Gallop Drops The Hammer As New Low Is Found


In the latest Gallop Poll of Presidential Approval, covering the period of October 28-October 30, 2017, found a 34% approval rating. How low is this?

In the history of Gallop polling, the lowest over a period was Richard Nixon from January 1973 to August 1974 generated a 34.4% approval rating.

Yet historically, this low point of the present President isn’t the lowest.

President Truman holds the record for President Approval’s lowest point at 22% in February 1951 as the Korean War was hitting its lowest point as the Chinese and North Korean forces captured Seoul earlier on January 27th. This low point contributed to the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms.

President Nixon had, at his lowest, had an approval rating of 24% July through August, 1974.

President W. Bush had, at his lowest had an approval rating of 25% in October 2008.

President Carter, at his lowest had an approval rating of 28% in June 1979.

President H.W. Bush had, at his lowest an approval rating of 29% in July 1992.

None of the other presidents since Gallop began presidential polls in 1936 were lower than the current President.

Only President Kennedy had at his lowest point an approval, a rating above 50%, as in September 1963, his lowest approval rating was 56%.

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If It’s Monday…

Trump tweets ‘Great job by MichaelCaputo on @foxandfriends.’
Trump tweets ‘Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????’
Trump tweets ….Also, there is NO COLLUSION!’
Papadopoulos admits collusion
Flynn about to be arrested
Ivanka having worst birthday ever

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was arrested and has been indicted Monday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Another campaign official, Rick Gates, was also indicted by the federal grand jury.

They are facing 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements and other charges.

Read full indictment here:

All of this before Noon on Monday, October 30, 2017.

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Slipping To 35

Presidential job approval is a simple, yet powerful, measure of the public’s view of the president’s job performance at a particular time.

As of September 1, 2017, Trump has an approval rating of 35%.

As a comparison with his predecessors, here is an examination during the same period in their first and/or only terms in office:
As of September 1, 2009, President Barack Obama had an approval rating of 53%.
As of September 1, 2001, President George W. Bush had an approval rating of 51%.
As of September 1, 1993, President William Clinton had an approval rating of 47%.
As of September 1, 1989, President George H.W. Bush had an approval rating of 70%.
As of September 1, 1981, President Ronald Reagan had an approval rating of 52%.
As of September 1, 1977, President Jimmy Carter had an approval rating of 54%.
As of September 1, 1974, President Gerald Ford had an approval rating of 66%.

The present occupant of the White House has the lowest approval rating in the first 224 days in office in modern history covering the past 43 years.

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Lack Of Business Leadership Condemning White Supremacists/Nazi Is Shameful

Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck (MRK), joined the growing list of executives who feel compelled by Trump’s words and policies to speak out against him. Frazier, one of the country’s most prominent black business leaders, quit Trump’s manufacturing council to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

He was the lone Fortune 500 business leader to condemn the President for his lack of criticizing directly the alt-right/Nazi demonstrators.

Business leaders have spoken against Trump previously. In January, his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority country drew criticism from Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon; Howard Schultz, head of Stabucks; Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix and Tim Cook, CEO, Apple. In June, Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla and Bob Iger, head of Disney, quit Trump’s business council in protest of his withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, as did Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs.

But against prejudice? Mr. Frazier had the courage to do so.

Later on Monday, Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, quite the President’s Council. Then Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel, did the same and was somewhat more direct. ‘We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to service when it does. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them.’

On Tuesday, Scott Paul, head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing quit as he said it was ‘the right thing to do’.

And all of this in the face of CEOs becoming frustrated with Trump’s inability to get his health care, tax, infrastructure or deregulation plans through Congress. A stunning 50% of the CEOs, executives, government officials and academics surveyed at the Yale CEO Summit in June gave Trump an ‘F’ for his first 130 days in office. Only 1% gave him an ‘A’.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld noted that the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs that is often quick to comment on tax reform and regulations, hasn’t said anything about Trump’s initial failure to condemn white supremacists. The Business Roundtable did not respond to a request for comment. ‘The silence of the Business Roundtable is shameful.’, said Sonnenfeld.

For what ever reason, business leaders have gone silent. Perhaps it is that they want continuing Nazi support in buying their products and/or services.

It is stunning that in a day when my father fought against the Nazi regime in WWII to protect the America we all believe in, we are even using the hated word ‘Nazi’ in everyday conversation. If business leaders are really leaders, they should stand up for what is right and crush this ugliness right now.

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‘Alt-Right’ Is Another Word For Nazi. In Charlottesville, Brown Shirts Showed Their True Colors.

This article was written by Jeff Greenfield, the Emmy Award winner, in Politico 08.13.17.

It’s long past Passover, but the latest effusions from Donald Trump bring to mind the question that begins that ritual: “Why is this president different from all other presidents?”

Would any past president have not understood the need to read the collection of racists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and the euphemistically labeled “white nationalists” out of the company of decent men and women, rather than make morally bankrupt talk of violence “on many sides” and dog-whistling about the need to “cherish our history”? Would any past president have compounded the felony with a dismissive, clumsy tweet? (“Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!”)

But then, we have never had a president, of either party, or any political persuasion, so utterly disconnected from any understanding of our national history, of the still-unresolved fights over what it means to be a “real” American. Nor have we ever had a president who combines staggering historical and political ignorance with language skills that rank him somewhere around a developmentally challenged 9-year-old.

Consider how past Republican presidents dealt with controversies in which a political ally had crossed a clear bright line:

In 1976, on a flight after the Republican convention, conservative pop singer Pat Boone asked Gerald Ford’s agriculture secretary, Earl Butz, why the Republican Party couldn’t attract more black voters. “I’ll tell you what the coloreds want,” Butz said. “It’s three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit.” When the comment was published in Rolling Stone—the author of the piece was Watergate figure John Dean—Butz was forced out of the Cabinet.

In September 1981, Interior Secretary James Watt was addressing lobbyists at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. Speaking about the different advisory panels offering guidance to the department, he said of one: “I got a black, two Jews, a woman and a cripple. And I’ve got talent.” The remark got hearty laughter from his audience, but the insulting nature of the comment drew enough fire that he left the Cabinet a month later.

On December 5, 2002, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott spoke at the 100th birthday celebration of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, who had run for president in 1948 on a segregationist third-party ticket. Lott said: “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we [the state of Mississippi] voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over the years, either.” It was likely meant to be a small piece of flattery, but the idea that America would have been better off with a segregationist president stuck a nerve, and President George W. Bush rebuked Lott. Speaking to a mostly black audience at a religious meeting in Philadelphia, he said: “Any suggestion that the segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive, and it is wrong … recent comments by Senator Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country. He has apologized, and rightly so. Every day our nation was segregated was a day that America was unfaithful to our founding ideals.” Shortly thereafter, Lott stepped down from his post.

What these incidents illustrate is something more than the willingness of a president to reject offensive remarks from his side of the political aisle. They reflect an understanding that a president is not just the head of government, but the head of state as well. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bush knew full well that the overwhelming majority of black voters would not be voting for them, but they could not permit such remarks to be deemed “acceptable.” These Republican presidents showed they understood that there were not “many sides” to a controversy when someone gives the back of his hand to one group of Americans or another, much less when someone turns his bigotry into a murderous attack on protesters.

Indeed, there was a time, not that long ago, when Republicans would actually campaign for the votes of African-Americans. Reagan gave a memorable speech to the Urban League in 1980, detailing what he called the failure of liberalism to make life better for American blacks. George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign speeches talked extensively about the failing schools in minority neighborhoods and “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

And Trump? The simplest explanation is that “nationalism”—an outlook championed by Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, and celebrated in his acceptance and inaugural speeches—is what’s behind Trump’s unwillingness to condemn the racists at Charlottesville. But think about it: Would any halfway rational political mind think that in condemning neo-Nazis and Klansmen, you would risk losing any part of your broader base? That crowd of losers in Charlottesville was tiny—no more than a few hundred people. Is there anything more than a small fragment of Trump’s supporters who genuinely sympathize with the white hoods and swastikas? (Some readers will no doubt answer yes, I know. I think otherwise.)

The more convincing explanation for Trump’s moral failure is that he is, and always has been, completely disconnected from any understanding of the American political tradition. It is why, uniquely among chief executives, he almost never quotes a past president or political figure or thinker, nor references any part of the country’s past. For Trump, there is no past; only himself, rising as a self-creation out of the mist. He feels no need to speak against the poison of bigotry because he has no clue about how that poison has infected our past, and still infects our present.

Among the many ways that Donald Trump is the most manifestly unfit president in American history, put this one near the top of the list.

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Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, said in a tweet on Saturday: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

Barack Obama: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…” “…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-CO: “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name,” “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

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The Lion Roared

At 1:05A (ET) on the last Friday of July, 2017, Senator John McCain went over the the Democratic side and put his left arm up as far as he could, and put it around Senator Diannne Feinstein and embraced her.

This was the defining moment for a man who was once a prisoner of war in Hanoi for over five and one-half years and served in the Senate for most of our lifetimes. Since announcing that he had brain cancer, and coming back dramatically to post his vote, this was his moment.

With the Vice President leaving his position in his chair high above the Senate floor, and descending into the well of the Senate and attempting to pressure the senior Senator from Arizona to vote for the ‘skinny repeal’ of the Health Care Act, drama was as high as a Frank Capra film. While John McCain did not give a Jimmy Stewart impassioned speech on this night, his actions spoke volumes on the American sprit of liberty.

At 1:29A, John McCain voted against his party, against his party’s Speaker of the House whom he did not feel he could trust, and against his party’s President who at one time said the Senator was not a war hero. There was applause on the Democratic side of the Senate chamber.

The final vote in the Senate was No 51 Yes 49. Somehow, with a minority the Democrats defeated the seven year Republican try to repeal the Health Care Act.

The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell at 1:39A, stated that this was ‘clearly a disappointing moment’.

For others, it was one of the greatest moments in their observance of the Senate.

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A Dizzying Display Of Dwippy Daffies

H.L. Mencken once said ‘On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.’

The moron observation was the last line of a column that appeared July 26, 1920, in the Baltimore Evening Sun, a newspaper Mencken helped found. The column was a sandblasting observation of the Presidential race of the day between two Ohioans, one a former Senator and the other a former Governor. The observed proof of the statement was the election of Warren G. Harding, the former Senator.

According to Time magazine, Harding preferred poker, socializing and, it was said, womanizing to working. He was considered one of the worst Presidents in the history of the United States up to 2017. Republican bosses favored Harding, however, finding him charismatic and pliant, and he won the presidency in 1920 promising to restore pre–World War I “normalcy” (his mangling of the word normality was ridiculed by critics).

In office, Harding appointed a slew of corrupt officials, prompting the Teapot Dome bribery scandal, which for the first time sent a Cabinet secretary to prison. An accused adulterer, Harding was the subject of a best-selling memoir by a woman who claimed to be his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate daughter.

Harding died in office. So much for #29.

Now, #45 has set even Harding’s unusual ascendancy and descent into slow motion with a dizzying display of dwippy daffies.

In one corner you have a sneak exposer in the office of Chief Of Staff who is the main link between the White House and the Grand Ole Party. This week it was learned that the COS was begging to keep his job because he could deliver big monies from GOP big daddy bucks with bucks to the defense of #45 should he get entangled in any sort of problem that may be interpreted by many as a ‘crime’. Begging to keep a job by suggesting he can get funding in case his boss is in legal trouble? Talk about being on shaky ground.

Then in another corner (corner #2) is the spooky master of inverted thought who creeps about with nasty words, with an anti-establishment agenda that critics accuse of xenophobia and misogyny, as only a person who headed up a right-wing news outlet website could do. He can influence thought and deed which can be included in #45’s scripts, like let’s boo #44 to the Boy Scouts (who will be eligible to vote by the time #45 is dead). And that is only when he is in a good mood.

In another corner is the grim family of #45, a couple of which are already under investigation and fully lawyered up.

Then there is the new guy who is not even a member of anything at present except he only reports to #45. He comes in on a visitor’s pass. He doesn’t need a corner. He is ‘cunningly braggadocios’ and comes after enemies with unrelenting scatter-shooting expletive-deleteds with a flair of a street bully with a bazooka thrown in. He is ‘The Mooch’, the self-proclaimed, self-made Truponian who was so hated by Corner One and Corner Two, that they both argued against his hire to #45. That of course was music to #45’s New York ears. While not yet hired, he is threatening to fire a host of people who he classifies as ‘Leakers’.

Last night, in a telephone conversation with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, he unloaded. Sent out crap laden tweets. Then he removed Tweets he had sent. Some tweets were so filled with expletive deleted material, cable television news programs couldn’t even show most of them on TV. For a full account, go to:

In the meantime, Senators are harrumphing about the health care bills. In the third corner, the family is going too-and-fro from home to office to the Capitol, testifying and hiring more and more lawyers.

Of course this is all about throwing up different topics to keep others eyes off the ball…the ever present Russian ball.

And Robert Mueller went to work today, silently setting up the downfall of #45.

This is a game of chess, while those in the White House believe they are playing checkers, Chinese or otherwise.

The Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, has silently called ‘check mate’. And the WH Boys believe that term means going to dinner in a New York Italian restaurant with a friend.

#45 is trying to fire the AG then Mueller. The Senators have declared that if he does this, the attack on the Presidency itself will come under heavy fire leading to impeachment.

Mueller just sits back and as always, is a step ahead of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

#45, grand delusional as ever, is out of moves.

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