On my scorecard the Donald hit a home run last night. He covered the waterfront without any of his all-too-frequent imprecisions that make it easier for the left scorpions to paint him as a limb of Satan, and for conservatives to defend him. He may not have been pitch-perfect. But he was damned close. The boffo performance cleared the hall of Democrats in record time after the speech. (If you were a Democrat, would you have wanted to hang around after that?) It led to much moaning and gnashing of teeth on CNN and PMSNBC. No reports yet on what, if anything, went up Chris Matthews’ leg.
Give the Democrats some credit. They were nimble enough to choose someone who’s not going to be running for office again to give the Democratic response to Trump’s tour de force. A truly unenviable assignment. (The equivalent military assignment would be guarding a dog house in the Aleutians in January.) I only listened to the first half of what former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear had to say. It sounded like he had found a copy of a campaign speech Hillary Clinton had delivered in August and was reading it off the teleprompter. Adding incoherence to irrelevance, at one point Beshear said, “I’m a proud Democrat, but first and foremost, I’m a proud Republican and Democrat, and mostly American.” The only sensible reaction to this is, “Huh?” Trump soared. Beshear clanked.
Some of the usual suspects didn’t stop at irrelevance and incoherence. They went on to disrespect war widow Carryn Owens, whose late husband, Navy SEAL Senior Chief Ryan Owens, died defending America, including Americans who could not be bothered to clap or stand while she was being honored. How low can you go? Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former DNC chairwomanperson, and current DNC co-chair Keith Ellison did not clap or get off their sorry backsides when the rest of the hall was honoring a widow who had lost so much, and an American warrior and hero who had given all. This behavior is, to use one of Hillary Clinton’s favorite adjectives, deplorable. (My own choice of adjective is despicable.) I hope and trust it will be seen as such in most precincts outside of the five boroughs, California, and university towns.
If national Democrats are circling the drain — I believe they are — much of the damage has been self-inflicted. Perhaps the only thing they can rely on now to save the remaining examples of them is the Endangered Species Act.
In a related and less important matter, my sources tell me that Willie Nelson tuned in the speech last night. But he didn’t linger long after he learned what a “joint address” means.