- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence, on “Fox & Friends,” had harsh words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping State of the Union moment that went like this: It was disrespectful. It was a new low. It was a moment that will probably go down as the time she killed any chance for a Democrat to sit in the leadership seat for years to come.

How right he is.

Among his remarks about Pelosi’s performance: “I just have a strong feeling she’s going to be the last [Democratic] speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time.”

And this: “I think it was a new low. I wasn’t sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution.”

And this: “Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments [of the State of the Union], tried to make it about her.”

That she did. 

Pelosi’s ripping of the State of the Union wasn’t just petty. It wasn’t just 2-year-old tantrum silly. It was a face-slap to all of America, to even the America that didn’t vote for President Donald Trump. It’s the office, the White House office, that should be honored, no matter who holds the role, after all.

“To have her stand up and rip up that speech really dishonored the moment,” Pence said. “It was beneath the dignity of a joint session of Congress.”

Quite right.

But on the bright side: It did reveal truths.

It showed the American people — the whole watching world, in fact — just how disgustingly partisan the Democrats can be, even and especially the Democratic Party leadership. And heading into 2020 elections, having that truth at hand is certainly a benefit for voters. It tells them in no uncertain terms that a vote for Democrats is a vote for disdain, disrespect, pettiness and personal hatred. It tells them that for Democrats, it’s all about hating Trump and tearing down the MAGA message, at all costs.

What of America the great, America the future? Those are secondary considerations, at best.

Voters should be thanking Pelosi for making the political choices, political lines, so clear.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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