Late last night, President Trump decided to comply with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s frankly petty and groundless demand that he postpone his State of the Union Address until after government shutdown ends. I can’t say that I understand the reasoning. Personally, I liked the idea of him taking up the invitation to give it in front of a gainfully employed crowd in a swing state, where his policies are appreciated, and deny all the jeering Democrats their moment of acting childish on TV.
Of course, despite his opponents’ claims that he is stupid, incompetent and insane, he keeps repeatedly besting them in every confrontation. So I have to assume he has a good reason for this decision. Maybe it’s to emphasize that he is the one who’s being conciliatory while Pelosi continues to refuse to negotiate with him and drag out the shutdown for no good reason (it’s already cost more than the border wall funding she refuses to agree to.) She can now go down in history as the Speaker who delayed a State of the Union Address to keep having a pointless snit, which makes it awfully hard to keep up the laughable pretense that she and Chuck Schumer are the “adults in the room.” Or maybe Trump has some other ace up his sleeve he hasn’t played yet.
Anyway, that’s where it stands for now. I’m disappointed that he postponed his SOTU speech, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out – and to what he says to the Democrats’ faces, once he does get around to giving it.