The winning just won’t stop for Donald Trump, this past week or so. The impeachment farce ended in exactly the sort of humiliation for the Democrats that almost everyone could see steamrolling down from a mile away. Trump’s State of the Union was a triumphant celebration of resurgent American greatness and even Nancy Pelosi’s petulant speech-ripping blew back horribly on the Democrats.

Trump doubled down on his winning streak by embarking on the sort of Washington swamp-draining he has long promised: clearing the White House of the sort of Deep State snakes whose incessant leaking and disloyalty have so troubled his first term.

Even better for Trump, new polling numbers are sure to have him grinning all the way to November.

The great, big, golden ball of Win just keeps on a-rollin’.

A Gallup poll released on Tuesday found that Trump had received the highest economic approval rating of any president in the last 20 years.

The survey showed Trump receiving a 63% approval rating among respondents for his handling of the American economy, a six-point boost from the last poll released in November.

It’s the highest economic approval figure since the immediate aftermath of 9/11 when George W. Bush was president[…]By comparison, President Obama saw support for his stewardship of the economy top out at 59% in February 2009, the first month of his presidency and the height of the Great Recession, according to Gallup.

Other numbers are also all trending in Trump’s favour.

New Gallup polls released this week on President Donald Trump, the financial standings of U.S. citizens, and people’s overall moods about their personal lives all point in a positive direction for the president as he seeks re-election.

“President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has risen to 49%, his highest in Gallup polling since he took office in 2017,” Gallup reported on Tuesday. “His 94% approval rating among Republicans is up six percentage points from early January and is three points higher than his previous best among his fellow partisans. The 42% approval rating among independents is up five points, and ties three other polls as his best among that group.”

What’s more significant is that the Republican party’s standing is improving. Even Trump supporters have long been disgruntled with the “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only) and “Never Trumpers”, who have continually opposed and undermined the president. Impeachment unified the party (at least temporarily) and the results are showing.

Gallup further noted that the Republican Party’s image has dramatically increased while the Democrat Party’s image has slightly decreased.

“Now, 51% of Americans view the Republican Party favorably, up from 43% in September. It is the first time GOP favorability has exceeded 50% since 2005,” Gallup continued. Meanwhile, 45% of Americans have a positive opinion of the Democratic Party, a slight dip from 48% in September. Additionally, the poll finds 48% of Americans identifying as Republicans or leaning toward that party, compared with 44% Democratic identification or leaning.”

As statistician Josh Jordan notes:

“Gallup – Presidential job approval at this point in the first term: Carter 58. Reagan 55. HW Bush 47. Clinton 52. W Bush 49. Obama 45. Trump 49. Trump is now ahead of Obama, tied with W and only 3 behind Clinton with 9 months to go until the election. And all three won reelection.”

More importantly, Americans are feeling good about themselves.

On Thursday, a separate Gallup poll revealed that a historic 90% of Americans were “satisfied” with their personal lives and 65% are “very satisfied” with their personal lives.

“Nine in 10 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their personal life, a new high in Gallup’s four-decade trend,” Gallup reported. “The 65% of U.S. adults who are currently ‘very satisfied’ marks a new high in the two-decade trend.”

This is a huge benefit to the incumbent in an election. The adage that people don’t vote governments in, they vote them out is not always true (Trump himself, for example, was most definitely voted in), and applies less since American presidents are limited to two terms, but it will surely matter in 2020. America is feeling optimistic, despite the media narrative about “division”, and the Democrats are unable to turn up a candidate with anything remotely resembling broad appeal.

Longtime Democratic Party strategist James Carville groans, “They’ve tacked off the damn radar screen. And look, I don’t consider myself a moderate or a centrist. I’m a liberal”.

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