Polls show President Trump’s approval numbers languishing around 40 percent, while the anger and intensity of the Democratic base is rising and the Republican base remains pretty complacent, not full of fight as it was during the Obama years. Reflecting those findings, MSNBC is now topping both Fox News and CNN in the key demographic of viewers age 18 to 54, and the...
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It’s hard for Democrats not to be gloating right now. After last fall’s election, they’re entitled to a bit of schadenfreude. Notwithstanding President Trump’s so far uneventful but largely favorable foreign trip, his poll numbers, even in Fox News polls, are in the toilet. The legislative challenges facing the White House and Republicans are enormous, Trumpcare has...
Last week, it was the role of Russia in the 2016 campaign that dominated the news; this week, with President Trump on his first overseas trip and largely sticking to his script, it’s more likely to be the substantive challenges facing congressional Republicans that will move to center stage in Washington.
If a Democrat had a nightmare a year ago, it might well look like what happened in last November’s elections. If a Republican had a nightmare on the eve of President Trump’s inauguration, it might well look like the last 118 days. After a presidential campaign that was, start to finish, the strangest in memory, this has been the strangest transition and first four months of...
Almost as soon as the votes were counted in November, some Democrats began clamoring for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look at allegations of Russian involvement in the presidential campaign, either to hurt Hillary Clinton or help Donald Trump, or both. These calls were, in my view, way over the top. It has long been the case that when members of the...
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