By week’s end, President Trump will have attended five rallies in five states, taking to the stump to talk of America and cheerful things — a sharp contrast to dire coverage from the news media and grim predictions from Democrats. Through his rallies and public presence, Mr. Trump has created a culture of unapologetic gladness, patriotism, inner mettle, resilience, can-do spirit and optimism among his followers. Granted, such qualities were already a vital force in American history, though it is now chic among cool-minded liberals to dismiss them as nostalgic or worse.
Mr. Trump has reinvented this force for a complicated age. Critics have either scorned or ignored the phenomenon.
Some 65 million Trump voters, however, have embraced the heartland Trump culture — so far removed from the bleak doldrums and noisy skirmishes of Capitol Hill. And it is best described by one man who was part of an enormous throng of Trump fans who showed up in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday for a Make America Great Again rally. Though they waited for most of the afternoon outside the arena, the man and his family did not make it into the rally, or even the overflow area just outside.
He loved it anyway.
“We got there about 2:30, and unfortunately there was about 60,000 people in front of us in line. But we decided to stay — and had a great time. I spent four hours in line. It was so festive and happy and well-mannered. It was just a great place to be. It was fun. Everyone was waving American flags,” the Trump fan told talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in a brief on-air conversation Tuesday.
“Did you see any depression, sadness, defeatism over the fact that the Democrats are going win everything in November?” Mr. Limbaugh quipped.
“No, sir. There was none of that. There was no protesters. I’m telling you, everybody had a great time,” the guest replied.
HANSON MAKES A ‘CASE FOR TRUMP’
Historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson is at work on “The Case for Trump,” according to publisher Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books — part of the giant Hachette Book Group. The book will surely rile President Trump‘s foes.
“Hanson will show how a celebrity business man with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified rivals to become president — and an extremely successful president at that. Hanson argues that Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America’s interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad,” the publisher notes.
The book will published in five months — just in time for campaign season.
KAVANAUGH EFFECT ON THE BLUE WAVE
A Quinnipiac University Poll of voter sentiment released in September found that Republicans trailed Democrats in approval ratings by 14 percentage points. A new Quinnipiac survey now finds that gap has been reduced to 7 percentage points.
“The numbers suggest the big blue wave may have lost some of its momentum,” observed Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
“Does this represent a Kavanaugh effect? The polling for this took place between Thursday and Sunday, meaning that three of the four days came after the televised hearings in which Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified, a hearing obsessively covered by the national news media. One might have expected Democrats to get a bump coming out of that hearing, especially given the tenor of the coverage it received. Instead, the momentum shifted in the other direction even among the wider population,” counters Ed Morrissey, senior editor of HotAir.com.
He also points out that a new Harvard-Harris poll found that 69 percent of respondents called the Kavanaugh hearing “a national disgrace,” with 55 percent agreeing that Democrats were “completely partisan” in the way they handled it.
Fox News Channel is enjoying its 38th consecutive week as the most-watched network in the cable realm according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox News claimed 20 of the top 25 cable telecasts last week; special coverage of the testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh drew 7.5 million viewers and bested rival fare which aired on cable, as well as ABC and CBS.
As it has for 16 years, Fox News is top dog in the cable news world with 3.2 million prime time viewers, compared to 2.1 million for MSNBC and 1.2 million for CNN.
Fox Business Network remains the No. 1 business network on TV for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to Nielsen. The network, which celebrates its 11th anniversary on Oct. 15, outdraws CNBC by 28 percent in the ratings.
LADIES DAY: A REALITY
“By almost every economic measure, women are flourishing in today’s economy,” writes Elaine Parker, president of the Job Creators Network Foundation, in a commentary for Real Clear Politics.
“Female unemployment is currently at a 50-year low of 3.9 percent, less than half the rate it was as recently as President Obama‘s second term. This summer, the female unemployment rate reached its lowest level in 65 years. Prime-age female employment has increased by 1 million since November 2016. This year, the prime-age female employment rate finally returned to its pre-Great Recession level,” says Ms. Parker.
“Women are 15 percent more likely than men to have a college degree, and that increases among recent graduates. The number of women-owned businesses has grown by 114 percent over the past 20 years compared to just 44 percent overall. There are an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses, about 40 percent of the total businesses in the country,” says Ms. Parker.
POLL DU JOUR
• 52 percent of U.S. voters have an unfavorable opinion of Republicans in Congress. Among Republicans, that opinion drops to 17 percent; among Democrats, it jumps to 81 percent.
• 51 percent overall have an unfavorable opinion of Democrats in Congress. Among Republicans, that opinion jumps to 83 percent; among Democrats, it drops to 21 percent.
• 36 percent have a favorable view of Democrats. But among Republican, that favorable view shrinks to 7 percent, and among Democrats, it jumps to 73 percent.
• 35 percent overall have a favorable view of Republicans. That jumps to 77 percent among Republicans and falls to 9 percent among Democrats.
• 14 percent are undecided about Republicans. Just 6 percent of Republicans feel that way, 10 percent of Democrats feel that way.
• 13 percent are undecided about Democrats. Among Republicans, that percentage drops to 9 percent, among Democrats, to 6 percent.
Source: A Politico/Morning Consult poll of 993 registered U.S. voters conducted Sept. 28-29.
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