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Televised prime-time speeches are performances. No matter how serious the subject, they are an opportunity for politicians to use the tools of entertainment — lighting, setting, writing, delivery — in the service of persuasion.
Neither President Trump nor the Democratic congressional leaders did a particularly effective job last night, in their dueling speeches about the government shutdown. Trump is almost comically stiff while reading a pre-written speech. He spent much of his Oval Office address squinting in the camera, as if he couldn’t read his teleprompter, and — as social media noted — he audibly sniffed after many of his lines.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, for their part, crowded next to each other at a single podium — an awkward set-up that, as Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight pointed out, is likely to be parodied on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend.
It’s unlikely that either performance was effective enough to move public opinion. “Literally no one will remember the Trump speech one week from now. (Same goes, obviously, for the Democratic response),” wrote MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
If last night helped either side, it was probably the Democrats, mostly because they remain in the better position on the fight over the border wall. “Schumer’s doing a nice job painting Trump into the shutdown corner here. Democrats are happy to reopen the government and keep negotiating on the border. Trump isn’t. That’s the winning position,” wrote Vox’s Ezra Klein.
Related: In The Washington Post, Marc Thiessen makes the case that Trump was effective. I disagree, on both tactical and substantive grounds, but Thiessen’s piece gives you a sense of what the other side is saying this morning.
Trump avoided some of his most blatant lies about immigration and the border wall last night, but the entire premise of the speech — a crisis! — was false. Vox’s Dara Lind has a good explainer.
The weak president
Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski became the latest Republican senator yesterday to support reopening the government without funding for Trump’s border wall. She joins Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado.
Yes, all of them are operating partly out of opportunism. They are no doubt afraid of Trump’s unpopularity, both overall and on this issue, and all three face re-election campaigns in 2020. But their distancing themselves from Trump still matters. He is a weak president, and he seems to be getting weaker.
Theda Skocpol, the Harvard professor who studies political movements, wrote me with some thoughts about yesterday’s newsletter on gerrymandering, and I think it’s worth quoting her note in full:
I agree with your gerrymandering comments here, but I think the real issues go deeper. It is not just a question of whether aggregate votes translate into proportional legislative seats overall. Extreme gerrymandering breaks up natural communities into bits and pieces separated into different districts. It contributes to confusing citizens about who is responsible for what — especially when policies impact entire cities or regions — and makes organizing much harder, because people literally have to learn about disparate local, state, and national legislative boundaries.
I have been in both Tea Party and Indivisible group local meetings where active citizens are spending a lot of time trying to figure out jigsaw like boundaries and how to contact neighbors in relation to who represents them. Democratic organizing and accountability become much harder. I think this is an intended effect of extreme gerrymandering, especially when cities are divided up.
That’s yet another reason for a federal law restricting gerrymandering.
And although he didn’t contact me directly, another Times reader apparently had some detailed thoughts about my column from this past weekend.
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哪个网站三中三比较准【几】【个】【人】【想】【到】【年】【轻】【时】【候】【的】【过】【往】。 【会】【心】【一】【笑】，【举】【起】【酒】【杯】。 【那】【边】【陆】【银】【星】【和】【夏】【夜】【温】【泉】【在】【游】【戏】【室】。 【温】【泉】【最】【近】【迷】【上】【了】【斯】【诺】【克】。 【一】【直】【在】【陆】【银】【星】【的】【跟】【前】【秀】【自】【己】【的】【花】【样】【球】【技】。 【陆】【银】【星】【也】【是】【一】【时】【来】【了】【兴】【趣】。 【温】【泉】【就】【手】【把】【手】【的】【教】， “【身】【体】【再】【弯】【一】【点】，【对】，【手】【是】【这】【样】……” 【夏】【夜】【坐】【在】【沙】【发】【里】，【表】【面】【上】【认】【真】【的】【玩】【着】
【瑾】【仪】【被】【记】【在】【名】【下】【的】【消】【息】【同】【样】【传】【到】【了】【二】【房】。 【秀】【姨】【娘】【轻】【轻】【的】【抚】【摸】【着】【慧】【姐】【儿】【的】【黑】【发】，【喃】【喃】【道】，“【我】【的】【慧】【儿】【想】【不】【想】【记】【在】【太】【太】【名】【下】？” 【慧】【姐】【儿】【抬】【起】【头】，“【记】【在】【太】【太】【名】【下】，【和】【不】【记】【在】【太】【太】【名】【下】，【有】【什】【么】【区】【别】【吗】？” 【她】【年】【级】【小】，【对】【这】【些】【只】【有】【一】【些】【朦】【胧】【的】【概】【念】。 “【记】【在】【太】【太】【名】【下】，【日】【后】【就】【和】【宝】【姐】【儿】【一】【样】【风】【光】【了】。”【秀】【姨】【娘】
【不】【过】【或】【是】【有】【少】【许】【发】【家】【的】【土】【富】【翁】，【一】【起】【上】【也】【是】【见】【到】【了】【少】【许】【大】【的】【天】【井】，【比】【拟】【较】【他】【们】【已】【经】【是】【很】【富】【裕】【了】。 “【这】【个】【村】【子】【里】【的】【人】【守】【着】【雪】【貂】【人】【参】，【为】【何】【还】【这】【么】【穷】？”【皇】【战】【在】【路】【上】【扣】【问】【欧】【阳】【白】，【欧】【阳】【白】【来】【过】【一】【次】，【他】【应】【当】【晓】【得】【甚】【么】【环】【境】。 “【传】【说】【长】【白】【山】【物】【产】【富】【厚】，【要】【是】【很】【多】【年】【前】【说】【的】【话】【这】【是】【真】【的】，【而】【比】【年】【来】【却】【是】【不】【行】【了】，【而】【贫】【民】【一】
【顿】【时】，【姜】【辰】【陷】【入】【了】【一】【个】【玄】【妙】【的】【境】【界】。 【他】【感】【觉】【自】【己】【坦】【洋】【在】【大】【道】【之】【海】【内】，【无】【尽】【的】【大】【道】【规】【则】，【在】【他】【体】【内】【游】【动】。 “【帝】【印】，【被】【他】【收】【了】？”【见】【此】，【哪】【怕】【是】【恒】【帝】【那】【内】【心】【也】【不】【由】【得】【掀】【起】【了】【些】【许】【波】【澜】。 【他】【可】【是】【知】【道】，【那】【是】【帝】【印】！ 【哪】【怕】【是】【大】【宇】【宙】【内】【的】【帝】【级】【强】【者】【也】【不】【一】【定】【能】【掌】【控】！ 【此】【时】【却】【被】【一】【个】【小】【世】【界】【的】【后】【生】【收】【了】！ “
【随】【着】【一】【道】【道】【白】【光】【闪】【过】，【主】【神】【空】【间】【一】【成】【不】【变】【的】【景】【色】【中】【多】【出】【了】【几】【个】【男】【女】。 【感】【受】【着】【轻】【微】【的】【晕】【眩】，【名】【曰】【风】【逸】【尘】【的】【兽】【耳】【伪】【娘】【缓】【缓】【的】【睁】【开】【了】【眼】【睛】，【露】【出】【了】【不】【掺】【丝】【毫】【感】【情】【的】【冰】【冷】【目】【光】。【这】【冰】【冷】【的】【目】【光】【表】【明】，【和】【以】【往】【昏】【迷】【之】【后】【苏】【醒】【不】【同】【的】【是】，【这】【一】【次】【从】【昏】【迷】【中】【苏】【醒】，【依】【旧】【是】【处】【于】【第】【二】【人】【格】【把】【控】【的】【状】【态】【下】。 【随】【意】【的】【扫】【视】【了】【四】【周】【几】【眼】，哪个网站三中三比较准【奚】【弘】【一】【路】【狂】【奔】，【总】【算】【是】【有】【惊】【无】【险】【的】【从】【这】【只】【义】【军】【中】【逃】【了】【出】【来】，【只】【是】【此】【刻】【他】【的】【身】【份】【文】【牒】【和】【路】【引】【全】【都】【不】【在】【身】【上】，【此】【刻】【当】【真】【是】【不】【知】【该】【如】【何】【是】【好】。 “【得】【嘞】，【混】【了】【半】【年】，【一】【朝】【打】【回】【起】【点】【了】。”【奚】【弘】【不】【禁】【自】【嘲】【道】，【但】【是】【现】【在】【回】【义】【军】【中】【是】【不】【能】【再】【回】【了】，【进】【建】【昌】【城】【也】【进】【不】【去】，【在】【大】【路】【上】【徘】【徊】【了】【一】【阵】，【随】【着】【马】【匹】【流】【浪】，【不】【多】【时】【到】【了】【一】【个】【偏】【僻】
【边】【牧】【域】【虚】【空】【之】【外】，【两】【道】【身】【影】【隐】【匿】【其】【中】。 “【金】【凤】，【你】【来】【我】【边】【牧】【域】【所】【为】【何】【事】？【若】【是】【无】【事】，【那】【还】【请】【回】【吧】！”【弥】【天】【宫】【宫】【主】【弥】【茶】【毫】【不】【客】【气】【的】【说】【到】，【而】【在】【他】【对】【面】【之】【人】【正】【是】【三】【圣】【殿】【金】【凤】【天】【尊】。 【他】【没】【想】【到】【他】【这】【才】【封】【域】【不】【到】【几】【天】【时】【间】，【金】【凤】【天】【尊】【就】【找】【上】【门】【来】，【如】【果】【不】【是】【肯】【定】【边】【牧】【域】【已】【经】【完】【全】【被】【他】【封】【锁】，【他】【都】【怀】【疑】【轮】【回】【古】【域】【的】【消】【息】【被】【泄】
【卡】【瓦】【洛】【深】【深】【吸】【了】【一】【口】【气】，【再】【看】【一】【遍】【躺】【在】【在】【上】【的】【战】【友】，【眼】【眶】【湿】【润】【了】。 【他】【们】【都】【是】【跟】【自】【己】【南】【征】【北】【战】【的】【战】【友】，【自】【己】【答】【应】【过】【他】【们】，【跟】【自】【己】【一】【起】【努】【力】【战】【斗】，【一】【定】【会】【让】【他】【们】【成】【为】E【国】【的】【英】【雄】。 “【你】【们】【都】【是】【英】【雄】！” 【卡】【瓦】【洛】【按】【下】【发】【送】【键】，【信】【息】【发】【送】【出】【去】。 【他】【不】【由】【得】【想】【起】【自】【己】【刚】【刚】【怀】【孕】【的】【妻】【子】，【自】【己】【明】【年】【就】【可】【以】【当】【爸】【爸】【了】，