Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address, touching on his administration’s foreign policy and domestic successes. Making history as the first speech delivered by a president who is about to be acquitted in an impeachment trial, Democrats responded contemptuously with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ending the night by publicly tearing up a copy of Trump’s speech.

On this episode of the podcast, Dany and Marc debrief on Trump’s SOTU, the end of the impeachment trial and its implications for Trump in 2020. Finally, with the Iowa caucus results still unannounced, Marc recounts his experience in Des Moines earlier this week and explains how the delayed results might affect Democratic candidates.

Download the transcript here.

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  1. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Danielle Pletka is magnificent. Her takedown of Nancy Pelosi was fabulous. Comparing the behavior of the various people in this mess as an elementary school was absolutely perfect.

    I really like this podcast. It is neither pro-Trump nor an anti-Trump. It is, perhaps. the best at calling balls and strikes. Members of the Dispatch should take some lessons from this podcast. It isn’t necessary to focus only on Trumps failings as they do. You can praise him for what he does right, for what is done right for our side. That is what is missing form Jonah Goldberg and David French, both of whom cannot find it inside themselves to give praise where praise was due. I am really tired of listening to alleged conservatives who can’t see something good done for our goals as being good if it is done by someone who isn’t perfect. Undermining someone who will continue to work for things we want, as opposed to a Democrat who will do the exact opposite, is irrational.

    I have listened to Jonah explain what he thinks he is doing. Then I listen to this podcast, and I see a remarkable contrast. These people want the current administration to be reelected because they know there isn’t any reasonable alternative. That is rational.

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    • February 5, 2020, at 2:32 PM PST
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  2. Moneyman Coolidge

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):

    Danielle Pletka is magnificent. Her takedown of Nancy Pelosi was fabulous. Comparing the behavior of the various people in this mess as an elementary school was absolutely perfect.

    I really like this podcast. It is neither pro-Trump nor an anti-Trump. It is, perhaps. the best at calling balls and strikes. Members of the Dispatch should take some lessons from this podcast. It isn’t necessary to focus only on Trumps failings as they do. You can praise him for what he does right, for what is done right for our side. That is what is missing form Jonah Goldberg and David French, both of whom cannot find it inside themselves to give praise where praise was due. I am really tired of listening to alleged conservatives who can’t see something good done for our goals as being good if it is done by someone who isn’t perfect. Undermining someone who will continue to work for things we want, as opposed to a Democrat who will do the exact opposite, is irrational.

    I have listened to Jonah explain what he thinks he is doing. Then I listen to this podcast, and I see a remarkable contrast. These people want the current administration to be reelected because they know there isn’t any reasonable alternative. That is rational.

    Amen!!

    Truly saddened by what TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) has done to Jonah and David.

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    • February 6, 2020, at 4:27 AM PST
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  3. Quintus Sertorius Coolidge

    Excellent points Eugene and Moneyman!!

    I very much enjoyed this discussion and like the way Ms. Pletka laid it out in truthful fashion. 

    I subscribed to The Dispatch and do overall enjoy it but I have commented several times that in their hatred for President Trump they let the Democrats off the hook every time. They will begin to discuss the Democratic field and then with in 5 min it becomes about Trump and his Republican supporters. Honestly…they sometimes sound like Woodrow Wilson in that they think they are better and above the Republicans now because they do not support Trump. It can be very condescending. Furthermore…has David French read U.S. History? He thinks it is polarized now go to 1859….we were so polarized that 1 million people died; or try 1795-1805 where each party was trying to impeach the other’s senators….today is actually pretty normal American Politics. 1945-2000 has given everyone a skewed version of what the American body politic has been historically.

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    • February 6, 2020, at 12:50 PM PST
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  4. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    BillGollier (View Comment):

    Excellent points Eugene and Moneyman!!

    I very much enjoyed this discussion and like the way Ms. Pletka laid it out in truthful fashion.

    I subscribed to The Dispatch and do overall enjoy it but I have commented several times that in their hatred for President Trump they let the Democrats off the hook every time. They will begin to discuss the Democratic field and then with in 5 min it becomes about Trump and his Republican supporters. Honestly…they sometimes sound like Woodrow Wilson in that they think they are better and above the Republicans now because they do not support Trump. It can be very condescending. Furthermore…has David French read U.S. History? He thinks it is polarized now go to 1859….we were so polarized that 1 million people died; or try 1795-1805 where each party was trying to impeach the other’s senators….today is actually pretty normal American Politics. 1945-2000 has given everyone a skewed version of what the American body politic has been historically.

    I really like David French and Jonah and was really looking forward to the Dispatch. However, they are in a fishbowl with no one to talk to but themselves, and it is affecting a lot of their commentaries. When French and Goldberg were at NR they were forced to listen to views that varied from their own, and they, thus, tended to tone down their anti-Trump rhetoric. Now in their fishbowl they have no such constraints. In a recent interview Jonah made really nasty allusion to Victor Davis Hanson. I have been a fan of Hanson for many years. I was initially a little upset with his support for Trump, but he has justified his views pretty solidly, even though I don’t agree 100%, I respect him totally, and found Jonah’s statement to be really snide, and not intellectually appropriate. I don’t think that that would have happened while he was still at NR. I am not ready to give up totally in Jonah, but I am far less enamoured with him intellectually. I am certainly not willing to support The Dispatch financially.

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    • February 7, 2020, at 2:03 PM PST
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