It’s no secret that large swaths of the American population are dissatisfied with the president and his party. His approval rating has been down in the dumps ever since he took office, and it’s shown no sign of improving anytime soon. Essentially, he has failed to see his base grow ever since the election, at which time more people opposed him than supported him even though he won, since much to his chagrin, he lost the popular vote while winning the electoral college.
He’s managed to pull off a record low approval rating for a president only this far into their tenure.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Republicans are concerned about the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Although they managed to pull off early victories in 2017 Congressional races, their position quickly worsened to the point of them having lost a Senate race in the overwhelmingly Republican Alabama. It didn’t matter that the president campaigned on his behalf — Roy Moore lost anyway.
A report from POLITICO states that concern over the party’s future has reached its highest level, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell having “said privately that both chambers could be lost in November.”
Democrats need to pick up two dozen seats in the House of Representatives to become the majority party in that Congressional chamber, while in the Senate — besides holding onto the seats that they already have — they need to pick up two more. Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama brought that latter number down from three.
The numbers are currently very much in the Democrats’ favor. Besides the president remaining wildly unpopular, Democrats also have a significant lead in generic congressional ballot polling. The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls has Democrats 13 percent ahead of Republicans, which is above the margin that they’ve been estimated to need on a nationwide scale to take the number of seats necessary to become the House majority party.
Many of those U.S. Senators up for re-election in 2018 are, in fact, Democrats, so the party has a lot of work to do in defending its position in addition to gaining ground. Even still, it’s clear that the Democrats have the odds in their favor.
Even still, the president will no doubt not be interested in heeding counsel from Sen. McConnell — or anyone else — and changing his behavior in the slightest to try and reach out to voters.
For one, he has feuded with McConnell in the past.
He was reportedly approached by RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel before his endorsement of credibly accused pedophile Roy Moore with a report about the sharply declining view of his party among female voters — but he went ahead with his endorsement of Moore anyway.
In that light, POLITICO reports that “[i]n some corners of the Republican world, there is anxiety about the White House political operation and its readiness for next year’s races.”
Just this past week, Trump met with officials in his White House and former officials in his campaign at the White House. At that meeting, the incendiary former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski expressed anger at the supposedly lackluster performance of the RNC’s fundraising apparatus, with that anger culminating in a ten minute argument with White House political director Bill Stepien.
Lewandowski, as you may recall, was charged with battery at one point for roughing up a reporter, although those charges were eventually dropped.
With the president relying in part on this guy, saying he’s unprepared to address the complex challenges of 2018 midterm elections would be an understatement.
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