Over the weekend, we noted with the You’re Fired’ing of obvious anagram Reince Priebus, the only two remaining, high-visibility, not-voted-off-the-island, standard issue Republicans are Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions and living termite buffet Mike Pence. And we know that Comrade Preznint Stupid wants to fire Sessions, and we also know that he is stuck with Pence as the only person in his cabinet that he cannot You’re Fired’ed.
And so that’s why this story from the LA Times has caught my attention this morning: Risky investigation, stalled agenda — Trump’s in trouble, so here’s his strategy:
…Trump, who describes politics as a transactional game of winning or losing, seems to have no use for the usual rhetoric or actions intended to soften partisan lines between elections. He has not made a concerted effort to broaden his appeal. Now, with low popularity ratings among the general public, he is banking all the more on his political base. Those supporters to date have shown little sign of wavering.
So, how’s that working out for him?
Mostly the base remains stalwart, however, while even some of Trump’s closest advisors, including Gingrich, worry that the president could be squandering an opportunity to expand his support, and with it his ability to leave a larger policy imprint.
“He’s being advised that he needs to keep [his base] at all costs,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of Trump. “I think that advice is not particularly good.”
We should note that playing to his base is what Hair Führer thought he was doing when he addressed the Boy Scouts, which resulted in the unprecedented apology from that organization to their members’ families. That’s a watershed moment.
So, how/why does he think he’s winning?
“He thinks that if he’s at 40%, he’s actually closer to 50%,” Gingrich said.
Trump’s self-regard is reinforced by flattering postmortems he receives from White House staff on how his public events played in the media. The printed packets include tweets and “top chyrons” on cable news, leading off with those from Fox News that capture, without challenge, his statements about his success.
He get’s printouts of chyrons from Fox? Try this one on for size:
Then we see some evidence that Noot might be right:
Polls nationally show Trump retaining over 80% support from Republicans, while about 10% of Democrats approve of him. His low approval ratings among independents are what have kept his overall popularity lower than that of any modern first-year president.
But he’s still not reaching out?
Trump’s aides have long said that encouraging his love affair with his voters and stoking the adulation of crowds at his rallies goes beyond political necessity: It keeps his spirits up in tough times.
So self-described rating machine Comrade Stupid might think that his rallies are helping him, but they are only flattering him.