Barack Obama, like Bill Clinton before him, has been blessed with enemies so loathsome that it’s a major challenge not to take his side against them, even though his policies are often not that far (or any different) from theirs.

And of all Obama’s loathsome enemies, certainly the loathsomest of all is Donald Trump. So it’s both highly gratifying, and a big loss for the president, that this brutal honking clown has evidently dropped from first place in the hearts (if any) of Republicans to a tie for fifth place—a sudden 18-point plunge from 26% to 8%.

So who will take his place as dog in the unending dog-and-pony show that is America’s two-party politics (Obama being the current pony)? Sarah Palin will certainly do; but she has plenty of stiff competition, which is all good for the president. (Or so it will appear, unless/until the GOP can steal it for their guy, as usual.)


Trump Collapses In Republican Primary PollEmily Swanson

Donald Trump’s brief flirtation with the lead in Republican primary polls may be over, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The survey, conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found Trump garnering only 8 percent of potential Republican primary voters, down from 26 percent who said they would support him if he ran in PPP’s previous survey. That plunge in support was enough to drop him from a solid first place to a tie for fifth place.

As recently as last week, a CNN poll conducted April 29-May 1 found Trump vying for the lead in the Republican primary with 14 percent to Mike Huckabee’s 16 percent. So far, Republican primary surveys have shown that no frontrunner has emerged in the race, which means that candidate rankings in those surveys can be particularly volatile.

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