December 15, 2016

CONGRESS IS THE SHARK; HE'S A PILOT FISH:

Will Donald Trump's historic unpopularity hamstring his presidency? (Paul Waldman, December 15, 2016, The Week)

He'll be taking office as the most unpopular incoming president in memory, too. Trump himself doesn't believe this -- he's telling anyone who'll listen that he won an enormous and historic Electoral College landslide (false), and he's not exactly one to trim his sails in consideration of those who oppose him. But might that lack of popularity hamstring his presidency?

Let's look first at where he stands. In the latest polls, Trump's favorable ratings are in the 40s -- a touch better than they were during most of the campaign, but still awful. As a point of comparison, eight years ago Barack Obama had favorable ratings 20 points higher than Trump's are now.

And according to Gallup, Americans aren't that happy with the Trump transition, either. We're split 48-48 percent on whether we approve of how he's handling the transition, which might not seem all that bad until you learn that in ordinary circumstances, most people give the incoming president much more of a benefit of the doubt. The approval numbers for Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton's transitions were 75 percent, 65 percent, and 67 percent, respectively. And it isn't like there wasn't plenty of partisanship around in 2008, 2000, or 1992. [...]

In any case, Trump doesn't start with the public behind him.

Like Scut Farkus, the bully is all bluster.


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