Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: In 2020, Republicans will think 2018 was a good year for them

Paul Waldman/WaPo:

President Trump is dragging Republicans down with him

And as we reach November 2020, we could see a repeat of 2018, with Trump insisting that political victory will be his if only he tells a few more lurid stories of immigrant crime and holds a few more rallies so that his rabid supporters can chant “Build that wall!” (or “Finish that wall!” or “Paint that wall!” or whatever he decides the latest slogan should be), despite all evidence pointing toward defeat. Should that happen, Republicans whose own necks are on the line will wonder whether they might have done anything to prevent being taken down with him. But by then it will be too late. In fact, it probably already is.


Poll: 6-In-10 Disapprove Of Trump‘s Declaration Of A National Emergency

Nearly 6-in-10 also don’t believe there is an emergency at the southern border and that the president is misusing his presidential authority. They also believe that his decision should be challenged in court.

“All things related to the declaring of a national emergency, the president is striking out in the court of public opinion,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the survey. “He’s maintaining his base and little else.”

Pro tip: There is no pivot. Now, that doesn’t mean Trump is guaranteed to lose, but be realistic, folks. He’s in big political trouble and is being challenged in primaries. That’s a sign of weakness, not strength. And this time there is no James Comey to save him.

The fact remains that his base is not enough to win with.


winning the future one steel slat at a time https://t.co/8DxPHGisy0

— Greg Dworkin (@DemFromCT) February 19, 2019

Trump is doing for the national GOP what Pete Wilson did for the California GOP. 

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