After being defeated in Massachusetts’, progressive health care insurance reform put on the back burners, if not defeated, and the SCOTUS ruling changing up McCain/Feingold, the news for Democrats on the political front is still deteriorating. Here is the latest.
The Fix | Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry to retire
Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow morning, according to three sources briefed on the decision.
Berry will become the sixth Democrat in a competitive seat to leave in the last two months but the first to announce his retirement since the party’s special election loss in Massachusetts last Tuesday.
“The message coming out of the Massachusetts special election is clear: No Democrat is safe,” said National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain.
Rasmussen Reports | Election 2010: Indiana Senate
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%.
The Politico | Beau Biden not running for Senate
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Beau Biden, e-mailed supporters on Monday morning to say that he will not seek his father’s Senate seat. The younger Biden’s decision is a blow to the Democratic Party.
“My first responsibilities are here in Delaware,” Biden wrote. “I have a duty to fulfill as attorney general — and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do. Therefore, I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as attorney general.”
The favorite for the seat is now Rep. Mike Castle, a popular Republican moderate.
Adding insult to injury, Gallup has some more bad news for the Dems.
The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats’ (88%) and Republicans’ (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama is easily the largest for any president in his first year in office, greatly exceeding the prior high of 52 points for Bill Clinton.
If this keeps up it might be time for a political defibrillator for the Dems.