Earlier in the week, AP roundly mocked Sen. Mark Pryor’s Bible ad, in which the embattled Democrat holds up a copy of the Good Book for the cameras:
An interesting line:
“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”
Interesting for two reasons: (1) When Republicans say things like this, the Left freaks out about “incipient theocracy” or whatever. When Democrats, um, “thump the Bible” to help justify liberal policies, everything’s cool. (2) This 2012 quote from Pryor about using the Bible as a North Star on political matters (ie, doing “what’s best for Arkansas”):
Arkansas’ Sen. Mark Pryor, a Protestant Christian who was co-chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast in February, said the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate…‘The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues,’ he said. ‘Everybody can see it differently.
The NRSC has pointed out this super-nuanced reversal, eliciting denunciations from…their own candidate in the race, who seems worried that calling Pryor out on the ad could be construed as an attack on his faith. It’s not, of course. It’s an attack on his shamelessness. It will be interesting to see whether Pryor’s “golly gee, I love Jesus” approach works any better than Mary Landrieu’s defiant “embrace the suck” gambit. She’s decided to go down with USS Obamacare if necessary, and is prepared to attack Republicans until the bitter end. If she truly takes “100 percent” ownership of this monstrosity, her 13th hour ass-covering moves won’t make a lick of difference. So far, bear-hugging Obamacare looks like a questionable strategy:
Support for Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana has dropped in a new poll amid the problem-plagued rollout of the federal health care overhaul, which could suggest trouble for the Democratic senator’s re-election bid next year. The third-term senator has regularly polled with approval ratings well above 50 percent, but a survey released Thursday by Southern Media and Opinion Research showed approval of Landrieu’s job performance had deteriorated to 46 percent. In another possible blow, 54 percent of those polled said they’d be less likely to vote for the Democratic senator’s re-election next year because of her vote for President Barack Obama’s signature health law. Landrieu has maintained her strong support of the federal law. “This is gloomy for her re-election,” pollster Bernie Pinsonat said. “She’s tied to the Affordable Care Act. Unless there’s a dramatic turnaround, she’s going to have a very, very tough time getting re-elected.”
In the same poll, Landrieu attracts a 41 percent re-elect number, compared to 44 percent for the combined support of her two closest Republican challengers. I’ll leave you with Big Ed thumpin’ away:
“A big amen!” Glory, Hallelujah.