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Monday, October 12, 2009

Will Pelosi Puppets Suffer In 2010?

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The Republicans have been using Nancy Pelosi as a shot across the bow to Democratic politicians that are up for reelection in 2010.

Wall Street Journal shows the dislike and distrust of Pelosi in the minds of the American people and how the GOP believes making it clear who votes with her 90 percent of the time, like puppets, will suffer for it in the long run.

In a recent Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, 44% of respondents had negative feelings about Ms. Pelosi and 27% had positive ones, with the remaining 29% either neutral or not sure. Among independents, 53% viewed her negatively and just 20% positively.

The GOP have ads targeting politicians that follow behind Pelosi like little lapdogs, hoping Pelosi's disapproval ratings with attach themselves to those politicans.

Overall, it is a strategy that may work.

The Republican strategy is aimed at retaking centrist districts where Democrats have sometimes won election by persuading voters that they aren't beholden to liberals such as Ms. Pelosi.

"These campaigns have become national," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), who heads the recruiting of Republican House candidates. "Some people say, 'I personally like my current Congress member, but I don't like the way Congress is going.' Then they find out someone voted with Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time."

Association with the "Pelosi" name, will, indeed, hurt any politicians that votes with Pelosi and against their constituency simply to vote along party lines.