The State of the Union response is never easy. Staging in front of a live audience certainly helps. But when your messenger is Joe Kennedy III, a backbencher only in Congress by virtue of his last name—what the Democrats would call "white privilege"—you might not get the result you're going for.
But none of that will be remembered, anyway. "Look he's catering to the working cl-—is Joe Kennedy drooling?"
Ask not what your country can drool for you, ask what you can drool for your country!
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 31, 2018
But drooling was a fitting emblem of the Democrats and the media these days. Kennedy's first salient point in his rebuttal was, "Russia [is] knee-deep in our democracy."
And after Trump's at-many-times-moving hour-and-a-half speech that covered every issue under the sun, CNN's first reaction was, you guessed it, "But what about Russia???"
DOES NOT MENTION RUSSIA pic.twitter.com/XQy1lIqGsw
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizWFB) January 31, 2018
So yes, don't expect the Democrats to stop salivating over Russia in their anti-Trump furor, literally and figuratively.