Turbulence. That may be the best word to describe what we are currently experiencing in Washington.
Tumult is another good bit of verbiage here, but it doesn’t quite bely the potential for catastrophe as well as turbulence does. With turbulence, you could lose a wing, or drop far enough in altitude to send your stomach to your sinuses.
With tumult, we envision something more along the lines of a stewardess running out of Warsteiner on a transatlantic flight back to Frankfurt..uncomfortable but ultimately harmless.
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No, in Washington today there is the very real potential for harm. And chaos, and anarchy. We are being coaxed and coached by the mainstream media to hate one another down political lines, all so that they can sell us more advertising. What’s the end game? Well, unfortunately, there is only one way to find out.
In a bit of an unexpected metric, however, all of this recent turbulence surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court has seemingly behooved the President.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3. (see trends).
This comes less than two days removed from the President’s unfortunate comments about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during a recent campaign rally.
How did his approval pop in the wake of this controversy? I’ll explain:
The approval pop to 50% wasn’t about victim shaming. It was about Trump’s optics as a “regular guy”. A Citizen-President. People may not have liked what he said; I know that I certainly didn’t care for it one bit, but it was the kind of thing that you would hear when passing around a few cold beers with your friends. It’s the sort of thing that comes up between friendly, familial people who aren’t afraid to argue a bit in the pursuit of truth.
It’s not what you hear a politician say, and that is precisely why it went over so well. The American people are sick of politicians, and, to them, President Trump is the populist wrecking ball we’ve so patiently awaited.