Collectivist Constipation

The news surrounding the Obama health scare “summit” isn’t all that promising for the liberals which means that it is very promising for the tax paying victims of yet another of the endless Obama wealth redistribution plans.. In what appears to be a rare “bipartisan” agreement, both sides feel that “Obama’s much touted televised summit has virtually no chance of breaking the political logjam.” Therefore, it is full steam ahead as Obama wants nothing more than to save either one of his two faces..

In “Dems, GOP: Summit will not break logjam on health”, (apnews myway) we read that the “Democrats will be forced to find a way to pass an overhaul on their own or face a huge political defeat..” If the Democrats “pass an overhaul” through chicanery or otherwise, they will be resoundingly defeated in November at the mid term election. Those fighting for their seats understand this and they have been trying to subtly remind Obama of this fact for quite some time. The REAL problem lies (literally..) with the ego of their Dear Leader because the “huge political defeat” actually belongs to “Mr. Oh-for-Five” but he would prefer to see hundreds of his fellow travelers thrown out of office rather than to admit that he was even for one moment WRONG. I for one am glad to see that he steadfastly refuses to take the medicines prescribed to him which will overcome his megalomania..

The bipartisan feeling of the Obama freak show still continues to warm the hearts of those forced to participate. “Lawmakers from both parties suggested the Obama hosted meeting Thursday will amount to little more than political theater..” ANYTHING “hosted” by Obama is “political theater” and this one will rate with some of the best slap stick comedy ever. Obama still believes that if he wills it, it should be done, no questions asked. Not only is he psychotically dominated by the gravitational pull of his own self-admiration, he is completely unconcerned with the collateral damage and the aftershocks that will effect those around him..

Republican Mitch McConnell said, “We’re happy to be there, but I’m not quite sure what the purpose is..” The purpose is for Illinois’ Othello to perform another socialist soliloquy intended to show the liberal base that he is true to his “word” regardless whether the overwhelming majority of those who will be economically penalized because of will be burning liberal effigies at the polls come November. There is something much bigger at stake, Obama’s ego and that is what the purpose is..

Obama wants Republicans there so that he can shrug off their logical disagreement as “acrimony” or “partisan lock-step politics”. Incumbent Democrats want them there as well and this is the only nod toward these Democrats who are eyeballing their certain failure in November that Obama is willing to make. Obama refuses to concede the overwhelming reality that there are more Democrats who are against this totalitarian time bomb than there are Republicans. Why didn’t Obama “broadcast” his meetings with the liberals when he was twisting their thumbs relative to this Bolshevik baloney? He is simply looking for a receptacle to make responsible for the bill’s inevitable demise and the “acrimonious” Republicans have decided to play along. Obama is insisting upon jumping out of the airplane naked and the Republicans want to throw him a parachute..

Obama is too oblivious to realize that if his “bill” were such an amazing piece of legislation, he and his acolytes wouldn’t have had to BRIBE each other publicly in order for it to become law when they were sitting on a “supermajority”. Even with those embarrassing blackmailers giggling to the press about their loot they STILL couldn’t get this nonsense passed. Must have been George Bush’s fault..

The last remaining card up the liberal sleeve is “reconciliation” where a simple majority could pass the legislation. The IED within that plan is it would force the liberals to swallow elements of the “reconciled” bill that will prove problematic when the voters call them onto the carpet for having voted for such heresy. Abortion funding, coverage for illegals, targeting Medicare, a guaranteed budget buster and the dropping of the “public option”.. What liberal wouldn’t want to proudly sign on to such career arsenic?

The obfuscation is already filling the air as Joe Liberman said that “the health care legislation’s prognosis is ‘unclear but clearly heading toward reconciliation’”.. What is “unclear” becomes “clear” two words later.. Thus the magic of liberal politics. What is clear is that Obama believes that this legislation secures his legacy in the history books. It certainly will, but it is not the kind of “legacy” that any sane individual would aspire to..

Listen to Bart Stupak, (L-MI) “While the president has laid out a health care proposal that brings us closer to resolving our differences, there is still work to be done before Congress can pass comprehensive health care reform..” That is how a liberal tells Obama “no”.. Thirty-three words when one would suffice.. It doesn’t matter Bart, Obama isn’t listening..

“Three dozen lawmakers, plus several administration officials, will sit at a hollow square table with name placards..” As far as furniture analogies goes, using a “hollow table” where Obama will be sitting at the head is without flaw.. Kathleen “Sneezy” Sebelius “will lead talks on insurance reform” in between rounds of teaching everyone present how to properly sneeze in public.. Even though this is a “health care” meeting, “Joe Biden will head a discussion on deficit reduction..” Biden will probably be more interested in discussing the merits of the screw-off cap versus the cork..

Obama’s “toughest chore” seems to be persuading “wavering Democratic lawmakers” if this is to become law. I will wager that those who are “wavering” are the ones who are up for re-election and the last thing that they need is this Obama autographed albatross hanging around their necks. The country has stood up to Obama and said “no”, now would be as good a time as any for the liberals to do so as well..

So Obama wants a platform to harangue and to pontificate from so that he can mug for the cameras when his “transparency” relative to all of this prior to this last ditch effort consisted of one hour’s worth of coverage.. His fellow liberals all wish that he would find another of his hundreds of “number one priorities” to focus upon, one that wouldn’t be guaranteed to put them in the unemployment line with the rest of America’s middle class.. The charade of inviting Republicans aside, Obama needs some of that “lock-step partisanship” from his Party members and he seems to be intent upon forcing this salmonella Socialist meal down their throats.. It’s time for a little collectivist constipation..

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32 responses to “Collectivist Constipation

  1. Wait until you read this!

    Harry Reid Invites Team of “Experts” to Lead Panel – SPN Headlines exclusive:

    http://stupidassnews.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/calling-dr-bombay-reid-invites-experts-to-lead-panel/

    Have a great day! 🙂

  2. Alabama Rednek

    Hi Larry, been some time since I commented but this is an excellent article and deserves more than comment.

    It would seem that the GOP is in a box on this. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t. It will all depend on how they conduct themselves on camera. I would hope that they insist Mr Zero scrap this bill and start over and present a sensible plan that would truly benefit the American People. If Mr Zero turns it down then they should just walk out while the camers record it all. With at least half of America watching it would make good theatre and they would have a hard time blaming the party of no. The Dems definition of bi=partisnship is: You agree with me, period.

    As for the reconcilliation process, Harry can bluster and pontificate all he wants about how the Repubs did it in the past but is still remains that they would have to change either the senate rules or modify the bill to include money in some form or another into very part of the bill. A very formidable task.

    I think it would be very good if the GOP exposed all the lies in the bill and ask why the feds need to have access to every bank account in the nation for electronic fund transfer among other things.

    Just some rambling thoughts from an old man.

    NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN AND NEVER AGAIN.

    November 2010 is fast approaching.

  3. Alabam,

    Good to hear from you and I hope that all is well with you and yours.

    I believe that the libs are in an even BIGGER box. They have to contend with the hissy fits of the Bolshevik Bower and they have a thoroughly pissed off group of voters.

    I would love to see athe Repubs pull a “Reagan at Reykjavik” moment and just walk out on the ego-meister when he starts his inevitable “tax talk”..

    THAT would be great..

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  4. Remember in Nazi Germany,there was
    no party of no.
    Thank G*D we have one here.

  5. Alabama Rednek

    AMEN…

  6. Samonella Socialist Meal!? What a hoot. You have come back with some great posts after the CPAC. Glad to see you are still using all the amunition they keep feeding us.

  7. According to CNSnews a 27 page booklet on healthcare plus six other issues Republicans consider vital to America’s continued prosperity was put in Obama’s “red” hot little hands at the Republican retreat on Jan. 29th.

    The booklet was prepared by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and includes legislation proposed by the House (Republicans) over the past year and letters written to the President on these issues over the same time period.

    So given inside information do I hear any bets as to whether Obama will use it as prosecution or defense in continuing to shove his ideals of healthcare.

    At the retreat Obama said, “I was not elected by Democrats or Republicans, but by the American people. Thats especially true because the fastest-growing group of people are the independents.” Newsflash: I’m registered as an Independent and I STILL didn’t vote for you!… can you hear me now?

    Obama went on to say, “I’ve got to act for the greater good, because that, too, is a committment that I have made. And that, too, is what the American people sent me to Washington to do.”

    Well, he’s been there a year now and I for the life of me can’t see much good let alone any “greater” being done. I do share the thought of his committment, however,…to the funny farm.

  8. Larry, I think you left out a word or two in the following phrase:
    “who will be economically penalized because of will be burning liberal effigies at the polls come November”

    “because of”…what? Are we supposed to “fill in the blanks”? I’m sure we could come up with some “gooduns”!

    What did you mean to say? (Just curious.)

  9. Triviaman,

    Insert “this overhaul”.

    Don’t know how it got blipped but it did.

    Larry

  10. Walk-out what a terrific idea. This charade needs to be shown for what it is. No tax increase, are you nuts. Thats all this Kenyan is all about, he has no clue how to run a head shop much less a country…..
    Remember buy Gold and Buy Lead…..

  11. “Not only is he psychotically dominated by the gravitational pull of his own self-admiration, he is completely unconcerned with the collateral damage and the aftershocks that will effect those around him..”

    OK Larry!

    The cat’s out of the bag.

    Long have I speculated on the extent of your education.

    Finally, in one sentence, you’ve demonstrated, if not possession of degrees in the following academic fields, knowledge far beyond that attributed to us average laymen:
    * Psychiatry
    * Behavioral Science
    * Astronomy
    * Military Tactics
    * and Geology

    “Wordsmith “, is inadequate in describing your lexicographic talents.

    Keep ’em coming Larry.

    A “pox” on all who refuse to publish you.

    No doubt they fear your ascension to their meager ranks.

  12. Redneck,

    I agree with your proposal in walking out but the GOP would never do that in that they so fear in being seen as the “Party of No” as popularized by the left-media. Isn’t it a shame that, rather than they pay attention to how they conduct themselves on camera, they would rather conduct themselves in the interests of their constituents and the common good of our nation?

    Tomorrow’s dog-and-pony show is nothing but political theatre and smoke screen. Last Monday, (this week) Obama issued a new blueprint for healthcare saying that the Democrats they will pass (ram) through Congress with or without Republican support. So much for bi-partisanship and of course transparency has never been as he, so to speak.

  13. Patient in Pa,

    That’s about the nicest thing that has ever been said to me on this site.

    Truth be told: I graduated “Summa Cum Barely” from high school.

    That’s it..

    I’ve always known how to use a library card though.

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  14. Joe,

    Isn’t it strange that the NATION almost unanimously has said “no” but the Republicans don’t want to be seen as the “party of no”..

    The original exercize of the “public option” was the Tea Party movement and the Republicans want them at arms length?

    Sounds like the place that I would want to be.

    That’s the difference between us and them.

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  15. Larry,

    Hope you don’t mind but I used your fist statement/fact with credits in my comment to Coulter. (And did a little advertising too.)

  16. Interesting, on Feb. 22nd Obama released his new health care deal. Part of it is to recall the now famous “Cornhusker Kickback” bribe they made with my very own Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and will instead offer it to all the states.

    So instead of buying one senator’s vote, Obama’s seeing if P J O’Rourke’s book, ‘Parliament Of Whores’ was appropriately titled as he attempts to buy all of them with our money.

    The most basic underlying, inheritantly flawed, intregal part of healthcare is the Democrat’s fallacious promise of “more health coverage at less expense.”

    Obama’s new plan can be found at;
    http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/obama_health_plan_022210.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody

  17. Joe,

    Feel free to use any NLTZ material you would like.

    I appreciate your efforts on my behalf.

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  18. Family,

    I decided to expand a bit upon my comment from above. It is the latest TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/go-no/

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  19. Larry, you may have graduated “summa cum barely” but you are a cop and there’s lots of “peope knowledge in that training. And a library card is the best tool of any scholar.

    So they got through the 6 hours and at the end O-zambi says, “OK, we’ll all go back and think about all this for 4 to 6 weeks and if we can’t compromise, then we’re going to do this without you.”. We were absolutely right. It was a colossal waste of time.

  20. I put together a list of the Senate races going on around the Country for another website that asked me to collect the data and then post it.

    It might help many of you who want to donate to the conservative candidates, so here’s the list:

    Retiring Bayh, Evan – (D – IN) Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is another Democratic incumbent who could find himself in a tough reelection battle this fall. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds that Bayh attracts support from just 44% or 45% of voters when matched against his top potential Republican challengers. Congressman Mike Pence is reportedly considering running against Bayh. At this time, he attracts 47% of the vote while Bayh picks up 44%. [Pence announced the day after these survey results were released that he will not run against Bayh but instead would seek another term in the House “because I believe Republicans will win back the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010.”]

    A former Republican congressman, John Hostettler, http://johnhostettler.com has already indicated he will challenge Bayh. In that match-up, it’s Bayh with a three-point edge, 44% to 41%. Freshman State Senator Marlin Stutzman http://www.gomarlin.com/ has announced that he is in the race. He trails the incumbent by 12 points, 45% to 33%. Any incumbent who attracts less than 50% support at this point in a campaign is considered potentially vulnerable. However, incumbents have many advantages in a campaign, and Bayh has already raised a large amount of cash for his campaign.
    Dan Coats has no campaign website at the moment. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Indiana voters shows former GOP Congressman John Hostettler leading Baron Hill http://baronhill.house.gov/ 49% to 31% and Brad Ellsworth http://www.ellsworth.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=571&Itemid=1 46% to 27%. Former Senator Dan Coats, whose entry in the race has the blessing of the GOP establishment but has angered some Indiana Republicans, runs ahead of Hill 48% to 32% and ahead of Ellsworth 46% to 32%.
    Another announced Republican hopeful, freshman state Senator Marlin Stutzman, leads Hill 41% to 33% and Ellsworth by a 40% to 30% margin. In the six match-ups, five (5%) to nine percent (9%) prefer another candidate and anywhere from 14% to 21% are undecided.

    Not expected to win election Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R) (b. 1954) leads Andrew Romanoff (D) in the Rasmussen poll; match up between Jane Norton leads Michael Bennet 51% to 37%, but a match up between Jane Norton and the other Democratic candidate, Andrew Romanoff she leads by just 7 points 45% to 38%. For more information on Jane Norton, her website is: http://janenortonforcolorado.com/

    Andrew Romanoff, his website is: http://www.andrewromanoff.com/

    Bennett, Robert F. – (R – UT) Bennett is under fire from conservative Republicans, in large part because he supported the first round of bank bailouts during the Bush administration, and because he has supported health reform legislation that is unpopular in some circles of Utah. Likelihood he’ll retain his seat is very low. According to both the polls and the prevailing political winds, which are blowing from the right. One bad sign: He’s already drawn four challengers in the Republican primary.

    His challengers are:
    Attorney Mike Lee (R), (b. 1971) Lee’s platform is upholding the US Constitution and the threats to our Founding Document. His background: general counsel to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. He has represented EnergySolutions and in August ’09 filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Utah counties challenging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s suspension of 77 oil and gas leases. Website: http://www.mikelee2010.com/issues/

    Tim Bridgewater (R) He’s challenging Bennett on the congressional earmarks, tying their proliferation to what they consider out-of-control government spending. He’s for:
    Socially Conservative.
    Fiscally Conservative.
    Limited Government
    Personal Responsibility
    Traditional Family Values
    Energy Independence
    States’ Rights
    Free Markets
    Cut Spending
    Healthcare Reform
    Multiple Use of the Public Lands
    Protect Life of the Unborn
    Protection of Private Property Rights
    Free and Fair International Trade
    Controlling Our Borders
    Choice in Education
    Defend the Constitution
    His website is: http://www.timbridgewater.com/

    Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) (b. 1957). http://markshurtleff.com/articles/74.php He been involved in a number of Pay-to-play scandals:

    Shurtleff reportedly attended the annual convention for Usana Health Sciences, a health and beauty company that has been accused of being an multi-level marketing scheme, in September 2004. There he gave a speech in which he endorsed the corporation. Since that time, Usana has made substantial financial contributions to Shurtleff’s campaign, with over $55,000 in political donations being made in 2008 alone. This violates Title 67 – Chapter 16 of the Utah Public Officers’ and Employees’ Ethics Act which states that it is illegal for a public state official to “disclose or improperly use controlled, private, or protected information acquired by reason of his official position or in the course of official duties in order to further substantially the officer’s or employee’s personal economic interest or to secure special privileges or exemptions for himself or others” or to use his/her position in order to secure special privileges or exemptions for himself or others.

    Attorneys for Marc Sessions Jenson “questioned whether Shurtleff charged Jenson as a favor to a political donor,” Ricke White, one of the three alleged victims who claim they were swindled out of millions of dollars each in an investment scheme supposedly perpetrated by their client. Additionally, White’s wife was said to have contributed a total of $6,500 over a two-year period prior to charges being brought against Jenson to Shurtleff’s campaign.

    In September 2008, Shurtleff awarded the Salt Lake City-based law firm of Siegfried & Jensen a lucrative suit filed against the makers of the drugs Zyprexa and Vioxx. What was not reported, however, was that not only had the private practice law firm “contributed almost $60,000 to Shurtleff’s campaigns over the last eight years”, they had also “hired Ambra Gardner, Shurtleff’s daughter, to work as a paralegal” Additionally, “there were no bids offered for the legal work, just proposals which Shurtleff reviewed.”

    On September 29, 2008, Shurtleff, writing to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) on his office’s official letterhead, vouched for the services of DigitalBridge, a 4G wireless Internet provider, and enclosed the company’s contact information with his recommendation letter. Eleven days earlier, DigitalBridge made a $10,000 contribution to Shurtleff’s campaign.
    Website http://www.markshurtleff.com/issues.php

    Cherilyn Eagar (R) (b.1950) Senate candidate calls on pro-life community to defend the unborn, the elderly and free enterprise. http://www.eagarforsenate.com/issues

    James Russell Williams (R) (b. 1973) constitutionalist conservative Republican and is running on a platform consisting of five ideological planks; limited government, accountability of politicians, fiscal discipline, national security and immigration reform. Some of his other positions include a favoring of private health insurance over government sponsored programs, unrestricted use of public lands, a rollback or Roe v. Wade and making English the official language of the United States. Website: http://www.voteforjameswilliams.com/

    Sam Granato (D) Cannot find any information on him, there isn’t anything on his website regarding what he’s running on. See only seeking donations. http://www.voteforgranato.com/

    I couldn’t find a new poll but a straw poll shows:

    Candidate Votes Percent
    Tim Bridgewater 880 33%
    Mike Lee 792 30%
    Cherilyn Eagar 610 23%
    Bob Bennett (incumbent) 300 11%
    Sam Granato (Democrat) 61 2%
    James Wilson 36 1%

    Retiring Bond, Christopher S. – (R – MO) Since the announcement that he wasn’t running for re-election. Current candidates are Sarah Steelman (R) (B. 1958). Republican U.S. Representative Roy Blunt (R) (B. 1950). Website: http://www.royblunt.com/

    The Progressive Party of Missouri is running Midge Potts (born: Mitchell Eugene Potts) is a transgender peace activist and has an association with Code Pink. She/He is a radical activist. Some how I can see the papers calling her/he (hasn’t gone through the surgery to lob off the protruding parts of his anatomy) a Crack Potts. Website: http://www.midgepotts.com/
    The Democrats are running current Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Website: http://www.robincarnahan.com/ . Where the race stands. As of 2/11/10 Roy Blunt leads with 49% to Robin Carnahan at $2% by Rasmussen. Nothing on where Midge Potts stands in the race.

    Boxer, Barbara – (D – CA) Barbara Boxer is seeking her 4th Term. She’s being challenged by: Republican State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, http://chuckdevore.com/index.asp,
    Carly Fiorina http://www.carlyfiorina.com/,
    Thomas J. Campbell, website http://www.campbell.org/ How they match up? Boxer against Fiorina is 46% to Fiorina at 43%; Boxer against DeVore is 46% to DeVore’s 40%; Boxer to Campbell 46% to 42%. The race will start closing the gap once the Republican primary decides which Republican becomes the nominee. Analysis: The fact that Boxer’s support is frozen at 46% against all GOP challengers suggest that the race for now is about her rather than those running against her. Men favor any of the Republicans by double digits over Boxer, while women prefer the incumbent by similar margins. Voters not affiliated with either party like the Republican candidates by anywhere from nine to 14 points.

    Retiring Brownback, Sam – (R – KS) Sen. Sam Brownback has stated that he will not run for reelection in 2010 because of self-imposed term limits. A politicians with scruples. OH MY GOD! Republican side, U.S. Representative Jerry Moran, his website: http://www.moranforkansas.com/
    and U.S. Representative, Todd Tiahrt both on the GOP side, Dr. James Dobson supports Todd, his website is http://toddtiahrt.com/home.

    Democrats have just one candidate so far, Charles Schollenberger, his website is http://www.schollenberger2010.com/drupal/ . The breakdown by region demonstrates each candidate’s strength. Moran leads Western Kansas 78% to 13%, while Tiahrt leads SE Kansas by 62% to 21%. In the key battleground of NE Kansas – where Johnson County, Topeka and Lawrence are located – Moran holds a wide lead of 34% to 18%. The Democrats don’t have a chance in hell of coming close to winning this race. Once the Republicans decide who the winner is in the Primary, that will be the Senate candidate.

    Retiring Bunning, Jim – (R – KY) The notoriously irascible and unpredictable Bunning finally bowed to the one immutable reality of Kentucky politics: Republicans can’t win without the support of Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader who has long since surpassed Ford as the state’s preeminent politician. For months, McConnell quietly raised doubts about Bunning’s intention to seek a third term, doubts that proved to be more than enough to dry up his contributions.

    In doing so, McConnell was showing the same unsentimental single-mindedness that he has always displayed. A feud between Senators from the same state and same party is rare, but McConnell plays to win. “The Republican leadership was responsible for drying up his funds. Jim is right about that,” Ford, a master of the Senate in his day, told TIME. “But McConnell was focusing on winning or losing. Republicans have lost the last two elections, so McConnell has been losing his taw, as we would say in western Kentucky, and he doesn’t want to lose anymore.”

    [On a personal note, I dislike Mitch McConnell, he’s a bully and very corrupt and he just got re-elected in 2008 and we are stuck with him until 2014. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a five-term senator from Kentucky. He is the minority leader in the 111th Congress, and if the Republicans take the House and Senate, he’ll be our Harry Reid and just as dysfunctional, and he sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. McConnell’s ethics issues stem primarily from (1) earmarks he inserted into legislation for clients of his former chief of staff in exchange for campaign contributions and (2) the misuse of his nonprofit McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville. He been under investigation from both Judicial Watch and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington]

    The two top Republican hopefuls for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky have put a little more distance between themselves and their chief Democratic contenders in a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (moderate Republican) http://www.treygrayson.com/ and Rand Paul (conservative) http://www.randpaul2010.com/, an ophthalmologist and the son of Congressman Ron Paul, remain ahead of Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. Now, however, the GOP hopefuls also are beating state Attorney General Jack Conway. While Paul is likely to get an extra boost from enthusiastic supporters of his father’s presidential bid in 2008, both Republicans are benefiting from unhappiness in Kentucky with the national health care plan now working its way through Congress.

    Just 34% of Kentucky voters favor the health care plan, while 62% oppose it. These numbers include 16% who Strongly Favor it versus 50% who Strongly Oppose. This is much stronger opposition to the plan than is found nationally. Rand Paul, who picked up Sarah Palin’s endorsement on Monday, and fellow Republican Trey Grayson continue to lead their two chief Democratic rivals in Kentucky’s contest for the U.S. Senate.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state taken Tuesday night finds Paul leading Democratic Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo 48% to 37%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate, and 12% are undecided. Paul, an ophthalmologist and the son of Congressman Ron Paul, is ahead of state Attorney General Jack Conway 47% to 39%. Given that match-up, three percent (3%) favor some other candidate, and 11% are undecided.

    Grayson, Kentucky’s secretary of state, currently posts a 49% to 35% lead over Mongiardo, with five percent (5%) preferring another candidate and 11% undecided. A Grayson-Conway contest is the closest of the four potential match-ups with the Republican ahead by just four points, 44% to 40%. Three percent (3%) are looking for another candidate, and 14% are not sure.

    Burr, Richard – (R – NC). Burr is considered a potentially vulnerable incumbent due to his poor approval ratings and low profile statewide. Burr will be challenged in the May Republican primary by Asheboro businessman, community leader, and sitting City Council Member Eddie Burks. Burr’s website is: http://www.burrforsenate.com Burks’ website is http://burks4senate.com/ Army veteran and frequent candidate John Hendrix, website: http://www.johnhendrix.com attorney Kenneth Lewis website: http://www.kennethlewisforsenate.com, former state Senator Cal Cunningham Website: http://www.calfornc.com/index_with_contribution and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall website: http://www.elainemarshall.org are running for the Democratic nomination. Dr. Mike Beitler is seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party.

    Polls show that Burr has a slight lead over the two Democratic contenders. Burr comes in at 47% against Elaine Marshall who’s at 37% and the match up against Cal Cunningham at 50% to 34%.Rasmussan still think he’s vulnerable.

    Retiring Burris, Roland W. – (D – IL) Republican Mark Kirk http://www.kirkforsenate.com/ holds a modest 46% to 40% lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias http://www.alexiforillinois.comin the race for the Illinois Senate following Tuesday’s party primaries. The first post-primary Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Kirk-Giannoulias race finds just four percent (4%) of likely voters in the state prefer some other candidate, while another 10% are undecided.
    Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, the Republican holds a sizable 59% to 22% lead. In December, Giannoulias was up by three points over Kirk. In October, the two men were tied at 41% each. In mid-August, Kirk held a modest 41% to 38% lead over Giannoulias. The two men, as projected in previous Rasmussen Reports surveys, defeated several challengers to win their respective party primaries on Tuesday. But while Kirk holds a six-point lead for now in the race for the Senate seat held by Barack Obama, he may still face an uphill struggle in a state that trends Democratic.

    Kirk, a U.S. congressman, leads Giannoulias, Illinois’ current state treasurer, by a wide margin among male voters but trails his Democratic rival by 13 points among female voters. It’s not a good sign for the constituents of Illinois when the Democrat running for Congress has been under investigation.

    Coburn, Tom – (R – OK) Website: http://coburn.senate.gov/ He’s being challenged by another Republican (moderate) Stephen Wallace, I found no website only thing I found was this http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/taxpayers-for-wallace.asp?cycle=10
    Wallace challenged Inhofe’s seat in Senate in 2008 and lost. No Democratic candidates have come forward. Oklahoma is a very conservative state. I think Tom’s a safe bet. Tom Coburn is also a medical doctor, obstetrician, and ordained Southern Baptist deacon.

    Crapo, Mike – (R – ID) http://www.crapoforsenate.com Idaho Democrats failed to produce a candidate before the filing deadline. So, he’s a safe bet to keep his seat.

    DeMint, Jim – (R – SC) http://www.jimdemint.com/home/ DeMint is considered safe, but there is some criticisms from some Democrats for blaming him on holding up the confirmation of Erroll Southers to the TSA Airplane Board. DeMint also said in July of 2009, that the end of health care reform would be Obama’s waterloo. Republicans are focused on the gubernatorial contest. Personally, he’s my favorite Senator and I don’t live in South Carolina. He’s scandal free and criticizes both parties. Personally, he’s my favorite Senator.

    Retiring Dodd, Christopher J. – (D – CT) With Dodd dropping out thanks to Obama’s pleads. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Democrat Richard Blumenthal http://richardblumenthal.com/?gclid=COq6ncaR-58CFc9k4wodWG_Tkg still comfortably ahead of his two chief Republican rivals. Blumenthal, the state’s longtime attorney general who stepped into the race when the embattled Dodd bowed out, leads former GOP Congressman Rob Simmons http://www.joinrobsimmons.com by 19 points, 54% to 35%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate and seven percent (7%) are undecided. Matched against Linda McMahon, http://www.linda2010.com the ex-CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Blumenthal holds a 20-point advantage, 56% to 36%. Just three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in that contest, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

    In early January, immediately following Dodd’s announcement that he was not seeking reelection, Blumenthal held similar leads over both Simmons (56% to 33%) and McMahon (58% to 34%). A month earlier, however, both Republicans posted leads over Dodd, who was being heavily criticized for his close ties to the financial industry in the wake of the Wall Street meltdown in the fall of 2008. Mostly to stay in the hands of the Democrats.

    Retiring Dorgan, Byron L. – (D – ND). A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds John Hoeven http://www.hoevenforsenate.com/ with a 71% to 17% lead over the only announced Democrat in the race, state Senator Tracy Potter http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracy-Potter-for-US-Senate/456258225531. Four percent (4%) prefer another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. The numbers are only slightly less overwhelming if former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp is the Democratic candidate. Hoeven leads her 65% to 29%. Faced with that match-up, just one percent (1%) favor some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.

    Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters in North Dakota now approve of Hoeven’s performance as governor, including 60% who strongly approve. Likely Republican win.
    Feingold, Russell D. – (D – WI) http://www.russfeingold.org/home.html One more Democratic senator who has long been regarded as a safe prospect for reelection may be facing a challenging year in 2010. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Wisconsin finds Republican Tommy Thompson http://www.tommy-thompson-for-senate.html edging incumbent Russ Feingold 47% to 43% in a hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate and four percent (4%) are undecided. Any incumbent who attracts less than 50% support at this point in a campaign is considered potentially vulnerable.

    Thompson, who served as governor of the state from 1987 to 2001 and as secretary of Health and Human Services in President George W. Bush’s first term, is being urged by Republicans to enter the race. However, it remains unclear if he will enter the race. Feingold is seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate this November.

    Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA) Incumbent Republican Charles Grassley – for now at least – is sitting comfortably ahead of his three leading Democratic challengers in the U.S. Senate race in Iowa. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Iowa finds Grassley, who is expected to seek a sixth Senate term this fall, leading all three of his rivals by two-to-one margins or more. Capturing roughly 60% of the vote in every case, he is well above of the 50% danger mark for incumbents.
    Unlike some Democratic incumbents in seemingly safe seats, Grassley as a Republican seems immune so far to the voter backlash against the stumbling national health care plan and the stimulus and bailout initiatives that Congress approved last year. Barack Obama carried 54% of the vote to win Iowa in 2008. Against former Iowa House member Bob Krause http://www.krauseforiowa.com/. Grassley leads 59%to 26%. In September, he had a 56% to 30% lead over Krause. The GOP incumbent posts a 59% to 31% lead over former U.S. Attorney Roxanne Conlin http://www.roxanneforiowa.com/ who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1982. Article posted on Open Secrets can be read here, https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/11/chuck-grassley-challenger-roxa.html Grassley bests former State Senator Tom Fiegen http://www.fiegenforussenate.com/ 61% to 25%.

    Retiring Gregg, Judd – (R – NH) Former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte http://www.ayotteforsenate.com/ remains the strongest Republican running against Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes http://www.paulhodesforsenate.com/splash/020210 in New Hampshire’s race for the U.S. Senate, but the numbers have changed very little over the past few months. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Ayotte leading Hodes 46% to 39%. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate, and 13% are undecided. A month ago, Ayotte led Hodes 49% to 40%. In September, it was a 46% to 38% race with the Republican ahead.

    Hodes still holds his own, however, against two other GOP hopefuls. He leads Ovide Lamontagne http://ovide2010.com/ , an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1996, by a six-point margin, 44% to 38%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate and 13% are undecided. This match-up is little changed from a month ago. Hodes, a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is in a virtual tie with businessperson Bill Binnie http://www.binnie2010.com/ after the latter’s big TV ad buy in the state. Last month, Hodes held a six-point lead over Binnie, 43%to 37%. Now he earns 42% of the vote to the Republican’s 41%. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. The person who gets the undecided will be the next Senator from New Hampshire.
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Ayotte leading Hodes 46% to 39%. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate, and 13% are undecided.
    A month ago, Ayotte led Hodes 49% to 40%. In September, it was a 46% to 38% race with the Republican ahead.

    Hodes still holds his own, however, against two other GOP hopefuls. He leads Ovide Lamontagne, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1996, by a six-point margin, 44% to 38%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and 13% are undecided. This match-up is little changed from a month ago.

    Hodes, a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is in a virtual tie with businessman Bill Binnie after the latter’s big TV ad buy in the state. Last month, Hodes held a six-point lead over Binnie, 43%to 37%. Now he earns 42% of the vote to the Republican’s 41%. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.
    Inouye, Daniel K. – (D – HI) Inouye has no announced opposition to date; outgoing Republican Governor Linda Lingle is considered a possible GOP candidate. I think this guy is one of the original founders. He’s been a Senator since 1962, it’s time for a change folks.

    Isakson, Johnny http://isakson.senate.gov/ – (R – GA) Republican Congressman Paul Broun http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122737623063 may challenge Isakson in the Republican primary. Democratic side, RJ Hadley, the chief of staff to the Rockdale County Commission, I could not find a website for him, but he has indicated that he will seek the Democratic nomination.

    Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia may be suffering from the same anti-incumbency backlash that many of his Senate colleagues around the country are experiencing in their reelection bids.

    The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Georgia Senate race finds Isakson earning 49% of the vote against an unnamed generic Democratic candidate who picks up the support of 36% of likely voters. Given that match-up, four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and 12% are undecided.

    Rasmussen Reports chose to pit Isakson against a generic candidate because there is as yet no major Democratic challenger in the Georgia Senate race. But it is significant to note that any incumbent who polls at less than 50% at this stage of the campaign is considered potentially vulnerable.

    For any Democrat, however, Georgia is viewed as tough political terrain these days.
    Three-out-of-the-four top GOP candidates are now slightly ahead of the Democrat they are most likely to face in this year’s race for governor in Georgia.

    Retiring LeMieux, George S. – (R – FL) Both Republican hopefuls hold a double-digit lead over their likeliest Democratic opponent, Congressman Kendrick Meek http://www.kendrickmeek.com/ , in the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of this year’s race for the U.S. Senate in Florida. Governor Charlie Crist http://charliecrist.com/ now has a 15-point lead on Meek among likely Florida voters, 48% to 33%. Given this match-up, 10% prefer another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided. Former House Speaker Marco Rubio http://www.marcorubio.com/his-own-words/ now posts a 17-point lead on Meek, 49% to 32%. He had a 14-point lead on the Democrat in the previous survey and a similar margin in October. In a Rubio-Meek contest, six percent (6%) like another candidate, and 13% are undecided. Again, whoever gets the undecided votes will win, and it appears that Rubio is in the lead.

    In December, Crist led Meek by just six, 42% to 36%. At that time, Rubio enjoyed a double-digit lead. The real battle for now is for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida. Crist started off well ahead of Rubio. But his embrace last year of President Obama’s stimulus package helped prompt a conservative backlash against the governor, who last month found himself tied with Rubio among likely GOP Primary voters.

    Rasmussen Reports will release new Florida Republican Primary numbers. Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio has now jumped to a 12-point lead over Governor Charlie Crist in Florida’s Republican Primary race for the U.S. Senate. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters in the state finds Rubio leading Crist 49% to 37%. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate, and 11% are undecided. The new numbers mark a stunning turnaround. Crist was the strong favorite when he first announced for the Senate seat, and Rubio was viewed as a long-shot challenger. But Crist’s support fell from 53% in August to 49% in October. By December, the two men were tied at 43% apiece. Rubio leads Crist by 17 points among men and by seven among women. He also carries 52% of the conservative GOP vote, while moderates prefer Crist. Likely to remain a Republican seat.

    Leahy, Patrick J. – (D – VT) Leahy faces a primary challenger in the form of Daniel Freilich; http://www.danielfreilich.com/ currently a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve and a physician specializing in internal medicine. Cannabis legal reform activist and perennial candidate Cris Ericson has announced her candidacy as an independent. John A. LaPierre http://lapierreforvermont.com/ has also announced his candidacy as an independent. Len Britton http://lenbritton.com/ has announced his candidacy as a Republican. No poll numbers available but likely to remain in the Democrats seat. No information on the polling for this match up.
    Lincoln, Blanche L. – (D – AR) For incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln, http://www.blancheforsenate.com/ the opponents are interchangeable at this point in her bid for reelection in Arkansas. New Rasmussen Reports polling in the state finds her stuck in the mid-30s against any of five Republican opponents. Her GOP rivals, including Congressman John Boozman http://www.boozmanforarkansas.com/ who is expected to enter the race on Saturday, all earn roughly 50% of the vote against the two-term Democrat. But worse for Lincoln in the latest survey is that her numbers continue to fall. In September and December, her support was between 39% and 41% in these match-ups.

    Last month, it slipped to 38% or 39% support against any of four Republicans. Now, her support ranges from 33% to 36%. Boozman, the newest entrant in the race, runs strongest among likely voters in Arkansas for now, beating Lincoln by 19 points, 54% to 35%. State Senator Gilbert Baker (D) http://senatorgilbertbaker.com/ also leads Lincoln by 19, 52% to 33%. State Senate Minority Leader Kim Hendren http://www.hendrenforsenate.com/ posts a 51% to 35% lead over the incumbent.

    Curtis Coleman, http://www.curtiscoleman.com/ a private businessman, also runs ahead of Lincoln 50% to 34%. Tom Cox, http://www.tomcox4senate.com/ head of the Arkansas T.E.A. Party, has a 50% to 36% lead over Lincoln. In all five match-ups, the number who prefer some other candidate or are undecided falls in single digits. The similarity of all these spreads makes it clear that this race continues to be all about Lincoln rather than a reflection of voter support for any of those who are challenging her. Lincoln was clearly hurt in previous surveys by her key role in advancing for debate in the Senate the national health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. But she has since been more critical of the plan which now appears to have run aground in Congress following the upset GOP Senate win in Massachusetts earlier this month. Most Arkansas voters have been strongly opposed to the plan for months.

    Like most of the country, voters in Arkansas also continue to suffer economically despite the costly economic measures approved by Congress over the past year. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Arkansas voters rate their personal finances as good or excellent, while 24% say they are poor. But 56% say their finances are getting worse, compared to just 11% who say they are improving. Lincoln’s reelection bid isn’t helped by the president’s numbers either. Obama lost Arkansas to John McCain by 20 points, 59% to 39%, in November 2008. But voters in the state are even more critical now. Thirty-three percent (33%) at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance, while 66% disapprove. Those who strongly disapprove of the job the president is doing outnumber those who strongly approve by three-to-one – 59% to 20%. This is far more negative that Obama’s job approval ratings nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Twenty-one percent (21%) of Arkansas voters have a very favorable opinion of Lincoln, but 43% view her very unfavorably. The latter number in particular is telling since her opponents are so little known. With the exception of Boozman, the number with very favorable or very unfavorable views of her opponents remains in single digits. For Boozman, very favorable are 24%, while very unfavorable add up to eight percent (8%). Lincoln won’t be back whoever wins the Republican Primary will be the next Senator.

    McCain, John – (R – AZ) Senator John McCain’s future in the U.S. Senate may be a little less assured than previously thought. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters in Arizona finds the longtime incumbent in a virtual tie with potential challenger J.D. Hayworth. McCain earns 45% of the vote, while Hayworth picks up 43%. Former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox gets four percent (4%) support, while two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and seven percent (7%) are undecided. Most likely to remain a Republicans seat, but who’ll that will be is any guess.

    Mikulski, Barbara A. – (D – MD) With the popular Mikulski running for re-election, few Republicans have announced their candidacies. Corrogan Vaughn http://vaughn4america.handzonsitemaker.com/ a political consultant has announced his candidacy. Eric Wargotz, http://wargotzforussenate.org/ a physician currently serving as president of the Queen Anne’s County Commission, has declared that he will run for the Republican nomination. Jim Rutledge III, http://www.rutledgeforussenate.com/ an attorney from Jarrettsville, and Daniel McAndrew, http://danielmcandrew.com/ an engineer from Forest Hill, are also seeking the Republican nomination. Robert Brookman http://www.brookmanprg.com/ is listed on the ballot as Unaffiliated. Found no poll numbers as of yet, but most likely Barbara Mikulski http://mikulski.senate.gov/ will keep her seat.

    Murkowski, Lisa – (R – AK) Murkowski http://www.lisamurkowski.com/ has announced that she will seek reelection and will have fundraising aid from former Governor Sarah Palin. Ms. Murkowski is corrupt and I had hoped that Sarah Palin would seek the nomination but she has chosen not to run. Nothing regarding polling of the candidates. She’ll keep her seat.

    Murray, Patty – (D – WA) Democratic Senator Patty Murray http://murray.senate.gov/ holds double-digit leads on three of the top Republicans who hope to unseat her in this year’s Senate race in Washington State. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Murray, who is expected to seek a fourth six-year term this fall, leads Republican state Senator Don Benton http://www.bentonforsenate.com/ 50% to 38%. Against former professional football player Clint Didier, http://www.clintdidier.org/ now a private businessman active in the Tea Party movement, Murray has a 15-point lead, 49% to 34%. The incumbent posts a 48% to 33% lead over businessman and motivational speaker Chris Widener http://www.chriswidener.org/ .

    In the three contests, anywhere from three (3%) to five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate and nine (9%) to 14% are undecided. An incumbent at this stage of the contest who earns less than 50% is considered potentially vulnerable. The potential vulnerability is highlighted when Murray is matched against Dino Rossi, the unsuccessful GOP candidate in the state’s last two gubernatorial contests. Certainly the best-known of the Republicans, Rossi attracts 48% of the vote in a match-up with Murray while the incumbent earns 46%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. But Rossi, despite encouragement from many Republicans, says so far that he’s not interested in running for the Senate. Rossi numbers are good and he could challenge Murray. Many say she’ll keep her seat, but I think it’s very possible for the Republican candidate could take this seat away for the Democrats. We’ll see who is right on November 2.

    Reid, Harry – (D – NV) Harry Reid http://www.harryreid.com/ may soon have one more Republican opponent in Nevada’s race for the U.S. Senate, and his numbers remain in troublesome territory for an incumbent. Reid, like a number of Democratic Senate incumbents, appears to be suffering from voter unhappiness over the national health care plan and the continuing bad state of the economy. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Reid earning 39% to 41% of the vote against any of four GOP challengers. Sue Lowden http://www.suelowden.com/, Sharron Angle http://www.sharronangle.com/ and Brian Krolicki no official website, only this one http://www.reid-b-gone.com/?p=940 . Still, that’s an improvement from last month when he picked up just 36% against his top two opponents. But Reid had 43% support against those two Republicans in December.

    His Republican opponents, meanwhile, are not doing as well this month, down slightly from the 50% high they’ve hit in the previous surveys. This continues to suggest that the race is still about Reid and not about them. Any incumbent who is earning less than 50% at this juncture is considered vulnerable. I believe he’ll be gone and the strongest Republican is Danny Tarkanian. http://tark2010.org/ . Nevada Governor’s race shows that the Democrat Rory Reid, son of Senator Harry Reid, trailing Republican frontrunner Brian Sandoval by 12 points, 45% to 33%, among likely voters in the state.

    Schumer, Charles E.– Many New Yorkers agree: it would be difficult to find a federal legislator as bad as liberal Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer. Especially when he either sponsored or supported the really bad Bills that caused the financial collapse of this Country. He’s another one who blames George Bush. Bush didn’t write the legislation, that belongs to the Legislative Branch of the Government and it’s clear that Congress caused all this and the collapse fell during the Democratic leadership in Congress and after 2007.

    Schumer is personally responsible for much of the bad policy that led to the economic melt down of the United States. He stands firmly in favor of health care reform that is bad for New Yorkers. He supports a tax on banks that is poison for the Empire State. And now, Schumer is muscling members of his own party, pretending only he may decide who can and cannot run against his hand puppet or marionette pulling her strings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Today, Schumer’s campaign coffers already contain more than $19 million. Until Scott Brown was elected to the US Senate by the growing block of independents in historically loopy liberal Massachusetts, nobody thought it was possible to beat Schumer at the polls. Now the game has changed.

    There is one potential candidate to oppose Schumer in 2010. New York Republican, Conservative and Tea Party leaders are talking up the potential candidacy of CNBC commentator and former Reagan advisor Larry Kudlow http://draftkudlow.com/wordpress/ There’s nothing online regarding him running against Schumer. It appears the website was created by someone who opposes Schumer. Nothing would make me happier then see Schumer fall. I don’t like him and never have, he’s an embarrassment to the once Great State of New York, the Democrats have destroyed the state for decades; and they’ve broken the state and it’s barely thriving. We need better people in Congress, people who believe in right and wrong, have morals and values, when the liberals removed that, that when our Country has continually declined. This is there handy work, so you can thank you Democratic Politician for that.

    Gillibrand, Kirsten (D – NY) Potential challengers to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have come and gone almost from the day she was appointed last year to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Now former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr., a Manhattan investment banker, is showing interest in the race. One Ford adviser told the New York Post, “If Coakley loses or wins by less than five [in the Massachusetts Senate race], it increases the likelihood that he gets in.”

    But the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the potential Democratic Primary match-up shows that Ford faces an uphill fight if he enters the race. Among likely New York Democratic Primary voters, Gillibrand leads by a 25-point margin, 48% to 23%. Ten percent (10%) prefer another candidate, and 18% are undecided. The Republicans have not found a challenger yet for Gillibrand, and some have suggested that Ford ultimately may run as an independent candidate. Ford is considering a Democratic Primary challenge of Gillibrand, who has been widely criticized in her own party ever since Governor David Paterson named her to the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton last year. Gillibrand leads Ford 48% to 23% among likely primary voters.

    Among Republicans, both former Governor George Pataki and ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have been mentioned as possible Senate candidates. Rasmussen Reports tested both these hypothetical match-ups in November. Giuliani led Gillibrand by 13 points at that time – 53% to 40%. Against Pataki, Gillibrand came out barely ahead, 45% to 42%, nearly identical to findings two months earlier. The problem for Republicans is Pataki has expressed no public interest in the race, and Giuliani pulled himself out of consideration within days after the November poll. Now Congressman Peter King, who initially ruled out a Senate run, says he is reconsidering. No major Republicans are in the race at this time.

    Shelby, Richard C. – (R – AL) He’s my Senator and I don’t like him, he’s one of the biggest Republicans earmark candidates and he complains when the Democrats. The fact that he once ran as a Democrat makes a little more sense, but he’s still a hypocrite, nevertheless. He has no real challenger going up against him, so he’ll keep his seat.

    Specter, Arlen – (D – PA) http://www.specter2010.com/ Say goodbye to this curmudgeon. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Pennsylvania voters finds Pat Toomey http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/ out front 47% to 38%. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and 10% are undecided. A month ago, Toomey posted a 49% to 40% lead over Republican-turned-Democrat Specter. Specter is running comfortably ahead of his Democratic Primary challenger, Congressman Joe Sestak http://joesestak.com/Home/Home.html

    Toomey, for the second month in a row, leads Sestak 43% to 35%. Given that match-up, seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and 15% are not sure whom they’ll vote for.
    In December, Toomey led Specter by four and Sestak by six. The unchanging nature of the numbers suggests that the race is still about voter unhappiness with the bad economy and the unpopular big government initiatives coming out of Washington rather than an indication of enthusiasm about any of the candidates. Any incumbent like Specter who consistently earns less than 50% of the vote is considered vulnerable. Specter has finally broken that ceiling in the last two months in his primary match-up with Sestak. Last month, political analyst Larry Sabato rated the Pennsylvania Senate race a toss-up and said in the current political climate Toomey would be the winner if the election had been held then. His analysis followed the shock GOP win in the special Senate election in Massachusetts.

    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Pennsylvania voters currently rate their own finances as good or excellent, while 20% say their finances are poor. But more than half the voters in the state (54%) say they expect their personal finances to get worse over the next year. Only 14% think they’ll get better. Barack Obama won Pennsylvania over John McCain with 55% of the vote in November 2008. But just 44% of Pennsylvania voters now approve of the job Obama is doing as president, with 28% who strongly approve. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove of the president’s job performance, including 43% who strongly disapprove. This is comparable to Obama’s overall job approval ratings nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Specter, a Republican senator for 28 years, became a Democrat last April following a Rasmussen Reports poll that showed him trailing conservative challenger Toomey by 21 points in a likely Republican Senate Primary match-up. Particularly damaging to Specter among Pennsylvania Republicans was his vote for the president’s $787-billion economic stimulus plan, one of only three votes cast by Republicans for it.

    The Democrats will lose this seat.

    Thune, John – (R – SD). Democrats criticize Thune for being an obstructionist and not working with President Obama and his agenda. Which is why we love him. He, Richard Shelby and Jim DeMint are all throwing a wrench in the wheel works to stop Obama’s agenda.

    For John Thune, http://www.johnthune.com/ 2010 looks like a good year to run for re-election. For Tim Johnson, it looks like a good year not to. Thune, the first-term Senate Republican from South Dakota, showed well in a statewide sampling of voters that offered more troubling results for Johnson. Thune’s job approval rating of 57 percent is particularly strong when compared to the 28 percent and 31 percent approval ratings for Democrats and Republicans in Congress overall, respectively.

    Thune also wins big in a hypothetical match-up in his re-election campaign in 2010 against an as-yet-unnamed Democrat. That was the only polling option since there isn’t a Democratic challenger yet in the Senate race. Thune beat a “generic Democratic candidate” 56 percent to 33 percent in the survey by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C. In a summary of the survey by PPP, company president Dean Debnam said Thune was “one of the more popular senators in the country and safe for re-election.” Johnson didn’t do as well with the same 702 South Dakota voters in the survey, with 46 percent approving of his job performance and 45 percent disapproving. Thune’s disapproval rating was 35 percent.

    If there was a match up of John Thune vs. Barack Obama the percentages are John Thune 74% to Obama 24%. It’s not a scientific polling. But it does show you in what the direction this Country wants to be heading toward. Safe bet he’ll win re-election.

    Vitter, David – (R – LA) Incumbent Republican David Vitter http://vitter.senate.gov/public/ has an even more commanding lead this month over his top Democratic challenger in Louisiana’s race for the U.S. Senate. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Vitter leading Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon
    http://www.charliemelancon.com/ 57% to 33%. Just three percent (3%) would opt for some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.

    In January, Vitter led Melancon 53% to 35%. Melancon also trailed Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, who was considering challenging Vitter for the GOP Senate nomination, by a 53% to 31% margin in that poll. Vitter received less than 50% against Melancon in October. Incumbents who earn less than 50% of the vote at this stage of the campaign are considered vulnerable. Dardenne has since announced that he will not run against Vitter.

    Retiring Voinovich, George V. – (R – OH) Republican Rob Portman http://www.robportman.com/ still has narrow leads over his two chief Democratic opponents for the seat being vacated by GOP Senator George Voinovich in Ohio is retiring. A new Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters in Ohio finds the leading Republican Senate hopeful with four-point margins over both Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher http://www.fisherforohio.com/ and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner http://www.jenniferbrunner.com/ . But there’s been little movement in the numbers from a month ago. Portman now posts a 43% to 39% lead over Fisher. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, given that match-up, and 13% are undecided. Last month, Portman led Fisher 44% to 37%.

    Against Brunner, Portman leads 42% to 38%. Five percent (5%) again like another candidate, and 15% are undecided. In January, Portman was ahead of Brunner 43% to 40%.
    In December, Portman was in a virtual tie with Fisher 38% to 36% and was ahead of Brunner 40% to 33%. In September, the candidates were neck-and-neck.

    Wyden, Ron – (D – OR) The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of likely voters in Oregon finds incumbent Democratic Senator Ron Wyden http://wyden.senate.gov/ with a 49% to 35% lead over law professor Jim Huffman, (cannot find a campaign website) the most prominent Republican reportedly considering running against him. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.

    Given Oregon’s political leanings, it’s a tough struggle for any Republican candidate against a popular Democrat like Wyden. Still, an incumbent who polls less than 50% at this stage of the campaign is viewed as potentially vulnerable, and this week’s surprise announcement by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh that he will not seek reelection has sent shock waves through Democratic ranks. It’s interesting to note, too, that Huffman, a political newcomer, is an unknown quantity to 43% of the voters in Oregon, while just nine percent (9%) don’t know enough about Wyden to have an opinion of him. This suggests Huffman may be getting some support just because he isn’t the Democrat. This appears to remain in the Democrat hands. If Huffman wants to win, he’d better start putting a campaign website together.

    Well, those are the candidates and challengers. Use the information to choose the best candidate and not vote according to party affiliations. We need candidates to stand up for the US Constitution. I hope this helps you do that. I’m not endorsing any candidates in some areas I’m stating my personal opinion.

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    Eileen,

    Well I finally finished reading your post and while it was quite lengthy I found it to be most informativel It is the first post I have read that put together ALL of the candidates and I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into gathering all this information and putting it in one place. Your tireless efforts are a great source of inspiration to all of us. Again, Thank you.

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