Hillary Clinton is less popular than Donald Trump because nobody will let the 2016 election end

Most of the time, the candidates who lose presidential elections collect a consolation prize: grudging public respect. … Within six months or so, people ask themselves: “Hey, why couldn’t this loser have shown this side of himself last year? I’d have voted for him!” Enter: Hillary Clinton, the first modern candidate […] Read more »

Trump now wants to gamble his presidency and his party on the strength of his salesmanship

President Trump claims he wants to do with the Affordable Care Act what he’d done several times with his businesses: Let it fail and move on. … But health care is not like an Atlantic City casino. Its failure would have massive, hard-to-predict repercussions. And the negative effects of that […] Read more »

A Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care

By any measure, the collapse of the Senate health-care bill represents an epic failure for the Republican Party and a major embarrassment for President Trump. The crusade that animated — and bound — conservatives for seven years proved to be a mirage, an objective without a solution. Power comes with […] Read more »

Trump’s unique, all right

In what ways is President Trump unique? … First and foremost, President Trump is uniquely unpopular. He had the lowest approval rating of any president in the history of polling at his inauguration, at the 100-day mark, and now, again, six months into his administration. And it’s not even close. […] Read more »

Why Trump’s Approval Ratings Hold Firm

… Using the Gallup Organization’s daily tracking polls and weekly compilations of presidential approval ratings, I calculate that the default setting for the president’s public approval seems to be 39 or 40 percent in polls among all adults, usually a few points higher if the sample is limited to registered […] Read more »