AFTER THE IOWA FIASCO, AFTER THE IMPEACHMENT DEBACLE,THERE’S A NEW GALLUP POLL …
The Democrats' Dog Days Drag on
The last time someone in our house went to the vet, it was Cat, and, as you know, he didn’t come back.
Actually, my vet is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and I believe she also knows what she’s doing, unlike the Democrats in Iowa, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The veterinarian knows a lot about keeping me up and running, which is important, since I’m getting up there in dog years. As I understand it, you no longer multiply a dog’s age by 7 to get to the Human equivalent. Still, 10 is 10 for dogs, just like 70 is 70 for two-leggers.
Enough about me.
I’m guessing that you got up this morning irritable and exhausted, because nobody – nobody decent – has had a full night’s sleep for the last 1,110 nights. And first thing, what slapped you in the face? More Bad News. Again.
IT WASN’T ABOUT the state-of-the-union talk – that’s tonight. This morning’s punch in the puss was that after years and years of anticipation, the Iowa caucuses were held last night, in Iowa. But as of breakfast, and as of lunch, for that matter, there were no results.
I suspect the Russians. Again.
But what do dogs know? The “experts” say it was merely a run-of-the-mill screw-up, that Iowanian Democrats were using a new “app” they didn’t know how to use to count results from the 15-trillion places in which caucus-goers caucus. The app didn’t work at first. Not a surprise to anyone with a smart phone.
You don’t have to be Donald Trump to twist the knife by pointing out the obvious: If Democrats can’t count their own votes, how are they going to run the country? Democrats might put it differently: If we can’t count our own votes, how are we going to get Donald Trump out of the White House?
Actually, it’s worse than that.
That’s because Iowanians didn’t care enough to turn out in the most important election-like thing so far (meaning it was the first one). According to the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, it’s possible that only 170,000 voters showed up, compared to 240,000 in 2008 when Barack Obama won big.
That’s a disaster, because the one thing everyone is counting this year is that there will be a huge outpouring of Democrats and Independents determined to send Trump back his gaudy estates, no matter who runs against him.
BUT THAT’S NOT the Bad News I’m about to drop on you.
It showed up in our email in-box this morning, and right here we should advise people who “Can’t Take It Anymore" to stop reading and immediately seek medical treatment from their vet or other provider.
Gallup says when 946 people were asked this question Jan. 16 to 29 – “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?” – this percentage gave the wrong answer:
Gallup says that is the highest approval rating Trump has ever had since he was sworn in 1,110 days ago.
Which is to say that after telling 16,241 lies (“False or Misleading Claims” is the term the Washington Post’s lie-counters use to define his lies) – and those figures don’t include the whoppers he’ll tell tonight; after locking children in cages at the border, pulling the country out of the world climate change accords, breaking the nuclear arms agreement with Iran and assassinating one of their leaders; after his racist slurs, after pardoning a war criminal, after siphoning military construction funds to build his “wall,” after kowtowing to the Kremlin and after trying to extort Ukrainian leaders to agree to “investigate” a potential political rival in exchange for military aid, Trump gets a 49 percent pat on the back, and the trend is that Trump's ratings have been going up.
If you want the glass half-full, Gallup says that 50 % of respondents “disapprove” of the job Trump is doing and 1 % have “no opinion,” which doesn't seem possible, having no opinion.
Anyway, with all the other things that are going on this week, you may have missed this tidbit. and I wanted to get it to you before tonight’s state-of-the-union speech and tomorrow’s vote by the Senate, in which Trump will be exonerated after being impeached in the House in connection for that Ukrainian business.
Anyway, I’m off to the vet’s. Wish me luck.
On the other hand, if you’re a Democrat, with the way things are going, maybe you better not.