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Poor Donald Trump just doesn't get the respect and love he deserves, which is why he lashes out like a big baby. Which, of course, most sane people don't like, but really impresses some of the other tots. Get ready for Trump to have a nice hissy over new polling in which he comes in fourth on the question, "Which president has done the best job during your lifetime?" He came in behind two Democrats and a dead guy.


Respondents to the Pew Research Center survey gave the top spot to Barack Obama, with 44 percent picking him first or second. Bill Clinton came in second (33 percent), then Ronald Reagan (32 percent). Not only was Trump fourth -- he was a distant fourth, with just 19 percent picking him as their first or second fave.

When broken down by generation, Trump fared no better. Millennials (defined by the poll as ages 22 to 37) overwhelmingly approve of Obama (62 percent), with Clinton second and Trump third, because Reagan wasn't president during most of their lifetimes. Gen-Xers (ages 38 to 53) tended to like Reagan most (53 percent), with Obama and Clinton next, and Trump again last. Folks over 55 also chose Reagan, because we're idiots. Among Trump's almost-peers, those 73 and over (fine, Trump's technically a Boomer at 72), Reagan is again on top, although JFK took second place, with Obama third and Trump in fourth again, poor guy. (What is Roosevelt, chopped liver? You are being idiots like my bosses in Gen X.)

At least perhaps Trump can take some solace from the fact that across generations, he's considered better than either of the George Bushes. That's about it, though. Boy, people dislike those guys! He'll probably be prancing up and down the aisles of Air Force One, showing a closely cropped version of the charts to reporters and shouting "Look, nobody misses them!"

The results by party aren't surprising, either; while Republicans still think much more highly of Reagan (57 percent), Trump at least came in second favorite (40 percent), because the other options were either the two Bushes or icky Democrats. Among Democrats, Obama was the big star, with 71 percent calling him best, and of course Clinton second at 49 percent. Trump could play his second-favorite status with Republicans as only natural, since who could top Reagan, but he's Trump, so if he's asked about it, expect him to find something nasty to say about the Gipper. They knew Trump was a snake when they let him in.

Vox's summary of the survey ends on a pleasantly passive-aggressive note about how opinions change over time:

But there's also hope for Trump: Only 20 percent of respondents thought Obama was the best or second-best president when Pew conducted a similar survey in 2011, during Obama's first term. So Trump still has some time to dismantle Obama's legacy here, too.

We bet once Trump bans abortion, rescinds marriage equality, and clamps down on the free press, his numbers will go through the roof. Especially once all polling must be approved by the Republican National Committee.

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[Vox / Pew Research Center]

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The producers of your favorite live-action Jack Chick pamphlet, "God's Not Dead" -- you know, the one where the Hercules dude plays an evil philosophy professor who tells all of his students on the first day that they are no longer allowed to believe in god? As all secular professors do? -- have come out with a thrilling new movie, all about how abortion is bad or whatever.

The movie tells the "true" story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic worker turned professional anti-choicer. Johnson has been a darling of the forced birth circuit ever since she made up ridiculous and provably false reasons for quitting the Planned Parenthood that was about to fire her for being bad at her job.

Basically, she claims that Planned Parenthood was pushing her to make more abortions happen so they could reel in more dough, and also that she witnessed (for the first time ever!) an ultrasound-guided abortion and saw the baby move from the light and then immediately realized that what she was doing was wrong.

The thing is, however -- no ultrasound-guided abortions were performed on the day she said it happened, and the only reason there was an uptick in abortions at her clinic was because they started offering the abortion pill on a daily basis (and had previously only been performing surgical abortions every other Saturday).

As you may have guessed, the movie does not address any of these things. It also looks very, very bad.

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Ever since Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery for lung cancer, conservative sites and message boards have been trafficking in a ridiculous theory that she is actually dead and that there is some kind of Weekend at Bernie's-esque conspiracy to pretend she is still alive.

Now, one would think that her recent public appearance at a concert held in her honor would have put this to rest. Alas, it did not. Rather, the "researchers" (as they hilariously call themselves) determined that the concert was actually her funeral.

No. Really. That was a thing.

I admit that I gave this a lot more thought than I should have. Like, how did they think this would go? How long did they imagine this would go on for? Why would they risk having a full on funeral concert, open to the press? Wouldn't they just have not bothered to have a funeral at all? And what did these people think was going to happen when it was announced that she died for real? Or did they think that we were going to pretend that she is immortal and thus never announce her death? It's so confusing!

Being very up to date on the "RBG is secretly dead!" nonsense, I was very curious about which way the "anons" would go with this when they announced her return to work on Friday. They did not disappoint!

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