TRUMP, CLIN­TON COULD LEARN FROM IKE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Many po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns have turned into datadriven en­ter­prises that of­ten com­pro­mise the ca­chet of the can­di­date, lost among shift­ing in­cre­ments of poll numbers and mi­cro-tar­get­ing. Should voter fa­vor­a­bil­ity prove elu­sive, strate­gists might con­sider a re­turn to 1954 for prac­ti­cal in­sight. Wit­ness Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower, who en­joyed a “soar­ing” 68 per­cent job ap­proval na­tion­wide, and through­out his two terms. How did he do that?

“Amer­i­can saw what they liked in Ike,” re­ports Gallup an­a­lyst Ly­dia Saad, who dug into the vaults of the ven­er­a­ble poll­ster to re­trieve Eisen­hower’s ac­tual poll numbers.

“He was the type of leader onto whom Amer­i­cans could project their own views. When asked if Eisen­hower was more of a lib­eral or a con­ser­va­tive, 54 per­cent of self­de­scribed lib­er­als said he was a lib­eral, while 71 per­cent of self-de­scribed con­ser­va­tives saw him as a con­ser­va­tive,” says Ms. Saad.

Poll founder Ge­orge Gallup him­self wrote that the pat­tern was “a po­lit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant key to Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower’s great pop­u­lar­ity among the na­tion’s vot­ers.” The pres­i­dent ap­peared to em­brace those lib­eral and con­ser­va­tive ideas which could shore up and unify the na­tion. The re­sult?

“He re­mained po­lit­i­cally am­bidex­trous even while serv­ing as a pop­u­lar Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, main­tain­ing solidly pos­i­tive ap­proval rat­ings through­out his two-term pres­i­dency,” Ms. Saad ob­serves.

The As­so­ciated Press, in­ci­den­tally, is now of­fer­ing “Dwight D. Eisen­hower: An As­so­ciated Press” — an e-book avail­able for $5 on Ama­zon, Nook and other sites. It is a reis­sue of a bi­og­ra­phy writ­ten in 1969 by Rel­man Morin, a Pulitzer Prize win­ning AP writer who noted that the 34th pres­i­dent “pos­sessed an abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the Amer­i­can peo­ple in a re­mark­able way. They saw in him a man of sin­cer­ity and in­struc­tive good will, and they trusted him implicitly.” swirling around Hil­lary Clin­ton. Think Beng­hazi, Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, email scan­dals, etc.”

“In­deed, it’s a courtesy re­served for both Clin­tons, go­ing back to the very be­gin­ning of their na­tional ca­reers. Think: White­wa­ter, Fi­le­gate, Troop­er­gate, Kathleen Wil­ley, Paula Jones, and the rape of Juanita Broad­drick, to name but a few un­solved mys­ter­ies be­cause no one in the press wanted to in­ves­ti­gate them,” Mr. Bozell con­tin­ued. “When the me­dia be­gin to ask se­ri­ous ques­tions of Hil­lary Clin­ton, then and only then will they have the right to pass judg­ment on Don­ald Trump.” the thought of a newly elected pres­i­dent who has been in­dicted but whose trial would have to be put off un­til af­ter she left of­fice since pres­i­dents can only be re­moved through im­peach­ment,“says Mr. Coombs.

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