Well, that must have felt good.
I laughed out loud when that came across. Later, I thought it was probably beneath the dignity of the office. But Trump has set the bar incredibly low for the dignity of an office, so there’s that. Still, why stoop to his level?
Of course, in the long run, it’ll be the only thing anyone really remembers about the speech. Nancy Pelosi is many things, but at the end of the day she is above all calculating. In fact, she’s the only thing anyone really remembers about the last SOTU:
Not that as many people were watching. This was the least-watched SOTU of Trump’s tenure; viewership was down 20% from last year. Political fatigue? Probably so. We’ve had so much coverage of impeachment where we’ve seen the zeroes and heroes of our political landscape in all their tarnished glory. Enough is enough, I suppose.
As Tom rants on.
Speaking of heroes, though, Mitt Romney became the first Senator in US history to vote to remove a president of his or her own party this week. Mitt’s not squeaky clean (who is?), and I don’t agree with him politically or spiritually, but he’s a respected politician. As far as that goes. History won’t be unkind to him for this. In fact, I dare say he’ll be the most memorable thing about this impeachment when the history of it is writ. Petty people are forgotten. Those with conviction are remembered.
As far as Trump himself goes, he just got the highest approval rating of his presidency from Gallup. That last part is important, because this poll is an outlier. His average approval rating is 5-6 points lower than the Gallup poll at around 43.5%, which is still slightly higher than where it usually is. Incidentally, that’s still well behind Barry and George and Bill and Ronnie and Jimmy and Gerald at this point in their presidencies. It’s slightly behind where the other George was, too. It’s well ahead of Harry S, for whatever that’s worth.
But another important poll that came out at the same time showed Trump losing to Joe, Bernie, Liz, Pete, and even Mike if the election were held today. Another showed at least Joe and Bernie beating Don, with Liz and Pete neck and neck with the charlatan. That same latter poll showed a majority of Americans fully believe that Trump abused power and obstructed Congress. It maintained an even split on whether he should be removed.
He should be. We should remove him.
But if I had to lay odds, I’d say our boy Lyin’ Donnie has a better than even chance of reelection as things stand right now. The economy is still humming along and Americans have a hard time booting out an incumbent when the economy is perceived healthy. For most Americans all politics is the economy. Defy the emoluments clause. Use your charity for personal gain. Watch your cronies go to jail. Defy subpoenas. Obstruct justice. Cater to despots. Separate children. Hide your earnings. Trumpet white supremacists. Fire anyone who challenges you. Claim executive supremacy. Disrespect women. Disrespect colleagues. Disrespect allies. Disrespect the National Anthem. Disrespect the Constitution. Disrespect democracy. Destroy environmental protections. Eliminate safety nets.
Go on, son.
Do what you will.
As long as that 401k keeps growing and as long as that jobs report shows low unemployment the president can be a king, for all we care.
But I need more than that from my leaders. I need decorum, and mutual respect for honest allies, honest rivals, the rule of law and for democracy. I need them to think about the impact of policy on human lives, on wellness, and on the planet. I need them to think about more than themselves.
I wish Nancy Pelosi would have taken the higher road. I’m glad Mitt Romney did. We all know that Donald Trump never will.
I still can’t fathom why some of the most morally grounded people I know have sworn their allegiance to a man this morally corrupt. But I guess I’ll never know. To each their own, they say.
For me, I’ll call out those who do wrong things. I will applaud those who choose to do what’s right, regardless of political or spiritual affiliation. I always have. I always will.
I’m still naive enough to think, with our leaders, we can do better.
I’m still foolish enough to believe our best days are ahead.
Despite what we’ve seen from Nancy and Don.