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Stumbling governors signal trouble for Dems
Washington Examiner ^ | July 26, 2009 | Michael Barone

Posted on 07/26/2009 2:17:42 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative

With polls showing a drop in Barack Obama's job rating and sinking support for the Democrats' health care plans, there is evidence of collateral damage where you might not expect to find it, in the standing of Democratic governors. Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell is suddenly getting negative job ratings in both the Quinnipiac and the Franklin and Marshall polls -- his lowest marks in seven years as governor. Ohio's Ted Strickland, who has spent most of his first term working amicably with Republican legislators, scores under 50 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll and has only tenuous leads over two Republicans, John Kasich and Mike DeWine, who may run against him next year.

In the two governor races being contested this year, Republicans seem to have an advantage. Republican Bob McDonnell has led Democrat Creigh Deeds in all but one poll and picked up the support of Black Entertainment Television billionaire Sheila Johnson, one of the biggest contributors to the incumbent, Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine. New Jersey incumbent Jon Corzine, who spent more than $100 million on narrow wins for senator in 2000 and governor in 2005, is 15 points behind Republican Chris Christie. Corzine will not be helped by the indictment of multiple Jersey pols, most of them Democrats, in a case initiated by Christie when he was U.S. attorney.

There's an argument that these results hold little relevance to the standing of the national parties. Almost every state faces severe fiscal problems, and standoffs between a governor and a legislature can drag the governor's ratings way down, as in the case of California's Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moreover, a governor's personal strengths and weaknesses can override party identification; one of the nation's highest-rated governors is Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat in very Republican Wyoming.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: barone; bobmcdonnell; christie; creighdeeds; edrendell; joncorzine; nj2009; va2009

1 posted on 07/26/2009 2:17:42 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

The Dems have been circling themselves...And they’re gonna shoot their own messengers!~!


2 posted on 07/26/2009 2:20:10 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
And they’re gonna shoot their own messengers!~!

Sort of a circular firing squad?

3 posted on 07/26/2009 2:21:52 PM PDT by bayliving (Most people would rather believe a soft lie than the hard truth.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Norman Bates; Impy; ExTexasRedhead; ...

Slowly but surely, the tide has begun to turn.


4 posted on 07/26/2009 2:23:55 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

And if dems were doing alright, then it would prove 0’s aura.


5 posted on 07/26/2009 2:28:28 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Jersey and Virginia races are huge. When Dem strategists try to downplay them they are lying through their teeth and you can tell they are scared. So many areas these two races affect, but the biggest is the signal to the Dems who are running for re-election in 2010. If we win Virginia and by some freak of nature pick-up NJ, look for the Rats to start eating their own.
6 posted on 07/26/2009 2:39:01 PM PDT by lt.america (Looking for a bailout)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Haley Barbour said the revival of the GOP lies in GOP Governors providing leadership on the important issues of the day. If we can win Governors in the Rust Belt, then we will have an opportunity to revive the brand.


7 posted on 07/26/2009 2:39:47 PM PDT by yongin
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To: bayliving

LOL


8 posted on 07/26/2009 2:44:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Just wait 'til 2010.

Those elections will stun the world.

You heard it here first folks, I'm predicting the Dems lose 50 seats and the GOP picks up most, but not all of them. I'm thinkin' 3rd parties will have a shot...a decent shot...in many districts.

9 posted on 07/26/2009 2:47:46 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: lt.america

Seems every election I read on FR about how a Republican is surging ahead in NJ and every election the Republican loses. Wonder how that is?


10 posted on 07/26/2009 3:11:11 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: lt.america

Corzine is a walking dead man. He’s Jim Florio ala 2009.


11 posted on 07/26/2009 3:12:27 PM PDT by MrDem (From Morning in America to Mourning in America...)
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To: Mariner

If 3rd parties have a shot then the Dem will retain the seat as has happened so many times.


12 posted on 07/26/2009 3:25:07 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: lt.america

This sucker’s goin DOWN!


13 posted on 07/26/2009 3:25:58 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: lt.america
If we win Virginia and by some freak of nature pick-up NJ, look for the Rats to start eating their own.

The more successful Republican govs we have, the more choices we have for Presidential nominees. And the govs have a lot of influence over whether ACORN vote fraud gets vigorously prosecuted.

14 posted on 07/26/2009 3:29:55 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Based on the anger out there, they’re all BURNT TOAST.


15 posted on 07/26/2009 4:11:27 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (FIND THEIR DIRT AND EXPOSE IT)
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To: saganite
Seems every election I read on FR about how a Republican is surging ahead in NJ and every election the Republican loses. Wonder how that is?

A-C-O-R-N

And if we don't look at that very real threat soon, we won't win one race next time. They are stealing our democracy and we just play around the edges of the issue. They need to be stopped!

16 posted on 07/26/2009 5:02:32 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

2008 would have been a good time for the DOJ to take a firm stand against the ACORN racist activists, but...


17 posted on 07/26/2009 5:05:45 PM PDT by Canedawg (FUBO. "Government can’t make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise.")
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To: Canedawg

We need to all get to work. I’m 100% positive that they are already adding fraudulent registrations to the rolls in NJ or wherever they feel they’re needed.

When it comes to a PA race, I’m going to volunteer to help validate registrations, work polls, whatever I can.

We’re about to lose it people and this is the only place we have to try to hold onto freedom, the ballot box.


18 posted on 07/26/2009 5:13:53 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

In Phila, vote fraud has been honed to perfection. I worked as a poll watcher in a mayoral race a couple of years back; my Democratic counterpart explained it this way: “At around 7:00, the wards will look at the numbers coming in to see how many votes they need; then they will put people on buses to achieve the desired result”. As disgusted as I was by this, I believed him. It’s weird, but I always thought that the 2006 Congressional elections were just a trial run for 2008.

And Fast Eddie, our own Gov. X, wants early voting here - gee, I wonder why?


19 posted on 07/26/2009 5:27:29 PM PDT by PhillyMom (We will take from you for the common good - Marx/Clinton/Obama)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
Negative numbers for Fast Eddie.

Where oh where can he find solace?

20 posted on 07/26/2009 5:31:13 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: Kenny

It is time for us all to get involved in that. I’ve made a resolution for August to get started.


21 posted on 07/26/2009 6:27:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Tribune7
Where oh where can he find solace?

Maybe Kristin Davis could find some for him?

22 posted on 07/26/2009 7:42:48 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Working hard so those on public assistance don't have to.)
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To: PhillyMom

Is there no way to stop them? Everything that matters is at stake. Why can’t we organize to stop the ‘organizers’. They’re moving around without any restraints and with billions in tax dollars as well. We could at least find ways to make it harder. Time is running out.

I’d much rather be in a national group to stop vote fraud than to protest taxes. Freedom is more important to me than money.


23 posted on 07/26/2009 7:52:52 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Born Conservative
But what if the money is not in the state budget???!!!

He is so not screwed!!

24 posted on 07/27/2009 12:10:44 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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