President Trump took office making some of the boldest promises of any new president of the modern era.
Immigration, deconstructing the administrative state — including rollbacks of job-killing regulations — tax cuts for the middle class, job creation, ending Obamacare, supporting Right to Try, protecting religious liberty, promoting school choice, and appointing Constitutional-conservative judges. Marked progress has been made on most of those fronts, but the cabal between the media and the Left, as well as the president’s freewheeling style, have obscured many positives of the administration.
That dynamic has served to stoke harsh political and ideological divisions in the country.
With Democrats pushing to impeach the president, they’ve taken their war on the president to a new level. It’s a decision they have made at all costs. Their spray and pray approach to attacking the president may be having a curious unifying effect and not in a way the Democrats were hoping.
First, when it comes to advancing perhaps the most important component of the president’s agenda, the appointment of more conservative federal judges to the bench, the Democrats’ focus on attacking Trump has paved the way for more than 150 judicial confirmations. The president has made more than 200 nominations, including two Supreme Court Justices. These younger strict-constructionist jurists will have an impact on our courts for decades to come.
As an issue, the importance of President Trump’s impact on the Federal Judiciary brings together even uneasy or outright anti-Trump Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week touted an unwavering focus on the president’s nominees for the courts while the Democrats continue their obstructionist strategy.
“Nobody’s done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump,” Sen. McConnell said at a rally in Kentucky.
Secondly, a striking Monmouth University Poll out this week confirms that Americans across party lines are coming together on impeachment. They think it’s going to be a total waste.
At a time when it seems a majority of Americans can’t agree on the day of the week, the Monmouth Poll shows that nearly three-quarters of Americans lack confidence in the impeachment process the Democrats are administering. 60 percent say the Democrats are more interested in taking down the president than finding credible evidence.
Nearly 75% believe that, whether they want Trump removed or not, he ultimately will remain in office. That means, Democrats hijacking Washington for these investigations will be a fruitless enterprise.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, the American people are showing that they continue to be more intelligent than the politicians think they are. The Monmouth poll shows that 60% think that Democrats should focus on turning Trump out of office at the ballot box, rather than through endless investigations and impeachment.
That means Americans are increasingly united in their growing fatigue of the theatrics, conspiracy theories, shady, unnamed sources, and the blatant partisanship on display during these endless investigations. They would prefer Democrats in Congress do their job and address the issues Americans care about.
That’s right. Americans are actually coming together in the Trump era. According to October’s Gallup poll, fully 70% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Americans are divided over the president, but convinced that Congress is wasting time, energy, and resources instead of doing the peoples’ business.
For the Trump team, numbers like these help write their playbook for the 2020 election.
For Democrats, hell-bent on this radical course, they telegraph clearly that elitist Leftists care little about real issues facing Americans today. They care about power.
Tom Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics. He served in the Bush Administration from 2001-2004, as Executive Director of the NYS Republican Party and has held a range of senior-level communications roles in and out of government. Basile's critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq" (Foreword by Amb. John R. Bolton), chronicles his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving fairer coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University, a local elected official and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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