President Trump sits at 50-percent approval rating.
Yeah, it's a bit of a shock. Why? I'll essay my ten reasons for the standing;
1. No one reads newspapers much anymore.....or news magazines (like Time or Newsweek). Folks will scan the front page for regional news, local politics, and regional sports. But frankly, the Democratic 'thrill' potential with newspapers which existed for decades....is mostly finished. In a way, the papers 'burned bridges' as they crossed, and never saw the damage inflicted upon their own product.
2. ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS? Look around at the group of guys and gals who've been let go, terminated for sexual affairs, or simply retired. No one really cares what the networks say much anymore.
3. Hillary? For about a hundred days after the election of 2016, she had the right to talk and whine about the outcome. Public-wise, the talking probably should have wrapped up by late spring 2017. The anti-Clinton voters are simply being reminded on the positives they believed in voting for Trump.
4. Skeptical view of Senators, period. It doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat.....people don't believe your hype or commentary. The Sunday morning political shows are mostly there for dramatics and people appear more amused than in tune with the commentary of Senator 'Snuffy'.
5. Respect for Team-Obama. When you look at the forty-odd people who surrounded President Obama, and their continual negativity chat....it's not getting much traction. It is rather odd that the news media just two years ago could have used the people weekly on news programs or chats. Now? The respect seems diminished.
6. Promises. Typically, when some idiot is running for President.....he makes promises. Typically, at best....ten-percent of the promises are carried out. Well...Trump appears closer to the thirty-percent point, and might well accomplish fifty-percent by the time he reaches 2020. Folks seem to admire that type of action, even if negative.
7. The DNC. You would expect the national leadership of the Democratic Party to meet....talk over the upcoming mid-term election and the message or brand....that they wanted to sell the public. You see mostly three messages. One is the Bernie Sanders message of more 'free stuff', which isn't being that well received. A second message is the impeachment brand, which isn't being that well received. And the third message is odd topic like gun-control or racism....which typically aren't four-star topics for the non-urban voters.
8. The Stormy Factor. I am reminded by the recent Marvel movie....Infinity War....where Doctor Strange is forced to consider fourteen-million future scenarios, and saying there was only ONE single scenario where the Avengers won in the end. If Doctor Strange had been reviewing all options in 2015....yes, he would have likely said that only this Trump-guy could take on the 14-million situations, and oddly face some fake porn-actress in the national media, and not bow out. By November, I don't see much left for Stormy to chat about, and her full-time occupation will be pole-dancing at strip clubs.
9. The power of Breitbart. It's almost like a poker game where some Breitbart journalist walks into a room and lays down one single card....then suddenly the game is over. CNN having that effect? No. The Today show? No. Go down the list of power-players from 2005 to 2015....none have that one single card effect, except Breitbart.
10. The McCain factor. King Midas had this unique ability to touch something, and it'd turn immediately to gold. Well....Senator McCain, even here in his dying days, has the anti-midas touch, and virtually everything he touches....turns into 'pee'. More than half of Republicans will tell you that they regret their 2008 vote for him. The Democrats? They are in this awkward position where they have to show some enormous respect for McCain, which generally makes the public question the gimmick being played out. McCain, for better or worse....has aided the President in various ways, and turned the McCain 'pee' dossier into a joke.