Trump Supporters Are Using the Wrong Clinton Play

As I have both hypothesized and noted the emerging parallels between the Trump administration and the Clinton administration, I could not help but notice the following tweets from National Review’s David French (who has not written them up, as far as I can tell):

To the extent French is referring to the attacks on fmr FBI Director Comey by Pres. Trump and Trump-friendlies, my main quibble would be to question whether the attacks are even winning the short-term battle.

A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll suggests parties are polarized as you would expect and independents, to the degree they have an opinion, tend to favor Comey (or are not favorable to Trump) by large margins.  Moreover, the trend is running against the Comey firing, now by a 17-point margin.

The good polling news for Trump and his friendlies is that Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee (which was fairly widely viewed and given saturation media coverage) didn’t change many minds regarding the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia.

Even more significant is that only 12% of adults picked Trump’s relationship with Russia as one of the two issues they find most important, way behind issues like the economy and healthcare.

Given how little the attacks on Comey seem to have affected the Comey vs. Trump contest, and how foreseeable that was, it baffles me that this is the approach being pursued.  I get that some people have grudges against Comey, but it’s business, not personal…and they’re taking it very personal.

As I’ve previously noted, another page from the Clinton playbook deflects scandals by portraying them as a partisan obstacle to addressing the real issues Americans care about.  This tactic would have the advantage of playing into public opinion instead of against it.

Of course, this tactic would be more effective — and Trump, the GOP, and America might be better off — if Congress could get healthcare or tax reform legislation to Trump’s desk.  But you probably knew that already.

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