The latest NBC/WSJ poll shows at a glance the last holdouts of Trumpism: older, white, male Republicans.
On a more macro level, the poll's results are devastating for a sitting, first-term president. Not only do 57 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the job Trump is doing, a majority (51 percent) say they disapprove strongly. Which is a first in NBC/WSJ polling.
Thirty-nine percent still approve. Other polls have shown Trump's approval rating as low as 32 percent. I can't recall if I put a deadline on my prediction, but I do recall believing, early in Trump's first year, that his approval would dip into the high 20s in reasonably short order. That, I now doubt; he may continue to stumble along in the 30-something range — not nearly enough to earn reelection, but just enough to keep his congressional allies complicit in this absolute horror of a criminal, incompetent administration.
Given that Republicans claim to be so anti-postmodern, it is strange indeed that to them political ethics mean only, What will keep me in office? Turns out, for all their blathering about the eternal, the universal, the unchanging Divine, ethics (or morality, if you prefer) are but a highly pragmatic matter. If aligning with a profane, adulterous, feckless, obnoxious, malevolent, obtuse, fiendishly unChristian authoritarian will keep those government paychecks coming and their staff in place, well then, hail to The Donald.