Senate Democrats blocked a resolution Tuesday that aimed at reducing the debate time allowed for certain sub-cabinet and judicial nominations. Republicans had hoped to drastically speed up the confirmation process for Trump’s nominees in order to fill hundreds of empty positions. They are expected to make another attempt using a simple majority.
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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America admit that it’s good politics for President Trump and Republicans to postpone another effort to dismantle Obamacare until after the 2020 election but are frustrated that the GOP still doesn’t have a coherent plan almost a decade after Obamacare as passed. They also blast Beto O’Rourke as he calls for the abolishing of the electoral college because it goes all the way back to the founding and claims that it somehow perpetuates racial discrimination. And they get a kick out of reports that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reconsidering a 2020 presidential bid if Joe Biden decides not to run or becomes too damaged to have a decent shot at winning.
President Trump is preparing for a bruising re-election fight in 2020, but a new poll suggests he may have a lot of allies who will shake up the conventional wisdom in this campaign.
In a new McLaughlin & Associates survey, Trump stands with a 49 percent approval rating while 50 percent disapprove. But factored into that mix is 50 percent of Hispanics approving of the job Trump is doing and 48 percent disapprove.
The poll quizzed 1,000 likely voters, including 111 Hispanics, which pollster John McLaughlin says tilted towards the Democrats in registration by a 5-3 margin.
McLaughlin, who conducted polling for Trump during the 2016 campaign, says he’s not surprised by those numbers.
“The Hispanic vote is not monolithic in the United States. A lot of people like to put it in a box,” said McLaughlin. “These are citizens. These are citizens who are likely voters…These are people who mainly came here legally.”
In fact, McLaughlin says other research he’s done shows that legal Hispanic immigrants are “the group that is most upset about the current immigration crisis where you have illegal immigrants coming here (and) jumping the line over those who did it right and spent money and time to come here legally.”
But do approval ratings translate into votes?
“In the post-9/11 era, where things have gotten very partisan, it’s a very strong determinant of how votes are going to go,” said McLaughlin, noting that he twice polled George W. Bush at a 51 percent job approval in 2004, when Bush won with 51 percent of the vote.
Listen to the full podcast as McLaughlin explain the ever-widening marriage gap in voting and explains why his time with the Trump campaign left him convinced there was nothing to the Russian collusion accusations.
After a review of Greg’s harrowing trip to the DMV, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos ask whether the the Democratic Party is trying to kick Joe Biden to the curb as women now accuse the former vice president of unwanted physical contact in recent years. They also groan as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler threatens to subpoena the unredacted Mueller report since Attorney General Bill Barr isn’t expected to release the edited version for a couple of weeks. And they examine the curious double standard of Democrats moving on from scandals facing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax now that one of the Fairfax accusers is telling her story on national television.