered their annual message to Congress in person.  When Thomas Jefferson took office in 1801, he did not deliver the message in person, preferring a written statement.  Every U.S. President followed Jefferson’s precedent until Woodrow Wilson revived the “in person” message to Congress in 1913..  (Actually, it was called the “Annual Message” until 1946).  Karen Tumilty explains it all in this piece at The Washington Post.

Moving from the historical to the political, I find it disturbing that Graham, a Senator from South Carolina and a Trump supporter, has saved the “judgement of history” line for this incident.

2 thoughts on “Lindsey Graham and the “Judgement of History”

  1. Re “The Judgment of History(TM)”:

    “The Victorians thought that History ended well, because it ended with the Victorians.”
    — G.K.Chesterton


  2. “Lindsey Graham is furious” is a statement that could be written multiple times a week. He’s a grandstanding, predictable mouthpiece who never met a microphone he didn’t like, and because he’s verbally clever, reporters love to give him a platform.


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