Pelosi Outsmarted Herself on the SOTU

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May 22, 2005
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When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew her original State of the Union invitation, preventing President Trump from delivering the address as scheduled on January 29, she was probably surprised when he responded with such calm forbearance: "This is her prerogative. I will do the address when the shutdown is over." By the time Trump finished the rescheduled speech Tuesday evening, she no doubt understood that her petty political ploy had been a blunder. Trump, being no mean showman, had long since realized that the highly publicized delay would increase public interest in the speech - and that is precisely what happened.
By the time he entered the House chamber, it was already obvious that the national audience would very likely exceed last year's larger-than-usual viewership for such speeches. This is not typical for the SOTU address. The normal pattern is a reasonably large audience for a president's first address, followed by a gradual decline in public interest each year thereafter. ... According to a report in the Hill, broadcast TV numbers from Nielsen show the audience share was 10 percent over last year’s speech.
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Moreover, CBS and CNN conducted polls of public reaction to Trump’s words and the vast majority of viewers liked what they heard. The CBS/YouGov poll found that 76 percent of the public approved of the address, including 97 percent of Republicans and a whopping 82 percent of Independents. And a majority of viewers agreed that the President accomplished one of his primary goals for the address - improving national unity.
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And, in more than one case, their answers debunked Democrat talking points. A particularly glaring example of this was the public's response to his points on illegal immigration.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...