The media was busy writing the obituary for Donald Trump’s Presidency.
They were dancing for joy after Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 legislation failed.
However, the celebration was short-lived after a brand new poll showed Trump was on firmer political ground than anyone had thought.
When Paul Ryan failed to ram Obamacare 2.0 through Congress, the media framed this failure –which ultimately kept Obamacare in place – as a massive defeat for the President.
Pundits across the spectrum claimed the defeat had weakened Trump and would severely damage his chances to pass other key agenda items like tax cuts and an infrastructure bill.
But is this true?
A brand new poll out of California shows it may not be the case.
California voters – and they are considered the most left in the nation – want their representatives to work with Trump and find a compromise, as opposed to 100% resistance.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
“California voters overwhelmingly oppose Donald Trump, believing his policies will have negative effects on the state. But a slim majority still want their leaders to work with the Republican president, even if it means making compromises, according to the Berkeley IGS Poll.
The statewide survey released late Monday found just over half of voters, 53 percent, say their mostly Democratic officials should try to collaborate with Trump rather than resist the president at every turn (47 percent).”
California Governor Jerry Brown has not promised unyielding opposition to Trump.
In one interview, he stated he would not be filing stupid lawsuits against the border wall.
“Sunday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said in addition to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall not being “Christian,” he pledged to do what it takes to fight it.
However, challenging the wall’s construction in the courts was not going to be one of the tactics, he said.
“[W]e’re not going to bring stupid lawsuits or be running to the courthouse every day,” Brown said. “We’re going to be careful. We’ll be strategic.”
Brown’s take is reflected by the attitude of his voters.
Californians – outside of partisan Democrats – don’t want mindless opposition to Trump.
The Sacramento Bee also reported:
“The IGS survey showed a high degree of partisanship from California voters when determining how they want their leaders to respond to Trump. Only 32 percent of Democrats favor compromise from their officials, compared with 68 percent who prefer to see universal opposition, even it if risks negative consequences for the state and possible reductions in federal funding. Still, unaligned voters who broke strongly for Democrat Hillary Clinton are evenly split.
“Nonpartisan voters typically show you which way the wind is blowing. That’s what’s revealing to me here,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll. He noted that Brown has come to transcend his party in many respects.
“The public is more in sync with the positions that Brown has taken than legislative leaders so far,” DiCamillo added. “I think at some point the state has to come to terms with the new president and look out what for what’s in the best interest of the state.”
Middle-class tax cuts and infrastructure are next on Trump’s policy agenda.
They were core promises of his campaign, and they helped flip the 200 counties Barack Obama had previously won into Trump’s column, propelling him to victory.
If Democrats adopt the mindless strategy of opposition no matter what the issue, it will only help Trump as he looks to solidify his political prospects.
The Democratic base – which is demanding complete resistance to Trump – is even out of step with the voters in deep blue California.