GOPers Continue to be Dogged by Constituents at Town Halls
A Washington Post piece this morning features GOP leaders preaching patience on Trump to members:
“GOP leaders urge patience — not panic — amid Trump’s early stumbles.”
“More Americans disapprove than approve of President Trump’s job performance. His White House is in a perpetual state of turmoil. Fellow Republicans control Congress, but no signature legislation has passed. And in ruby-red Kansas last week, the Republican candidate in a special election got a scare from a turbocharged Democratic base, winning a House seat by a far slimmer margin than expected.”
“For a Republican Party already starting to strategize ahead of next year’s midterm elections, the turbulent, inchoate environment as the Trump presidency nears its 100th-day mark could be a cause for concern or even alarm.”
“Yet party leaders and strategists are preaching patience, not panic.”
“These Republicans — who acknowledge that their political brand will be shaped by the 45th president as long as he holds office — say their political fortunes will be told over the next year and a half in the answers to two overriding questions: Does Trump project strength? And does he achieve progress that amounts to more jobs and higher wages?”
“What matters is a record of accomplishment,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster who has been conducting focus groups of Trump supporters. “People can disagree over the details or the significance of the change, but if you have a record of accomplishment, that fixes everything. . . . If you don’t, no rhetoric will fix it.”
Notice how Post writers, Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa, don’t even mention the Russia probe? Maybe this is the influence of Costa whose stock in trade is being the GOP’s favorite journalist. He gets that status by being much more credulous to them than any reasonable journalist could.
But GOP members can’t just bank on it being early forever: 2018 is just eight months away. And right now the Dems are fired up and the GOP members are hearing about it at the town halls.
“Republicans eager to flee Capitol Hill after squandering weeks on failed negotiations to repeal Obamacare are finding little refuge at home, where furious throngs of liberal constituents await. Halfway through the two-week Easter break, it’s clear that the energy on the left to protect Barack Obama’s health law — and oppose President Donald Trump — is still soaring.”
“But for the first time, pro-Obamacare constituents have a specific target: the American Health Care Act. GOP lawmakers now face town halls after debuting a real piece of legislation to gut Obamacare, which added to the urgency and anger of the protests that greeted Republicans as they scattered across the country.”
“POLITICO reporters traveled to nearly a dozen town halls to document the tumultuous homecoming Republicans faced. Here are four takeaways from Congress’ first week on the road, with reporting from Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”
Is is early? Superficially it would seem so. After all, Trump has four hears and as only been in for coming on three months. He’s not even 100 days in yet. But that’s comparing him to a normal Administration.
One who has a popularity number at 40% or less. Who already lost on a major piece of legislation-Trumpcare. Not one who is being investigated already for whether he colluded with Russia in winning the election.
And it’s not early for GOPers who have to protect their seat next year.
“If Republicans were ever in need of a lifeline, challenging the president worked wonders in just about every town hall.”
“Yoho, for example, said he now supports a measure that would compel presidential candidates, including Trump, to release his tax returns — and said he was convinced by a liberal activist who urged him to ensure the president isn’t participating in any “funny business.”
“She changed my opinion,” Yoho said to applause.
“It was one of several breaks from the Trump administration that were crowd-pleasers for the left-leaning attendees.”
“Coffman became the first Republican lawmaker to call for the firing of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, for an ill-considered comparison between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler. Spicer later apologized but Coffman wasn’t satisfied.”
“He needs to go,” the Coloradan said to cheers, though they soon faded as talk turned back to health care.
Yoho previously had said Devin Nunes was right-that he ‘works for the President, he answers to the President.’
And will Yoho actually vote on a measure to compel Trump to release his taxes?
That’s a question that my local GOPer, Peter King can also be whacked on.
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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