Thursday, January 19, 2017
Trump has reams of political capital, despite his unpopularity
At WExaminer by David M.Drucker --
Donald Trump will be inaugurated Friday as a historically unpopular new president elected in a close election but one with a landslide level of political capital to spend with Republicans in Congress.
Trump's approval rating is underwater in nine public opinion polls conducted since Jan. 1, averaging 41 percent in the RealClearPolitics.com average — horrible numbers for a president-elect. But Trump's position with congressional Republicans couldn't be better.
Whether out of fear of reprisal, excitement about what they can accomplish together legislatively, or awe over how he won the presidency, Republicans are prepared to give Trump more room to maneuver than a politician in his position might expect.