ONLY 13% OF GOP SAY CONGRESS HELPS TRUMP
Obstruction from Democrats is expected. President Trump, however is getting some heavy-handed pushback from his own party — and Americans see it.
A new CBS News poll finds that only 23 percent of the overall public say GOP lawmakers are helping Mr. Trump’s legislative agenda. Among Republicans themselves, a mere 13 percent believe their party’s lawmakers are endeavoring to help the president.
“As Congress leaves Washington for summer recess, nearly nine in 10 Americans say it didn’t get much done. Most — particularly Republicans — feel frustrated about that. Underscoring this sentiment, Congress continues to get dismal overall ratings from the public. Seventy-three percent disapprove of the job they are doing, six points worse than in February,” the poll reports.
It does not help that Congress has only scheduled 12 working days in Washington between now and the end of September. It also does not help to know that 2018 will dawn in just over 20 weeks.
Meanwhile, annoyance has grown over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s perceived inability to create enough momentum in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Voters are not happy with this. Neither is the White House. Mr. Trump has suggested Mr. McConnell step aside if he’s not on board to be productive; the Kentucky Republican, incidentally, has a 22 percent job approval rating among all Americans, according to a new YouGov poll.
But wait. Annoyance with Mr. McConnell has extended far beyond the nation’s capital. It has, in fact, found its way into the sundappled landscape of the far Northeastern United States, where majestic pine trees loom over glacier lakes and the thought process is direct and on point. Our old friend “Deep Woods” — a long time ally of Inside the Beltway — is now officially vexed.
“It occurred to me as I watched Mitch McConnell stand up and give excuses about the failure to jettison Obamacare that the only thing which concerned him was the possibility of losing his standing lunch reservation at The Palm. Aloof,” Deep Woods explains, adding a discreet but choice expletive.
And about that lunch date. The Palm Restaurant is a traditional steakhouse established in 1926 and located a few blocks north of the White House. For those of us who do not get to The Palm much, the lunchtime menu includes: Clams Casino, Caesar salad, prime New York strip steak, Nova Scotia lobster and cheesecake.