Category Archives: 2020 Presidential Campaign

Democrat Congresswomen Cheer Trump’s Speech

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I never expected President Trump’s speech to have the new Democratic congresswomen high fiving and chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.” But he did. The president brought the ladies in white to their feet by proclaiming there are more women in Congress now than ever before. (He didn’t mention that they’re Democrats.) Then they quickly sat down when he promised to build the wall. But back up when he announced plans for paid family leave. And back down again when he slammed late term abortion.

State of the Union

Nancy Pelosi seemed to conduct the State of the Union performance from her perch behind Trump. She showed boredom by reading from oversized sheets of paper while he spoke. And when he blasted political investigations she frowned at the back of his head. She also tamped down outbursts from the Democratic congresswomen. And when it was time to stand up and cheer she inscrutably clapped her hands like a seal.

Big Fish Little Fish

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Trump offered relief for young immigrant “Dreamers” in exchange for for his wall. It was an appeal to the Democrat’s base but Pelosi wouldn’t bite. She wants Trump stuffed and mounted, if not devoured.

Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has bigger fish to fry. She says climate change will kill us all in 12 years, so why are you worried about money.

Establishment Democrats seem more worried about her.

Trump’s Speech

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President Trump’s speech from the oval office was short and sweet. He demanded five and a half billion for a border wall, or barrier, or something sticking out of the ground, but didn’t declare a national emergency.

Base Fear

Marc Theissen thought it was great. Trump reached out to Americans beyond his base.

But Chuck and Nancy thought otherwise. Nancy says the wall is immoral. Chuck said Trump used the oval office to manufacture a crisis. And they both looked stiff and uncomfortable.

Could be they were looking to reach beyond their base too.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

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The day before he reported for duty as a freshman U.S. Senator, Mitt Romney turned in his grades on the Chief Executive. In a Washington Post column Romney gave President Trump passing marks for some of his policies. But he flunked him for presidential character.

But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

He also marked Trump down for failure to co-operate with allies. He noted:

The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

Romney’s been consistent about Russia as our number one threat. And President Obama mocked him for it in their 2012 debate.

“And, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Trump responded that if Romney had stood up to Obama’s taunts he might be president today.

 

Syria Pullout

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President Trump got off the phone with Turkish President Erdogan and announced he’s pulling the troops out of Syria. And Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned.

Democrats and Republicans  found common ground slamming the Syria pullout decision. They say the pullout sells out the Kurds and creates a vacuum that ISIS will fill. Same as when Obama pulled out of Iraq. (At least the Republicans say that.)

Pro Syria Pullout

But Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Andrew McCarthy of NR  think Trump did the right thing. If we stay in Syria we’d have to choose sides in a war between Turkey and the Kurds. Erdogan’s nasty but Turkey is a NATO ally. Besides, we’re there illegally. Congress never approved it and that makes it unconstitutional.