No, that’s not the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. (Which, in any case, was “42”.)
As you can see by the graphic, Quinnipiac released polling yesterday pitting Donald Trump against putative Democratic challengers. He scores no more than 42% against any of them.
“Trump 41” hilariously trended on Twitter last night. And this is important.
Imagine Vladimir Putin being mocked so openly on Twitter. Or Bashar al-Assad. Or Ali Khamenei. Once they start to mock you, you’ve lost your power. Sure, you can still hang on by brute force, but your days are numbered.
Trump has been mocked from Day One. For the hand-wringers who insist we are in a fascist dictatorship: Do you think Pinochet would have allowed such mockery? Or the Brazilian generals? For all our faults, we are still a vibrant, cantankerous democracy which will not go gently into that good night.
Of course, the lede is that every major Democrat—even Bernie Sanders—bests Trump handily. This is not nothing. His ceiling of support is what it’s always been, in the low-40s. This is not a man to be feared. Yes, he can still do much damage. But he’s living politically on borrowed time. 2016 was a freak perfect storm. 2016 was someone at a kegger who now regrets the consequences the morning after. Rather than fighting the last war, our generals should take heed from what’s been happening in the country since that dolorous day in November 2016. We are not a passive people. We’re slow to anger, but when it rises, we rise as giants.
This should also allay fears about impeachment. If the polling holds, Republicans are looking at a massacre, not just in the race for the White House, but in the Senate as well. Now would be a good time for Republican senators to look after their own hides, and give Speaker Nancy Pelosi a heads up that Trump won’t survive a Senate trial.
Stay strong, patriots. We’ll win this in the end.
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