When Steve Bannon announced two weeks ago that he would be willing to lead the party faithful into the trenches to pull out victories against those RINOs who wouldn’t vote the will of the people, there was a moment of held breath in Washington. This was the equivalent of Bernie Sanders saying to the Socialist wing of the Democrat Party that he was ready to wage war on the DNC in order to bring about the necessary changes that would serve the people who voted Left.
Many in the faux Conservative media, like Bill Kristol, scoffed at the insinuation, acting as if this was just another stunt. The Fake News Industrial Complex treated it with an ounce of skepticism, but were nevertheless largely unimpressed. Even Democrats were pooh-poohing the whole episode as what they called a “stunt” by the Trump supporters. The one group, however, that pricked up their ears to the announcement were the endangered Swamp RINOs.
As it turns out, they really did have something to worry about. New polling data has been released that indicates that many incumbent RINO senators are in deep trouble and have managed to awaken a sleeping dragon in Trump supporters who really, honestly believe that the Swamp can and should be drained. That’s real bad news for the GOP, especially since much of their donation base has dried up because of the RINOs’ unveiled venomous attacks on our president!
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday for the third quarter shows plunging approval ratings for most incumbent senators from both parties among all voters.
Republican establishment senators aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) see even more dramatic declines in their net approval ratings among likely Republican primary voters, as reported in “DATA DU JOUR – per Morning Consult,” by Politico Playbook:
The average senator’s approval ranking has dropped by eight net percentage points since the first quarter of 2017. … Among the 25 senators with the largest approval drops over this time period, 18 are Republicans and 7 are Democrats. … Susan Collins’ net approval among Maine Republicans dropped from +38% to -2% over the last quarter, a 40 point swing. Lisa Murkowski’s net approval among Alaska Republicans dropped from +33% to +2%, a 31 point swing.
Dean Heller’s net approval among Nevada Republicans dropped from +41% to +16%, a 25 point swing. McConnell is the least popular senator and growing increasingly unpopular: The Senate Majority Leader maintains his title as the least popular senator in America, with 33% of Kentucky voters approving and 55% disapproving. This represents a net 15% drop since Q2.
Among all voters, Republican establishment senators fared poorly as well.
Among the incumbent senators who are up for re-election in 2018 whose approval ratings are under 50 percent, always a danger sign for incumbents, are:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) with a 33 percent approval, 48 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 4 points, explaining perhaps why he has said he will not run for re-election.)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), with a 38 percent approval, 41 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 3 points.)
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), with a 39 percent approval, 30 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 2 points.)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), with a 42 percent approval, 39 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 4 points.)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), with a 41 percent approval, 38 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 1 point.)
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), with a 43 percent approval, 32 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 3 points.)
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), with a 45 percent approval, 35 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 4 points.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), with a 45 percent approval, 36 percent disapproval rating.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), with a 46 percent approval, 41 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 6 points.)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), with a 47 percent approval, 28 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 3 points.)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), with a 47 percent approval, 26 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 6 points.)
Other notable ratings of senators not up for re-election in 2018:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), with a 49 percent approval, 38 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 6 points.)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), with a 46 percent approval, 44 percent disapproval rating.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), with a 40 percent approval, 29 percent disapproval rating. (Approval down 8 points.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), with a 62 percent approval, 30 percent disapproval rating.
Being an Alaska resident, I can honestly say that Lisa Murkowski is about as popular here among Republicans as a bear living under your house (and that has actually happened to me and it is not fun). Murkowski has been a thorn in the side of Alaskans, choosing more often to side with Leftists here in the Last Frontier rather than her own party, merely because they are clustered in bigger cities and will camp outside her office there in Juneau, or all 15 of them will march down the main streets in Anchorage.
That aside, it is more than likely that many of these incumbents will manage to slide through by the skin of their teeth. Then again, if the current trends keep up, even their name recognition may not be enough to save their hides. Hopefully, long before this occurs, they wise up and just do what they promised for their constituents, which is to support President Trump. That would be a breath of fresh air in the Washington Swamp!