The Morning Briefing: Trump Knocks SOTU Out of the Park, Making Dems' Very Bad Week Worse

U-S-A! U-S-A!

The first two Briefings of this week led with how well things were going for President Trump and the Republicans these past couple of days and it looks like we may have a theme for the week going here.

President Trump headed into his re-election year State of the Union address buoyed by the news that his approval rating is at an all-time high, eclipsing that of His High Holiness the Lightbringer Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency.

That comes from a Gallup poll, which isn’t exactly known for being a Republican-biased polling organization.

Even more importantly, these numbers arrive at the end of the ridiculous impeachment saga that the Democrats have been deliberately trying to prolong for maximum negative impact. Instead, they’ve gotten no negative impact whatsoever.

Spoiler Alert: there will be no negative impact from the president’s acquittal either.

The president’s speech hit more high notes than the Vienna Boys’ Choir during a Christmas program practice. My colleague Victoria Taft wrote that it was the “most muscular, consequential State of the Union in years.

He had a guest list that only a Democrat could hate, featuring a girl born before the time that pro-abortion people say a fetus is viable.

Every president makes statements via the guests he invites, and Trump had a poignant, heart-tugging cascade the likes of which we haven’t seen in years.

A day after Rush Limbaugh announced that he has advanced lung cancer, the president awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. This is usually done in an elaborate ceremony, but Trump surprised Limbaugh and had First Lady Melania Trump place the medal on him during the speech.

Long overdue, Trump honored the memory of ISIS victim Kayla Mueller by inviting her parents. He also brought Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams back from Afghanistan to surprise his wife and children. Megan wrote about both here.

I am not a big fan of the State of the Union address, even when a president I like is in office. I would be perfectly happy if we went back to the days when the president submitted it in letter form.

President Trump’s speech on Tuesday was significant, however, signaling a sea-change in his political abilities. It was like seeing a brilliant fastball pitcher suddenly take several miles per hour off the pitch and throw a devastating changeup.

A changeup that he’s confident in using as a strikeout pitch.

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And:

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The Kruiser Kabana

This is fun for a couple of reasons. First, it showcases just how great Mike Douglas was. He’s got two guests going kind of nuts, so he lets them. He’s not worried about his ego. Second, it’s very likely that about ¾ of the drugs in the tristate area were in Sly’s and Pryor’s bloodstreams at the time of this taping.

My goatee is becoming rather luxurious.

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PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”