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Not typically one to advocate for the political Left, this is very good by Kimberley Strassel.





It was the politician who touted a background of “working with our military and intelligence community to keep Georgians safe,” and who vowed to “honor law enforcement.” It was the candidate who boasted of being an entrepreneur, who promised to “reduce the tax burden” and “simplify small business tax filing.” It was the candidate who promised to get rid of “wasteful spending” and “corruption” in Washington and to promote a “fiscally responsible economic policy.”


That candidate? The Democrat. Jon Ossoff.



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Dang. Thought WSJ op eds were largely free. Sorry.

 

Not your fault.

 

Bill

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If one is feeling giddy about Democrat prospects in 2018 due to Comey, one would take a spin thru this piece.

 

Hysterical hyperventilation reaches new highs, and Trump's approval rating doesn't budge.

 

https://www.axios.com/axios-am-2405169855.html?rebelltitem=1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=twsocialshare#rebelltitem1

 

The federal government is leaking faster than a popped balloon. If there was Russian collusion, we would know. Impeachment - not gunna happen.

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If one is feeling giddy about Democrat prospects in 2018 due to Comey, one would take a spin thru this piece.

 

Hysterical hyperventilation reaches new highs, and Trump's approval rating doesn't budge.

 

https://www.axios.com/axios-am-2405169855.html?rebelltitem=1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=twsocialshare#rebelltitem1

 

The federal government is leaking faster than a popped balloon. If there was Russian collusion, we would know. Impeachment - not gunna happen.

 

The article is correct up to the point where it cites the installation of Gorsuch on the the Supreme Court, the Syria missile attacks and partial repeal of Obamacare as reasons for Trump's continuing popularity in Trump Country.

 

IMO, the author, Mike Allen, misses the entire point. Trump's followers are a Cult of Personality. They love his showmanship, irreverence and his bold shattering of Washington protocol and mores. They love his maverick quality and total lack of respect for the feigned dignity of the Bigwigs and their high-fallutin ways.

 

Gorsuch, Syria and partial repeal of Obamacare had little to do with it. Most of his followers probably are dimly aware of these things, at best. Or they don't understand their significance very well. It's their misplaced reverence for the Snake Oil Salesman Supreme that they love.

 

 

Others can do what they will, but I don't take reading assignments.

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If one is feeling giddy about Democrat prospects in 2018 due to Comey, one would take a spin thru this piece.

 

I haven't known any giddy Democrats since LBJ signed Medicare into law. Or maybe since Jimmy Carter was elected. With all due respect, one may exist, somewhere.

 

 

Hysterical hyperventilation reaches new highs, and Trump's approval rating doesn't budge.

 

Among Trump fans, you mean. But check out his overall disapproval ratings.

 

 

https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2456

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"The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump's first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can't brush away," Malloy added.

 

American voters disapprove 52 - 40 percent of the way Trump is handling the economy. His grades on handling other issues are:

  • 44 percent approve of the way he is handling U.S. policy toward North Korea and 48 percent disapprove;
  • Disapprove 59 - 36 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy;
  • 45 percent approve of the way he is handling terrorism and 48 percent disapprove;
  • Disapprove 62 - 35 percent of the way he is handling immigration.

Trump and the Media

 

American voters disapprove 58 - 37 percent of the way the news media covers Trump. Voters disapprove 65 - 31 percent of the way Trump talks about the media. And voters trust the media more than Trump 57 - 31 percent to tell the truth about important issues.

- snip -

 

 

 

The federal government is leaking faster than a popped balloon.

 

?

 

 

If there was Russian collusion, we would know.

 

How, pray tell, without a legitimate investigation? Through his bluster, poor judgement and incompetence, Trump has all but guaranteed there WILL be a thorough investigation of Trump/Russian collusion during the election.

 

 

Impeachment - not gunna happen.

 

In what time frame? With Trump, the hits just keep on coming. And they don't win any gold discs either.

 

The Comey episode has now arrived and others are coming down the pike of Trump's fevered psyche. The last person who knows what they might be is Trump. When enough scandals pile up that Congressional Republicans consider Trump more of a liability than an asset, he is toast.

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Hysterical hyperventilation reaches new highs, and Trump's approval rating doesn't budge.

 

Looks like hyperventilation or not, Trump is taking a beating in the polls. Results from May 10.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/10/more-very-bad-news-for-trump-his-poll-numbers-just-hit-a-bunch-of-new-lows/?utm_term=.f4daf517619f

More bad news for Trump: His poll numbers just hit a bunch of new lows
By Aaron Blake May 10
Comey is fired for email investigation while the Russia probe is still ongoing
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The Washington Post's Philip Rucker explains how and why FBI director James Comey was fired, as well as how the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign's possible connections with Russia may be impacted. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

President Trump is dealing with a budding scandal after firing FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday.

But even before that, he appears to have hit a new low with the American people.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Trump's disapproval rating rising to 58 percent — a new high in Quinnipiac's regular polling and the highest in a high-quality, non-tracking poll since his inauguration. Just 36 percent approved of Trump's job performance.

The only other poll to show his disapproval that high since his inauguration was Gallup, which briefly showed his disapproval rating ticking up to 59 percent in March before it dropped to 52 percent a week later. Quinnipiac's polls have been among the worst for Trump, but it's also one of the most frequent, and the trends are looking bad for Trump.

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The Quinnipiac poll also shows the president's favorable rating — more of a personal measure than a job measure — dropping to a new low of 35 percent. The percentage of Americans who strongly approve of him is tied for an all-time low at 25 percent. And the percentage who strongly disapprove has reached an all-time high of 51 percent.
Trump also has his worst numbers to date — across 10 Q polls since the 2016 election — on the following measures:
    • Honesty: 33 percent say he is
    • Good leadership skills: 56 percent say he doesn't have them
    • Caring about average people: 59 percent say he doesn't
    • Being levelheaded: Voters say 66-29 percent that he's not (unlike the other numbers here, this is tied for all-time worst, not setting a new one)
    • Being intelligent: Voters say 56-41 percent that he is
    • Sharing your values: Voters say 64-32 percent that he doesn't
    • How he has treated the news media: Voters disapprove 65-31 percent
    • Whether people trust him or the media more for the truth: 57 percent media, 31 percent Trump (even 17 percent of Republicans pick the media over their president)
Lawmakers respond to Comey's firing
Play Video3:16
Republican and Democratic Senators weigh in from Capitol Hill on President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

Interestingly, the reason the numbers have ticked down appears to be the group that elected Trump in the first place: white, working-class voters. Whites without college degrees approved of Trump 57 percent to 38 percent in the mid-April Q poll and 51-39 percent in late March/early April; today they are split, with 47 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.

Republicans still haven't deserted him, which means it might take some doing before his approval rating drops much lower. But there certainly seem to be some slight cracks in Trump's base. And you have to wonder whether the Comey decision — which even congressional Republicans are criticizing — might pry those cracks open just a bit wider.

 

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Both parties are grovelling to hold together coalitions of marginal single issue constituencies while they ignore the middle. Trump is in the White House because he rallied his Yellow Dog Republicans in the South and stirred up voters elsewhere with strong opposition to several of the marginal single issue constituencies of the Democrats. And it's the politically fickled who turned carried the vote for Trump who are quietly regretting their choice.

 

But the question is, if the partisan media were quashed would enough Americans pay attention to politics to make the effort to vote?

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"...if the partisan media were quashed would enough Americans pay attention to politics to make the effort to vote?"

I suspect that there are many more Americans paying attention now than they were last November.

 

Some percentage of less empathetic Americans, however only care when the sh*t hits home:

 

When they, or someone in their family gets their Health Insurance Cancellation or Premium Increase notice from their friendly Insurance company.

 

When they, or someone in their family has gets exposed to Zika, Ebola, or Superbug outbreak, and find out the CDC, NIH, and FDA have been defunded.

 

When they, or their family gets hit by a Natural Disaster, and find out that FEMA is not able to help them, or that EPA, NHC, & NOAA have been defunded

 

When they or their family develops an Opioid addiction from a Pharmaceutical Rx, and have to pay thousands to get private treatment.

 

When the Trump bubble bursts, and find out their 401K, and IRA are wiped out.

 

 

IMHO, we should drive towards (close to) 100% voter turnout. Other countries approach that number easily through various techniques like automatic registration, vote by mail, etc

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The article is correct up to the point where it cites the installation of Gorsuch on the the Supreme Court, the Syria missile attacks and partial repeal of Obamacare as reasons for Trump's continuing popularity in Trump Country.

 

IMO, the author, Mike Allen, misses the entire point. Trump's followers are a Cult of Personality. They love his showmanship, irreverence and his bold shattering of Washington protocol and mores. They love his maverick quality and total lack of respect for the feigned dignity of the Bigwigs and their high-fallutin ways.

 

Gorsuch, Syria and partial repeal of Obamacare had little to do with it. Most of his followers probably are dimly aware of these things, at best. Or they don't understand their significance very well. It's their misplaced reverence for the Snake Oil Salesman Supreme that they love.

 

 

 

Others can do what they will, but I don't take reading assignments.

 

You're dead on. Absolutely nothing matters for the say 35-38% that are going nowhere no matter what happens.

 

It's actually a bit like Obama in 2008 - Cult of Personality. So is Trump doing enough policy wise to get slaughtered in 2018, ala 2010?

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