The Democrat weakness spreads far and wide:
Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide. For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%. According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office. 31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly. This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing.
This doesn’t mean the GOP wins the seat, but any incumbent who polls below 50% in an election year is having some trouble. If the GOP can get a strong candidate and run a good campaign, then Schumer could, in the end, be beaten – time will tell if the NY GOP is capable of such a task.
But the bottom line is that even in Democrat strongholds and among long-term Democrat leaders, there is increasing weakness in the Democrat brand. Even if Schumer prevails in November, he’ll have to fight hard to do it – and while he’s fighting hard and spending lots of money to re-elect himself, he’s got that much less time and money to spend on other Democrats.
Spread the field, run against Obama’s policies, challenge every seat – if the GOP does that, then we’re bound to have a good November.