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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cluelessness so thick, it hurts

Peter Grier of Christian Science Monitor is surprised that Trump supporters still support President Trump.

From Grier:
President Trump’s rocky first months in office have not much bothered his voters. At least, not yet.
Yes, there have been lots of stories from the Rust Belt about stirrings of discontent among the Trump faithful. But those are mostly anecdotal and so far data – meaning polls – don’t back that thesis up.
For instance, in a big new Pew Research survey fully 92 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Mr. Trump has done as well or better than they expected. Only 7 percent say he’s done worse.
What this means is that Trump’s base remains intact.
Of course the base is intact. The stories about Trump supporters bailing were lies.

Fake news.



Why would any grown man like Grier believe the same fools who got the 2016 election wrong? Neither I nor my readers were surprised on Election Night. Why should we be? We backed a winner who had accomplished something more in life than latching on to a husband who became president.

Trump has done what he said he would do.

Carrier furnace plant? Not moving to Mexico.

Car companies? Investing in factories here.

Coal mines? Re-opening.

Trade agreements? Re-negotiated.

The military? Left to do its job.

Unconstitutional orders and irrational regulations? Gone.

But Grier ignored all that, of course, because it does not fit his insidious anti-Trump narrative.

Instead, Grier graded Trump on things outside Trump's control -- Congress and the courts:
But Republicans haven’t yet become a populist-tinged Party of Trump. Chaos matters. The administration’s flopped travel ban is still stuck in the courts. Obamacare remains, stubbornly, unrepealed. Tax reform is receding into the distance. Trump’s GOP backing might dwindle as well.
“His support even among Republicans is a mile wide but an inch deep,” says Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Texas.
Stubbornly unrepealed?

It took 14 months to pass the original.

Today is Day 92 of President Trump's first term, which will last 1,461 days.

The things Grier complained about as setbacks are not under Trump's control. Those things that are, he has handled masterfully.

We have never had the courts intervene in an immigration case like this. The constitutionality of those restraining orders is questionable at the very least.

Grier had the opportunity to break out of the press corps mold by reporting it straight. The only difference between Obama and Trump at this stage is Obama's critics gave him a chance.

Instead, Grier focuses on Trump's supporters as if they are the ones out of touch.
You can see this in Gallup’s rolling daily average of Trump’s general job approval rating. For the week of April 10 to 16, only 10 percent of Democrats gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s performance as president. That’s a historically low figure, even by today’s partisan standards. And it was an improvement from the previous week, when the comparable figure was only 6 percent.
In contrast, Trump’s job approval among Republicans for the week of April 10 to 16 was 87 percent. That’s comparable to the support past presidents had from their own party at a similar point in their administrations.
"He's trying his best," says Loletta Evans, who's been a waitress for 34 years at Morrison's Drive In in Logan, West Virginia. "They are fighting him tooth and toenail, but he is trying. Of course, I do pray for him every night ... I would like to see him do good and I think his heart is in the right place."
Ms. Evans, a septuagenarian who has lived in Logan all her life, says that in her view, Congress and the Senate need to stop fighting the president's initiatives. "If they want to turn this country around, they're going to have to get together."
The problem is not with President Trump's supporters, but rather with a media and pluralities in 20 states that refuse to concede the election.

President Trump is succeeding. The world no longer kicks sand in our teeth. The economy is raring to go. The future is so bright, we gotta wear shades.

I wish Grier and his colleagues would come outdoors and play. Life is too short to be stuck on November 8, 2016, forever.

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  1. "Why would any grown man like Grier believer the same fools who got the 2016 election wrong?" It's not that they got it wrong, but that they lied during the campaign, and still do. The media are still meddling with their shading and shaving the truth to the point of nonexistence.

    1. ...and because of that they (MSM) become less and less relevant to America. That's not good at all. We need a media who will ask difficult questions of BOTH parties, not spout propaganda 24/7.

    2. Obama had control of federal intelligence agencies, and we know he used them. Making what happened on November 8,2016 even more delicious. Not only did the American people beat the news media and Hollywood. They bested the international left and the combined agencies of the US government. That's an almost unimaginable feat. I think the left got caught off guard this time. The rank and file really thought Hillary had it in the bag.

  2. The Monitor speaks to it's microscopic faithful,Don. Everywhere Pastor Grier sees the work of his Brando God and the Devil working to undo it. He reads from the gospel of the NYT: lo the mighty devil's desciples O'Reilly and the Ailes have fallen and been replaced by a Wuss and Guesting Trans, the Flynn was flayed, the glorious bulwark against the health of the privileged, the high and unaffordable paywall of the Prophet Obama, still stands, the holy jihad warrior Ossaf has struck a mighty blow in the heart land of the enemy and is preparing his final assault this very minute in the Hollywood hills, The Martyr Clinton has ascended to heaven, but her daughter still shines in the Glory of her soft Tweets encouraging the faithful to return to holy maternal donation. Everywhere there is the light of Rosy fingered Dawn of Hope, about to ignite the world now darkened in shadow by the red haired beast. Take heart all ye faithful, take heart.

    1. That was a fine, FINE piece of work!

    2. God bless you Sam

  3. I am surprised the Christian Science Monitor keeps its name without laughter breaking out everywhere.
    They know nothing about science or Christianity.

  4. Just a minute there, Don, some of us Trump supporters are getting pissed, and I mean really PISSED. After the hell care crap, I want to take a bunch of congress critters out and tell em don't come back.
    As for Trump? While I don't agree with every thing he wants to do, I certainly don't agree with anything his rival wanted to do, and don't agree with the crap the Chamber of Communists wants to do either.
    As it stands today, I will vote for him again in 2020 unless he decides not to run and has a successor who can step into his shoes with out much shaking of the boat. Other wise, I write him in.

  5. I've noticed the MSM is now reporting that Trump hasn't passed any MAJOR LEGISLATION in his 1st 100 days.
    Moving the goal posts like that let's them not talk about how much he has accomplished in his 1st 100 days - and he has worked harder and done more than any other POTUS in my memory.

    1. The President doesn't pass legislation. Congress has to pass it and forward it to the President for his approval. - Elric

  6. I supported Ted Cruz; he lost. The best I can say is that Donald Trump lives up to his promise of not being Hillary Clinton. And the more we learn about Clinton and her campaign, the better I like Trump.

    We live in a representative republic. We elect someone to serve us for a set term. There is little we can do about it until the next election. I plan to relax for the next 3 and half years before becoming concerned about whether or not Trump lives up to my expectations. I will however keep track of the media and its blatant attempts to undermine our President.

  7. While not as quick as Sherman's march through Georgia, President Trump's swamp draining campaign will be just as thorough. He now knows first hand how the swamp critters work. He will adjust. Have patience. POTUS has just begun.

  8. My "favourite" part of all this fake news is when the question his supporters. They all seem to be 70 or older!

    1. If you live long enough you, too, will become 70. As one ages, faced with the reality of life, people tend to leave their childish, unrealistic Leftist ideas behind and become more politically Conservative. The Baby Boomers, the Millennials, Generation XYZT, will all follow the same course. In the future, given the declining birth rate in America, there will be many more 60, 70, and 80 y/o Liberals-turned-Conservatives than brash young Leftists on the barricades. Owing to abhorrent abortion, we are about to enter the Golden Age of Conservatism.

  9. And he got his first Supreme Court Justice appointed.

    And he has a kick-ass cabinet.

  10. Questionable at the very least?
    You are a kind and charitable man, Don.

    Those judges should be impeached, tried and removed from the bench.
    Both decisions were entirely political and not based in the law. Both fly in the face of precedent.

    1. In my defense, I had a throbbing headache and fever when I wrote that. Almost went there but backed off. But yes, you are correct

  11. I don't know any Christians that read Christian Science Monitor. Odd, no? If any do, they sure as heck are in that 92% group.

    Sounds like Grier is presenting a clear case for Christian Science Gaslight.

    Or, maybe it's the case that Grier is bent just a little bit at the disruption of the resettlement money flow through particular's that he knows.