GOP tax plans could fuel the suburban revolt against Trump

After a suburban firestorm in last week’s elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan is now asking his Republican members from suburbia to put out the fire with gasoline In the House of Representatives, Republicans representing white-collar districts were understandably unnerved by a roaring backlash against President Donald Trump in last week’s […] Read more »

The country hates the GOP Congress: Why don’t Democrats have a knock-out lead?

About 9 months into his presidency, Donald Trump has settled into a historically weak job approval of 41 percent, well below his presidential vote, and with the strong disapproval over 45 percent of voters. He remains an unrepentant divider which pervades all political discourse. Yet the most hated politicians are […] Read more »

CNN Poll: Opinion of the Republican Party falls to all-time low

There are fresh signs the Republican Party’s brand is in trouble. Fewer than three in 10 Americans — 29% — hold a favorable view of the Republican Party according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. That is down 13 percentage points from March and is the lowest mark […] Read more »

Trump’s Tap Dance With Chuck and Nancy Comes at a Price

There seems little question that President Trump has enjoyed his September dalliance with the two top Democratic leaders in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Aside from the Supreme Court confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, which isn’t technically legislation, this is the only significant legislative […] Read more »

NBC/WSJ Poll: Public Likes Trump’s Bipartisan Move — But Little Else

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has inched up, and more than 70 percent of Americans support his recent deal with Democratic leaders to provide hurricane relief and keep the government open for 90 days, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But the same poll finds that only […] Read more »

How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms

President Trump’s approach to governance is unlike that of his recent predecessors, but it is also not without antecedents. The groundwork for some of this dysfunction was laid in the decades before Trump’s emergence as a political figure. Nowhere is that more true than in the disappearance of the norms […] Read more »

Trump’s Turn To Democrats Poses Fresh Challenge To His Loyal Base

… Last week, faced with one natural disaster festering in Texas and another impending in Florida, Trump used a storm relief bill to save Congress from a fiscal disaster of its own making. Moreover, he did it by shunning his own party’s leaders in the House and Senate and cutting […] Read more »

Muted backlash to Trump’s bipartisanship signals warning for GOP

… The old rules of GOP politics held that any Republican who stepped out of line to seek compromise with Democrats risked immediate attack for ideological heresy, or worse, squishiness and weakness. But Trump’s call for a “much stronger coming together” with Democrats last week earned him little direct public […] Read more »