Even his most determined opponents agree that President Donald Trump triumphed, last week. His State of the Union address won positive reviews from over three quarters of watchers, according to CNN. Trump’s long expected acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial ended with the non-partisan polling firm Gallup measuring Trump’s approval ratings at a three year high.
Conservative pundits and Republican politicians warned Democrats and their cheerleaders in the media that barreling down the impeachment highway would be a political dead end and, worse, that it would overshadow and overwhelm any positive message they have for voters going into the 2020 presidential elections.
The fiasco in Iowa only underscored their predicament. Not only was the Democratic party nationally humiliated by their own, avoidable, system failure, turnout among the party faithful was shockingly lackluster. Three years of angry anti-Trump #Resistance may have generated endless headlines in the New York Times and Washington Post, but it failed to inspire Democratic voters on the ground where it counts.
Meanwhile, the Teflon Don is plowing ahead with his agenda. This week, the Department of Justice announced that it will start aggressively suing sanctuary cities that shelter dangerous illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
Speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr laid down the federal law: “In pursuing their personal ambitions and misguided notions of equal justice, these district attorneys are systematically violating the rule of law.”
As Democrats grapple with their party‘s failure and future, Trump is basking in the adulation of packed out stadiums. November is a lifetime away, but last week proved that Democrats will need more than anti-Trump all of the time to win.