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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump just changed politics again

I was not going to watch the State of the Union last night, but Silvio Canto Jr. needed me to do his radio show this afternoon, so I watched.

Wow. I thank him because I witnessed the transformation of American politics again.



President Donald Trump transformed the State of the Union speech from a presidential address to a television show on the state of the union.

Kennedy gave us the telegenic president.

Nearly 60 years later, Trump took it to the next level.

His speech -- written largely by his immigration expert, Stephen Miller -- incorporated those presidential guests to deliver his message.

Trump forced one of his nagging critics, Chris Cillizza, CNN's editor-at-large, to concede the brilliance of the move.

"Perhaps not surprising for someone who has lived his life in the spotlight and who built a life on image and brand, the stagecraft of Trump's first State of the Union was outstanding. From the families who lost loved ones to the MS-13 gang to Otto Warmbier's parents to the North Korean defector and his crutches, the visuals -- and the stories they told -- were haunting and memorable," Cillizza wrote.

The photograph that won the night was not President Trump, but rather Ji Seong-ho holding his crutches aloft. He escaped North Korea in 2006, and now lives in South Korea helping others escape.

His presence was testimony to the appreciation of President Trump's efforts to confront Kim Jong Un, which may lead to the departure of Kim, and the unification of the two Koreas.

Incorporating the victims of MS-13 and the heroes of America made his message theirs. And they are more credible to those who are not as Trumpian as we are. They sold his policies.

To be sure, their was the co-opting of the Democratic Party line. The line of the night was "Americans are Dreamers, too!"

But linguistic steals are older than Ronald Reagan, who won the election for Bush in 1988 by telling the Republican National Convention, "We are the change." In four words, he reminded people of how antiquated liberalism was.

And The Donald benefited from Democratic ineptitude. The orders not to applaud made the Democrats look like cranky old losers. Pelosi chewing her dentures bitterly showed America that Trump had won the night.

The black congressional delegation not applauding the historic low in black unemployment showed a resentment of black achievement not witnessed since George Wallace left this life.

Droolin' Joe Kennedy's response to the speech was typical of the uselessness of these replies. Written before the speech, the speech straitjacketed Kennedy. He could not acknowledge the good points the president made -- and Kennedy was unable to react to the great graphics of the night.

Plus his ginger hair and face made him look like Conan O'Brien, which made Kennedy less serious in the eyes of viewers.

But Trump changed American politics again. Presidents no longer can give a 90-minute lecture to America. They must sell their policies with testimonials that people can relate to.

That is an improvement because the public will be involved in those policy decisions. No longer are we deplorables who have to be catered to at election time, and forgotten thereafter.

As Republican congressmen convene at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, they know they run against history in this year's election.

But Trump's triumphant address last night gave them and America hope. He has rallied the troops. They shouted USA! USA! USA! as if the state of the union address were a Trump rally in a swing state.

Maybe it was.

Republicans should trust him to guide them through the shoals of a mid-term. He keeps changing American politics.

Meanwhile, Democrats need new leadership. They are stuck in the last century, standing athwart history, yelling stop.

Conservatives tried that. Liberals had their heyday.

That feeling you have right now is called winning.

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Good news.

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Order it here.

The paperback edition will likely take orders this weekend.

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15 comments:

  1. It’s winning and I am NOT tired of it.

    And to add insult to injury, Kennedy was speaking in front of a wrecked car!!!

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    1. He should've been dressed in black tights with "Captain Oldsmobile!!"
      on his chest-with a neck brace instead of a mask..
      all of the nights visuals for the Dems seriously sucked. any of my WVA friends think that Joe Manchins
      "Standing Oh NO!" isn't going to make it into his oppositon's Champagne? I was like he took one look at Chuckie U. and withered..
      No guts no airmedals, there, Joe...
      Hehehe..TG McCoy

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    2. Campaign - dam' spell check...
      TG

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    3. TG, actually I think your spell check may have been more correct, and hopefully predictive. Champagne is associated with victory...
      Norco Bob

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  2. Two moments which choked me up were the parents of the girls who were murdered by the MS-13 gangs and the policeman and his wife who adopted the baby of the drug addicted mother. You can't fake the emotions of those people.

    Btw ... Schumer looked like he was hearing fingernails on a blackboard.

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    1. It was also awesome when one of the fathers strongly shook the hand of the soldier next to
      Him as PDJT was relating his heroics.

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    2. Yup, Schlongy, that's when I started crying.

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  3. This sums up everything since the escalator ride.

    "Republicans should trust him to guide them through the shoals of a mid-term. He keeps changing American politics.

    Meanwhile, Democrats need new leadership. They are stuck in the last century, standing athwart history, yelling stop.

    Conservatives tried that. Liberals had their heyday.

    That feeling you have right now is called winning."

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  4. "Meanwhile, Democrats need new leadership. They are stuck in the last century, standing athwart history, yelling stop." The Trump Train is a-comin, comin' down the tracks. Are the Dems gonna stand on the tracks? I think they're dumb enough to do so.

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  5. This morning I found that President Trump's SOTU speech came just 9 minutes short of the record for longest speech ever.

    It seemed to me like it was over in a flash! What a great speech, and it floored me to hear, right there in the Capitol, chants of "USA, USA, USA!"

    Someone with video talent should put that soundtrack on a video showing Pelousy chewing her dentures! I wonder how many sets she's gone through since Trump took office!

    What a magical, wonderful night!

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    1. If the speech got Nan chomping on the dentures in irritation, she should've just turned her hearing aid way down so she didn't have to listen LOL
      JimNorCal

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  6. Nancy Pelousy sure didn't act like someone who expects to lead a Democrat wave in a few months.

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  7. After many years of conservative retreat, Trump and his followers are storming ashore at what the Leftists will call Copper-Plated Beach.

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  8. DemCong tears sweeten my coffee.

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