Posted Wednesday morning, March 28, 2018.
Ain’t he grand?
It’s not Trump.
He’s objectively, demonstrably the worst human being elected President since James Buchanan. Andrew Johnson was never elected and Richard Nixon had to actually be President for a couple of years to be worse. He’s objectively, demonstrably the most incompetent man to hold the office. A bigger dope than Harding. A more persistent bumbler than George W. Bush. He clearly knows nothing a President needs to know and yet thinks he knows everything worth knowing. He’s corrupt, mendacious, vain about his worst qualities---he’s proud of being a liar and double-dealer. He brags that his cheating, scamming, chiseling, welshing, and reneging on contracts and deals proves he’s a business genius. His only “success” as President has been due to his destructiveness and sadism---the pain and distress he’s inflicted on immigrants, the fear, frustration, anger, and personal, economic, and physical hardship he’s caused by his spiteful and capricious reversals of whatever of President Obama’s policies that come within his pen’s reach, the harm he’s done to the environment, public schools, the nation’s health, and our system of justice through letting the thieves, knaves, and fools in his cabinet go their merry ways, and the way he’s so far survived scandals and failures that in a better world would have had him removed from office and on his way to jail well before now. And the great majority of Republicans think this is just fine. Think he’s just fine.
I don’t mean just the Republicans in Congress. I mean the people they’re afraid of. Republican voters.
Nate Silver is at a loss to explain Trump’s recent rise in polls.
It’s not much of a rise. But his approval ratings are above 40 percent in Silver’s most recent aggregations and he says this has been persistent, a trend not a blip. It doesn’t make sense to him because there’s been little but bad news for Trump the last several months and it’s not as though he’s changed his behavior.
Like I would know, but here’s my guess. His low approval ratings last year were weighed down a few points by Republicans who didn’t think he was hurting enough people fast enough hard enough. He’s improved on that score. So they’re happier with him.
It’s not Trump.