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Successes Making Trump's Job Easier, Dems' Harder

Successes Making Trump's Job Easier, Dems' Harder
In January of this year, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., emerged from the Senate chamber just after a procedural vote aimed at reopening the government, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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The White House is gearing up for the midterm elections in November. The usual trend is for the party in power to lose seats midway between presidential contests. But Republicans will fiercely protect their majorities in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate this time around.

The opposition will be stiff and the reality that most of the mass media in this country is fervently anti-Trump since he defeated their candidate for the White House in 2016. There is no free press anymore due to their own restrictions on free speech amongst themselves.

But what once look like the possibility of a disaster in November is looking brighter by the day. There is no doubt Donald Trump has surprised many in the opposition with his firm leadership and rising domestic and foreign policy successes. The president has already managed to fulfill more than 60 percent of his campaign promises which are a higher percentage than Ronald Reagan's 37 years ago.

President Trump is also enjoying a favorable rating from the latest Rasmussen poll that is actually higher than former President Barack Obama’s rating on the same date in 2010. These are numbers you will generally not read or hear about in the liberal media.

That is the point in 2018. You may not hear it directly from the three major TV networks, most cable or written sources, but word is getting out.

In just 14 short months, Trump has been president over the lowest unemployment figures in decades, a major rebound in the economy, the virtual defeat of ISIS and now a thaw in nuclear talks with North Korea. It is the liberal media’s worst nightmare.

That is compounded with any lack of solid evidence of Russian collusion after an intense investigation provides Trump with real political firepower campaigning the next few months. It wasn’t long ago it was unimaginable any Republican would be clinging to the coattails of this flamboyant president.

Trump is planning to hit the campaign trail stumping for Republican candidates for a solid week around Labor Day.

The first real test of this new era of good feelings for the Trump administration may come this week. Trump campaigned for GOP House candidate Rick Saccone, who is running neck and neck with Democrat Conor Lamb in the heart of Pennsylvania steel country.

It will be interesting to see if Trump’s tariff protections in the steel industry put Saccone over the top. Republicans will not be happy if the district is lost. Trump won it by 20 points in 2016.

The White House is enthusiastic to get Trump out into the public. With his rising numbers and ability to whip up major crowds, it makes for good images on the evening news. There has been a parade of candidates seeking the president’s endorsement.

Chief of Staff John Kelly is ramrodding the daily political activity from the White House. The highly respected former general brings calmness to a usually stormy environment. Poll numbers, primary developments and how the president’s policy proposals are being received around the country are evaluated daily.

The idea for the Republicans is to focus on the battleground states in 2018. The White House has interviewed every statewide swing-state Republican candidate running for office in just the first two months of the year.

Those receiving favor obviously are loyal to the president and his agenda. Candidates fill out an eight-question survey detailing their political positions. Trump, the determined and tough-minded businessman, seeks a voting block to get his policies passed after the midterms.

Trump’s main mission is to deliver on the campaign trail. His growing successes make that task easier by the day. The harsh reality is the Democrats only need to net 24 House seats to regain the majority. They currently have a double-digit lead in generic balloting at this early stage.

The Republicans must go forward as a united front. That could never have been foreseen just six short months ago. But the popularity of the tax cuts and the booming economy are meat and potato issues to average Americans.

Republican strategists are confident about the Senate landscape. Democrats are forced to defend 25 seats while the Republicans a meager eight. The better news is several of those Democrats must defend their seats in states Trump won in 2016.

Those candidates include Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Joe Donnellu, D-Ind. Perhaps their biggest vulnerability is the refusal to enlist in Trump’s tax cuts which have gained overwhelming national appeal.

Most importantly in American politics is money. Republicans and their allied groups have amassed record levels of contributions. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is considered to be the weaker of the two parties.

Now the question will be if the improving economy is the Republican’s payoff. It's hard to conceive in these boom times that liberal social issues will rise to the top of average voter’s concerns.

Trump has been underestimated since he rode the escalator down in the Trump Tower to announce his candidacy in 2015. Will 2018 continue his now historical winning ways?

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The question will be if the improving economy is the GOP's payoff. It's hard to conceive in these boom times that liberal social issues will rise to the top of average voter’s concerns. Trump has been underestimated since his candidacy in 2015.
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