January 31, 2018

Great Speech!

I'm nothing if not fair. I think the President hit it out of the park last night.

He took credit for economic successes, but in the context of sharing it with Americans. President Obama was famous for starting every sentence with "I;" Trump's all started with "We." Now, the antecedent of we could be "my administration" but it can also be "America."

Katherine Mangu-Ward of Reason tweeted early in:

That was a prescient joke. Our unconventional president took a diversion and built an entire speech around it. If you'd've told me he was going to do that I would not have tuned it. But, damn, it worked. The "very good welder," the heroic firefighter, the grieving parents, the escaped North Korean holding his crutches aloft all painted a picture of policy that did not have Donald Trump as its focus.

Nobody 'round these parts is more pro-immigrant than me, but the dour, sour, darkly-dressed democrats filled their guest boxes with (and this is the first and last time you'll see me use this phrase) "illegal immigrants." Contrasting them to the cheerful, optimistic, Republicans and their heroic guests would "focus group well" for the GOP.

The CBC sitting grouchily for "the lowest African-American unemployment since it was measured" and Minority Leader Pelosi's 80 minute constipation certainly pleased the base but did not swing the swing voters their way.

Young fresh Rep Kennedy (somebody tweeted "why he doesn't look old enough to have groped his first waitress!") got high marks, but I wasn't feelin' it. Nor, it seems was Mary Katherine Ham:

UPDATE: Embedded the Katherine Mangu-Ward tweet instead of my paraphrase.

Trump Revolution Posted by John Kranz at January 31, 2018 10:27 AM

Nice post!

It wasn't "Rope a Dope." It was Tyson rights... over and over and over again, right to the nose of Democrats.

I was called a "leftist" AND a "Marxist" by a FB friend for endorsing POTUS' immigration offer: 1.8M "Dreamers" stay, eligible for citizenship process, in exchange for ending the Visa "lottery" reforming serial ("chain") migration, and BUILDING THE WALL. It probably doesn't matter, however, because I seriously doubt ten Democrats will break ranks to vote for it. POTUS clearly called their bluff.

Posted by: johngalt at January 31, 2018 11:50 AM

For the record, I am down with the President's "four pillars" compromise as well.

I'd rather not have a wall, but I'll trade it for the Dreamers. And I realize that further increases to legal immigration that I support will be facilitated if opponents feel that enforcement is real.

What he is trying is to move it from illegal to legal. I'd expand it at the same time, but I did not win an election. It will be interesting to see what the Democrats do. He will have a lot of leverage to say "they won't take 'yes' for an answer."

Hope your friends -- and imagine what they call me! -- can be brought onboard at least as far as silence. The peril for this plan is bi-partisan.

Posted by: jk at January 31, 2018 1:12 PM

I think we're seeing The Art of the Deal scaled up YUUUGE.
Yes, I am oK with this as a starting point... as long as real reform takes place. Don't care about the future just yet.

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 1, 2018 12:59 AM | What do you think? [3]