Barack Obama was completely blindsided.
The former President thought all the pieces were in place to exact his revenge on Donald Trump.
But Barack Obama turned into a quivering mess when this bad news rolled in.
Polling companies and their media partners are gearing up for the 2020 election by testing the standard election questions.
In addition to President Trump’s job approval numbers and how Trump fares in head-to-head horse race matchups with various Democrats, one staple poll question is asking Americans if they feel confident the President will be re-elected.
According to a new CNN poll, 54 percent of adults believe President Trump will be re-elected.
That is a 13 point swing from December 2018 when just 41 percent predicted President Trump would emerge victorious in 2016.
The outlook for President Trump was also brighter than for Barack Obama at a similar point in their presidencies.
In May 2011 – after the killing of Osama bin Laden – 50 percent of American adults reported believing Obama would vanquish the eventual Republican nominee.
President Trump’s improved numbers is owed to Democrats losing faith that their nominee can defeat Trump.
In December, 81 percent of adults that disapproved of Trump believed he would lose in 2020.
Fast forward nearly six months later that number plunged to 67 percent of adults that disapprove of Trump predicting his defeat.
That number should serve as a warning to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden sits atop the Democrat primary polls and many pundits believe Biden stands a strong chance of defeating President Trump.
But there appears to be little energy behind his candidacy and a declining belief he actually poses a threat to the President.
One problem Biden had so far in the early days of his campaign is a lack of campaign events and small crowds.
Some critics – as well as President Trump – suspect that Biden no longer has the energy to maintain a vigorous campaign schedule.
And the small crowds Biden draws are reminiscent of the tiny gatherings Hillary Clinton would stage during her doomed 2016 campaign.
Donald Trump ripped Biden for his small crowds – as well as the growing plagiarism scandal enveloping his campaign – on social media.
“Plagiarism charge against Sleepy Joe Biden on his ridiculous Climate Change Plan is a big problem, but the Corrupt Media will save him. His other problem is that he is drawing flies, not people, to his Rallies. Nobody is showing up, I mean nobody. You can’t win without people!” the President tweeted.
Joe Biden may be a paper tiger.
Some political pundits believe he is closer to a Democrat version of Mitt Romney in that he is seen by the party establishment as the safe and “electable” candidate.
However, like Romney Biden does not appear to inspire enthusiasm from the party base.
The early horse race poll put Biden in a strong position, but when directly asked who they think will win a majority of Americans say, Donald Trump.
And that would mean in two successive elections Donald Trump defeated Barack Obama’s handpicked successors.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.