Friday, July 29, 2016

Gallup: Trump's Convention Speech Was the Lowest Ever Tested

I watched. It sucked. The crowd roared. America, apparently, gagged.

Dude, saying life sucks except for you isn't a winning strategy.

The results are in, and Donald Trump is in a league of his own, just not the league he intended:
..Trump's speech got the least positive reviews of any speech we have tested after the fact: 35% of Americans interviewed last weekend said it was excellent or good. Of the nine previous speeches we have rated, the top one was Barack Obama's in August 2008, which 58% of Americans rated as excellent or good. The lowest-rated speech other than Trump's was Mitt Romney's in 2012, with 38% excellent or good.
Oh, snap. Worse than even Romney. Didn't Romney refuse to support you? C'mon, don't be bitter.

I also liked hearing in the DailyKos report that Trump's convention was a double-negative. It was dark, and people didn't like it:
The self-reported net impact of the GOP convention was also negative. Overall, 51% of Americans say the convention made them less likely to vote for Trump, while 36% said it made them more likely to vote for him. This is the highest "less likely to vote" percentage for a candidate in the 15 times Gallup has asked this question after a convention.
Plus, it was bounceless:
Donald Trump received no significant bounce following the Republican National Convention, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll. Hillary Clinton still leads Trump by a single point: 46 percent to 45 percent. These numbers are unchanged from last week.
I saw polls that showed a bit of a bounce, but hey, it was a wimpy one.

How's Donald Trump taking it? Last Friday, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton was announcing her pick of Tim Kaine for veep in order to distract from how "successful" the RNC was. Today, he's saying it wasn't his convention:
“I didn’t produce our show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday,” Trump told The New York Times in a phone call this week.
I can see what a Trump presidency might look like:
"I didn't lose that war I started, my generals did," said Trump in an attempt to salvage his tattered reputation at home and abroad. "If the generals did half what I told them, we would have been spectacular, believe me."
I can see him on trade, too:
"Congress refused to impose any sanctions on China, so now they're clobbering us," President Trump lamented. "This is why letting Congress make most of the decisions is a real mistake. Believe me when I tell you I'm going to fix that but good."
Then, on his attempt to re-write the Constitution:
Trump was seething after Congress voted down his attempt to amend the Constitution to allow the president to make all economic, foreign-policy, judicial, sports, and healthcare decisions. "This is why, frankly, amending the Constitution should be left solely up to the states. This is a states' rights issue, that I can tell you," Trump said, ignoring the fact that the Constitution was a federal document. Trump attempted to fight back, charging that the U.S. Constitution was "a disaster, a complete disaster," that only he could fix.
Okay, I'll stop fantasizing, but tell me this: Do any of those projections sound like something Trump wouldn't say? I didn't think so.

Please, Hillary supporters, and anybody else: Vote early and often.

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