It’s a sign of the times about just how far south Donald Trump has tumbled since he became the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president in May, when a former Republican U.S. Senator Wednesday dumped the Donald for Hillary Clinton.
But that’s exactly what happened today when one-time South Dakota U.S. Senator Larry Pressler made his case for switching to Mrs. Clinton’s team, saying, “We need more gun control.”
The South Dakota Republican appears to be one of many who are ready to dump the Donald for Hillary, backing up results of a new Bloomberg Poll Wednesday showing the former Secretary of State opening up a double digit lead [12 points] over the Big Apple billionaire.
In a poll of all polls posted at Real Clear Politics, Hillary Clinton now enjoys a 5.5 point lead [44.1 to 38.6] over Donald Trump, whose doubling down on comments about Mexican-heritage judges and banning all Muslims from entering the United States are causing Republican supporters to pull out their Rosary beads as his unfavorable rating hit new highs.
Adding to Trump’s troubles, seven in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of the Donald, according to the results of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll out Wednesday. For Republicans, poll results showed Trump’s favorability numbers dipped 12 points from a net positive 43 points in May (71 percent to 28 percent) to 31 points this time (65 percent to 34 percent). Hillary Clinton’s favorability dropped slightly among Democrats, down a net of six points from May (77 percent to 21 percent) to June’s figures (75 percent to 25 percent).
Further fodder of troubles ahead for the Donald comes in the debut of Politico’s Battleground States polling average. In it, Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump in the 11 pivotal states, including all-ways pivotal Ohio, likely to determine the outcome of this year’s presidential election.
Politico: “Ohio (18 electoral votes), Clinton +3: Clinton enjoys a modest advantage here, with four of the five polls, which go back to early March, showing her ahead.”
Hidden under all the polling is a crucial ground game statistic that bodes ill for Donald Trump. Jeff Roe, the former campaign manager of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, told Politico that Mr. Trump’s “lack of a first-rate ground operation could cost him as much as 2.5 to 5.5 percentage points in the general election against Mrs. Clinton,” The Washington Times reported today.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who addresses the 72nd annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner today, has refused to come out for the Donald. Kasich’s concern is that the businessman folk hero hasn’t undertaken the makeover of tone and temperament that can bring the lame-duck governor to endorse the boisterous and bombastic candidate who beat him badly in the field of state GOP primaries. Gov. Kasich could only win one state, Ohio, out of 50 even though he was the last of 16 Trump challengers to drop out in early May.
Ohio’s governor offered a classic Kasich take on hot-button issue. In the wake of last Sunday morning’s horrific loss of life in Orlando, Florida, where 50 innocents were killed by a lone gunman who injured more than 50 others, the 64-year old chief executive of the most important battleground state, said he was sad for the family members of those killed in a gay nightclub, but said nothing about a new ban on assault weapons he once supported in the 1990s, during his 18 years in Congress, according to The Toledo Blade.
There’s little doubt that Gov. Kasich is afraid of taking on the National Rifle Association. Otherwise, the man who on occasion prides himself on driving in his own lane by bucking some in his political party, would stand up for commonsense solutions to an all-too common problem in America. But by not bucking the one-way traffic in his party that worships at the gun lobby’s alter, Gov.Kasich isn’t the leader he claims to be by any reasonable measure.