According to Politico, President Trump may be Teflon.
Edward-Isaac Dovere reports that Democrats seeking to translate President Trump’s general levels of unpopularity into political gold are having a rough go of it. He writes:
Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming.
What’s the big problem? Apparently, there are several. First off, Bernie Sanders economics isn’t convincing people. Dovere writes, “Many of the ideas party leaders have latched on to in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicaid for all — test poorly among voters outside the base.”
Then there are the attacks on Trump himself. Trump is seen as a chaos agent, but attacks on Trump aren’t seen as solidifying — they’re seen instead as a contribution to the chaos. Furthermore, the constant levels of chaos around Trump actually reinforce the general notion that he’s a “change agent” rather than a dilettante.