Why are Americans still obsessed with the 2016 campaign a year later?

Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

Then again, Trump never enjoyed the honeymoon that Bush did.

A Gallup survey taken soon after the former Texas governor assumed office found nearly 6 in 10 of those sampled approving of Bush's performance and just a quarter disapproving. A poll taken during Trump's first days as president found Americans divided down the middle, with 45 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving.

Seen another way, despite the tempestuous aftermath of his election and the antagonism it sowed, it took 1,202 days before Bush's nationwide disapproval rating topped 50 percent. For Trump, it took eight days.

"This president has been under assault in an attempt to delegitimize him from the very beginning," said Sam Nunberg, an occasional Trump adviser, who believes the ongoing campaign to thwart the president -- the resistance, as proponents style it -- is a reason the election has yet to recede.

Another significant factor is the nation's never-ending news cycle. The gaping maw of talk radio and especially cable television constantly demand fresh content, and few things can jack the ratings like controversy and conflict.

The still-raw emotions surrounding the 2016 election offer a bountiful source.


It used to be Hollywood that provided the nation's diversion and entertainment. Now, with a former reality-TV star in the White House, it's politics as well.

This is not normal. This is the new normal.

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