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Assault on America, Day 36: Dems’ abhorrent SOTU manners cast Trump in presidential light

Democrats in WhiteRepublicans and conservatives were down in the dumps last November when Democrats, led by ultra-liberal San Francisco bay area maven Nancy Pelosi, retook the majority in the House of Representatives.

At that time pundits and gleeful mainstream media prognosticators predicted doom for the GOP, all-but nixing President Donald Trump's final two (or six) years in advance; they guffawed buoyantly about him no longer being capable of getting anything accomplished and crowed about impending investigations, posturing and obstruction.

But after Tuesday night's State of the Union Address it's crystal clear Trump would not have been nearly as effective at selling his ideas today without Democrat spoiled brats there to help provide him a contrast. There’s nothing quite like convincing folks to back a proposal when they see who’s against it. Democrats did it in spades -- and they’ll live to pay for it!

The old saying “A picture’s worth a thousand words” never rang truer than two days ago.  Democrats behaved awfully, starting with Pelosi herself. As perhaps the most uncomfortable person in the room -- and on camera virtually the entire time -- San Fran Nan couldn’t settle on a personal presentation strategy. She regularly looked down at a stack of oversized papers (the text of Trump’s speech…her phone bill?), searching for something, anything, to take her mind off the fact tens of millions of people were staring at her every mouth twitch and eye movement.

She looked bored, disinterested and enraged all at once, frequently shooting glances in the direction of her party cohorts, Pelosi looked desperate trying not to smirk through the hour and twenty-minute program. It didn’t work. Occasionally muttering something to the always serene looking Vice President Mike Pence seated next to her, the Speaker seemed incredibly lonely, ruing the fact hers was the most unenviable seat cushion in the chamber.

If Republican (House Minority Leader) Kevin McCarthy’s goofy mug were in the Speaker’s position would such “theater” have been as noticeable?

The rest of the Democrats didn’t comport themselves any better, though they were mostly able to hide behind relative anonymity except for those rare flashes of camera fixation -- and individually they couldn’t have known exactly when they were live before the nation. California Senator (and announced 2020 Democrat presidential candidate) Kamala Harris drew a number of homed-in up-close-and-personal spotlights as did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a host of Democrat women dressed all in white.

White? Isn’t it the color of innocence and purity? What an odd uniform choice for this crew.

In light of what happened to fellow party member Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam last week (was he blackface or the KKK guy?), was white really the most appropriate color for these gals? From a distance the group looked like an indistinguishable gaggle of goons donning white robes, an unwanted reference to rubes at a Klan meeting. Could the gesture have been a subtle hint about the party’s true attitudes?

At any rate, Trump’s well-crafted address would not have carried as powerful a punch without the Democrats’ rude antics calling special attention to what he was saying. True, the president and his speech writers put together the content to offer a little bit for everyone -- some big government programs for Democrats, stepped up border security and a wall for conservatives and a promise to end unnecessary wars for libertarians and the Pat Buchanan crowd.

But it was his ending sequence that Americans will likely remember from 2019. Trump said, “We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance -- or whether we will proudly declare that we are Americans. We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.

“This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.

“This is our future -- our fate -- and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.”

It certainly was no coincidence Trump incorporated the word “great” into his closing plea. By challenging all Americans -- especially Democrats -- to choose greatness, the president may have just created his best and most endearing campaign message heading into 2020. Reagan-like in its hopefulness and inclusive to the hilt, who wouldn’t honor “greatness” as part of their everyday lives?

It struck me -- Trump has finally learned what it means to be “presidential.” Up until recently the lifelong real estate developer and celebrity skated by on his oversized personality and willingness to thumb his nose at the swampy DC establishment, something heretofore unseen in the bog that is the nation’s capital. And the difference was very appealing to the masses. Trump’s populist wave carried him comfortably over the electoral vote threshold in 2016, defeating Hillary Clinton, the Democrats and his own party elites in the process.

But Trump’s discovered that populism alone isn’t getting the job done. In business, both sides of a negotiation have incentives to bargain and make deals. In politics there is no such motivation. Democrats believe their best play is to lie to regain power, obstruct and resist. To beat them, Trump must win over the skeptical voters who favor his policies but don’t like him personally.

He did it on Tuesday. Many are calling this year’s SOTU address Trump’s finest hour. The somewhat reformed #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson wrote at The Resurgent, “According to a CBS News poll of President Trump’s State of the Union address, 76% of Americans liked his speech and 72% agreed with him on the immigration portion of his speech…

“The President reminding us all of the nation’s great accomplishments while also saying our best accomplishments are still to come was a great moment. He found moments of bipartisanship that made a very divided room come together.

“It was the best speech he has given and if he can consistently use the discipline he showed last night, he will be on track for re-election. But with this President that is a big if.”

Too true. It was a Trump-ian performance without the bombast that turns so many people off. Even former rivals are on board the Trump train now -- it was weird seeing a bearded Ted Cruz standing and applauding Trump's various overtures as though the ugliness of the 2016 primaries was a distant memory. If Jeb Bush and John Kasich were in the room they probably would’ve reacted favorably as well.

A very tan Mitt Romney also received a few camera highlights; the 2012 nominee must realize this “presidential” Trump would be nearly impossible to beat in the 2020 GOP primaries. Perhaps Mitt was contemplating his next move considering his chances of one day delivering his own SOTU address are rapidly dissolving.

There simply isn’t space for a stuffy establishmentarian atop the Republican party any longer. Trump’s broken the mold, and with the increasingly outlandish Democrats helping to make his case sound logical and palatable to an incredulous public, he’ll be a much more effective political force from here on out.

That is, if he can keep it up (as Erickson pointed out). There will be plenty of opportunities for Trump to be Trump -- but if he wants his political platform to succeed, he’ll need more nights like Tuesday in the future.

Democrats exposed a window into their souls the other night, unable or unwilling to greet President Trump’s pro-American message and calls for unity with anything other than skulks and sneers. Americans hoping for political progress won’t take the Democrats’ behavioral excesses lightly.

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