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President Trump's Powerful
2018 State-of-the-Union Speech

Donald Trump is showing the Republican Party how to fight and win. The evidence is all around us, and it was on glorious display Tuesday night in his first State of the Union address.

The president came to the podium ready for a fight, determined to keep punching his way forward.

The Trump path starts with the passage of the historic tax cuts despite slim Republican majorities in congress and nonstop distortions and scare tactics from the left. Before the bill passed, polls showed the public strongly opposed — but Trump pushed and bullied his party over the finish line.

The spectacular results, with millions of workers already getting bonuses, pension boosts and pay hikes, vindicate him completely.

If this was Trump reaching out his hand, he did it from a position of strength and great confidence.

Another piece of evidence is that the government shutdown over the “dreamers” was a giant defeat for Democrats, and Trump, far from easing up, drove the defeat home for the Democrats with a blistering ad about crimes by illegal immigrants.

Then there's the decision by the House intelligence panel to release its memo on likely FBI misdeeds — another example of Republicans' new combative spirit. Even Paul Ryan, averse by temperament and training to conflict, vigorous backed releasing the memo, saying it was time to “cleanse” the FBI.

Is this George Bush’s or John Boehner’s Republican Party? It is not. This is Trump’s GOP, as he showed in spades in his first formal State of the Union address.

For days, the White House marketed his speech as one where a kinder, gentler Trump would reach across the aisle and invite his foes to work with him on bipartisan programs to fix our broken immigration system.

Isn't that what Republicans usually do? Hectored and badgered by the liberal Washington press corps, they cave to big government ideas time and time again.

So yes, Trump did nominally deliver on those promises. But his speech remained an overwhelmingly damn-the Democrats/full-speed ahead tour de force.

Trump is putting all his chips, and those of the Republicans, on the likelihood that his accomplishments will win over enough voters so the GOP can keep both houses of congress.

If this was Trump reaching out his hand, he did it from a position of strength and great confidence. For compromise to come, Dems will have pay dearly for it.

That the president intends to drive a hard bargain was made clear during his remarks on immigration when he said, memorably, “Americans are dreamers, too.”

The tough tone, softened only by the moving stories of first responders, military heroes and other noteworthy guests seated near the First Lady, unmistakably shows that Trump knows what got him to the dance in the first place, and that he will continue being who he is.

The tax reform and the early signs that it will pay huge dividends in economic growth and higher wages give the president a strong wind at his back. He touted today's exuberance as “our New American Moment” and reaffirmed that “there has never been a better time to start living the American dream.”

You could say that approach is a high-risk gamble.

Trump is putting all his chips, and those of the Republicans, on the likelihood that his accomplishments will win over enough voters so the GOP can keep both houses of congress. Some polls already show a shift in his direction.

The risk is that if he’s wrong, and the midterms turn out to be a referendum on him instead of his policies, then the House could flip to the Democrats, who literally hunger for impeachment.

When President Trump touted the lowest African-American unemployment in history, the party of the first black president did little more than scowl.

But there's real evidence already that Trump’s bet may be his best chance. The Dems who came to hear the president looked for all the world like the most miserable people on Earth.

They didn't stand. They didn't applaud. Except when it would have been humiliating not to. When President Trump touted the lowest African-American unemployment in history, the party of the first black president did little more than scowl.

Dems, then, are are making it glaringly obvious that they're in no mood to compromise or negotiate. All of them — in both houses — opposed the tax cuts, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi haughtily demeans the bonuses and pay hikes that are truly helping middle and lower-class Americans as “crumbs.”

Democrats remain stuck in a pose of radical resistance. Congressional members are in lock-step with the radical left.

Trump has nobody on the other side to negotiate with, it seems. For the time being at least, full speed ahead remains his best and only option.