Authored by Conrad Black, op-ed via The Epoch Times,
The only way to make any sense of the fierce crosscurrents sweeping over American political life now is to watch two trends that are only slightly connected.
First is the continuing great national sense of relief that the chaos and pandemonium of the Trump era is over.
There are not nightly cascades of provocative and frequently outrageous tweets and the days are not filled with confrontations in which the presidents enemies assault him like picadors, and he rises to every challenge like a compulsive single combat warrior.
To Trumps scores of millions of admirers, he was merely returning fire from those who attacked him unfairly. To Trumps enemies, his opponents were only doing their duty to assist in retarding the progress and hastening the departure of the Great Ogre.
To the independent voters, a beleaguered minority in the Trump era, it was Trumps America, regardless of blame, and to the majority of Americans, the indignity inflicted upon the presidency and the strain of the constant din of needless and often witless combat became insufferable and had to end, whatever the policy consequences.
At its most acidulous, this was the Trump-hate vote, more benignly, it was the Trump-abatement vote. But the majority of people, including probably a majority of Trump voters, didnt like it and simply could not stand the tumult of the Trump presidency.
Even thoughtful Americans who do not have confidence in Joe Biden and dont approve of most of what he is doing, are still deeply grateful to be relieved of the nerve-racking cacophony of the Trump presidency.
This is what is chiefly supporting the Biden honeymoon 100 days into his presidency. Most of the polls remain politicized, inaccurate, and largely unprofessional, as they were in the late presidential election of ineradicable and horrifying memory (and result).
But the average of them seems to give this president approximately a 53 percent approval rating to about 42 percent negative. This is a solid and respectable result and a better showing than President Trump had any point in his term.
Though given that he was the subject of a completely unprecedented consistency and intensity of media and celebrity assault, his performance in the almost uniformly nasty and stacked polls entitles him to a special achievement award for carrying nearly 48 percent of the vote and probably forcing the Democrats to steal the Electoral College with harvested ballots in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and for producing so taut a political crisis that the Supreme Court ducked it (in the Texas challenge supported by 18 other states), assumedly under the mistaken assumption that that would spare them the threatened effort to pack the high court.
This total, the anti-Trump share of the honeymoon approval rate, as in all presidential honeymoons, is slowly declining. But it is also more vulnerable than other presidential honeymoon poll results, because it is not really based on any enthusiasm for Biden, but rather on the passage of something that has gone and is not threatening to return imminently.
The last time we saw anything of this kind was in the first year of President Nixon as the antiwar and race riots of the late Lyndon Johnson era faded, and in the Ford and early Carter years, when there was no longer any reason to think of Watergate.
The second indicator of political opinion is the independent policy areas where the new administrations performance is measured. Here, the sands are running out in the hour-clock for the Biden administrations attempt to smoke far-left legislation through on the threadbare flying carpet of anti-Trumpism.
The vulnerability of President Bidens position is underscored by the fact that apart from his handling of the coronavirus and related problems, the majority disapprove of his performance in all other areas, most markedly the southern border and immigration, but also including the economy, foreign policy, and law and order and public security.