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Trump’s approval ratings rise in several polls

President Donald Trump is enjoying a surge in his approval rating and oddsmakers have upgraded his chances of being re-elected to even.

My own views on how Trump has handled the COVID-19 crisis aside, his ratings have risen in many polls.

You can decide for yourself whether this reflects an abiding belief that he is handling the crisis well, or is something more like a reflexive rally-round-the-leader impulse.

The average of many approval polls, on which I have relied, indicates that present Trump disapprovers still outnumber Trump approvers by 6.1 percentage points at 50.7 disapproval/44.6 approval, but this 6.1 negative gap is noticeably smaller than the 8-10 points “under water” situation that has shown up in approval polls during most his term.

If I were more like Trump, I would ignore this development, but I am committed to leveling with those who are good enough to read some of what I scribble.

In fact, I’ll go one small gesture further. Gallup, which no longer polls daily on Trump’s approval, just released the most recent of their occasional samplings on that topic and came up with a sample over the weekend that showed Trump’s approvers outnumbering his disapprovers by 49-45 percent.

I rely more on the 538 number, which includes many polls and therefore a larger number of respondents are pooled together, but Gallup is also a legend in polling and shows a more dramatic improvement in his approval/disapproval picture so, in the interests of intellectual honesty, I am going out of my way to acknowledge that not only does the 538 average of many polls show him improving, at least one reputable pollster shows him “above water.”

As far as the upgrade in Trump’s odds, here’s one on-line sports-betting site that ranks Trump vs. Joe Biden as an even money bet. Over recent weeks, most odds-makers have rated Biden the favorite.

After writing this piece, I read a similar piece, adorably headlined “Trump gets a bump,” by Lisa Lerer of The New York Times. Like me, she was cautious about assuming that Trump’s bump in the most recent approval ratings was the new normal, or that it wasn’t. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from her musings on the topic:

The president’s critics are also eager to play down his rising numbers as simply the norm in times of crisis. They have a point: Historically, polling shows a rallying effect behind a president during national challenges.

“Most presidents get a bump when there’s a national crisis,” said Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster. “While I think many of us would argue his handling of this crisis has been insufficient and inconsistent, when people started to tune in to the severity of the epidemic was when he started sounding more serious.”

And here’s a link to Lerer’s full piece.

Comments (58)

  1. Submitted by Charles Holtman on 03/26/2020 - 09:44 am.

    A society in which Trump gets more than 2 or 3 percent approval is a doomed society.

  2. Submitted by John N. Finn on 03/26/2020 - 09:55 am.

    Approval of Trump or reaction against a perception that Democrats were stalling in order to get unrelated policy into bills? My social media is featuring congressional floor speech clips and memes in outrage. True or not, the optics can matter.

  3. Submitted by BK Anderson on 03/26/2020 - 10:16 am.

    This was the inherent danger in Congressional Dems laboriously crafting a enormous disaster relief bill that will bring significant aid to the country in time of crisis. Dems do the heavy lifting, blocking McConnell’s Mnuchin slushfund and expanding unemployment compensation nationwide, and the Grand Imbecile gets the political credit in the eyes of (far too) many.

    And thus we see the essential and organic difference between the two parties: Congressional Repubs would NEVER have done such a thing to aid a Dem administration, no matter how enormous the crisis. It would have been all blame and no game. Doubt that? I submit the Repub behavior in response to Obama’s Great Recession stimulus package in 2009 as Exhibit A. (Known to “conservatives” as Obama’s “porkulus”.)

    Unfortunately for the nation, the COVID emergency is almost certainly just getting underway, if the epidemiologists can be believed, and Trump cannot be a serious and effective leader in any circumstance, let alone a national crisis. So one would have to bet that this approval bump will recede as the calamity (both medical and economic) intensifies.

    If the COVID crisis does ease for some inexplicable reason, and Trump gets the credit (en route to another popular vote-losing “win”), then historians will be able to observe that COVID-19 didn’t kill the populace, but did ultimately kill the nation…

  4. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/26/2020 - 10:19 am.

    As mentioned, it is important to note that in other times of a national crisis, like the first gulf war and after 911 Presidential approval ratings went to over 90%.

    Bush 1, Gulf War 1: 59% pre to 89% after

    Bush 2, 911: 60% pre to 92% after

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/26/2020 - 12:31 pm.

      Of course, at that point in his career Bush II was still popular.
      Trump has a much lower floor which is probably fixed, so he has no place to go but up.
      I’d say this is a temporary response to his ‘wartime president’ meme.

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 04/01/2020 - 08:39 pm.

      Something you omitted, no President has ever faced 97+% negative press like Trump has. It’s beyond ridiculous that they have continued on like this for 3+ years now. Obama had nothing but praise from the media for 8 years and yet his numbers weren’t any better than Trump’s overall at this point in his first term.

      Trump has done some things wrong, but not nearly what the Media has claimed.

      • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 04/02/2020 - 09:43 am.

        “Metaphorically, a snowball effect is a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious), and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous (a vicious circle), though it might be beneficial instead (a virtuous circle).”

        And the snowball started down the hill on day 1:

        “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,”
        -Sean Spicer

        When you start with a blatant, provably wrong lie, on day 1 and refuse to back down (are you going to believe me or your lying eyes) a tone is set and Trump has done nothing to change that tone.

        As Trump’s more devoted followers can tell us:

        Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/26/2020 - 10:22 am.

    “…sounding more serious” is, I’d argue, not the same thing as knowing what you’re doing. I didn’t think it possible for my view of the Current Occupant to descend any farther, but watching a few minutes of each of the press briefings on the pandemic has done exactly that. Instead of “rallying ’round the leader” I’m more and more inclined to cringe when “the leader” takes to the microphone to make another pronouncement that flies in the face of the very people he and his administration have hired (or persuaded to volunteer) to deal with the crisis. His vision of packed churches on Easter Sunday is but one of several ghastly examples. His attack on NBC’s David Gregory for what even I recognize as a “softball question” is another. I’m inclined to agree with Mr. Holtman.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/26/2020 - 12:33 pm.

      Let’s see–
      Which church did Trump belong to before he was elected?
      The Church of the Holy Dollar?

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 03/26/2020 - 03:11 pm.

      Amoral hedonist Trump’s pious proclamations about how “Easter is a special day for me”[!] and the “beauty” he would find in “full pews” reminds us that whenever we think Trump can’t do any more to insult one’s intelligence, he always finds a way to go lower!

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/27/2020 - 11:29 am.

      I have to give Trump credit where credit is due: I thought his ignorance of anything to do with Christianity was so profound that he would have had no idea that Easter had any significance beyond colored eggs and chocolate. If he knows about and is trying to appropriate the symbolism of resurrection for his own purposes, I will be even more impressed.

      The sad part is that this could all play out in MAGA land. The refusal of his followers to believe that Trump knows what he is doing and that he has their best interests at heart will no doubt lead to Easter services being packed with loyalists praising Trump from whom all blessings flow.

      I’m not fond of gratuitous Nazi analogies, but that is something that Leni Riefenstahl would have filmed.

  6. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 03/26/2020 - 12:18 pm.

    A huge stimulus bill has been passed and people are anticipating checks to give them some relief. Meanwhile, the experts are predicting an impending medical disaster in several parts of the nation. Let’s see what is going to happen over the next couple of months before thinking these polls have any bearing in whether the great leader is elected again.

    If predictions are right, many thousands are going to die. Eventually, the actions of this administration are going to be analyzed. The gutting of agencies; the not paying attention to pandemic scenarios; the replacing of professionals with sycophants; the constant downplaying of science; and the glib early pronouncements which caused a delayed response are all going to come to roost. In addition, people are going to realize that this stimulus bill is just like the large tax cut bill that the great leader and Mitch passed. The poor and the middle class get some dollars up front. Big business, corporations, and the very wealthy are going to be raking in piles of dough. Couple that with scenes of over-crowded hospitals, bodies being taken away, and interviews with exhausted and scared doctors and nurses and then let the nation decide whether or not they approve.

  7. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/26/2020 - 04:39 pm.

    Well, we got ~ 40% of Americans unable to cover a $400 emergency, so they live in reaction world, not prevention/proactive world, I do suspect by the time fall roles around some of the number cruncher types may have the “if” calculations, saying “if” Trump would have taken the science seriously way back when, had not trashed out the pandemic team, or believed his own intelligence agencies (all deep state stuff, which is now shallow state) we could have saved X amount of lives, and reduced the overall economic disaster by X% etc. etc. etc. So the big question will be, how many of those folks will say, yes I want to risk the pain of another go around with a BS-ING reactionary, that flies by the seat of his pants, or someone that is willing to trust the experts and can get in front of the curve? .

  8. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/26/2020 - 06:32 pm.

    Sounds like some major media will stop covering the President’s COVID 19 briefings in response to complaints that he is getting too much air time in an election year. An alternative, of course, would be to broadcast Joe Biden’s comments on the situation each day.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/26/2020 - 07:05 pm.

      Utter nonsense.

      Don Trump’s daily circus should not be broadcast live because he continues to lie, and he cannot be fact checked in real time.

      One guy listened to one of Don Trump’s lies, and he paid for it with his life. One day this week, MSNBC carrying the circus live, cut away when medical experts were talking, then returned when Don Trump was back on, spreading more misinformation.

      Trump’s aids were worried about Pence getting all the lime light, so Pence got the hook, even though he actually ran a fairly good briefing.

      • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/27/2020 - 11:23 pm.

        CNN broadcasting Joe Biden live townhall after halt to President Trump live reports. I knew that there were options to even things up!

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 03/27/2020 - 07:20 am.

      “the President’s….getting too much air time in an election year”.

      That’s not the objection, and you know it isn’t.

      • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/27/2020 - 11:00 pm.

        Actually, complaints about a lack of equal campaign time might well be true and seem like a viable complaint so dropping the daily Presidential reports might indeed be fair. They have to end sometime, just like all the daily death and confirmed case reports. Not sure of any other reasons.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/27/2020 - 08:13 am.

      I believe they are cutting back on Trump press conference coverage out of fear that they will be sued by the Trump campaign for broadcasting his comments like Priorities USA is being sued for broadcasting this collection of Trump comments:

      Trump is now calling his own direct quotes “fake news”.

  9. Submitted by Solly Johnson on 03/26/2020 - 10:08 pm.

    Unemployment claims jumped well over 3 million in one week, 1% of our total population, Senators go on a 3-week vacation during one of the most critical times in our history, big business gets many trillions in slush fund money with little oversight, people with no direct accounts with the IRS will wait up to 4 weeks for a payment that may help them for only a few weeks, and we get a trivial article about Trump’s popularity. Trump’s approval ratings are far down the list of news of importance.

  10. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 03/27/2020 - 01:00 am.

    Trump is trying to sell the Idea that if a lot of people and tge economy bounces back, that is a good choice. If we havd any real Christians left in this country, this won’t work. Of course h I s followers are out buying guns – they are way too comfortable with the ability to kill anyone who annoys. Trump said his followers would tolerate Trump’s murdering someone for great good. Gun murder is an unnamed pandemic that originates here.

    The economy is truly his only selling point, as he is not going to get high rating for humanity and compassion. He saw the Dow Jones drop /0,000 points in a few days. Over three million applies for unemployment in a week. Those things are not turning around but getting worse. People have six months to figure this out. If they are too brained damaged today figure it out, let all the creatives/big idea people flee the Trump states, who are better places to livd for many reasons

  11. Submitted by William Duncan on 03/27/2020 - 09:28 am.

    The real mystery is how Biden polls well despite basically disappearing during this crisis. Where is Joe?

    How many people support Joe Biden? Not as many as don’t support Trump, but somehow it seems the odds-makers assume if you don’t support Trump than you must support Biden.

    Except Biden represents for many of us the delusion that Obama was a good president for working people, when a lot of actual working people feel betrayed by Obama, the Clintons and the DNC, treated like we don’t matter. This, plus Bidens clear and quite obvious cognitive decline, his willingness to falsify his record and the fact that elite dems and media let him, while he is kept out of the public eye because he can be counted on saying or doing something that will go viral for all the wrong reasons, pardon the pun…it kind of seems like 2016 all over again, “He Deserves It,” and we should all just get in line and accept it, because, you know, Trump.

    Except Obama and Clinton insiders seem like they want Biden as a kind of puppet president so they can rule the country from behind the scenes, so we can all just get back to the normal of fake hope and change while we coddle the meritocracy and force austerity on the rest of us.

    Obama bailed out corporations and banks, and let 10 million mortgages go into foreclosure, and he is treated like a holy man. Trump is bailing out corporations and banks…will he let 10 million mortgages go into foreclosure, and still be treated as a messiah? Probably.

    What about the legions of us hungry for real change but aren’t capable of cult-like veneration for people who say one thing and do another? Where is our champion?

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/27/2020 - 11:39 am.

      Where do you suppose Joe should be?

      If he gives a daily press conference pointing out Trump inconsistencies he is attacked for not being a loyal citizen during a time of crisis. And we do have ready access to inconsistency reporting.

      Or maybe you expect him to endorse Trump policies?

      Or use his resources to give a Trump like update?

      Oh wait, he doesn’t have the full resources of the federal government to ignore like the guy we have now.

      You will have a choice to make in November: Trump or Biden. You have clearly expressed your personal priorities. Which one is incrementally better than the other?

      And, sorry to say for you, incrementalism is the only change we will ever see.

      • Submitted by Solly Johnson on 03/27/2020 - 05:12 pm.

        Compare Biden’s comments now to candidate Obama’s during the 2008 campaign. Obama gave daily updates to the American public, while Biden now is barely visible, is in obvious cognitive decline, and is incoherent and offers no substantial policy positions. For you to state that the only choice is Trump or Biden is absurd because we still have the right to vote for a third party candidate if we choose, since some of us believe that a vote has to be earned and is not the right of any political party or candidate. Shaming voters, workers, students, is not an effective strategy to gain votes and support for your party.
        In the last half century the USA has seen only an incrementally downward movement financially for the remaining middle class and poor in this nation under every administration, not upward mobility. In fact, studies have shown there is more upward mobility in the socialist democracies of western Europe than in the USA.

        • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/28/2020 - 01:57 am.

          “For you to state that the only choice is Trump or Biden is absurd because we still have the right to vote for a third party candidate”

          Ahh… The 2000 Ralph Nader strategy. If you still think that was a proud vote for principles 400,000 dead bodies would disagree with you if they could.

          You want progress towards your progressive goals? Look at the only window in the last 50 years where the Ds had the Presidency, House and a 60 vote Senate: 2009-2010.

          The ACA is the only real start to MFA and it could have been better but for the election of Scott Brown in MA and the loss to 59 votes.

          Your despised corporate Ds gave us Medicare in the 60s thru a strong majority.

          If you put as much energy into defeating the likes of Graham, McConnell, Ernst and McSally as you do of complaining about W Clinton, Obama and Biden, real progress could be made.

          Or just continue to howl at the moon.

          • Submitted by William Duncan on 03/28/2020 - 09:22 am.

            ‘Ahh… The 2000 Ralph Nader strategy. If you still think that was a proud vote for principles 400,000 dead bodies would disagree with you if they could.’

            That kind of circular illogic will do nothing to improve Biden’s standing among those legions betrayed by neoliberalism. So voting for Nader killed all those people? If you are referring to the Iraq war, Biden not just voted directly for it, he cheerleaded, notwithstanding his current unhistorical revisionism. Back then you couldn’t even question the war without being denounced as un-American by people of both parties.

            Otherwise I expect your incrementalism met an immovable force in Covid 19, and your party standard-bearer is mostly silent about the virus and how plan for rebuilding Obamacare. So we are voting for Biden on some kind of faith?

          • Submitted by Henry Johnson on 03/28/2020 - 02:35 pm.

            Well said Edward, and exactly correct IMO.

            The far-left has actually been quite an aid to the rise in power of the right, by the refusal of too many of it’s members to vote for moderate-left candidates in general elections.

            You’ve mentioned a prime case, where egotist Ralph Nader prevented us from having Al Gore as president, someone who’s done as much for the cause of global warming education as anyone, and who never would have started a war in Iraq which cost trillions and God knows how man lives – not to mention opening the whole area up to Islamic radical movements.

            And while Hillary Clinton was a 2nd rate candidate, I voted for her anyway myself, because I was right that she was a far less awful choice than DJT.

            Quite often voting for the lesser of two evils is the only way to prevent truly bad outcomes and in reality is a very valuable act.

            And this is where both the far-left and the far-right are really leading the country to chaos – because they only will vote for candidates and legislation that match what they believe in 90% to 100%, anything less is considered “selling out” and so they vote for a Ralph Nader, or stay home rather than vote for Hillary Clinton, or worse, vote for DJT because they are so mad at the democratic party for tilting the deck her way.

            Great, you really “showed” the democratic party in 2016 – by giving us Trump!

            Yes, that really “punished” Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the others who steered things Hillary’s way! (or did it?)

            I agree that you had a right to be mad about the bias towards Clinton, but helping elect DJT?, was that a good ‘solution’??

            And how is that working out for you who refused to vote for Clinton, as he mismanages the heck out of the covid-19 crisis, something that might cost you or loved ones and friends their very lives?

            You don’t gain in political power by being a perfectionist who refuses to even take the playing field to cast a vote for your team, unless you get the quarterback you preferred, therefore letting the opposite side win.

            Now in 2020, we have Bernie Sanders who again has some supporters openly saying they may not vote for Joe Biden.

            Great, so you’re planning to abandon the field of battle to the other side AGAIN giving us 4 more years of DJT, and then pretend AGAIN that it’s the fault of moderate democrats that the republicans keep winning?

            Please, let some pragmatist thinking enter, and realize that in politics as in life in general, often you don’t get your ‘ideal’ choice, you pick the best choice available at the time.

            Many of us took and kept jobs we didn’t like much or even hated because it was better than being broke and hungry, and made many other practical choices that in reality made our lives better than they would have been otherwise – yet many of those choices weren’t necessarily to our liking, and certainly not ‘ideal’!

            Politics is no different – I will vote for Bernie Sanders if he wins the nomination, and I don’t expect him to become a moderate overnight either to win my vote.

            He is a better choice than DJT, that’s the important thing.

            And I hope that Bernie supporters will do the same with Joe Biden.

            Is he a better choice than 4 more years of Donald Trump, if Biden ends up being the candidate? Yes, or no?

            So you can have 4 more years of Trump by staying home, or doing a meaningless write-in, or you can even vote for him – all of those choices increase political power for the Republicans.

            Or you can choose the lesser of two evils, and I’d argue quite a bit less evil choice, by voting for Joe Biden.

            I hope that having seen what happens by following the perfectionist route, as in what happened in 2016, that far-left leaning voters will vote for Biden in 2020, and then work for steering the party more towards their beliefs and candidates for future elections.

            That’s the practical and beneficial way to look at things I think – I’m going to make best choices I have available to me TODAY, and then work on creating better choices for TOMORROW.

            • Submitted by William Duncan on 03/29/2020 - 11:06 am.

              “The far-left has actually been quite an aid to the rise in power of the right, by the refusal of too many of it’s members to vote for moderate-left candidates in general elections.”

              Henry, your so-called moderate left candidates look neoliberal, moderate-right to most people on the left, moderate on social issues and elitist and corporatist in their economics and warmongering. The Clintons and Obama ignore the concerns of working people, doing precisly what corporations, banks and billionaires want, and then shame the working poor for not voting Dem?

              In what alternative Republic is it good electioneering to spend forty years effectively reducing wages and benefits for more than half the working population, and then lecture them about being too ‘pure’ to vote for ‘meritocracy’ that acts like that doesn’t matter?

              Shaming doesn’t make people vote, it keeps them from voting. Giving them something they want will bring them to the polls.

              Now what has Joe Biden said about unlimited bailouts for our elite, and relative scraps for the many, in the latest Stimuls and QE? Yeah, nothing. What has Biden ever said about unlimited bailouts for elite after 2008, and 10 million foreclosures for working people? Yeah, nothing. Because that is how Joe Biden will govern. Moderate socially, elitist economically, and ever more war.

              • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/29/2020 - 06:48 pm.

                Here we see the “Blame Obama First Crowd” making the transition to “Blame Biden First”.

                Remember the founding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

                Noted neo-liberal and corporatist Barack Obama picked neo-liberal and corporatist Elizabeth Warren to build the foundation of this organization:

                “According to the United States Treasury Department, the bureau is tasked with the responsibility to “promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services”.[6] According to its web site, the CFPB’s “central mission…is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products”

                All of which would seem to be in alignment with our progressive Bernie Bro’s expressing their opinion here. Or at least it should be given the reaction of Wall Street and most Republicans to what Warren was trying to do. They succeeded in stopping Warren from being the first Director and fought everything the CFPB was trying to do. And they certainly slowed it down and eventually ground it to a stop under the first Trump Director was Mick Mulvaney.

                And there you have it: these folks in their dislike for all things Obama, can’t tell the difference between Elizabeth Warren and Mick Mulvaney.

                Let’s say President Bernie Sanders nominates AOC as his Director of the CFPB. And Republican resistance does the same thing to her as was done to Warren. Does Bernie just become another neo-liberal and corporatist?

                Back to my original, unaddressed point:

                If you put as much energy into defeating the likes of Graham, McConnell, Ernst and McSally as you do of complaining about W Clinton, Obama and Biden, real progress would be made.

          • Submitted by Solly Johnson on 03/28/2020 - 05:12 pm.

            To say that the Democrats are the party of peace is nonsense. Obama inherited two wars and the country was involved in seven when he left office. Also, after he and Clinton organized the revolution in Libya, open slave markets now exist in the country, once one of the most prosperous in Africa. You perhaps have forgotten Clinton chuckling on live TV, “We came, we saw, we killed him,” when talking about the assassination of Gaddafi.
            Also, if Trump is such a threat to world peace, why do the Democrats willingly support the military budget and consistently support him in foreign excursions and abuses of power.. Just recently the Patriot Act was reauthorized giving broad surveillance power to the government and was opposed by civil liberties groups and privacy advocates. Minnesota Congressional votes in favor were Craig, Phillips, Peterson, Stauber. Opposed were Omar, McCollum, Emmer, Hagedorn. This tells you all you need to know about the faux opposition of Democrats.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/27/2020 - 01:39 pm.

      “What about the legions of us hungry for real change but aren’t capable of cult-like veneration for people who say one thing and do another? Where is our champion?”

      I’m reminded of a cartoon with a young guy in a BERNIE T shirt talking to an older person with an “I Voted ” sticker on their chest:

      “Hey man, cool sticker, where’d you get it?”

      Your legions are similar in size to the legions of far right Tea Party, “Drill Baby Drill” folks. Why you and not them to have all your hopes and visions brought to life?

      The “Well I’m a lot smarter than them” or “Your in a mind control cult that I am too smart to fall prey to” argument will not get you very far.

      Again, Trump or Biden, pick one.

      • Submitted by William Duncan on 03/28/2020 - 09:35 am.

        Well, I never said I was smarter than anyone. You said I think I am smarter than Tea Party people but then you put quotes around it like I said it. And you force upon me a false duality in choice for President, esp when one of those guys isn’t even nominated yet.

        • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/29/2020 - 07:07 pm.

          Instead of nitpicking to avoid an answer, why not just give it a try?

          You left side views are are perhaps eqi-distant to the center from right side views of Tea Party, drill baby drill folks. And not only eqi-distant from the center, also of a similar size.

          And when you ask:

          ““What about the legions of us hungry for real change but aren’t capable of cult-like veneration for people who say one thing and do another? Where is our champion?”

          I say a 15% legion does not win anything and you will not attain results that you find satisfactory. The best option is to find alliance with others near to your views; but not fully aligned with you. And pretty soon you have a majority:


          Unfortunately, as our Tea Party friends have demonstrated, this is the sin of all sins.

          And their basis for this?

          They are certain that only their beliefs are true, and to modify them is pointless.

          Otherwise known as:

          “I’m smarter than you, so abandon your beliefs and embrace mine”

          • Submitted by William Duncan on 03/30/2020 - 09:20 am.

            What does the center look like in a Biden Presidency, Edward?

            What good did the CFPB do for the ten million foreclosures in the aftermath of 2008?

            Republicanism has evolved into social darwinian, neo feudalism. What is so different on that account, economically, from the center? Because all I ever hear about reaching out from the “moderate” folks in dem country is how they need to reach out to republicans. Mostly, progressives get treated like tea party folk…deplorables, not worth the time, though then the left gets lectured to compromise.

            Now suppose Trump puts some kind of moratorium on mortgage payments, so nobody defaults? Not saying he will, though he should. If he were to do that, how would that compare to Obama’s response to 2008?

        • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 03/30/2020 - 09:23 am.

          Mr. Duncan and Mr. Johnson have had 8 years to sell their product and still can’t find a buyer. So, instead, they simply take their ball and go home. They are as much responsible for the Trump presidency as any Republican.

          • Submitted by William Duncan on 03/31/2020 - 10:37 am.

            Blaming the victims of capitalism is standard in capitalism, left and right. The pool of successful capitalists however grows ever smaller, and the center will not hold.

            • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 04/01/2020 - 11:12 pm.

              Nice to see you rub your hands in glee as more and more of our 28 million capitalistic enterprises fall to our current crisis.

              Can you point to ANY country in the world today where you admire their system of government and find it far superior to ours?

              • Submitted by William Duncan on 04/02/2020 - 09:49 am.

                How is it that my warning people that Congress and the Federal Reserve have agreed to give TBTF elite 7 TRILLION to UNLIMITED QE bailouts, will lead to greater consolidation, growth in monopoly and income inequality, and all the pathologies we saw after 2008 expanded….gets turned into me rubbing my hands with glee?

                I will leave that for any readers still paying attention to decide.

          • Submitted by Solly Johnson on 03/31/2020 - 04:14 pm.

            The corporate Democrats and their minions who put Hilary, one of the worst candidates in history, on the ballot four years ago were responsible for Trump. Studies have shown that more Clinton supporters voted for McCain than Sanders supporters for Trump, but blame everybody but yourselves for Trump.

            • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 04/01/2020 - 11:06 pm.

              I certainly can agree that for Bernie to lose to a candidate as poor as Hillary is proof positive that he is un-electable in a national race.

              • Submitted by William Duncan on 04/02/2020 - 09:53 am.

                Interestingly, the same forces behind Hillary have put forth Biden. So what does that say about the DNC decision making? At least Hillary was fully lucid.

  12. Submitted by Chas Dalseide on 03/27/2020 - 10:45 am.

    How are life insurance policies selling right now. Does the gov’t program
    back them up? Inflation proof?

  13. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/27/2020 - 12:47 pm.

    Give it week. COVID 19 is approaching like a tsunami and you can’t game a pandemic, or bluff a virus, or cook up alternative facts. When hundreds and thousands get sick and die because you sat on your hands like an idiot trying to manage a “portfolio” instead of organizing a national response, people will notice. This isn’t a political debate, it’s not a branding issue, it’s virus that doesn’t even know you exist mush less cares about your Twitter prowess. We literally have a president who’s threatening to let Americans die if their governors aren’t “nice” to him… this will not end well for Trump.

    • Submitted by Charles Holtman on 03/28/2020 - 02:22 pm.

      Paul – What’s your evidence for “people will notice”? We’ve had 40 years of this and people haven’t noticed yet. A third of the nation are authoritarian followers who notice only what they’re told, and another third have been rendered sufficiently oblivious that the mainstream media quite easily make sure they don’t notice anything. Yes, folks will notice the deaths and economic collapse, but that doesn’t at all mean they will make their way to how & why.

  14. Submitted by Mike Davidson on 03/27/2020 - 03:03 pm.

    We have several months to go before the election. Congressional Republicans know how to put on a show – McConnell has been doing it for decades. Trump’s charade is about to come crashing down, and hopefully he drags the Republican party down with him.

  15. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/29/2020 - 05:20 pm.

    Given this a fair amount of thought, It isn’t that I dislike DJT, I dislike his behavior, his polices, his constant BS, and above all as a president, he is 101 inept! Many of his supporters say, well he thinks like I do. OK, do you think your mining buddy Billy should be president? Think he has what it takes? How about your farmer friend down the road Al? Or perhaps Marvin, he’s a great auto mechanic that thinks like you? Or maybe Marge, she ‘s a welder, or Sandy your insurance agent? OR becaseu they think like you would you use them as your doctor? Its a very strange world we liv ein.

  16. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 04/01/2020 - 09:29 pm.

    Announcing to the American public that 100,000-240,000 of them are forecast to die as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus has never been in the job description for an American President before. For the most hated man in America, I don’t think that he did such a bad job doing it. I certainly don’t envy the man.

  17. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 04/02/2020 - 09:57 am.

    To be honest the thing that bothers me is Joe Biden’s low favorability poll numbers. Biden has yet crack above 50%, and many polls he’s essentially tied with Trump. This is the same pattern we saw with HRC back in 2016.

    Biden is a dud as candidate, he has compelling message and no real plan for change or dramatic improvement for American lives. The more we see of his campaign the more it relies on simply not being Trump, and that already handed Trump one victory.

    Biden needs to up his game dramatically and get out ahead of Trump and he needs to it sooner rather than later.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 04/02/2020 - 10:50 am.

      “and no real plan for change or dramatic improvement for American lives”

      How do you feel about this stuff?

      If all listed here (and it’s a lot) came to pass I think even the most “progressive” among us would be happy. And the only thing standing in the way is about 13 Republican Senate seats. Capture those and left wing Nirvana breaks out all over.

      So rather than speculate on Biden, focus on those 13 seats.

      “Joe from Scranton” will win PA. Trump is doing his best to alienate MI’s governor and subsequently it’s people. Trump is doing better in MN than WI and Trump is not going to win MN.

      At their base, folks prefer a nice guy with a little humility and empathy over a self indulgent, braggadocios, prick. HRC did not enjoy a benefit here. You tell me who you think wins on that score in the upcoming election…

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