TheHill.com reports that
Republicans say President Trump should make a course correction and shift his strategy after a series of dismal polls showed him badly trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Republican senators thought Trump was cruising to reelection only a few months ago but they now worry his relentless focus on revving up his party’s base is hurting his chances, as well as their own of staying in control of the upper chamber.
“I think right now obviously Trump has a problem with the middle of the electorate, with independents, and they’re the people who are going to decide a national election,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said Wednesday.
“I think he can win those back, but it will probably require not only a message that deals with substance and policy, but I think a message that conveys a perhaps different tone,” he added.
Asked if the polling showing Trump well behind Biden is a wake-up call, Thune said it’s a “message” the White House needs to change its strategy.
“These polls are a snapshot in time and the electorate as we know can be very fluid, but I do think it’s a message that there needs to be certainly a change in probably strategy as far as the White House’s messaging is concerned,” he said.
A New York Times-Siena College poll released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump by 14 points in a nationwide survey of 1,337 registered voters. Biden’s lead was bigger among some key groups. He held a 21-point lead among independents, a 22-point lead among women and a 28-point advantage among white, college-educated voters.
That’s a problem for Senate Republicans, who see women and college-educated voters in the suburbs as critical to keeping their majority.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), a counselor to the Senate GOP leadership, said Trump’s fortunes have shifted with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Pre-COVID … I thought the president could carry the day with women and college-educated voters,” she said, pointing to the nation’s low unemployment and rising wages at the time.
“With high unemployment and the economy shredded by COVID he needed to adjust his message,” she said. “That’s where he probably began slippage.”
“I’m an American woman, I’ve got three kids and seven grandchildren. I want a message of optimism and hope and that’s the measure I think people are looking for,” she added. “That’s not his A-1 message.”
Capito also said the president should focus on “reinforcing to people where we’ve made great progress” such as “improving economic conditions, more women in the workforce” and the “funding of universities and colleges.”
Other Senate Republicans acknowledge that Trump’s polling raises red flags.
“Does it cause concern? Of course. One always has to understand and recognize the current situation,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).
Asked whether Trump needs to overhaul his political strategy, Crapo responded: “I’m not going to give the president advice on this.”
He also said the political picture could change.
“Polls are always — whether they are good or bad — always instructive, but I’ve learned that a poll is taking a pulse in a specific time frame and they change,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) identified women and college-educated voters early in the election cycle as key to preserving the Senate GOP majority. He said last year that Republicans lost the House in the 2018 midterms because “we got crushed in the suburbs.”
“We lost college graduates and women in the suburbs, which led in the House to losses in suburban Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Houston; Dallas; Atlanta; Charleston, S.C.,” the GOP leader told reporters last April. “We’re determined not to lose women, certainly not by 19 points, and college graduates in our Senate races. And I don’t think we will.”
Polling released Wednesday shows that Democrats could again have a massive lead among women and college graduates in an election year where the GOP is defending 23 Senate seats while Democrats only have to protect 12.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday showed that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.
Oh, noes! Just 47%!
According to Gallup.com, on this day back in 2012, Obama also had a 47% approval rating.
Say, didn’t Obama win re-election?
Why, yes. He did.
In his tweets lately, President Trump has been referring to America’s “Silent Majority” being bigger than ever.
Average Americans have been going on with their lives as best as they could during the last three months, Watching the President l manner, handling the Kung Flu Pandemic as best as his possible while keeping the economy in a position to take off like a rocket at the first opportunity.
Meanwhile, what have the Democrats been doing?
Well, they have been complaining about President Trump, while Pelosi gave a TV in front of her gigantic freezer filled with gourmet ice cream. Then, when Kung Flu Pandemic wasalmost over and the rioting by BLM and Antifa was in full swing, the Democrats defended their violence and vandals.
And, what about their presumptive Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden?
He’s been hiding in his basement, not giving press conferences because he can’t string 2 sentences together in a coherent fashion.
So, why are these Vichy Republicans tearing Trump apart in the above article?
Well, they are from the John McClain School of Politics which teaches its students that Republicans always bend over backwards for the Democrats and to believe that the Conservative Base is only to be listened to as a political expediency to be ignored until campaign time.
Trump remains a threat to the Vichy Republicans because he actually listens to average Americans, the “Silent Majority”, if you will.
These are the Americans who Hillary Clinton referred to as “Deplorables” in the Presidential Campaign of 2016…the average Americans living in America’s heartland between the coasts.
Y’know…the ones who elected Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States of America.
The same ones who are going to reelect him on November 3, 2020.
…Regardless of what the professional politicians on either side of the political aisle want.
Until He Comes,