We’re still nine months away from the election. In any other western civilized country no one would even be looking at mid-term elections so far out, but now even the Democratic-leaning mainstream press admits that the last few weeks have been for one party and one party alone: Republicans.
Back in December of 2017, the Democratic lead for the 2018 midterm elections was in double digits in every poll. Then came the tax reform, the shutdown, Trump’s visit to Davos and SOTU. By now most of that Democratic lead has dwindled.
The constant news barrage of bonuses being given to employees of major companies is changing the public’s opinion of the Republican tax plan. Whereas the plan was still deeply unpopular in December, the stream of good economic news, including announcements of bonuses and raises that some corporations are publicly attributing to the tax cut, have amounted to a great PR campaign for the bill.
Secondly, President Trump’s visit to Davos was a smashing success. The US public got to see a president who sat down with European business leaders who all showed their respect and even admitted that the stock market’s success was due to the US’s changing stance in trade and domestic investment. Many of them will return to the US to open new factories soon.
Thirdly, the SOTU address got a very warm reception, even from the Democratic-leaning voters. To prove that point beyond any reasonable doubt, look at the Huffington Post’s poll result taken after Trump’s first state of the Union: 77% of Americans loved it. Even though that result dropped to a more reasonable 61% a few hours later, if that is the opinion of Democratic-leaning voters, then Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer have their work cut out for them.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump's first State of the Union address was…</p>— HuffPost (@HuffPost) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPost/status/958543273714470912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>