A presidency is a terrible thing to waste

A presidency is a terrible thing to waste

[Ed. – The title of the article, which may have been dreamed up by the far-left New Yorker, would have applied better to the previous occupant of the Oval Office, but the author is a reliably conservative veteran of journalism. His overall assessment is regrettably accurate. Trump’s support among Republicans has been in free fall lately, largely because he has been fighting petty battles on Twitter rather than minding the store.]

President Trump is in the midst of a polling swoon largely of his own making.

Gallup has his approval rating at 39 percent, and his rating in the RealClearPolitics average is down to 42 percent

It’s true that events have taken a hand — a pandemic with a death toll of more than 100,000, a sharp recession, double-digit unemployment and civil unrest would be the horsemen of the apocalypse for any incumbent president.

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Experiencing all of these in one term would make for treacherous political weather; experiencing them in the space of about three months is a perfect storm.

And yet the president has worsened his position with his profligate tweeting, unpresidential conduct and refusal or inability to step up to the magisterial aspect of his office.

None of this is new, but it acquires a different significance playing out against a backdrop of crisis. …

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