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Beating Trump

Susan Estrich on

After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president -- I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week -- you would think the president's poll numbers would be in the toilet.

You might even think that the Democrats had some luxury, some leeway, in terms of picking a nominee who could beat Trump. OK, maybe not Bernie Sanders, but still ...

However, if the daily tracking polls are right -- and I always believe polls that tell me what I don't want to hear -- the president is doing rather well for a man on the verge of impeachment, and my fellow Democrats who think that only dinosaurs could vote for the man are living in Jurassic Park.

At the end of that week, a whopping 48% of all likely voters approved of the job that Donald Trump was doing as president.

The heck with Ukraine and Iran and China. The heck with the crazy tweets and the stoking of the ugly partisan divide. Politically speaking, the president is doing just fine.

How can this be?

 

How can it be that a president who is strongly disapproved of -- strongly -- by nearly half the voters isn't tanking with the rest of the country?

Start with this: 3.5%.

That's the unemployment rate in America today. You can listen to cable television 24/7, but it's never going to be easy to beat peace (relatively speaking) and prosperity.

And this: The partisanship on the Democratic side, the relentless name-calling about not only the president but also his supporters, probably does more to bolster his base than to undermine it.

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