AMERICANS AGREE: ‘100 DAYS’ IS BOGUS
President Trump says the “first 100 days” litmus test for White House achievement is ridiculous. The rest of the nation is not very keen on the idea either, which is reassuring. A new CBS News poll finds that 62 percent of all Americans say that 100 days is simply “not enough time” for them to judge the work of Mr. Trump and his administration. Of course, there’s a partisan divide: 82 percent of Republicans agree, along with 69 percent of independents and 37 percent of Democrats.
“A president’s ratings at the 100-day mark don’t predict much about what his or her ratings will do over their term. Historically, recent Presidents’ approval ratings have moved up and down after those 100 days, depending on events and their performance as the years went on,” the poll analysis noted.
The parties themselves differ on their 100-days thinking, meanwhile. The Republican National Committee is blasting the phenomenon, already ramped up by a gleeful news media as a prime Trump-bashing vehicle, fraught with extraordinary significance and meaning. Not so. The GOP has released a video titled “100 Days of Obstruction,” which highlights the Democrats’ “petty obstruction tactics” and stubborn refusal to find even an iota of compromise.”
“It’s clear the Democrats have only one goal in mind: obstruction. They have refused to work with Republicans to find solutions to the problems that face our nation, and voters will remember this display of blind partisanship when they head to the polls this year and in 2018,” predicts Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
The Democrats, meanwhile, are fundraising. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched the “100 Day Resistance Fund,” playing off collective ire against the president.
“Donald Trump will mark a hundred days in office on Saturday with nothing to show for it but broken promises,” Mr. Perez says in his outreach. “But to stop Trump for good, we need to start replacing his Republican allies in Congress, statehouses, and city councils. We’ve got to take our grassroots energy and use it to elect Democrats — voting out Trump apologists and putting people in office who share our values and will stand up to Trump.”
A new poll finds that most Americans see the notion of the “first 100 days” litmus test of a new presidency as essentially meaningless.