AMER­I­CANS AGREE: ‘100 DAYS’ IS BO­GUS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A new poll finds that most Amer­i­cans see the no­tion of the “first 100 days” lit­mus test of a new pres­i­dency as es­sen­tially mean­ing­less.

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