We keep seeing over and OVER how Republican lawmakers working in Congress struggle and squirm after their party leader, the President of the United States says something stupid, misleading or plain wrong….
They KNOW the guy is a functioning racist, uninformed and ego matic knucklehead….
But they are sacred of his supporters voting them out of office come November and they are even more scared of just plain removing a sitting President…
That does NOT apply to Charlie Baker up in Massachusetts ….
Being the GOP Governor in a Blue state that did NOT vote for Donald Trump last November…Baker has made known his oppostion to several of Trump’s views and action while quietly embracing some others that work for HIS state…
Donald Trump got crushed by Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts. And after his first year in office, polls show the president is now even less popular here.
Trump’s rock-bottom ratings should be dragging Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to defeat in 2018. Instead, the opposite is occurring. Baker is not only more popular than any other politician in solidly Democratic Massachusetts, he’s the most popular governor in the nation.
His defiance of the laws of political gravity is proving maddening to opponents who once viewed him as a certain one-termer. And it offers a ray of hope to the handful of other Republican governors facing blue-state electorates in November with the prospect of an unpopular president in the background.
“Charlie Baker is the Flying Wallendas of Massachusetts politics,” said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, referencing the famed stunt performers who execute daring high-wire acts without a safety net. “None of the Democrats running against him right now can beat him.”
Baker’s unique talent has been his ability to get as much distance as possible from Trump without thoroughly disowning him and alienating his own party. He works with Trump when necessary, but more frequently speaks out against his policies.
Baker was a vocal opponent to the Republican health care plan, which was poised to deliver a serious blow to funding for the state’s health care structure. He’s also spoken out against the travel ban and Trump’s immigration policy…..
A second Republican Governor that fits the same pattern is Maryland’s Larry Hogan….
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) remains broadly popular at the start of his fourth year in office and holds commanding leads over the three top Democrats vying to challenge him in November, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.
Hogan’s goal to be the first GOP governor to win re-election in Maryland in more than 60 years grew more complicated in November, when his fellow Republican won his surprise victory in the presidential election.
Republicans across the country are trying to strike the right tone in response to the president’s actions, but the political climate in deep-blue Maryland creates a particular peril for its governor.
Hogan is popular here. Trump is not.
The governor’s approval ratings have consistently topped 70 percent. Trump captured less than 34 percent of the state’s vote in November.
As the new president’s policies draw protests, Hogan has resisted pressure to engage on any national issues that could alienate either his crossover Democratic supporters or his Republican base….