Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Historically during troubled economic times partisan as well as undecided voters tend to vote against the incumbent. Elizabeth Emken early on, dubbed 2012 the year of the anti-incumbent. It seems highly probable thet Elizabeth will be sending home the 79 year-old lifetime, career “public servant” home. By sending her home, she will be sending Senator Feinstein home for good….good for the United States and good for California.
The University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
In her undeniable arrogance and elitism, Senator Feinstein said three weeks ago in an interview with the Silicon Valley Mercury News that she was “Putting her re-election campaign on cruise control.”
Not any longer Senator Feinstein, steering $25 billion in tarp funds toward your husband’s company that refurbished foreclosed homes will become one of the many straws breaking your back in 2012.
Could it be in her failure to pay attention she has not heard the footsteps rapidly approaching her? Highly probable as a senator, Feinstein has been deaf to the needs of the entire state, as she tended to support the fringe elements in her San Francisco Home town.
Here’s a head’s up for you Senator, you will not be receiving votes from the Tea Party groups in CA, forget about members of the NRA as you repeatedly attempt to destroy the Second Amendment, forget about the military vote, as they hold the entire Constitution along with the Second Amendment in high esteem, you may kiss the votes of the former farm owners in the San Joaquin goodbye as you put 80,000 workers out of work while destroying the crop of California’s Bread Basket while once again serving those who own you in the environmental movement while saving the delta smelt.
Agreed the delta smelt was put on the endangered species list, when there was no proof that it is. It brings up and interesting point Mrs. Feinstein, voters across America have targeted failed politicians like you and the CA voters have targeted you for extinction on November 6th.
Perhaps those who may have voted for you, like pipe fitters who along with all of America would have benefited from high paying jobs. Of course being “Too Wrong” 4 “Too Long” you missed that your own party members believe they have enough votes to override President Obama’s veto.
Feinstein’s approval rating has dropped steadily since 2006; Senators who have never previously won with 60+ percent of the vote (like Feinstein) have lost half of their 5th term bids
This year Mrs. Feinstein have made the decision to vote for Elizabeth Emken who has the credentials, endorsement of the California Republican Party and a belief system, that will restore CA and the entire United States back to its leadership place and glowing beacon to the entire world.
They see in her a woman of accomplishment and class. Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. – helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her studies included course work at Cambridge University, where she focused on political and economic issues in China and the Middle East.
Since Dianne Feinstein was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, the state of California has certainly been a Democratic stronghold in federal elections.
During these 18 years, Democrats have carried California in all five presidential races, won all eight Senate contests, and claimed 315 of 525 general election U.S. House seats (60 percent) in the Golden State.
As a result, of the 23 U.S. Senate seats held by the Democrat caucus on the ballot in 2012, most D.C. prognosticators as one of the safest – rated as “Safe Democrat” by Stuart Rothenberg, Charlie Cook, and Larry Sabato, view Feinstein’s. (These talking heads need a wake up call)
Feinstein is also looking to become just the second five-term female U.S. Senator in American history, joining fellow Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, who accomplished this feat last November.
All this suggests Feinstein will be a shoo-in for a fifth term, right? Not at all!
For starters, the senior Senator from California’s job approval rating has been languishing in the 40s for well over a year and has been on the decline for half a decade.
SurveyUSA’s most recent poll from February of this year found Senator Feinstein with only a 43 percent approval rating – down by more than a quarter from the 59 percent rating she received in November 2006 when she was elected to her fourth term.
That means Feinstein has suffered through a 29-point net drop in job approval from her reelection in November 2006 (+25 points; 59 percent approve, 34 percent disapprove) to February 2011 (-4 points; 43 percent approve, 47 percent disapprove).
And the February poll is not an aberration.
Feinstein enjoyed a string of 34 consecutive months from June 2005 through March 2008 of approval ratings at or above 50 percent in SurveyUSA polling.
Since April 2008, however, Feinstein has seen her job approval-rating fall below 50 percent in 25 of 33 SurveyUSA polls through February 2011, including each of the last 12.
Looking at the yearly aggregation of Feinstein’s job ratings across the last six years of SurveyUSA polling finds the Senator gradually shedding support from Californians – a decline that started well in advance of the GOP surge in 2009.
Feinstein’s job approval rating has fallen from a yearly average of 55.6 percent in 2006, to 53.6 percent in 2007, to 50.3 percent in 2008, to 48.6 percent in 2009, to 43.5 percent in 2010, to 43.0 percent during the first two months of 2011.
Feinstein’s disapproval rating, meanwhile, has increased from 36.3 percent in 2006 to 39.1 percent in 2007, 41.6 percent in 2008, 43.1 percent in 2009, to 47.8 and 47.5 percent in 2010 and 2011 respectively.