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Pelosi And Romney Both Underestimate Trump

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The rending of garments, keriah in Judiasm, is an extreme form of mourning, and it also can express outrage and shock. At the trial of Christ, “the high priest, rending his garments, said, ‘What need we any further witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy!’”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, high priestess of the Democratic Party establishment, heard the blasphemy from President Donald Trump during the State of the Union (and no, we’re not comparing the commander in chief to the Messiah), and rather than rend her white dress suit, she ripped up the pages of Trump’s address to Congress.

She may well have been mourning the death of 2020 Democrat presidential hopes, perhaps even the demise of her majority in the House of Representatives, which in the wake of Trump’s acquital is now clearly much more possible. But she was also outraged by a president repeatedly brandishing successes for the identity groups who are supposed to be locked in as the exclusive domain of Pelosi’s party.

Democrats would have us believe Republican politicians (except for a few centrists in their midst) are hostile, or at best indifferent, to the plight of black Americans. But Trump shone the spotlight on 13-year-old Arizona 8th grader Iain Lanphier, “first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy,” who “aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then, he has his eye on the Space Force,” newly established by Trump.

To Pelosi, and the many congressional Democrats to her left, the new U.S. Space Force is a superfluous warmongering enterprise. Those belonging to the identity groups her party provides for aren’t supposed to aspire to have anything to do with it.

Beside Iain was his great grandfather, Charles McGee, a surviving Tuskegee Airman. “After more than 130 combat missions in World War II, he came back to a country still struggling for Civil Rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam,” Trump told those assembled in the House chamber. “On December 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to brigadier general. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office.”

Why, Pelosi likely wondered, is a conservative president giving such a high honor to a distinguished black war hero? That kind of thing is not to be found in the Democrat script.

Then, how incensed Pelosi must have been when the president pointed up to the gallery at Philadelphia 4th grader Janiyah Davis and her mother, and announced “that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it is going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice!” After which Trump said, “Now, I call on the Congress to give 1 million American children the same opportunity Janiyah has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act – because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”

The already-massive power that public school teachers unions have in the Democratic Party may increase significantly in this year’s presidential election. And so any talk of offering poor minorities alternatives to sub-par public education in the country is an affront to politicians such as Pelosi who have spent a lifetime getting failed public schools as much taxpayer money as possible, and is a threat to their power.

The 2012 Loser Chooses A Losing Path In 2020

Alongside Pelosi’s fury over it becoming clearer and clearer that her impeachment has backfired disastrously, we have the loser of the 2012 presidential election, Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, and his calculated decision to be the lone elected Republican in Washington to call for reversing the 2016 presidential election.

Both Pelosi and Romney – and probably almost all political figures and analysts of politics in America – have continually grossly underestimated Donald Trump.

It became clear at his East Room event in the White House on Thursday that despite his meager experience, this man is a shrewd, steely gladiator of the political arena. Romney was looking to the post-Trump era when he cast his impeachment vote with the Democrats, betting that the GOP and the country will be pining for a washing away of Trumpism.

It’s more likely Romney will soon find himself an ostracized, impotent legislator whose phone calls are left unsenatorially unreturned. Meanwhile, decidedly red, Trump-friendly Utah will find the former Massachusetts governor – who has flip-flopped on every issue one can name – to be less and less attractive.

Trump spent an hour thanking an endless number of political allies in the East Room on Thursday, thus cementing their loyalty to and affection for this most unusual of presidents. He showed off the Washington Post front page reporting his exoneration like Give ’em Hell Harry holding up the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” banner headline. And Tuesday night’s address to Congress, with its awarding of the Medal of Freedom to conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, its surprise arrival of Sgt. First Class Townsend Williams back from Afghanistan to see his wife and children for the first time in months, plus other inspired stratagems, was one of the most successful and politically effective ever.

It isn’t “Teflon Don” occupying the Oval Office; it’s more like some alien force from a science fiction movie that consumes every weapon launched at it and becomes stronger because of the attacks. The exasperated Pelosi is at a loss as to what to do now. And Romney has likely placed himself at the onset of a long obscurity.

— Written by Thomas McArdle


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17 comments

  • Romney is rightfully shunned in the Republican Senate. Nothing with his name on it will be considered. Utah now has only one Senator. And the Democrats still hate him.

    • Some people are just born lucky. And LUCKY should be Trump’s middle name. He decides to run for President and, lo and behold, who is his opponent, but the most viscerally hated woman by at least 40% of Americans. On top of it she is lazy and incompetent. Talk about LUCK!!!! Next he runs for re-election against a bunch of people ( over 25 at one point), who are at each other’s throat. But wait, some are Marxists, some are socialist, 2 are billionaires greasing their own election. One group swears they will not show up in Nov. 2020, if their guy loses because the Democrat elite has already cheated him in 2016, the last President is hesitant to endorse any of the 25, including his VP, NYT endorses 2 candidates, because even they are not convinced who should run against Mr. Lucky, another has huge problems with his mouth and son, How does one get to be so LUCKY??? The rest of the Democrats are seriously unhinged and not thinking clearly.
      Last question. IS Trump, D.J. ( aka LUCKY ) COLLUDING WITH GOD????

      • I think GOD is working through Trump. Flawed people sometimes are sent to do great things.

      • I’m not sure that I agree luck as Trump’s primary benefactor, I beleive Trump saw opportunity while every politician seems bent on maining a public persona completely different than their true intentions.

        I wholehearted agree with you everything you wrote, except for the Trump being situationally lucky as the only reason for his election

      • I was writing tongue in check, that’s why I questioned whether Trump was “colluding” with God. I would not be surprised if the Dems start impeaching him for colluding with God. They have definitely crossed into that realm of insanity.

  • Excellent analysis! I just read that Betsy DeVoss will personally fund the scholarship for that little girl…and of course, the left hates her. As for Trump, he learned in business that rhetoric without results doesn’t fly, and that decisions must be made based on how they impact the bottom line. As President, his bottom line is what’s good for America and he is laser focused on it!

  • President Trump in a second term with no re-election to worry about, I believe will go hard after the traitors and corrupt bureaucrats in our midst. They are trembling at the prospect. Pelosi is symptomatic of a failed unprincipled political class which has done great damage to our republic. Godspeed President Trump

  • Mitt Romney reminds me a lot of his father, George Romney. The elder Romney, former governor of Michigan, was also a RINO but at least he was loyal to the Republican party. For those who don’t remember, he contested the nomination for President against Richard Nixon and served in his cabinet after the election.

    But he, George, never back stabbed his party’s President. Maybe Mitt not being selected for Trump’s cabinet unhinged him somewhat, leading him on this voyage of political suicide, bringing out a viciousness in him that he didn’t use in his failed 2012 campaign for President. So that will be his final legacy — losing a winnable Presidential election and back stabbing his party’s President.

    History isn’t necessarily cruel to Presidential losers, as evidenced by Mitt’s father. But it is to back stabbers, as evidenced by Benedict Arnold.

  • Trump has exceeded all expectations in my book. He has been underestimated by many. It hasn’t worked out well at all by those who did. His secret? His assumption has been that all politicians and bureaucrats, regardless of stature, are corrupt and not to believed until they prove otherwise over a long period of time.

    This has served him well because his assumption is dead on.

  • I had my doubts about Trump early on in 2016 and was a Ted Cruz supporter until Trump was the nominee. I am pleased to say Trump has governed as a conservative for nearly all his decisions as President. Bravo Mr. Trump

    I’ll be voting in the SC Dem primary at the end of the month for Bernie. Gotta do my bit.

    • Do what you want, but I’m not sure that is a good strategy. In 2016, the Dems were ecstatic at the thought of running against Trump because they thought there was no way they could lose. I think a lot of Dems did the same thing you are suggesting…voting in open primaries trying to “rig” the election in their favor. Be careful what you wish for.

      • A lot of conservatives — me included — were ecstatic at the thought of running against Obama in 2008, thinking there was no way we could lose!

  • I have voted R in every election since 1980. Trump is the first R I’ve been able to vote for (except for Reagan) without having to hold my nose in the voting booth. Big shoes to fill in 2024.

  • I am already looking forward to the SOTU next year, if Nancy will still be the Speaker of the House and if so will she top off her complete derangement illness or behave like a normal person. I predict her tantrums will be worse.
    Of course President Trump and his cabinet will accomplish many more great things and perhaps this year will appoint another Supreme Court Justice, along with more Federal Judges.

  • Romney has many issues.

    1. He excused the aberrant and abhorrent house behaviour.
    2. His rational like the house managers was shallow and rebutted so badly by Trumps lawyers that Schiff was reduced to suggesting Trump was going to sell Alaska and another house manager reduced to bringing up Harry Potter.
    3. God is there when there is a need for gaining personal strength and wisdom, God is not there to take the heat for ones dumb decusions.
    4. Trump is going slap Romney around from here to Toledo and back multiple times.

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