Are Democrat incumbents in trouble? While a pro-Democratic Party poll conducted by James Carville and Stan Greenberg's Democracy Corps says no, Kevin Drum says otherwise at the liberal Mother Jones, Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard said Friday.
Although the GOP brand has taken a beating thanks largely to constant propaganda and false reporting from liberal networks, Drum said that when one looks at approval/disapproval of actual members of Congress, "the picture turns sharply."
"In Democratic districts, net incumbent approval has plummeted by 11 points, from +8 approval to +3 disapproval. In Republican districts, incumbent approval has gone down only 4 points. You see the same results when they ask a question about warmth of feeling toward incumbents: It's down 7 points in Republican districts and 9 points in Democratic districts," he said.
"This isn't good news for Democrats," he added.
Drum said that attitudes toward the GOP have "taken a bigger hit" than attitudes toward Democrats but, he added, "attitudes toward actual incumbents are exactly the opposite. And in elections, that's what matters."
He also said one slide shows voters in GOP districts "are more eager for their representatives to work with President Obama than voters in Democratic districts."
"I have no idea what to make of this," he said. "In fact, it's so strange that it makes me wonder if there's something wrong with this poll."
The poll was conducted just two days after the partial government shutdown ended. Since then, voters realized the administration lied when it said Americans could keep their insurance if they like it, and voters also learned that Senate Democrats unanimously voted against a GOP resolution that would have let Americans keep their insurance. Moreover, they learned that Democrats have known for years that Obama's healthcare promises weren't true.
Now, some of those same Democrats are engaging in election-year spin and damage control, trying to stave off an electoral defeat.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for example, says she will propose legislation to ensure Americans can keep their current insurance even if it may not comply with Obamacare, even though she voted against a similar GOP measure in 2010.
The massive failure of the Obamacare website, the ongoing lies put out by Obama and his allies in the Democratic Party and the prospect that some 93 million Americans will lose their coverage, has hurt the president and his party, and was not likely factored into the poll.
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