USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The result was not as lopsided as the Clemson annihilation of Alabama in the National Championship game Monday night, but the outcome of the first head-to-head television effort of the new Congress was decisive. President Donald Trump clearly gained ground and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost ground.
Part of President Trump’s advantage was structural. Presidents almost always do better than Congressional leaders in a nationally televised setting. The emotional power of the Oval Office and the authority of the presidency have given every president in my lifetime a huge advantage over their congressional opponents.
Smart congressional leaders never pick themselves to respond. Ideally, they pick someone who offsets the president’s strengths. Last night, a young Latina freshman congresswoman speaking with intensity and sincerity would have been 100 times better than the Nancy and Chuck show.
To a degree no one could have anticipated, the two Democrats just looked bad. A friend of mine who consults on political media wrote me: “Trump should pay these guys …Read the Rest