Election Week for President Trump By John Zogby
I love the old joke about the guy who has his face down on the ground with six men standing on his back and his arms and legs tied, then says, “Great, now I got you just where I wanted you.” In some ways that describes President Trump's week.
He lost a lot of seats in the House and looks like as many as 13 governorships. He got walloped in the suburbs and in key states that are battlegrounds in 2020 — Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, and still possibly Florida and Georgia. A lot of these races were close, and he did pick up seats in the Senate, which will enable him to get his judicial and administration nominees ratified more smoothly.
He lost this round — but Trump seems to thrive when he is the victim and can rally his base against the establishment. The Democrats appear to want to make good on their promises to investigate him and his family business, and this can add gasoline to his fire.
Maybe the president can still break free. But a pretty bad week.
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.