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Americans coming to dislike Harry Reid almost as much as they dislike fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi

Democrats Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House speaker Nancy Pelosi face challenging elections

Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is catching up to fellow Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California in terms of being disliked by Americans nationally.

A new poll out from Rasmussen Reports finds that, of course, a majority of Americans dislike both of the Democratic legislative leaders who lead one of the least popular and less trusted institutions in American society.

For much of this year, the crusty Reid's unfavorable ratings lagged within the once-impressive 40% range, while Pelosi's unfavorables have consistently led her male powerbroker in the more impressive 50+% range.

But now thanks to both of them carrying the heavy congressional water for Barack Obama's controversial and expensive legislative agenda while the president boosted his....

...own unfavorable rating to majority status, Reid has been able to close to within screaming distance in the unfavorable gap with Pelosi, who's next in line to the presidency after the VP.

Rasmussen finds that 59% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the 11-term House member from San Francisco, while the four-term Reid now trails Pelosi by only 3 points at 56% unfavorable. Both politicians are 70 years old.

The same poll also finds Reid trailing Pelosi in favorable ratings, 26-34.

With Republicans now building a seven-point lead in generic congressional ballot polls, both Democrats face reelection campaigns and the voters on Nov. 2. Fortunately for both career politicians, those elections are local, not national.

Democrat president Barack Obama looks very happy

Even if Reid and Pelosi win on those ballots, however, they might lose anyway. A change of 39 House seats over to Republicans makes Pelosi a former speaker, while a loss of nine Senate votes would cost Reid his cushy majority leader job.

Despite Obama's best efforts -- supporting a Muslim mosque near New York's ground zero, frequently vacationing and golfing during foreign wars, being late responding to the gulf oil spill, breaking his Guantanamo-closing promise and cramming costly healthcare through instead of focusing on the economy and jobs -- Obama still trails both leaders of Congress in disapproval.

So far, only 52% of Americans think of him unfavorably. Though he still has two years to work on that with the voluble help of Vice President Joe Biden.

And all three Democrats trail Congress, which fully 75% of Americans disapprove.

Still, Obama has done his best to help the political pair boost their unfavorable numbers.

At expensive fundraisers that only elite donors with $30,000 can afford, he's praised Pelosi profusely and repeatedly for her help with administration legislation. The president has also repeatedly raised millions for Reid's state campaign at exclusive fundraisers in Las Vegas, a city of excess he once advised against visiting.

But in an impressive political switcheroo, last week Obama began redirecting his blame for the still-sagging economy and persistently poor jobs situation away from eight years of failed you-know-what by the you-know-which party of you-know-who from Texas.

Obama began instead to blame Congress, which has been controlled by his own party since the 2006 elections. And which actually contained him too for half that time.

So, with that kind of wily assistance from a party supporter in the White House, Reid still has a realistic shot before midterm election day of catching Pelosi in the important 2010 category of unlikeability.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Oh I cant wait to see these two idiots join the so-called president. When the Americans vote stupidity out of office.

This article has it a little backwards. It states Reid and Pelosi are doing heavy lifting for Obama's agenda. Check history. Obama is a late comer on the national scene for the Democrat/liberal/progressive platform. Legislation passed since Obama took office has been on the Democrat forefront for years before Obama was known outside Chicago (i.e. so called "Hillarycare" when Clinton was President). Obama just pushed that agenda...low hanging fruit. No real new ideas from him. Don't give him too much credit for jumping on the band wagon with a smooth sales pitch. The Democrats in the House and Senate control the national bank account and credit cards (read the Constitution) and put us, fiscally, where we are at as a nation. In power for four years, and our debt is the highest in history...no blaming Bush, Obama, or anyone else. This is their legacy. If they did not do that, their popularity would not be so low. They can fix it, but they have to admit they overspent, had unfunded mandates, and repeal some legislation. The problem is that entrenched career politicians will never admit they made a mistake.

Harry Reid will be the first of the three to hit the unemployment line. Nancy Pelosi will be able to win another term in Congress, but she is going to be ejected from her throne and her private 747. She is about to become a pariah in the House and will be openly despised and mocked by those who she held under her thumb.

As for Obozo, he has two more years of vacations, golf, fundraising and speaking off the tele prompter before he is retired to Chicago, charged with the unenviable task of trying to protect his failed legacy as a one term blunder. Unfortunately, the taxpayers will have to pay for all three of these buffoons for the rest of their lives. That is the real tragedy, their legacy of incompetence and profligate spending which has buried us all neck deep in debt.

This Times article gives Obama too much credit. Legislation passed since he took office has been on the forefront of the Democrat's platform for years (i.e. Hillary Care - over 10 years ago). He chose low hanging fruit...nothing new or surprizing from him. Democrats have controlled Congress for four years. Only Congress can tax and spend (read the Constitution). In four years, Democrats have built our annual deficits and total debt to their highest in history with unfunded mandates. That is why Democrats are in trouble. If they have the courage to admit that was a mistake, and undo what they have done, their popularity would grow. However, like all entrenched politicians, that will most likely not happen. November will tell if we get back to fiscal responsibility. Your vote counts...consider it carefully. Our legacy, as voters, will be if we leave our children and grandchildren this massive debt.

Now why don't you give us some favorable ratings for the Republicans? I believe the Repubs have a 24% approval rating. The Right-Wing media have been pumping them up since the day Obama took office. It's easy to see what you're doing - you're trying to make people believe that the majority of the public is on the Republicans side, so it'll hopefully bring more people on-board. Not going to happen. The Republicans don't have anything to run on. Repealing healthcare is not going to fix this country. And people don't need another stupid contract for America. Just look at the results from the last one. Truth is, neither side are willing to do what's right for this country. But the Republicans will finish us off. They'll take us right to default.

Now why don't you give us some favorable ratings for the Republicans? I believe the Repubs have a 24% approval rating. The Right-Wing media have been pumping them up since the day Obama took office. It's easy to see what you're doing - you're trying to make people believe that the majority of the public is on the Republicans side, so it'll hopefully bring more people onboard. Not going to happen. The Republicans don't have anything to run on. Repealing healthcare is not going to fix this country. And people don't need another stupid contract for America. Just look at the results from the last one. Truth is, neither side are willing to do what's right for this country. But the Republicans will finish us off. They'll take us right to default.

Harry is just the Organ Grinder Monkey for Barry. Just like he was for George. Unfortunately the organs he is grinding belong to our Servicemen and women.

To the Democratic Commander: 'Nuts!' From the American People.

(Seizing a pen, McAuliffe wrote, "To the German Commander: 'Nuts!' From the
American Commander.")

The problem with these polls is that there is so much bias and room for error. But I feel really badly for Obama because he has had to overcome so much. The downward momentum the country was facing before he came into office makes it difficult to show any real progress in the span of 4 years.

Can't have it both ways folks
You want to blame Bush for the out of control spending that started under his watch, after the Dems took control? That's fair. I get that.

Then Obama has to take ownership for the continuance under his rule....cuz he will definitely take credit for the upswing in the economy due when the Dems are kicked to the curb in a couple months. Just those name changes will bolster confidence and jumpstart the economy to a degree..

Obama: "Awwwww the stimulus has finally kicked in"

lol

Lest face it Senator Harry Reid is a racist.

Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are in the same category as the three stodges and the gang which could not shoot straight. The taxpayers are paying and will continue to pay for years for their frevious spending. They want to talk about global warming and climate change. Look at the carbon footprint these idiots are casting on the environment. Oh by the way, let's throw Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in with this heap of idiots.

Hemihead66 & John: You boys have been into the kool-aid again! Obumbler has had almost two years and a super majority, yet the only thing he has accomplished is the near destruction of our country. The economy is still in a shambles, they have forced Obamacare and stimulus (joke!) down the throats of the American people and it is still blame Bush. When exactly does any of this mess become his or the democRats responsibility?

This presidency is effectively over. Period...

No more Affirmative Action presidents. Ever...

With his invitation to avoid visiting Las Vegas Obama sure muddied the water.
Now Harry is trying to divert ''dislike''in the direction of Muslims with his
latest jab to Obama.How entertaining to watch the panicked dem leaders swing
at each other.An unmistakable omen to the coming regime change.The only
question left is when will Obama throw Pelosi under the bus. I'd bet on nov. 3

He is still blaming Bush #43 and throw Harry and Nancy in there also.

ISN'T IT A SHAME, THAT THOSE WHO WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT, ARE DESPISED? The awakening fact of this statistic is, they are proud of their accomplishment!!!! They treat FULL GROWN CITIZENS as children, while ONLY THEY are considered the Adults, They know best!!!! In their theology, we must swallow their "Bitter pill" and like it, this is their House, we are the guests!!!! They have it backwards, THIS IS OUR HOUSE, THEY ARE THE GUESTS, It IS why their ratings are falling like rocks! They intend to keep US in their school for LIFE!!!!!!!! I graduated, I'm done with their school, real life has plenty of teachers, much more worthy of following!!! There is one valuable tool that comes from this education....CON ARTISTS ARE EASY TO RECOGNIZE, thanks to these two!!!

I am so proud of my fellow American citizens. They are standing up and saying enough of corrupt politicians who want to pass their agenda not ours. They have treated the american electorate shamefully. As if we owe them for their being in office. These three individuals, Obama, Pelosi, Reid have helped lead our country into the worst demise of a nation in a short amount of time. There is no question there were inherent issues when Obama took office but he has had time to listen to the american people and take a different tack. Instead, we have been forced to digest unnecessary stimulus spending, czars? national healthcare, unprotected borders and now Obama wants to force amnesty by bypassing congress . I for one can't wait until November.


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