By Groundhog Day, Donald Trump’s favorability ratings were in the low 40s, a historic low for a President in office for such a short period of time. His unfavorability ratings were correspondingly high.
The groundhog saw his shadow, but nobody knows how many more weeks – or months or years – of Trumpian rule that portends. The situation is unprecedented.
The one sure thing is that, unless he and his god awful minions manage to crush the spine and will of civil society, his popularity will continue to decline – as it dawns on the poor suckers who voted for him, the ones who thought that he would somehow make their lives better, that he was feeding them a line and will actually make their lives worse.
Before long, his and his administration’s malevolence and incompetence will start to weigh on Trump voters too, as it does on the majority of Americans who did not, and never would, vote for the Donald. They will realize that they have been deceiving themselves.
Their self-deception was unforgivable. It is understandable, however.
For nearly four decades, neoliberal politicians had been running the show in the United States and other developed countries – causing wages to stagnate, union membership to decline, manufacturing jobs to disappear, and the financial sector to become ever more malicious as it metastasizes throughout the economy. Under their aegis, the gap between the hyper-rich and everybody else has increased…