I’m not the biggest fan of the State of the Union speech. Truth be told, the whole thing could probably be done over a plate of hot wings and a few pitchers of beer at the 7th Street Hooters right outside of Chinatown—but this being DC, it has to be all fluffed up with pomp and circumstance. Even so, the SOTU is not entirely without entertainment value, especially when network news cameras cut away to the dyspeptic expressions of the opposition party as they react to whatever the president is saying.
And last night, the Democrats were in rare form.
Part of me can’t really blame them. This was, after all, Donald Trump’s very first State of the Union speech—and in spite of all of their rhetoric about how tax cuts and the repeal of net neutrality would make The Walking Dead look like a reality show, the actual state of our union was pretty decent. Jobs are looking up, while the unemployment rate for African Americans and Latinos was way down. Real wages are starting to grow and people have more confidence in the economy. That includes, by the way, big name businesses that are repatriating hundreds of billions of dollars in cash and looking to hire tens of thousands of American workers. If you’re a liberal Democrat who spent the better part of 2017 #resisting, those good times might not feel so good.
But coudn’t they at least fake being happy for the rest of America? Alas, apparently not, if the look on Nancy Pelosi’s face was any indication. Amid all the wild applause over the resurgent American Moment, she appeared as if somebody put too much pepper in her foie gras:
Yes, it was that noticeable—and she wasn’t the only one. In fact, it was so bad that Ted Cruz couldn’t help but notice the conspicuous lack of enthusiasm the Democrats had for the growing economy.
“It was really sad to see,” Cruz finished.
It also makes you wonder: Do the Democrats really hate Donald Trump that much—or are they just that scared that the American people will figure out that when government gets smaller their lives get better?