Great response to State of the Union Address, chaos continues to reign in Iowa caucus returns

By Dave Andrusko

For the last post of the day, I’d like to tie three items together.

#1. I waited a little bit to get more a more accurate measure of how the public (not the hostile media) responded to President Trump’s State of the Union Address. I anticipated that the initial CNN numbers would be both unfairly low and misinterpreted (both proved to be true).

CBS News, by no means an admirer of the President, offered this comically misleading headline, “Most viewers approved of Trump’s second State of the Union address.”

“Most”? 

How about “Seventy-six percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave,” according to Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto and Fred Backus. “Just 24 percent disapproved.”

#2. As I’m sure you probably saw or heard, when the SOTU ended, pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore up a copy of the President’s speech. We all guessed there was something more to it than a fit of pique. Gary Bauer reported today

But it seems she planned this stunt.  Video has emerged that appears to show Pelosi pre-ripping a few pages of the president’s speech while the first lady is presenting Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom. 
 
Pelosi knew exactly what she was doing.  As CNN’s Brian Stelter put it, her stunt was “aggressively rude, and unapologetically meant to rile up her base.  It was divisive, but effective.”  Stelter wrote that Pelosi did it to take attention away from Trump’s speech.

The woman is nothing, if not classy.

#3. At long, long last the results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses have been tallied (or at least 97% of them). Since Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are virtually tied, they both declared victory.

For his part, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez (according to NBC News’ Phil Helsel) wants a re-canvassing (essentially a recount):

“Enough is enough,” Perez said in a tweet. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”

A recanvass is essentially a double-checking of the vote. Iowa officials would have to hand-audit the caucus worksheets and reporting forms to ensure that they were correctly calculated and reported.

So what did local party officials say?

In a statement released later Thursday, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price did not address the request from Perez and instead said that the party would take on a recanvass if any of the presidential campaigns request it. 

You can’t make this stuff up.