We are having a weird fracas about the President's request to give a prime time address to a joint session of Congress on his economic plans. I wonder to what extent Boehner is reacting to the hyperpartisanship and cynicism (and empty posturing) of Obama's response to the Ryan budget. The House Republicans are not obligated to provide Obama with a propaganda platform at his convenience. Rather than asking him to move the speech a day, they might think to tell him that if he has serious legislative proposals he should send them to the clerk of the House and the Congressional Budget Office to be scored and analyzed by budget experts who are not interested in his rhetorical flourishes. If he wants to give campaign speeches he should do on his own time and in a venue paid for by his campaign rather than the taxpayers. They might remind him that he is welcome to deliver the traditional State of the Union speech next year.