How Low Can He Go (cont.)?

According to the latest Fox News poll, Donald Trump is still sinking.  Yes, even Fox Freaking News has Trump seriously underwater for a president this early in a first term.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president? [IF APPROVE / DISAPPROVE: Is that strongly (approve/disapprove), or only somewhat?]

             Approve Disapprove (Don’t know)
May 17     40%         53                       7
Apr 17      45%         48                       7
Mar 17     43%         51                       6
Feb 17      48%         47                      6   
 These numbers are bad enough, but the news gets worse for the golden-haired would-be strongman. The Fox News Poll has only 28% strongly approving of Trump with 46% strongly disapproving of the Donald’s performance as America’s first reality TV show president.  Which means that those who disapprove of Trump – continue to really disapprove, while at the same time his die-hard sycophants are steadily dwindling in number. 

How Low Can he Go (cont.)?

Even notoriously right-wing biased pollster  Rasmussen now has Trump under water by double digits.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.

Red is standing by his prediction that Trump will not drop below about 35% approval.  It appears now, however, that there may not be a strong floor for his “strongly approve” number.  That could easily dip into the teens at which point almost no one in Washington will be paying attention to him – except to tune in for regular updates in the “high comedy” act which this administration has become.

 

Quote for the Day

“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,”

Poor, poor pitiful President Donald Trump.

The Donald knows about unfair treatment of a sitting president.  After all, when you question the very eligibility of a person to be president and accuse him of criminal acts without a shred of evidence, some might call that unfair.   Here are just of few of the things he said about his predecessor.

“I want him to show his birth certificate. … There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

“I think he’s a threat to our country.”

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

“I think he’s the worst president maybe in the history of our country.”

Red really likes that last one.

Texas Student Wins National Geographic Bee

Red was unaware that there was a Geographic Bee, but is pleased to report that Pranay Varada of Irving has won this year’s Bee.  The event, sponsored not surprisingly by National Geographic Magazine, tests the entrants knowledge of countries,  rivers, lakes,  mountain ranges, borders and cultures.  Second place went to Thomas Wright of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Bee was decided in a thrilling sudden-death tiebreaker won by Varada when he correctly identified the Kunlun mountains, a 1,200-mile range along the Tibetan plateau.  Who knew?  Certainly not Red who somewhat prides himself on his geographic knowledge.

Quick – what city is famous for Boston baked beans?

 

Varada finished in sixth place last year, but another year of hard work (who doesn’t love looking at maps) paid off.  He won a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Quote for the Day

“He’s nothing but a bullshitter.”

Attributed to Barack Obama speaking of President Donald Trump.

How could any self-respecting real estate developer credibly deny that.  It’s in the job description – “Must have line of excellent bullshit from here until next Tuesday.”  A real estate developer without bullshit is like an artist without a canvas, a hitter without a bat, a taxi driver without a steering wheel, a teacher without a blackboard, a . . . well you get the picture.

Quote for the Day

Since 1946, when presidents are above 50% approval, their party loses an average of 14 seats in the U.S. House in the midterm elections, compared with an average loss of 36 seats when presidents are below that mark.”

Jeffrey Jones – Gallup

What about when they are below 40%?  Oh wait a minute, no president has polled that pathetically in the weeks before a mid-term election.

Doesn’t Mike McCaul have enough to do – what with being a Congressman and all?

Politico reports that Texas Republican Congressman Mike McCaul (more or less of Austin – although with his heavily gerrymandered district it’s hard to pinpoint an epicenter) has reported approximately 7,300 stock transactions in an array of industries over a two-year period.   McCaul is reportedly the first or second wealthiest member of Congress with an estimated net worth of almost $300,000,000.  Yet, that aint enough apparently.  McCaul and his family are voracious stock traders bent on acquiring even more money and creating a potential ethical quagmire as McCaul surely must be voting on matters that affect his personal wealth.  Red foolishly thinks that a Congressman should actually pay attention to the business of the nation more than his own pocketbook.

Now don’t get Red wrong here. Red admires McCaul as someone who got rich the old-fashioned way.  He married well.  Most of McCaul’s wealth is held by his wife, Linda McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays.  His skyrocketing overall net worth appears to be the product of generational wealth transfer.  If only Red had been so smart he too could have been busy carrying water for his corporate masters in D.C. in his spare time after he finished his day-trading.