The Corner

White House

What to Expect from the State of the Union

I have a column up at the LA Times on what to expect from the State of the Union.

In short, I think all of the people who proclaimed it a huge victory for Trump that he got to make his case for the wall “directly to the American people” are kidding themselves that he can sustainably move public opinion on the issue. He’s had many opportunities to do that before and the wall remains unpopular. And, more to the point, SOTU’s almost never move public opinion in a lasting way.

What could happen, however, is that the Democrats could make asses of themselves which will make it harder for them to position themselves as the reasonable party in their confrontations with Trump.

I suspect Trump will help himself mending some of the divisions in his base, but in a week’s time, this SOTU will likely be forgotten like all the others.

Something to Consider

If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. Consider it?

If you enjoyed this article, and were stimulated by its contents, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

Most Popular


An Idea for Student Loans: Get Rid of Them

Here is a three-part plan for something practical the federal government could do to relieve college-loan debt. Step 1: The federal government should stop making college loans itself and cease guaranteeing any such loans. Step 2: It should prohibit educational lending by federally regulated financial institutions ... Read More
White House

The Problem with the Mueller Report

So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice. That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, ... Read More
White House


Some of you will be familiar with a lefty, partisan Democratic organization called MoveOn, formerly MoveOn.Org. It was founded during an investigation into President Bill Clinton’s shenanigans (which were not, Democratic mythology notwithstanding, strictly sexual in nature) and argued that it was time for the ... Read More