But what of making a splash and endearing himself to Donald Trump’s faithful? Sorry. Hawley now finds himself in the unenviable position of being even less popular among all voters than the universally loathed Mitch McConnell, according to new Axios/Ipsos polling released Thursday. When asked if they approved of Hawley’s recent behavior, just 24% of respondents said they did while 68% disapproved of it—a half dozen points further under water than McConnell (28%-66%). Worse yet, Hawley’s even several points underwater among Republicans, 46%-49%.
On the other hand, Vice President Mike Pence—who defied Trump when he certified the election—notched a 74% approval among Republicans for his recent actions, with only 25% disapproving.
It’s not every day that craven political opportunists suffer for being craven political opportunists. This appears to be a satisfying exception to the rule.