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January 24, 2017

Sunshine here this early Tuesday on California’s north coast — some no-drama weather…

One yuuge spectacle — obvious-shit, T-Rump.
Via Business Insider this morning:

Only 45-percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance over the first three days of his presidency, according to a Gallup survey released Monday.
It’s the first time a president has received an initial approval rating under 50-percent in the history of the poll, which dates back to Dwight Eisenhower’s first term in 1953.
Another 45-percent of Americans disapproved of Trump’s performance — the highest initial rating in the poll’s history.

(Illustration: Donald Trump, ‘Basic Shapes,‘ by caricaturist/illustrator Chong Jit Leong, found here).

Gallup also noted in its poll there was a certain section who were way fucked-up — ‘The remaining 10-percent had not yet formed an opinion.’
Where are these folks been, or where are they at right now…
Each day since Friday has been shitty for the T-Rump, bungling from lie to lie, crying and whining about how a ‘dishonest media’ is making people dislike his sorry, pompous ass.
Pure drama with T-Rump on a minute-to-minute schedule — via Mediaite, also this morning:

A White House source tells Axios that despite only days on the job, Donald Trump‘s senior staff is already looking for someone to replace press secretary Sean Spicer.
Politico Playbook alum Mike Allen writes, “This West Wing is a tough neighborhood. Even AFTER Sean Spicer’s successful get-back-on-the-horse presser yesterday, I’m told that a top White House official was discussing his possible replacement.
On Day 4!”

A bit of analysis on that Gallup poll from FiveThirtyEight yesterday afternoon:

Indeed, it’s the lowest job approval rating for any new president since at least Harry Truman in 1945 (as far back as we have polling), and it suggests Trump failed to take full advantage of the transition period to build support.
Every president before Trump started their first term with the approval of a majority of the country.
The average president had a first job approval rating of 66-percent — 21 percentage points better than Trump’s.
Trump also faces far more opposition coming into office than previous presidents.
The average disapproval rating before Trump was just 10-percent.
Trump’s is 35 percentage points higher than that.
The inflated level of opposition to Trump at the start of his term could be explained, in part, by increased political polarization.
George W. Bush, with a 25-percent disapproval rating in 2001, held the previous record for start-of-term opposition.
Bush, of course, was the last president to win the White House without a plurality of the national popular vote.
But Trump’s lack of support isn’t all down to polarization.
Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with a disapproval rating of 12-percent, and politics was pretty polarized then.
No matter what way you look at it, Trump is quite unpopular compared to the historical average.

And one big advantage in keeping T-Rump under any kind of control.
Or out of office — then there’s Mike Pence.
Shit in the middle of a rock and a real-hard place…

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