The SOTU Address

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Dump Trump

Shorter Payola Paul Allen writing in the Axios morning email thingie: Give Trump a Chance at the SOTU Address.

Longer Version:

We wrote yesterday what the president SHOULD do in his address to Congress next Tuesday, and got hit with calls and emails from top White House officials about what Trump WILL do. The news: Officials swear the speech, written by Stephen Miller and other with heavy input from POTUS, is decidedly more upbeat than his inaugural address — “optimistic and uplifting.”

A top adviser said: “President Trump is determined to capture the sunny optimism of Reagan to temper the populist anger reflected in his core policies.”

While aides dispute that Trump’s inaugural address was dark in tone and substance, they concede it was viewed that way by all but true believers. For the Joint Session address, they are self-consciously trying to strike a happier tone for a broader audience, with lots of emphasis on what has been done to date — and what can be done in Congress this year (health care, tax reform and a new partial wall on Mexican border).

But, but, but … We heard this same spin before his inaugural, and Trump’s mostly red-meat campaign rally was supposed to be a message of “unity.” So let’s see if it’s Charlie Brown and the football — or a real shift, even for one night.

Sound smart: They won’t say it publicly, but Trump officials are actually TRYING to be normal. They feel good about their pushback against the Russia scandal, the pick for national-security adviser winning rave reviews from Rs and Ds, yesterday’s shockingly ordinary tour of the National Museum of African American History.

In private, West Wing aides say the media should cut them slack, given this is a non-politician staffed by a lot of people new to Washington politics.

‘Grain sez: Don’t fall for it. Don’t listen to the address. Keep the sets turned off, or onto a show that is not news. Trump is a liar and a conman, he’s only going to lie to our faces and pick our pockets while doing it.  He’s a con and he’s playing us like Rubes.

The only measurement he understands is ratings. Don’t give him any.

Remember Molly Ivins’ rule that we keep mentioning: Don’t listen to their words, examine their record. 

Think about what he’s done so far: he’s pitted everyone against each other. That’s the real State of the Union.

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8 Responses to The SOTU Address

  1. Patrick Day says:

    Sooooo, What they are saying is that it will be the “Hitler in Spring Time” speech.


  2. Ellis Weiner says:

    Lemme get this straight: Donald Trump is going to read a speech written by Stephen Miller that will be “optimistic and uplifting”? I’d love to catch it, but that’s the night I’m scheduled to eat my own foot.


    • osirisopto says:

      Much like you, Ellis. I’m planning to give the cat an enema.


      • Otto says:

        The results of giving your cat an enema may be difficult to distinguish from the speech itself.
        If you don’t have a Nielsen box, does not watching the speech actually have any influence on the ratings?


      • tengrain says:

        Otto –

        You have to be watching something else; it’s not enough to not watch Trump. Previously we have urged everyone to watch Comedy Central instead, it’s a good idea. The cable networks get direct useage feedback through the device itself. This is why MSNBC competes against Fox and CNN, and NBC competes against CBS and ABC.

        Nielsen has issues.




  3. Uncle Cracker says:

    …the bar for this orange shitgibbon is so low that as long as he doesn’t literally crap himself, the pundits will praise his “pivot, finally” and his “realization of the gravity of the job…”

    Don’t be fooled, agree with TG that no one should watch.


  4. Bruce388 says:

    Stevie Miller, eh? “My powers are not to be questioned!”


  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras… and bar trivia night. No way am I watching that speech.



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