After the past week’s worth of horrible news for President Trump (well, according to the media it was a horrible week for Trump), you’d think Trump’s his ratings would be down there with dandruff, ringworm and the NFL. But Americans aren’t as easily stampeded as the cattle the media think they are.
Maybe they actually took ten seconds to think about it and decided it’s unfair guilt-by-association to blame someone’s personal tax cheating on a guy he briefly worked for years later. And maybe they decided that the ever-changing claims of a sleazy lawyer and the sleazy lawyer’s sleazy lawyer weren’t really all that reliable as evidence. Maybe they looked instead at the record stock market, the breakthrough on renegotiating NAFTA, the “no longer possible” 4.1% 2nd quarter GDP growth, unemployment claims at a 44-year low, and the highest consumer confidence in 18 years. Then maybe they decided, as we say in the South, that they had bigger fish to fry than obsessing over crazy conspiracy theories and the whining of money-grubbing lowlifes of ill repute and the porn stars who are their legal clients.
For whatever reasons, it seems that large numbers of Americans refuse to be panicked over minutia into toppling the Trump Presidency and “annulling” it from history, as hysterically suggested by Robert Reich (I mean that in both senses: he’s acting hysterically, and I find it hysterically funny.) A new set of polls just appeared that must have the staffs of CNN and MSNBC questioning the very reason for their existence.
First, new Rasmussen and Wall Street Journal/NBC polls found that even after this past week of vein-popping anti-Trump coverage, Trump’s approval numbers remain surprisingly solid. Rasmussen has him at 46%, which you might think is low, but it’s higher than Obama’s at this point in his presidency, and Obama had a Press Corps that routinely gave him shoe shines with their tongues. And if liberals hoped that their assaults would cause Trump supporters to peel away, guess again: his approval among Republicans spiked to a stunning 90%. So if they really plan to overturn the 2016 election, they’re on notice that there will be a LOT of pushback from the other direction.
A second poll by Harvard CAPS/Harris Polls found that large majorities of Americans agree that former CIA Director James “TREASON!!” Brennan and former FBI Director James “Conscience of America” Comey ought to have their security clearances yanked. These people probably all had jobs where they weren't allowed to keep their passes to the building after they no longer worked there.
Finally, about that “blue wave”…A recent Rasmussen Congressional generic preference poll found both parties now tied at 44%, while Reuters/IPSOS has the Democrats ahead by only 4 points. That mirrors the polls on the day before the 2016 election, when the GOP lost only five seats.
I’ve written many times before that generic polls are pretty useless as predictors of specific election results. But when you see an overall trend of falling support for Democrats over time, it might mean that Americans are finally moving past summer and starting to pay serious attention to politics (unlike many on the left, most people don’t let politics dominate their every thought 24/7.) They’re starting to ponder which they were really prefer: low taxes, good jobs, secure borders and a booming economy? Or high taxes, job-killing regulations, open borders and a lot of unhinged ranting about investigations, impeachment, socialism, toxic masculinity and government health care that just might cost more money than there actually is? Not to mention the financial system that their lifestyles and retirement depend on being placed under the oversight of a House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters.
If Americans think about all that and the “blue wave” goes down the drain, I think the reason might have been explained best back in the 1700s by British writer Samuel Johnson:
“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”