Vitter: GOP Senators are “scared to death” of Obama and his polling numbers

posted at 3:30 pm on February 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

A quickie from this morning’s chat with Laura Ingraham courtesy of her producer, Tom Elliott. The observation’s unremarkable — the boss mocks the, er, “B.O. Republicans” several times a day — but it’s unusual to hear them called out this way by one of their own. Here’s the roll on Holder’s confirmation, to which Vitter refers. Maverick voted yes, but is it true that he’s “scared to death” of Obama? If so, why’s his PAC sending me e-mails like this with a link to this petition?

Yesterday, the Senate began debate on an economic stimulus package that is intended to get our economy back on track and help Americans who are suffering through these difficult times. Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy.

The One’s approval rating is still a robust 64 percent, down from a high of 83 during the transition, but he’s bound to take a (small) hit over today’s Daschle/Killefer fiasco. Does that mean more leverage for the GOP in stimulus negotiations? Thanks, tax cheaters!

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Polls = fail

Let’s try actual leadership from our “leaders” in Congress.

Mojave Mark on February 3, 2009 at 6:23 PM

If they tie their fate to Obama, they may sink like a rock.

Here are some other numbers from Rasmussen:

Following the unanimous Republican opposition to the economic stimulus bill proposed by and House Democrats, the GOP has narrowed the gap this week on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys found that the Democrats’ lead is down to four percentage points–42% of voters said they would vote for their district’s Democratic candidate while 38% said they would choose the Republican (see crosstabs).

A week ago, the Democrats enjoyed a seven-point lead.

The Dem support stayed the same, while the R support went up.

The interesting part is in the numbers of those Indies:

Voters not affiliated with either party favor the GOP by a 36% to 26% margin, while 28% are not sure.

INC on February 3, 2009 at 6:38 PM

You bloggers ought to play rough.

Headline should read: Obama approval rating hits historic low

jeff_from_mpls on February 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM

“scared to death of Barry’s poll numbers”???!!!



Good gawd, what cowards.

ex-Democrat on February 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Don’t forget the first Bush’s ratings were so high in 91 that many top Dems didn’t bother trying to win the primary since they figured he was unbeatable.

Dave_d on February 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM

LOL, what a headline!! Does Odrama look like Homer Simpson to anyone else?

DanaSmiles on February 3, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Crying out for real leadership from the GOP and only hearing my own words echo back at me. Most of them are cowering in a corner of their plush offices, soiling themselves at the thought of having to make any decision that might offend the MSM. Hope they are wearing their odor-control Depends.

SKYFOX on February 4, 2009 at 5:09 AM

Stop crying, you crybabies! You were elected into office to represent your constituents, not to fawn all over The One. You were elected to oppose him and his policies if they are bad – and so far, his have all been bad. It’s what you were elected for. Sheesh.

This love-fest is disgusting.

ladyingray on February 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Wish the GO-bama-P would stop legislating based on what they “think” the “majority” of Americana want (read: skewed polling) and start governing based on what true conservatives want. I mean, jeez, you would think these namby-pamby girly men would have learned their lesson by now. Start governing toward 2012 already and stop worrying about Obambi. He’s doing enough all by himself to lower his numbers.

Huckabye-Romney on February 4, 2009 at 1:18 PM

“Never give in except to conviction of honour and good sense. Never yield to force, never yield to the APPARENTLY OVERWHELMING MIGHT OF THE ENEMY.”

Winston Churchill

technopeasant on February 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM