The highlight of the speech was his introduction of the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, killed during a raid in Yemen, and his leading of a two-minutes-plus standing ovation as she wept and occasionally lifted her gaze upward. “Donald Trump became president at that moment,” more than one pundit has said.
So it should have been an easy week for the president, coasting on those good vibrations or using them to build good will for his programs. But questions about his team’s “questionable” contacts with representatives of the Russian government persisted and gathered in strength and momentum as the week wore on.
Democrats know they have an issue they can exploit — at this point it’s about the only thing they have. And they will have so many allies in the press, they can keep it on the front pages and the evening news as long as they want, no matter how thin the evidence.
And so far, the evidence is less than thin. The longer the Democrats persist in the absence of any meaningful facts, the more foolish and desperate they will look.
But in the meantime, if the goal was to distract us from President Trump’s knockout performance, well, mission accomplished.