February 5, 2020

I don’t mean the official response by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She gave a well-presented speech, thankfully short on partisan bile and long on standard Democratic boilerplate about helping the struggling workers and making health care more affordable – both of which would be great if (A.) I thought they meant it, and (B.) they had any idea how to do it. She didn’t respond to any specifics in Trump’s speech, but then, I’m sure it was written before his was released. You can see why Whitmer is a rising star in Democratic circles, if she isn’t sunk by the angry radical left.

No, the Democratic response I’m talking about, the one that’s getting the most attention and blowback, was the childish, rude, self-defeating reaction in the Chamber (some members, such as rabid Trump haters AOC and Al Green, boycotted the speech, and were likely not missed by anyone on either side.)

Reactions in the House to previous Presidents’ SOTU Addresses have often been partisan, but they at least showed respect for the office. A President’s fellow party members might cheer wildly at his accomplishments while the opposition sat quietly or offered polite, tepid applause. But remember the shock and outrage when one Republican shouted, “You lie!” at Obama? Democrats thought that was outrageous (he was later reprimanded.) Well, last night, Trump was interrupted by dozens of Democrats in a pre-planned heckling chant. But amazingly, that was not their worst misbehavior.

That act of self-immolation was repeated over and over, when they angrily sat on their hands and glowered as Trump listed accomplishments that they’d be doing cartwheels over if a Democrat had managed them. Record low unemployment for minorities, women and the disabled? Silence. Blue collar jobs returning and wages rising? Silence. Working on a cure for AIDS? Silence. A little African-American girl being granted her life-changing dream of choosing a good school to attend? Silence. Most refused even to show support for killing terrorist mass murderers or not killing late term babies, two things they oppose largely because Trump supports them. To them, any good news for America is bad news, since it lessens their reelection chances. They even managed to look as if they’d just swallowed castor oil when Trump called for planting a trillion trees. (“Trump likes trees? Then I hate trees now!!”)

I generally refuse to stoop to the now-common practice of ascribing the worst motives to people who disagree with my political views. I don’t assume someone who sees things differently from me is stupid, racist, evil or whatever. But with last night’s sickening display, the Democrats in the House made it crystal clear that they place expressing hatred of Trump and opposing everything he does above every other issue, no matter how positive it might otherwise be. They would honestly rather see Americans suffer and fail, even groups they claim to champion such as minorities, women and the disabled, than see Trump succeed in helping them. It was partisan politics in its rawest, most selfish form, and it was repulsive.

But wait: it actually gets worse. To cap off the blatant display of disrespect for the President and anyone who supports him (or who has benefited from his policies), Nancy Pelosi made a show of ripping her copy of the speech in half behind his back on live TV.

(This followed an hour’s worth of strange facial contortions, eye-rolling and gesticulations that made it appear she was teaching a seminar in bad silent movie acting.)

Pelosi’s stunt sparked a range of heated reactions. I think law professor Jonathan Turley, who recently tried unsuccessfully to teach the House Democrats what an impeachable offense was, put it well on Twitter: “Pelosi's act dishonored the institution and destroyed even the pretense of civility and decorum in the House. If this is the Speaker's ‘drop the mike’ moment, it is a disgrace that should never be celebrated or repeated. In a single act, she obliterated decades of tradition.”

Newt Gingrich also tweeted that Pelosi’s ripping up of the speech disgusted him and wasn’t clever or cute but a childish insult to American traditions, and she deserves to be censured.

The White House response was the most brutal, since they pointed out what was actually in the speech that she was showing utter contempt for. They tweeted, “Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family. That's her legacy.”

But perhaps the best reaction was from several commenters who pointed out that today, Mitch McConnell will be ripping up her “articles of impeachment.”

As Newt pointed out, Pelosi certainly deserves to be censured, but she won’t be as long as Democrats control the House. Thankfully, due to their lack of any accomplishments, their deranged obsession with a doomed impeachment crusade, and their stunningly small-minded misbehavior before the world last night, they might have helped bring the end of that lamentable era to a close very soon.

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  • Ke Hart

    04/07/2020 11:07 AM

    Trying to get government monies,..GrechenWitmer's prohibition of hydroxychloroquine pretty much ended any aspirations..

  • James E. McCrea

    02/09/2020 10:31 PM


  • Sandra Wilkins

    02/08/2020 09:28 PM

    Pelosi's junior high antics are embarrassing, and a disgrace. How can such an immature and outrageous person remain in public office?
    It makes me want to cry to see our country in this kind of decline. She's a joke, and has made our country a laughing stock, she and all of her minions.

  • Rita Sammons

    02/07/2020 09:50 PM

    I couldn’t believe the Democrats could sink any lower. I think Pelosi has so much hatred for Trump and his followers, she would do just about anything. So watch her. I was a Democrat until Obama’s second run for office. I went to the Court House and changed to Republican. I told the women there I was ashamed to be called a Democrat. Sure isn’t the party my parents voted for. Keep up the good work, Gov. Huckleberry. It’s the only news I read.

  • Nancy Mascarella

    02/07/2020 09:24 PM

    It is imperative for "We the People" to convene an Article V Convention of States to make necessary changes to curb the power of those in the federal government who are more interested in building a political dynasty than in serving the citizens of the United States.
    The most important change (amendment) that must be passed immediately is term limits for ALL federal officials. The framers of Constitutional never meant for any federal official to become full-time or career politicians. We have seen the evidence of how the political dynasties in Washington D.C. have controlled the course of our government and history usually to the detriment of American Citizens.
    ENOUGH! No more career politicians.
    ENOUGH! No more federal officials who are above the law because only their House of Congress can censure or expel them.
    ENOUGH! It is time for We the People to Find the Facts!
    Stand Up For America!

  • Billie L Damesworth

    02/07/2020 02:31 PM

    First of all she needs to be gone from office!!!! Then another, her and her so called disgraceful Democratic clan that has turned the meaning of a true caring Democrat into nothing but a scandalous and dishonest political party. I'm a Democrat fixing to change over to Republican because of the embarrassment of others knowing I am a part of that. I Vote for Trump!!!!

  • Testuras Almond

    02/07/2020 01:52 PM

    Can't think of a nicer way to say it but here it is...he was chicken sh#t.

  • Brian Jeffery

    02/07/2020 01:38 PM

    I hope the lefties self destruct

  • marion Koepke

    02/07/2020 12:08 PM

    you heard of Jack the ripper. Now we have Pelosi the ripper. She should be censured.

  • NV Oracle

    02/07/2020 01:15 AM

    Lost my comment again, get auto save. Do not allow delete without an approval box :::save, del, draft etc allow suppress name and or email address. Prob HRC One could not avoid treason charge. Aide sloppiness xmission to laptop plus lack of the need to show intent places her. Her Acts are published in the 400 year category if treatment of General P were handled similarly.

  • James Brookins

    02/07/2020 12:26 AM

    An ERA in geology is a time of several hundred million years? Do we need to wait... or just call her an "error" and erase her? At least the paper can be reused and not trashed like her torn documents. I thought it was below childish...more like a total fool!

  • John R Young

    02/06/2020 10:27 PM

    Regardless of who is in control ! Some one has to have enough authority to hold them accountable immediately ! Waiting for them to be voted out is unacceptable ! If they get by once , they will do it again ! Looking at past antics , this has been going on for sometime

  • Kathleen White

    02/06/2020 05:11 PM

    It is very Obvious that Pelosi has dementia and display s of Treason She also hiding her involvement in UKRAINE unsavory. Financial windfall with numerous other Democrats who all are willing to give USA to Socialism . So Sad !!

  • Debra Lynn Marrero

    02/06/2020 12:24 PM

    Childish act... for "PELOUSY" and he friend "Adam Full of Schiff" they both need to be removed!

  • Ke Hart

    02/06/2020 11:01 AM

    GOP ASSet..
    Why wouldn't unAmerican luNANCY Pelosi's reaction be different..

  • Jay Stewart

    02/06/2020 09:32 AM

    After 1 hour and 15 minutes of listening to how much this administration has achieved for our country and all the "tooth-sucking" she was doing because of it, it appears it was all too much for NP. Her little childish "Nancy Tantrum" was one of many symptoms of TDS on full display for all the world to see.

  • Linda Radmacher

    02/06/2020 07:55 AM

    Sadly, many young people have allowed the mainstream media to think for them and have swallowed the mud slinging lies of the left. Even though, time after time they have proven to be false narratives. My own grandson, who is just now experiencing what a full year in the job market is like, believes the premise of socialism is valid. If conservative Americans do not get out the vote, idealistic youth will sink this nation, solely because they have not experienced enough of life to value their own nation. Are there things that need to change? Absolutely, but within the framework of democracy, not socialism.

  • Marsha Cap

    02/06/2020 06:50 AM

    Pelosi needs to be removed

  • Renee Kendrick

    02/06/2020 01:59 AM

    Nancy must be entering her second childhood at a very early age, almost 80. She doesn't need to resign. She needs to retire.

  • Roxie Jones

    02/05/2020 09:42 PM

    That show of disrespect to President Trump and our nation, including our forefathers was a disgrace. They are all elected officials and acted like spoiled children. I just wish charges could be brought against every one of them.

  • Monica

    02/05/2020 09:05 PM

    Didn’t Nancy get the memo - When they go low, we go high. Isn’t that the left’s mantra??? Or has that expired?

  • Charles Reading

    02/05/2020 08:53 PM

    Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment to California and the union as a whole. It’s time for her to retire and settle down in once beautiful San Francisco. I hope that people across the board remember ALL of the petty actions and coordinated democratic attempts to destroy this country, the countries traditions and the office of the President when they vote next November.

  • Julian Connell

    02/05/2020 08:37 PM

    First thing I noticed was her blaming our President for the pot holes in her street that her daughter filled up. Since she is the Gov shouldn’t that be her problem?
    Was on a plane with you once, setting in the back with the sheep and goats.

  • Jeanne Olea

    02/05/2020 08:32 PM

    Nancy’s behavior was totally unacceptable, like a spoiled bratt not like someone whose suppose to be intelligent nor having the mind of a house speaker. She’s held that position
    way to long. She needs to be replaced by someone capable of acting the part of being the speaker of the house, not a moron. Replace her please.

  • Pamela Barton

    02/05/2020 08:31 PM

    As usual you nailed it good job