Impeachment? Never mind!

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After Sen. John N. Kennedy triples down and a new poll reveals Republicans rank Trump second to only Reagan as the “best GOP president,” is it time to “give up the ghost?”

Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-La,)

After watching Sen. John N. “You’re No John Kennedy” Kennedy continue to push an unfounded conspiracy theory that both Russia and Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, I read the results of a new poll that indicated that a majority of Republicans ranked Donald Trump as a better president than six of seven other Republicans presidents, even better than Abraham Lincoln.

Impeachment? Never mind!

John N. Kennedy

Asked to defend his statement that “I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election,” the senator said “it’s been well documented” that “the prime minister of Ukraine, the interior minister, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, the head of the Ukrainian anti-corruption league, all meddled in the election on social media and otherwise.”

When Chuck Todd of Meet the Press asked, “Are you at all concerned you are doing Russian intelligence work here?”Kennedy called on Todd to “read the articles,” saying that “they’re very well documented,” citing reporting by the Economist, the Financial Times, the Washington Examiner and others. 

Problem is, the U.S. National editor of the Financial Times, Edward Luce, said this morning, “I’ve been racking my brain, as have my colleagues at the Financial Times, about this contention, and I can’t find it. I don’t know if he’s done the same thing with the Economist and the Washington Examiner, but he seems like he plucked those names out of thin air.”

And, then this.

Economist/YouGov survey

As reported by the NY Post (and many other sources):

GOP Presidents Lincoln (l) and Trump (r)

“A majority of Republicans ranked Donald Trump over Civil War hero Abraham Lincoln when asked which was the better president, according to a poll — a result that Trump seized on as an argument against impeachment.

“‘And the Do Nothing Democrats want to impeach President Trump?’ he tweeted over a link to a news story about the stunning results, which found that 53% of GOP voters prefer Trump, while 47% favor Honest Abe.

“The Economist/YouGov survey of 1,500 adults asked Democrats, Republicans and independents to compare Trump to seven other GOP presidents, including Lincoln, Richard Nixon and both George Bushes.

“Although every one of them — even the widely despised Nixon, who resigned his office in disgrace — beat Trump among all voters, Republicans named Trump their favorite by a wide margin in every matchup — with only one exception, according to the poll released Friday.

“Ronald Reagan remains Republicans’ most beloved president, beating Trump by 59% to 41% in terms of favorability.”

You can’t make this up (and believe me, I try)

Or, to paraphrase Ricky Ricardo’s enduring admonishment to Lucy, “Republicans, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!”

Guess I’ll just write travel articles from now on.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

3 thoughts on “Impeachment? Never mind!

  1. Not long after I posted “Impeachment? Never mind!, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post basically suggested that point of view was wrong when she wrote: “(Sen) Kennedy is not alone in his obfuscation, but he is one of the most egregious examples. Frankly, it is for this reason — the need to set the public straight and to make a historical record — to proceed with impeachment.” I can’t wait to read what she says about the great Lincoln/Trump “who is greater” debate!

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