Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012.
And from California already?
A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein is -- how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? -- approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year.
Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012.
In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake.
The same poll finds that only 41% approve of Feinstein's job in Washington, while 39% disapprove.
That 41 approval number is the lowest the former mayor has ever had in her 20 years of no longer really living in California.
Another recent Field Poll showed many Californians are falling out of love with the teleprompter guy from Chicago. His California approval has slid below 50% for the first time ever, down to 46%.
That's a decline of about two points per month recently.
Is his slide now corroding the election prospects of even such party stalwarts as Feinstein?
Add to that the overall -- how can we say this in a polite way? -- disgust with the United States Congress (nine out of every 100 Californians now approve of those guys) and this could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for Democrats. They or independent allies need to lose only six seats to turn the Senate over to those people that Vice President Joe "#%$&*(@" Biden politely calls "barbarians."
Democrats next year are defending two-thirds of the 33 Senate seats on state ballots. Good luck with that at 9% unemployment.
President Obama, who's now passed Biden as the nation's most voluble, least effective job creator, is about due for another money run to Hollywood.
Oh, look! Our pal, the well-connected Tina Daunt is writing in the Hollywood Reporter that the one-time 40-something star of the celebrity set is having real trouble now raking in the easy dough from disappointed West Coast Dems.
Maybe the 78-year-old chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee will factor that intelligence into her as yet unannounced decision on seeking a fourth term on the same ticket as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former boss.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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