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Initial polling positive in quest to remove Reid

I can scarcely think of any better news come November than to learn that Harry Reid is no longer a U.S. Senator. Initial polling by Rasmussen from Nevada in encouraging.

Sharron Angle, following her come-from-behind Republican Primary win Tuesday, has bounced to an 11-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada's closely-watched U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada, taken Wednesday night, shows Angle earning 50% support while Reid picks up 39% of the vote. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

I think more significant than the large leads is Reid polling at 39%. Candidates polling in the 30's historically have a horrible time getting elected. These results are, as expected, more an indication of how unpopular Reid as opposed to excitement over Angle.

Additionally, fears that the tea party might fracture support for a Republican candidate in Nevada would appear to be unfounded or wishful thinking, depending on your point of view.

Despite their hotly-contested primary, Republicans already appear to be solidifying behind Angle who now earns 88% support among voters in her party. Reid draws 68% support from Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party prefer Angle by 10 points.
Those numbers paint an ugly picture for Reid. Angle has far greater support from her party and is winning with independents.

May these trends continue through November.


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Daschle and now Reid. It l... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Daschle and now Reid. It looks like "Democrat Senate Majority Leader" might have to be added to the endangered species list.

The next time the Dems take control of the Senate (or if they keep it this November sans Reid) they'll probably start drawing staws to see who had to sacrifice their political careers to hold that position.

Well, we'll see how Angle's... (Below threshold)

Well, we'll see how Angle's anti-fluoride, anti-Social Security, anti-alcohol, pro-Scientology-drug-treatment stances work in a general. : )

You know what, tho? If he w... (Below threshold)

You know what, tho? If he were to fail for re-election, there aren't many progressives or liberals who'd miss him. Like many establishment Dems, he's been lukewarm at best to progressive initiatives. Somehow they seem to think that disappointing the base is a good way to get re-elected.

Mr. X,I appreciate... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. X,

I appreciate the "disappointing the base" comment. That's the type of inanity that I look for in troll comments. Makes my day!

What's sad is that 39% of t... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

What's sad is that 39% of the polled sample are so unfathomably stupid as to support Reid.

I appreciate the "disapp... (Below threshold)

I appreciate the "disappointing the base" comment.

I appreciate the inanity that you seem to think it's inaccurate. :) That's hilarious, actually.

Please keep the personal at... (Below threshold)

Please keep the personal attacks out of the comments. Thanks.

jim x "Well, we'll see ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

jim x "Well, we'll see how Angle's anti-fluoride, anti-Social Security, anti-alcohol, pro-Scientology-drug-treatment stances work in a general. : )"

About as well as Kucinich's "I wanna Peace Department," BS, which is to say meaningless.

Reid is toasty toast.

"You know what, tho? If he were to fail for re-election, there aren't many progressives or liberals who'd miss him. Like many establishment Dems, he's been lukewarm at best to progressive initiatives. Somehow they seem to think that disappointing the base is a good way to get re-elected."

Well then, I guess that will be true for Pelosi also when her turn comes up and based on her "reception" at a progressive shindig.

What, you missed that? You didn't see the "oh... soooo tolerant" left/progressives shout over her and throw things her way to point of security attempting to pull her off the stage?

You know, Republicans had n... (Below threshold)

You know, Republicans had no problems with Harry Reid before a black man was elected president...

(Ha! Beat you to it, retired military!)

J.

Mr. X,I guess that... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. X,

I guess that you are right. If Sen. Reid had been a little more liberal, he wouldn't be having election issues. In your mind, Blanche Lincoln lost to a lefty in her primary because she wasn't sufficiently liberal for her base. Oops, never mind about Blanche Lincoln losing to someone more liberal.

Jay TeaI was just ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Jay Tea

I was just looking to see I hd replied to this thread yet.

SER,Funny you shou... (Below threshold)

SER,

Funny you should mention it. It's historically tough to unseat incumbents - but Blanche Lincoln was forced into a runoff by Bill Halter and very nearly dethroned for not being progressive enough. It took her taking an uncommonly tough stance on financial reform, and both Obama and Clinton cutting ads directly for her support.

So yes, she lost to someone more liberal - but the race definitely forced here to *be* more liberal in order to win.

# 8, you're actually making... (Below threshold)

# 8, you're actually making my point for me. If Pelosi is angering her base, it's going to make it harder for her to get re-elected too.

These days being "anti-fluo... (Below threshold)

These days being "anti-fluoride" is actually more likely to be a sign of far-left progressive views, so I don't know why jimx has a problem with it.

I can scarcely think of ... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

I can scarcely think of any better news come November than to learn that Harry Reid is no longer a U.S. Senator.

Work on it. How about: both houses of Congress taken over by real fiscal conservatives, so strong that they have the votes to pass anything they want, and the coward Barry Lackwit hasn't got the guts to oppose them.

Mr.X,So, Blanche h... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr.X,

So, Blanche had to be "more liberal" in order to win her primary - that means that she will be a cinch to win the general. According to your logic, Sen. Reid needs to go wayyyyyyyyyyyy to the left to win his general election. Could you tell all of the Democrats to do that? I would thank you. We'll see how your logic works for Sen. Lincoln.

I think Reid is very happy ... (Below threshold)
rightsaidfred:

I think Reid is very happy about getting to face an extremist like Angle.

Angle's views:she ... (Below threshold)
rightsaidfred:

Angle's views:

she wants to do away with the Department of Education

She supports phasing out Social Security in favor of a privatized retirement system.

She is for repealing offshore drilling regulations.

She supports an inmate rehabilitation program devised by L. Ron Hubbard

and my personal favorite, She beleives alcohol should be illegal.

looking good for Reid.

right/fred,I would... (Below threshold)
SER:

right/fred,

I would like to do away with the Department of Education. Has public education in this country improved or worsened since it was created?

I wouldn't worry about the Social Security privatization thing. It is going to happen eventually - we can't afford it and it is "going broke."

BTW, does she "beleive" in spell check?

# AKMC - being anti-fluouri... (Below threshold)

# AKMC - being anti-fluouride isn't something that me and all my Leftist pals like to chat about, over here at the Streisand compound...

Seriously, the only people I've ever know who were really into that were conservatives, and in particular John Birchers.

But hey - maybe Nevada has an unknown contingent of anti-fluoride liberals who'll now vote for Angle. Stranger things have happened. I think.

So, Blanche had to be "m... (Below threshold)

So, Blanche had to be "more liberal" in order to win her primary - that means that she will be a cinch to win the general.

I don't know if she's a cinch or not, haven't seen the polls. But I guarantee you that she will run more progressive than she's legislated up til now. I think she knows that if she doesn't, her base won't show up and she just might lose to the GOP.

If the base believed in her, then she could do what all politicians of both parties do post-primary - tack back to a centrist appearance. A trusting base can see the tacking to center as something the politician "has to" do.

But she doesn't have that base. So it comes down to a matter of math - does she have more votes to gain from tacking back again to the center, than she'll lose from the party's base?

Seriously, the ... (Below threshold)
Seriously, the only people I've ever know who were really into that were conservatives, and in particular John Birchers.
Then you've been living in a cave the last several years.
<a href="http://en.wikipedi... (Below threshold)

More on proggy anti-fluoride morons. I'm pretty sure the members of the EPA's headquarters union aren't Birchers.

BTW, does she "beleive" in ... (Below threshold)
rightsaidfred:

BTW, does she "beleive" in spell check?
---
I always find pointing out a typo a little sad. It usually reflects a person unable to make a coherent argument, against the logic of a post.

Seriously, th... (Below threshold)
rightsaidfred:
Seriously, the only people I've ever know who were really into that were conservatives, and in particular John Birchers.

Then you've been living in a cave the last several years.

He should have written the only people I know that conservative are John Birchers and the guys at wizbang.

The birchers have nothing t... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

The birchers have nothing to do with the subject
of flouride.

Here's one study by Cornell on the subject.
http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/bone/fluorosis/osteomalacia.html

right/fred,I misse... (Below threshold)
SER:

right/fred,

I missed your argument against my points. Did Mr. Tea delete them? Were they too logical? Now, that is sad.

I am guessing that you were a product of an education system promoted by the aforementioned Department of Education.

He stinks but he keeps on r... (Below threshold)
914:

He stinks but he keeps on runnin? He must have no clue, just like Barry.

I don't know if she's... (Below threshold)
John S:

I don't know if she's a cinch or not, haven't seen the polls...

Won't matter. She'll get the anybody-but-Reid vote. Should be enough even with Acorn's vote fraud. The next Congress will be fun to watch -- especially the House. We're going to have about 100 new members. Half of those will never have been a representative at all. (They ran for Congress because McDonalds only offered them $7.25.) These 100 will not be owned by the 45,000 registered lobbyists and be there to basically shut down Washington. I hope the first thing they do is turn their attention to formers members of Congress: start with a lifetime ban on lobbying, cut them off from their multimillion dollar pensions, and make them collect 27 weeks of unemployment. Followed by destitution.

Should be enough even wi... (Below threshold)

Should be enough even with Acorn's vote fraud.

Sigh.

You do realize that there is not one fraudulent vote actually cast that ACORN is considered guilty of? If I'm wrong please show me where, but I'm pretty sure that's the case.

ACORN's registering tons of voters. Some of those doing the registering are doing it as a temp job, and don't care if someone signs up do it as "MIckey Mouse". So? ***That "Mickey Mouse" person won't be on the voter rolls for the area, so he doesn't get to cast a vote****.

Unless he's voting in Disneyland and he actually IS on the rolls because he IS Mickey Mouse.

As for the lifetime ban on ... (Below threshold)

As for the lifetime ban on lobbying, I agree with you. I'd also like to see a lifetime ban on going to work for companies that they'll be writing legislation for, after they leave office.

If new Republican congress members cause anything close to this to happen, then kudos - they will have actually lived up to their duties. However I don't expect this from either party. Money is power, so I have to settle for putting people in power who will at least wield it in ways I think are intelligent.

Campaign finance reform could help this problem, but we all know where that went. Thanks SCOTUS...




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