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McConnell: Low Trump Approval Ratings Threaten GOP in 2018

I think this is a call by McConnell to Trump to play it safe — don’t repeal Obamacare, don’t slash the government, don’t pick fights etc. — and allow himself to be co-opted into the Washington Establishment. That is, to abandon the things he was elected to do. And it’s short-sighted because conservatives will sit at home if they feel their votes were wasted and things are never going to change. McConnell and the rest of Washington want to neuter a change election into standard operating procedure, and they’re succeeding.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning his party that President Trump’s low approval ratings could erase the GOP’s structural political advantages heading into 2018, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Republicans are defending fewer Senate seats in the midterm, in generally friendlier territory, than the Democrats. Nearly a dozen Democrats are running for re-election in states President Trump won in November.

McConnell said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that this crucial GOP edge wouldn’t amount to much if voters are unhappy with Trump next year and decide to elect more Democrats to check his power.

“Don’t fall in love with the map,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday. “The map doesn’t win elections.”

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14 Responses to McConnell: Low Trump Approval Ratings Threaten GOP in 2018

  1. We already elected a President. Congressional elections result from the actions of Congresscritters. Many who voted for Trump were also voting against the GOPe, McConnell’s peeps.

    Didn’t take McConnell long to revert back to his old self. Pathetic.

  2. The corporate press has been hysterically attacking President 24/7 for two years. It will continue to do so every second, every minute, every hour of every day and news cycle for the rest of the Trump administration. We know that will be the case no matter what Trump does. The behavior of the clueless, unworthy, dishonest, corrupt Republican members of Congress, like McConnell and Ryan, is what will cost the Republicans Congressional seats in the next election.

  3. PresTrump might have low poll numbers, but they are still higher than all of Congress.
    Maybe he should concern himself with his own numbers.

    • Excellent point.

      According to polls used by Real Clear Politics, Congressional job approval right now averages 19.3 percent and disapproval at 65.5 percent (the rest of those polled are the usual clueless cohort, apparently ;+])

      RCP has Trump’s job approval now is 41.6 percent with 52.6 percent disapproval. With all the coordinated media and R and D elite attacks on Trump, it’s a wonder he is as high as 41.6 percent approval. Imagine the higher result if the media reported Trump stories in an objective manner. He’d be at 60-70 percent, I’ll bet.

      You can find it all here under “polls”, on the left of the top selection bar.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

  4. I have to call bull spit on this one.

    (And you can thank autocorrect for the family friendly version, which is amusing enough to let stand.)

    Perspective: in 1961, 70% of the Soviet Politburo members who’d been elected in 1956 were not re-elected. Admittedly, Brezhnev’s gerontocracy and the ossification of power hadn’t become an issue yet.

    Still, it is instructive to note that even an oligarchy had more turnover in leadership than the present US Congress, which lately “boasts” a 90%+ retention rate, despite being about as popular with the general public as a case of the mumps.

    That said, there IS one thing I see that could lower GOP turnout in 2018. Unfortunately for Mitch the Malefactor, it won’t be President Trump’s approval numbers: it will be how much obstruction Trump has to contend with from the duopoly faction of the GOP.

    Democrats’ shenanigans are expected. But what voters will not accept, is Congressional Republicans continuing the Spielerei that voters elected Trump to (they’d hoped) put a stop to.

    • As I noted above, the current Republican Congress has a 65.5 percent disapproval rate. That’s just pathetic. If they lose seats, it will be entirely of their own doing.

  5. Micky most likely threatened DJT with: you don’t behave boy, I’m taking you to my plastic surgeon and you’ll have the same rooster face like me.”

    It’s the new boss….same as the old boss, ‘cept his wife is female.

  6. Playing it safe would be keeping their campaign promise. Forcing through a fake Obamacare repeal bill that has a 17% approval rating is dumb. It must be really really good for their donors though.