Paul Ryan is Now the Most Unpopular Politician in the Country
Thanks to his bad, very bad, terrible, no good healthcare bill. It turns out that trying to take away the health insurance of 24 million people, the Medicare of 14 million, cut 880 billion dollars in Medicaid, while even cutting down on the essential benefits of many of the 150 million Americans who receive their health insurance from their employers is bad politics.
Who knew? Kind of like when Trump said ‘Who knew heallthcare reform is hard?’ John Oliver’s epic response was: Everybody! Literally everybody.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan’s approval ratings took a huge hit after the botched effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a survey released Thursday.”
“The American Health Care Act was pulled from a House vote on Friday — and it appears most GOP voters are laying the blame at Ryan’s feet instead of President Donald Trump’s.”
“According to the poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, Ryan’s approval rating sunk to 21% overall, while 61% disapproved of his performance as speaker. The data prompted PPP to call Ryan “the most unpopular politician in the country.”
“At the start of Trump’s presidency, less than three months ago, Ryan’s approval-to-disapproval split stood at 33-43.”
“Even with Trump voters, Ryan has seen his image crumble. That group supported Ryan with a 52% approval rating and 23% disapproval when Trump took office. It has since cratered to 35% approval and 41% disapproval.”
The beauty of it is that the Trump supporters-Alex Jones and friends-are blaming Paul Ryan. On the other hand, interestingly, the Freedom Caucus voters who killed the bill are being hailed as heroes at home.
“Additionally, according to the PPP poll, 42% of voters said that Ryan was to blame for the AHCA not passing, while just 33% think it was Trump’s fault.”
“Even more potentially troubling for Ryan is that his own base, GOP voters, overwhelmingly laid the blame: 54% of GOP respondents suggested he was primarily to blame, compared with 13% who pointed the finger at Trump. Voters also blamed congressional Republicans more than congressional Democrats by a margin of 52% to 31%.”
So Paul Ryan’s numbers are now radioactive. It’s about time. His numbers were actually undeservedly decent until now. In fact he was almost even in popularity according to the averages until Tryancare.
Krugman always mocks him as a faux policy wonk but he has managed to cultivate this image-until now. That’s why it’s tragic for the dog when it catches the car.
This also may matter to the issue of getting a real investigation into Trump and Russia. Rick Wilson:
“Nunes is a clumsy liar and it shows. He’s an errand boy sent by grocery clerks with just enough understanding of the game and the stakes to think this is going to work out because their base is always with them.”
“It’s not just the White House that’s in crisis. It’s increasingly obvious that the House of Representatives is also in trouble. Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearings were serious, probing, informative, and bipartisan; a marked contrast to the alternate reality Nunes and his allies tried to cast in their first hearings. For the House, Nunes has almost singlehandedly wrecked the credibility of its intelligence committee, raising the specter of either a Senate committee that dominates the investigation or a select committee with sweeping powers that will terrify this White House.”
“At this very moment, Speaker Ryan is desperately trying to cobble together a governing majority in the body from its disparate camps of Freedom Caucus firebreathers, mainline Republicans, the Trump Cheer Squad, and the 20 or so members in swing seats. Ryan can’t afford more embarrassments, and Nunes may have put him in an untenable position. This is particularly painful for Ryan because just two days ago he vigorously defended Nunes’s performance as head of the House Intelligence Committee and because Nunes claims he informed Ryan what he was up to before going to the president.”
Will Ryan’s new status as the most unpopular politician in the country compel him to agree to what is what is really needed? The select committee with sweeping powers that will terrify this White House?
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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