It’s going to take more than tax cuts for the rich to save the GOP in 2018.
The nauseating chorus of praise Trump’s cabinet showered on the Liar-in-Chief, after what some believe is the worst tax bill in history, is more than swamp food for the donor class. It shows the absolute arrogance of the Republican Party and its complete disregard for serving the people who elected them.
The tax bill that Republicans so gleefully bragged about passing by Christmas was spun as a wonderful, terrific, amazing deal for the middle class. But the public saw right through that. They may not know much about pass-through tax avoidance schemes, but they do know when they’re being screwed.
As a CNN poll discovered,
Two-thirds see the bill as doing more to benefit the wealthy than the middle class (66%, vs. 27% who say it’ll do more to benefit the middle class) and almost four in 10 (37%) say that if the bill becomes law, their own family will be worse off. That’s grown five points since early November. Just 21% say they’ll be better off if the bill becomes law.
You can see the full poll results here.
Republicans claimed they had to pass something to prove that the first year of the Trump presidency, which had no significant legislative achievements, wasn’t a complete failure.
But there is more to this administration’s failure rate than spitting in the face of voters with another giveaway for corporations, banks, and billionaires. Trump is a mentally unstable, out-of-control neophyte who needs a baby sitter to keep him from starting World War III.
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
Between Trump’s tweets, to say nothing of every time he opens his mouth, the disaster that is this presidency only serves a shrinking base that is not large enough to support much more than Trump’s overblown ego.
Politico reports that Trumpism may lead to an electoral disaster for the GOP in 2018.
The backstage talks provide a window into how those closest to Trump are bracing for a possible bloodbath in the 2018 midterms, which could obliterate the Republican congressional majorities and paralyze the president’s legislative agenda. The potential for a Democratic wave has grown after Republican losses this fall in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama, and as the president’s approval ratings have plummeted to the 30s.
The report further adds,
Among GOP leaders, however, there is widespread concern heading into 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said privately that both chambers could be lost in November. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has told donors that he fears a wave of swing district Republican lawmakers could retire rather than seek reelection.
It’s hard to know if Republicans can overcome the “anchor” Trump has tied to the GOP’s ankles, as Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put it. However, it sure looks like people are so pissed about being conned into voting Republican, that there’s no life boat insight that seems capable of carrying Republicans over a big blue wave.