Quinnipiac: Voters want Booker to spank Lautenberg rather than other way around

posted at 2:31 pm on January 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Gee, and I thought spanking had gone out of style.  Senator Frank Lautenberg attempted to go Old School on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, brushing off Booker’s public statements on running for his seat with a heavy dose of condescension.  Lautenberg equated Booker with a child who needs a swat to get back in line:

Booker has already formed a 2014 campaign committee, prompting anonymous Lautenberg aides to rip the mayor to Politico, accusing him of being “disrespectful.” I asked Lautenberg about that characterization this afternoon.

“I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell you that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK,” Lautenberg said with a smile in his first public comments since Booker announced he was considering a run for Senate.

That’s certainly an amusing bit of utter disdain, but it may be Lautenberg who gets slapped in New Jersey with a cold dash of reality.  In a new Quinnipiac poll, Lautenberg can’t even get a majority to say he deserves re-election, and trails Booker by nearly 20 points in a head-to-head primary matchup:

In an early look at the 2014 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg 51 – 30 percent.

New Jersey voters approve 50 – 34 percent of the job Sen. Lautenberg is doing, but say 45 – 36 percent he does not deserve to be reelected.

Lautenberg turns 89 years old today, and more than seven in ten voters are concerned about his age:

Only 21 percent of voters say Lautenberg’s age gives him the wisdom and experience to do a good job as a U.S. Senator, while 71 percent say his age makes the work too difficult.

Looks like a slap across the face for a man who has been in the Senate for all but two of the last 30 years.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie looks absolutely unbeatable in his re-election bid. He has a 74% approval rating, and 68% believe he deserves re-election — with even a plurality among Democrats agreeing:

Voters approve 74 – 21 percent of the job Gov. Christie is doing, his highest job score ever and matching New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as having the highest job approval of any governor in the states surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Christie’s approval is 93 – 4 percent among Republicans, 56 – 37 percent among Democrats and 78 – 18 percent among independent voters. Men approve 79 – 18 percent while women approve 69 – 24 percent.

The governor deserves reelection, voters say 68 – 24 percent, with Democrats at 47 – 43 percent.

In other words, don’t expect Booker to switch to the gubernatorial race, Senator Lautenberg.

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who cares, just liberals feeding on themselves.

RedInMD on January 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Maybe bho will come campaign or just utter bookers name and give the ‘kiss of death to booker’ so he never gets elected?
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letget on January 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Booker/Biden 2016?

UltimateBob on January 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Lock ‘em both in a room and let them b**ch slap each other silly!

pilamaye on January 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Booker joining the Democrat caucus in the Senate would increase the IQ in that body by about 500%.

Red Cloud on January 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Lock ‘em both in a room and let them b**ch slap each other silly!

pilamaye on January 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

maybe they will kiss.

ChunkyLover on January 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

…so the other side has a senile senator too?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ed … why do we care?

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Lautenberg turns 189 years old today, and more than seven in ten voters are concerned about his age:

Ageists are the new racists. The kind of people who throw Grandmas off cliffs.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Cory Booker has his unfortunate share of liberal opinions and priorities but I’ll gladly take him over some Republicans. He’s a credit to his race, his party, and our state.

Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

…so the other side has a senile senator too?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I’m not clear whom you mean.

Ed … why do we care?

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

because Booker is an interesting politician who may ultimately be a presidential candidate. We seem to like him more than most Democrats, but we shouldn’t fool ourselves. Booker would rule as socialist as any Democratic President will.

thuja on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Quinnipiac: Voters want Booker to spank Lautenberg rather than other way around

There’s a website for that.

Physics Geek on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Jews are not in style, even if they are self loathing liberals. Blacks on the other hand, well that is the new vogue of identity politics on the left. Now had the situation been reversed, and had a young Jewish politician attempted to unseat a historic black legislator, well, we know how that would play out.

SuperBunny on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Christie/Booker 2016 No Labels Ticket

William Eaton on January 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Can only conclude that Lautenberg is a RACIST! for standing in Booker’s way.

GarandFan on January 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Jews are not in style, even if they are self loathing liberals. Blacks on the other hand, well that is the new vogue of identity politics on the left. Now had the situation been reversed, and had a young Jewish politician attempted to unseat a historic black legislator, well, we know how that would play out.

SuperBunny on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Meh. The clock is winding on, and hispanics are set to become the prime beneficiary of dem party pandering. Are hispanics more likely to vote for a black over a white if a hispanic is not on the ticket? Not by much if at all.

It seems to be un-PC to bring up black-brown racism.

slickwillie2001 on January 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

If this poll by Quinnipiac is correct, please tell me, who the hell elected Lautenberg.

savage24 on January 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

He’s a credit to his race…
Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Good grief, a credit to his race…you mean he is actually smart, out of jail, drug free, not a criminal, an upstanding citizens, gosh so few of them blackies are that way, you must be very proud of him, bet you he could get you a fine piece of change on the auction block…yessir, a credit to his race…

right2bright on January 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He wants to cheat his way in to the white house like Obama did plain and simple.

tomas on January 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

right2bright on January 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Quit your simpering BS comparison and take a look at what decades of being on the Democrat welfare plantation has done for black educational achievement, criminal behavior, and illegitimate births. They traded freedom for free stuff in numbers dwarfing hispanics and whites, and it has destroyed them.

MelonCollie on January 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

thuja on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

…he lives in Arizona

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

He’s a credit to his race…
Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Good grief, a credit to his race…you mean he is actually smart, out of jail, drug free, not a criminal, an upstanding citizens, gosh so few of them blackies are that way, you must be very proud of him, bet you he could get you a fine piece of change on the auction block…yessir, a credit to his race…

right2bright on January 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

You left out “clean” and “articulate.”

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Best scenario: The Republican defeats Lautenberg in 2014.
Second best scenario: Lautenberg wins and dies, allowing Christie to name a GOP replacement.
Worst scenario: Booker runs and wins (or Lautenberg wins and lives to January 2021).

Colony14 on January 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM