How did Trump get to be the adult in the room?

When Democrats acted like spoiled teenagers at the State of the Union address, is how.

The TV camera’s cutaway reaction shots were devastating. Democrats sat on their hands like they were muffin warmers. They helped make Donald Trump (the TelePrompTer is your friend!) the grown-up in the room.

The speech itself was a classic rope-a-dope that pleaded for cooperation and compromise while jabbing the Democrats’ weak points. Not even Reagan, who inaugurated the genre, more skillfully employed guests in the gallery to make his points. (Skillfully arranged around a heretofore MIA First Lady, who reached out to many of those guests with a sympathetic hand.)

Sit down

Nancy Pelosi tells Linda Sanchez to sit the hell back down and do like Steny Hoyer.

Trump’s broad theme was bi-partisanship but punctuated with hot-button issues. Case in point: he calls for cooperation and compromise on immigration reform (which is the only way it can happen) then re-visits his campaign excoriation of criminal aliens. A lusty boo began to mount from the Democratic aisles but were choked off when Trump quickly named two sets of parents grieving the loss of their two 16-year-old daughters, felled (allegedly) by illegal alien gangsters. Bonus: the parents were African-American! Masterful.

After praising a Medal of Honor Marine (Democrats no longer demean the military — most of them, anyway) Trump asks is it too difficult to stand up for America. (Overpaid Super Bowl athletes, he’s calling your number.)

A cop and his wife adopting an addict’s unwanted baby — and holding the baby! Pro-cop and pro-life in one fell swoop.

Want to play diplomatic patsy with Kim Jong-un? Stand up, tortured North Korean, and raise high your crutches. A “Why We Fight” iconic image. Our Ms. Vicki recommends the Call Out to Otto Warmbier’s parents (“their faces broke my heart”). Vicki says the bereaved father with the horn rimmed glasses “also broke my heart with the pain he wore on his face.”

Then there was the victory lap around the tax cut as business after business announces more hirings, higher wages, big bonuses, and more capital investment. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to applaud and he voted against it!

The most cynical reaction shot of the night though was when Trump proclaimed that unemployment among African-Americans was a record low. Cue camera on the Black Congressional Caucus: stony, intransigent silence. Partisanship trumping (so to speak) results.

Time and again, Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer couldn’t bring themselves to stand for Trump’s calls for bipartisanship. They look petty and small in the face of a President honestly trying to forge a solution to a problem that has festered for years. — So says this former aide to President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Blaska’s Botton Line: Democrats looked sullen, petty and petulant. The public will see that and contrast with Trump reaching across the aisle (while deftly pushing their hot buttons).

Platinum Bonus Subscriber filip: That movie with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep about the Washington Post, what’s it about? Publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971 so that Americans could have the information to judge for themselves. What vexes the Post-types today? That the Devin Nunes/Fusion GPS memo might be released so that Americans can judge for themselves whether the FBI abused its surveillance powers.

UPDATE: Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave. Just a quarter disapproved, according to a CBS poll.

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19 Responses to How did Trump get to be the adult in the room?

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ​The SOTU speech finds Lefty circling the drain of a one-way valve-covered BIG STINKY!.

    http://lacrossetribune.com/stories/news … e6ced.html

    *Lefty Media Accuse Adoptive Couple at Trump’s SOTU of ‘Guilting’ Birth Mother.

    https://www.follownews.com/media-accuse … ther-42agf

    *ACLU calls President Trump’s mentioning the country he was democratically elected to lead “divisive.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing- … cism-these

    *Congressional democrats boo/groan efforts to clamp down on MS13 gang members.

    They’ll vote Lefty and change their ways after being pacified with the old Lefty more, More, MORE high quality/quantity free stuff, am I right?

    *Congressional Lefties sit for record Black unemployment.

    Employed people won’t be manipulated by Lefty’s more, More, MORE high quality/quantity free stuff.

    Consumed with hate, wallowing in chronic/acute End Stage Trump Derangement Syndrome, refusing to let go of a failed ideology, and nowhere to turn; one almost has to feel sorry for them.

    Almost.

    North Korea and Venezuela are open for business. Why don’t you’s try to sneak into one of those countries the way you’s want illegal immigrants to sneak into ours.

    A word of caution, they take illegal immigration a tad more seriously than the Hopey Changey Administration did!

    The Gotch

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  2. Balboa says:

    When I watched the State of the State in WI saw the same thing from Democrats. Except the it was hard to see because camera rarely showed the democrats sullen faces and shaking heads. It was nice to the see Christine “Every woman needs to have atleast one abortion” Taylor and
    Jon Derp-enbach frown and smirk on camera. Then change facial expression once they realized the camera was on them.

    I do not know what the next election is going to bring but after listening to Walker Speak and go through the before and after story. Why would anyone want to put these yahoos in charge again. They are the party of ya-but party full of leftist kooks.

    GO Walker and Republicans. Keep Dividing and Conquering. The Democrats would not have it any other way.

    Peace Out

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  3. Batman says:

    Watch and listen to Pelosi.
    She often sounds half in the bag.

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  4. madisonexpat says:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha hah!
    Year One of the Trump Era and I am loving life.
    Confusion to our enemies.

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  5. Forbidden Thoughts says:

    Loved it when Trump mentioned that Black unemployment was at it’s lowest recorded level ever, and the camera swung over to the Congressional Black Caucus, and none of them were applauding. Classic!

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    • old baldy says:

      FT:

      They probably weren’t applauding because the statement was false. Black unemployment has been dropping steadily since March 2010 (BLS, CNN, Fortune) but too ~1% jump in in the past month (CNN, Fortune). More fake news from the master.

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  6. richard lesiak says:

    Oh please; are you kidding me. Compromise and co-operation on immigration? That all depends on his hourly tweets. His use of two grieving African-American parents was “:Masterful”? Praise the Marine, but insults McCain? Tax cuts and jobs as we say good-bye to Harley in K.C. while they build a plant in Thailand? Pocan ripped on for bringing Randy Bryce as his guest? The WH has seen more turn-overs than a cook at a pancake house. The people who have any brains and didn’t lie on their resume saw it as a graveyard for careers and got out. Ryan sold his spine for a used Trumpy Bear and has an in-box of retirement letters to read. Walker is going to raise the gas tax and Johnson thinks there is a secret group of Druids dancing naked at the DOJ. I only wonder who will be giving that speech next year.

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  7. Batman says:

    Lesiak&Abob,
    0-2 for comprehension.
    I will be less cryptic&artful, and more obvious next time.
    You can always ask a friend to help you decipher my comment.
    BTW; I rarely watch Hannity.

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    Poor Richard and ABob. Everyone’s got a lovely glass of beer and they’re asking each other, “What’s a glass?”

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  9. Batman says:

    Lesiak,
    How do we know that’s your real name?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Have Albert fire up the Batputer and you find me.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        ”Have Albert fire up the Batputer and you find me.”

        Perhaps the “Most Wanted” bulletin board at the Post Office would be a better source…?

        Actually, me & a couple of madison.comers got together at the old Tony Franks, a year ago as we speak, only to discover that we were, in fact, human.

        Beer summit?

        The Gotch

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