An Unquestionably Good Week for President Trump by John Zogby
In a period of turmoil even “good” must be redefined. This was unquestionably a “good” week for President Trump.
He managed to complete a revised NAFTA treaty and won some concessions from Mexico and Canada. Unemployment is down to 3.7 percent and every month of his presidency has seen job growth. The enthusiasm gap that had been troubling Republican leaders seems to have dissipated as self-identified Republicans appear to be just as ready to vote in November as do Democrats.
Trump changed his tactics and language from identifying Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's chief accuser as a sympathetic witness to a mocking her as a troublemaker. In the process he has again energized his base as he continues to enrage not only his opponents but whole cohorts of voters. A New York Times expose that contradicted his legend of receiving only a small loan from his father also laid bare a bold story of Trump cheating on taxes, creating shell companies to hide tens of millions of dollars to avoid taxes.
But as I write this I don't hear or see anyone talking about it. Judge Kavanaugh is headed to the Supreme Court -- again a sign that this president is achieving much of what he has promised. And through all of the mockery and showmanship, his polling numbers hold steady. In personal terms, my new grandson born last week could be in his 30s when Justice Kavanaugh departs the high court. A “good” week. For Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump -- “this Bud's for you.”
And stay tuned to Brazil's election this Sunday. Within a month, Donald Trump could be leading the “Bad Boys of the Americas Club,” joining the incoming president of Mexico and the potential victory of a wild man in Brazil -- the most populous three giants of the hemisphere.
John Zogby (@TheJohnZogby) is the founder of the Zogby Poll and Zogby companies, including John Zogby Strategies, and author of We Are Many We Are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in the 21st Century America.