Harry Reid’s new favorability at -19

posted at 11:45 am on January 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When an incumbent drops below 50% job approval or favorability, his likelihood of re-election begins to dim.  Harry Reid intends on giving us a demonstration of how that works in 201o.  A new Mason-Dixon poll has a bare 33% of Nevada voters giving Reid a favorable rating, while 52% view him unfavorably.  He loses in head-to-head matchups against both major Republican candidates vying in the primary by comfortable margins, as well as a third candidate of whom almost half of Nevadans have never heard (via Instapundit):

According to the survey:

• 52 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Reid, 33 percent had a favorable view and another 15 percent said they’re neutral. In early December, a Mason-Dixon poll put his unfavorable-favorable rating at 49-38. The lowest Reid’s popularity had slipped before in the surveys was 50 percent — in October, August and May of 2009, when Mason-Dixon started tracking the senate race for the Review-Journal.

The poll also took a snapshot of how Reid would do against three potential GOP opponents. In each case — as in past Review-Journal surveys — it showed the senator would lose with only four in 10 voters supporting him. The potential match-ups would look like this:

• Sue Lowden, former Nevada Republican Party chairwoman, would get 50 percent of the vote to Reid’s 40 percent with 10 percent undecided.

• Danny Tarkanian, a businessman and former UNLV basketball star, would gain 49 percent of the vote to Reid’s 41 percent.

• And Sharron Angle, a former Reno assemblywoman, would get 45 percent of the vote to Reid’s 40 percent, a strong showing given her low name recognition statewide — 42 percent don’t know her.

Basically, one could run any Republican against Reid, and he couldn’t get more than 41% of the vote.    That’s a sign that someone has outlived his mandate.  And normally, a politician facing these kind of numbers would take the hint and find a lobbying job, but not Reid:

In response, Reid told the Review-Journal Friday he wouldn’t consider stepping aside as did Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, whose announcement this week prompted rumors that the Senate majority leader might think about ending his political career now that he’s the most vulnerable incumbent.

“I am absolutely running for re-election,” said Reid, 70, in a statement. “These are difficult times for Nevada and as the majority leader of the Senate I have been able to take action to address those challenges. But I know there is more work to do to turn our state’s economy around and create jobs and I am committed to seeing it through.” …

The November election is 10 months out, which may give the senator’s expected $25 million-fueled campaign time to sell him to Nevadans again — and time to tear apart his GOP opponent once a contender emerges from the crowded field in the June primary.

”He’s never backed down from a fight,” Reid campaign manager Brandon Hall said in an interview when asked whether Reid would retire instead of seeking a fifth Senate term. He added, ”We’re not trying to win a beauty contest here.”

Obviously not.  Reid will use his huge war chest to attempt to distract Nevadans from the fact that he has become a shill for the radical agenda of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, rather than represent the independent and fiscally conservative Nevada that sent him to the Senate.  He will conduct character assassinations on Republicans rather than have to defend his performance to his constituents, who have recoiled in disgust over Reid’s work since becoming Senate Majority Leader.  That’s not a beauty contest — it’s a mudslinging extravaganza, and it’s the only way Reid can possibly make people forget what he’s become.

As for never backing down from a fight, well …

Seems to me that at a -19 favorability, Reid’s war is all but lost. Shouldn’t he take his own advice and retreat ignominiously over an event horizon in Searchlight?


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Congress = Pond

Reid = Scum

franksalterego on January 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Is drawing and quartering still allowed in Nevada? Just asking.

Cicero43 on January 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Wow have you guys seen this?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”

commodore on January 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Better yet…

Congress = Septic Tank

Reid = Floater

franksalterego on January 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM

This is another scumbag I won’t miss. Wake up Nevada Patriots. Will dingy Harry become the next D to decide he doesn’t want to run again and retire to a comfortable abode so he can sit and count his millions.

Kissmygrits on January 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Is drawing and quartering still allowed in Nevada? Just asking.

Cicero43 on January 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Back in the day, Nevadans used to roast a donkey during “Nevada Days” celebration. They don’t do that stuff any longer, but that spirit is still there! Harry Reid is DONE. He is just so entrenched in Washington politics, that spirit, and his religious conservative roots, are not even distant memories to him.

csdeven on January 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I was a volunteer for Sharron Angle in her 2006 primary campaign against Dean Heller (then incumbent Sec. of State) – she lost by only 400 votes. She had been elected 4 times to the Assembly prior to that.

She is the real deal – a very strong conservative.

I hope we don’t have another Doug Hoffman situation.
Check her out.

On my biggest issue:

“I oppose amnesty proposals, which send a ruinous signal that breaking the law is acceptable in our country. In the Legislature, I voted against the Millennium Scholarship because it allows non-citizens to receive taxpayer subsidized college tuition. I also authored legislation to safeguard our election process by requiring identification for voting in Nevada. I will fight to make identification for voting a mandatory law throughout our country.”

fred5678 on January 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Every time I see that “this war is lost” clip it enrages me more than anything a politician has done in memory. That little bit of political theater emboldened the enemy and got Americans killed.

Sending our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines out on a limb and then proceeding to cut the limb out from under them for partisan political gain is treason.

Reid is a rotten, traitorous, miserable son of a dog and in a better time he would have been on the cruel side of a noose.

Boxy_Brown on January 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM

commodore on January 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Holy Schmidt. Someone is signaliing to Harry that his time is up…useful idiot that he is.

capitalist piglet on January 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Run Harry! Run! Give the citizens of Nevada a chance to shove your candidacy right up your ass!

GarandFan on January 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I hope that a lot of other scummy congress critters lose their jobs in November. Maybe then they’ll remember they work for the People and not the other way around. It’s a service, not a career….

adamsmith on January 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM

He’s just holding out for a better deal. I predict he will drop out “to spend more time with his family” and then turn up a year later as Head Death Panel Commissar or something.

PattyJ on January 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Who are the fools that gave him $25M?

sherry on January 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Why the long face, John Harry?

petefrt on January 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Reid Apologizes for calling Obama a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect”

Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) apologized for privately referring to Barack Obama early in his presidential campaign as a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect,” as recounted in the forthcoming book Game Change.

freedomplow on January 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I still think he and Pelosi resemble the farm couple in the painting American Gothic.

kingsjester on January 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Golly, you’re right.

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Who are the fools that gave him $25M?

sherry on January 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Mr. Tarp and his evil twin, Mr. Stimulus.

BobMbx on January 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Come on people, we’ve been given a task here.

Congress = Whore
Reid = Whore’s weeping sore

pc on January 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Man, I truly thought that Harry Reid was much older.

Dingy Harry has the unions in his pocket. He has work to do yet in assuring that Card Check is passed. He also is protective of the illegals working in the clubs, casinoa, and hotels, so he has to be supportive of the groups pushing for amnesty.

I can’t remember the name of the commenter at Captain’s Quarters who always used to claim that Harry Reid was bought and paid for by the Mob.

It would be a treat if Reid lost in spite of all of that fire power.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM

The Used Car Salesman who became a senator.

Harry Reid: Have I got a bribe for you today, and today only.

Americannodash on January 9, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Finally, voters in Nevada have had enough? What in the world took them so long?

scalleywag on January 9, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Harry Reid is racist.

He…believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately…

Rae on January 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM

He’s just holding out for a better deal. I predict he will drop out “to spend more time with his family” and then turn up a year later as Head Death Panel Commissar or something.

PattyJ on January 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Yup, that’s pretty much how it works. Can’t wait to see what Dodd is going to turn into.

scalleywag on January 9, 2010 at 2:51 PM

but but but, OBAMA SAID AMERICANS SUPPORT ALL OF THIS!!!!

marklmail on January 9, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Anyone else see this little “X” to the right of your postings…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Sorry, new feature. “Flag this comment”

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Awesome new ad highlights the lack of response by “no negro dialect POTUS. to the Xmas bomber.

Biden is saying , I hope they don’t remember what I said!”

AnthonyK on January 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Now it’s gone! (Flag this comment)

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Now it’s back!

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Throw out the bums.

Johan Klaus on January 9, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Now it’s back!

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ed,
How about explaining this new feature?

Americannodash on January 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM

In a just world, Harry Reid would be quoted as saying:

“Brother, can you spare a dime?”

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I love the pic of Dingy Harry on the front. Total bloodless goon is he and the pic captures it perfectly!
____

I hope he stays in and loses. I feel cheated out of not getting a chance to see Chris Dodd humiliated on election night and delighting in his defeat.

I’m human with human failings and Chris Dodd has destroyed so much in this country. So sue me.

Branch Rickey on January 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Harry Reid’s comment is no surprise.
Racism and liberalism/leftism are no strangers to each other.

Part of the reason is the general arrogance and condescension of liberals/leftists-the belief that they are better than us, the unwashed masses.

Combine that with a lack of self insight and disordered thought processes, and it frequently translates to true racism.

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Can’t wait til Monday 12:06 pm!

ctmom on January 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Reid doesn’t care what the American people want. He says he knows better than we do what’s good for us. He’s an arrogant jerk.

He thinks he can get reelected in Nevada. He won’t.

A tidal wave is coming to clean the stench out of DC in November…

dogsoldier on January 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Can’t wait til Monday 12:06 pm!
ctmom on January 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

My thoughts exactly!

Branch Rickey on January 9, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Can’t wait til Monday 12:06 pm!

ctmom on January 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

What happens at that time?

farright on January 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Rush.

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Who are the fools that gave him $25M?
Flag Comment

sherry on January 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

4 letter answer: SEIU

MJBrutus on January 9, 2010 at 3:26 PM

He is at -100 for me! Not one thing about this individual is good.

bluemarlin on January 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM

A ‘nicer’ guy there never was.

May the Reaper rest in pieces.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM

He should expect the same support from the Troops vote wise he has shown them.

By harry, your fired.

and good riddance to you and all those like you.

RealMc on January 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Oooooooooo I smell the HotAir BBQ!!! Cause Ol’Harry’s a smokin’!!!

yoda on January 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

NEVADA U.S. SENATE POLL: Reid hits new low in poll

Rating is worst in R-J’s surveys for 2010 election

Maybe the link is why………

RealMc on January 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

These are difficult times for Nevada and all of the nation. And these difficult times are the result of liberal policies pursued by Obama,Pelosi, Reid and other Democrats. They are only making things worse instead of better. In order to save our jobs, our economy, our freedom and our nation, it is imperative that we get people like Obama, Pelosi, Reid and these other liberals out of power at all levels of government. I hope the people of Nevada have awakened to Reid and view any of his mudslinging attempts as distateful and remember to vote against Reid in November.

MeAlice on January 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM

When Harry goes Chuck U. Schumer thinks he is next in line to be the Majority Leader. The line of democrat hell just keeps on comin’.

BetseyRoss on January 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Looks like Reid’s going out of business.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Ryan Anthony on January 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

it will feel good to get Reid out…but who’s next: Durbin or Schumer?

r keller on January 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I am not so sure mudslinging will be enough to save Reid this time.

Terrye on January 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

The real question is how many comments from this thread are going to be front page on LGF tomorrow. Maybe trout will come by and give mad king Charles some really good comments he can quote.

DFCtomm on January 9, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Wow, this post seems so dated.

mad saint jack on January 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM

They really need to replace the genteel sounding “favorability index” with something that befits the task of rating Congressional Democrats more accurately; something along the lines of a Corrupt-o-meter.

PoodleSkirt on January 9, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Do you wonder how the guy even holds a Temple recommend?

csdeven on January 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I’ve heard that topic discussed before. Personally, I don’t see anything that would be a valid ground for withholding a temple recommend.

I also think the LDS Church wouldn’t yank his temple recommend since they would fear criticism that the Church is telling a politician what to do.

Conservative Samizdat on January 9, 2010 at 5:48 PM

No worries, Al Sharpton is going to campaign for him. He has darker skin tones and speaks with a Negro dialect.

Dingy Harry has it all figured out.

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Please donate to Scott Brown. Let’s take Massachusetts back.

OmahaConservative on January 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Harry needs to take his cracker caucasian ass back to Nevada.

Philly on January 9, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Harry Reid will be VAPORIZED. :D

HondaV65 on January 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM

What happens at that time?

farright on January 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I am assuming they are talking about Rush Limbaugh!

After the top-of-the-hour news and station ads that is ususally the time his show’s opening theme music starts.

cableguy615 on January 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I love the pic of Dingy Harry on the front. Total bloodless goon is he and the pic captures it perfectly!
____

I hope he stays in and loses. I feel cheated out of not getting a chance to see Chris Dodd humiliated on election night and delighting in his defeat.

I’m human with human failings and Chris Dodd has destroyed so much in this country. So sue me.

Branch Rickey on January 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Same here. I’ve been looking forward to wtaching the elesction retrtuns rolling in that night; I may even pay a visit to CNN or MSNBC so they can ‘splain to me why it happened…

Red State State of Mind on January 9, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Fun facts you didn’t know about the majority leader:

Harry Reid actually passed away sometime in late 2008. His cleverly embalmed corpse has in fact been running the Senate since at least last January. Legal scholars question the constitutionality of a mummy holding elected office, but Reid supporters explain their position: “Constitution? What the heck is that?”

bitsy on January 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM

kitty cats say buh bye, harry

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

scalleywag on January 9, 2010 at 2:51 PM

This will make you ill, but I read that Dodd is going to be the new Treasury Secretary after they dump Turbo Tim.

PattyJ on January 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

It’s good Harry is going all in on his reelection race. I hope he spends every dime he has and loses in true Las Vegas fashion—bet all the chips, go home with empty pockets and get thrown out of the hotel…. buh bye…

ted c on January 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Compare Harry Reid with the male lead in American Gothic.

vnjagvet on January 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Compare Harry Reid with the male lead in American Gothic.

vnjagvet on January 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM

ZOMG! Thread winner!

bitsy on January 9, 2010 at 11:40 PM

No wonder he’s so Schizo…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Reid

“He stated in an interview with Brigham Young University’s Daily Universe that “I think it is much easier to be a good member of the Church and a Democrat than a good member of the Church and a Republican.”

Wow! A Mormon pushing abortion? Or is he a just another Democrat dancing the fake believer jive?

shorebird on January 10, 2010 at 3:52 AM

Was the picture in the article intentionally cut for the inspirational thought conveys? If it was not intentional, then it was divine intervention.

Directly to the right (viewers perspective) of Dingy Harry’s head is the inspiration we need “to win in ten”. “Transition the Mission”, specifically the mission of demonrates* who control the things important to U.S. but impotent to D(th)em.

*As refernced in a feedback in Rush Limbaugh’s hospitalization, God spelled with a lower case ‘g’ is not paying the level of respect deemed appropriate.

MSGTAS on January 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Reid will, by next year, not have to be bothered with the stench of sweaty tourists visiting the Capitol in the sweltering heat and humidity of D.C.

Fortunately, Nevada has a dry climate so the good people there won’t have to smell Harry when he parks his old Commie a@@ there for good.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 10, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I’m already thinking of ways to torture this douchebag in his retirement.

Jaibones on January 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM

In the immortal words of Texas Governor Rick Perry – “adios, mofo.” And DLTDHYIYAOTWO. And take your stickin’ HC bill and bribes back with you!

Yellowdog12 on January 10, 2010 at 9:34 PM

GOODBYE! You were on your way out before your asinine negro comment!

hopefloats on January 11, 2010 at 12:39 AM

It just amazes me that this guy was ever favored.

Gooch on January 11, 2010 at 12:40 PM

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