Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State of the Union - The Musical!
Les Miserables Edition

Welcome to the Dividist's annual (sort of) coverage of the Presidential Address to Congress - aka State of the Union - The Musical!

In 2007, as a blogging infant, the Dividist despaired at finding a unique approach to the SOTU when so many other bloggers would be traversing the same ground. The answer came from Bob Woodward. I asked Bob in an on-line Washington Post forum whether the SOTU had any real relevance. He responded by saying it was "mostly theater." Genius. That was the answer. What better way to frame the SOTU, media and blog reactions than within the lyrics of a Broadway show tune?

The game is to find blog posts, news stories and commentary that can be vaguely referenced in the lines of the song and link them to the lyrics.

In 2007 it was "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 2008 it was the 1966 hit "Georgy Girl Boy". For 2009, we welcomed President Obama with "Razzle Dazzle" from the musical Chicago. In 2010, the man behind the curtain was revealed in - The Wizard of Oz. We mostly skipped 2011, but for this election year, with this divided government, with the President and Congress erecting barricades against the mobs weilding pitchforks and torches in unfavorable polls, we were drawn to Les Miserables and "Do you hear the people sing?"

We'll post the lyrics now, then update with links to live-bloggers, references, analysis and reviews before, during and after the speech. It'll be over when we get tired of the speech, the game, or too drunk to type. Yes, the Dividist is easily amused.

The Dividist welcomes any and all suggested links, for any and all lines anywhere in the lyric (or dialog), from any who accidentally stumble across this post, at any time.

To help get you into the spirit. Music up... Raise the Curtain...

There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Divided and Balanced.™
Now that is fair.

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