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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Voters want to “drain swamp,” don’t trust GOP to do it
article appeared in Powerline on April 39th
By Paul Mirengoff
“Drain The Swamp” was
an important rallying cry of the Trump campaign. But does it still resonate a
year-and-a-half after the 2016 election?
Sen. Mitch McConnell; GOP weakling
It does. So finds a
poll commissioned by Ear to the Ground and conducted by McLaughlin &
The poll (of 1,000
likely voters) found that 55 percent of Americans are “concerned” or “very
concerned” about “the Swamp,” with 36 percent very concerned. 59 percent of
those who identify as “very conservative” said they were very concerned.
Levels of concern
increased when the Swamp was defined in terms of “the influence of the network
of DC-centric professional bureaucrats, media, and insider elites.” 60 percent
said it was important “to eliminate the influence” of that network.
To what extent do
voters blame Republicans, who after all now control the White House and have
majorities in both chambers of Congress, for the failure to curb the Swamp?
According to the poll, almost half of Americans (46 percent), and 41 percent of
all conservatives, blame Republicans for not draining the Swamp.
Indeed, when asked
what is the top impediment to draining the Swamp, 42 percent of voters
said it was the GOP. Republicans thus ranked just behind lobbyists.
What do these results
tell us about the upcoming mid-term election? Nothing reassuring for
Republicans. The base believes the Swamp is a major problem and a significant
chunk of the base holds Republicans responsible for enabling it.
This doesn’t mean the
base will vote for Democrats, but it may well portend a significant decline in
enthusiasm for Republicans. Barring a change in the behavior of congressional
Republicans, we should expect that decline.
Rep. Ryan; first rate turncoat
One finding from the
survey demonstrates the problem in stark terms. Only 15 percent of Republican
voters say they trust the GOP to keep its promises. By contrast, 65 percent of
Democrat voters say they trust their party to keep its promises.
This “trust gap”
can’t help but translate into an enthusiasm gap. The results of a series of
special elections during the past half year show that it already has.
As the 2018 campaign
heats up, Republican candidates should demonstrate a commitment to reforming
Washington. The resignation of Speaker Paul Ryan may provide them this
opportunity. But only if they make clear that they support new
leadership in the House, not a continuation of Ryan’s disappointing regime
via his team.