Accuracy in Media

Not only will President Trump’s big victory on tax reform not gain him any support – even when taxpayers start to notice $200 or so extra in their pay envelopes every month – it will embolden still more Democrats to enter the race to take him on in 2020, according to a piece in the Washington Post.

The Post cited a series of polling outfits to show that Trump’s popularity tumbling through the 30s – Rasmussen, which includes more right-leaning voters in its polls, has him at 44 percent – and Democrats with an 18-point lead in the generic midterm congressional ballots, even though they are coming off one of the worst fundraising months in the history of the party.

The Post also cited an ABC poll that said just 36 percent of Americans said they probably would vote to re-elect Trump. It then supplied what it called a top 15 list of those who try to take advantage of all this polling woe.

“The field appears certain to be extremely big and wide open, and it could reward those who can lock down a base of support before others with claims to those same bases get in,” the Post wrote.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, Eric Garcetti, the former Los Angeles prosecutor, Tim Kaine, the senator from Virginia who ran as Hillary Clinton’s vice president in 2016, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook exec and feminist activist, were off the list, the Post said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.), who lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and may have been cheated out of the nomination, remains the leading contender, according to Aaron Blake of the Post. He seems to be “conspicuously … addressing is shortcomings that hampered his candidacy in 2016 — most notably his lack of familiarity with foreign policy and of inroads with powerful pro-Democratic groups, such as the American Federation of Teachers.”

He can’t do anything about what the Post sees as his biggest problem – his age. Bernie is 76, former vice president Joe Biden, the No. 2 contender, 74, and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who  Sanders has done nothing to diminish speculation that he will run again; the biggest question is, and will be, his age (76) — as it is with Brown (79) and Biden (75).

Brown is listed at No.9, up one from the previous poll, because he “provides the most complete blend of progressive politics, populism, white working-class appeal” and comes from a swing state.

Three female senators round out the top five – Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris of California. Harris moved up two spots after boldly, according to The Post, calling for single-payer health insurance and for President Trump to resign.

Gillibrand moved up two spots because Trump tweeted that she would do “anything” for campaign contributions.

The three female senators are followed by five straight men – Sens. Corey Booker of New Jersey and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, Sherrod Brown and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Then it got eclectic, as these lists do at the end sometimes. Oprah Winfrey, who has not ruled out a run, comes in at 11, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Virginia Gov. and former Clinton bagman Terry McAuliffe and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Patrick is on nobody’s radar, but President Obama’s operatives are said to be urging him to run. Schultz thinks the country “is in need of a moral, a cultural and an economic transformation” and needs to “become more compassionate, more empathetic.”

As for the Rock, hey, the Post says, with Trump in the White House, you can’t write off any crackpots.

“The Rock keeps saying he might actually run for president – including this week,” the Post wrote. “And yes, I know it seems ridiculous that a former professional wrestler would be a serious candidate. And yes, we don’t even know which party’s nomination he would seek. But one regrettable reality of the Trump era is that we can’t simply laugh off this stuff any more.”

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