I was kind of surprised at the “Meh” response it garnered from readers when I wrote about Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) here recently. It’s okay. You can admit you like him. You’re not betraying President Trump if you express admiration for a younger, similarly patriotic and effective politician. But I also understand the unwillingness of many of you to “move on.” Trump was the most effective conservative politician that America has ever had – and most of us would do anything to see him run and win in 2024. The latest polling certainly indicates that.
At lunch the other day, a female friend told my wife and I, “I wish that Trump would shut up about the vaccines already. But as frustrated as I am with him, I still just love the guy.”
Remember that for later: “I still just love the guy.”
I also reconnected with a long-lost cousin this past week who I hadn’t spoken with in about a decade. He’s a blue-collar union guy in Washington state. When the conversation turned to politics, he was 100% on board with Trump 2024. My anecdotal polling may not be worth much, but I’ll bet you’re hearing similar things, right?
That’s certainly in line with the latest polling from McLaughlin & Associates. 73% of surveyed Republican voters are still on board the Trump Train for 2024. The other results were interesting, too.
Former Vice-President Mike Pence came in second place for the 2024 nominee, with 10% of the vote. I’m thinking that must be the Never Trump, neoconservative wing of the party, because I have yet to meet anyone in my circles who would vote for Pence.
Ron DeSantis came in third with 8% of the vote. Nikki Haley pulled 5%. Ted Cruz and Candace Owens tied at 3% each. Tim Scott, Mike Pompeo, Kristi Noem, Tucker Carlson and Liz Cheney each tied at 1%. Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton each polled at 0%.
So, as much as we all admire Ron DeSantis, he doesn’t have a shot at the nomination as long as Trump is in the race. Trump’s support is 10X what DeSantis is polling nationwide.
Here’s a really interesting finding from that same poll: For the first time, a majority of Democrats are convinced that Joe Biden won’t make it to 2024. Joe Biden is such a frail, dementia-addled joke that almost no one thinks he’ll be able to finish out his term. (Everyone has known this all along, but Democrat voters are now admitting it out loud.)
Now THAT is a problem for Democrats. It means that Kamala Harris will definitely be the Democrat Party’s nominee in 2024 – and no one likes her.
The latest YouGov poll shows that Kamala Harris’s overall net approval rating among all voters is -10. It’s even worse among Independent voters that the Democrats need in order to win a national election: -25.
44% of Independents say they dislike Kamala Harris so much that the sound of her cackling voice makes them want to throw tomatoes at her. (I might have fudged the wording on that a bit.)
Here’s an interesting – and telling – fact about Kamala Harris. She’s been in elected office for 18 years now, but she doesn’t have a single person on her staff that has worked for her for more than a few months. That’s weird. Most career politicians have a few senior staffers who stick with them for the long haul.
But not Kamala! She’s tough to work for. Her former staffers describe her as incompetent, lazy and obsessed with fashion.
If Vogue magazine calls Kamala Harris up for a fashion shoot or to talk about her interior decorating woes at her house, she comes running. But ask her to handle the US-Mexico border crisis and… she goes AWOL. Policy details are not her big thing.
Word has it that the DNC is baffled by the fact that no one likes Kamala Harris. No matter how much PR spin the glossy magazines put on her, everyone knows how Kamala got her start in politics – and no one likes her. Makes you wonder how the Democrats didn’t see this coming.
Kamala Harris ran the absolute worst campaign possible in the 2020 primaries. She had staff quitting in Iowa because they were all asked to work without pay. She couldn’t raise money despite having Hollywood and Silicon Valley in her home state. And she had to drop out before the first primary contest even happened. (Great pick, Team Biden!)
Contrast that with all the people who are saying about Donald Trump, “I still just love the guy!”