Survey USA recently posted the latest results of its Senate approval ratings tracking poll, and Senate Guru has a concise analysis of what the reelection landscape looks like for Washington’s Sen. Patty Murray:
Patty Murray Jan. ’09 Feb. ’09 Mar. ’09 Apr. ’09 Approve 55 54 54 54 Disapprove 36 37 34 32
Senator Murray’s numbers remain remarkably stable and quite safe with little Republican opposition on the horizon.
I dunno, perhaps after losing her King County Executive race, Susan Hutchison will offer herself up for another beating, this time at the hands of the diminutive Sen. Murray, but for the life of me, I can’t think of any other prominent Republican who might be willing to jump into the race. Certainly not Dino Rossi, who seems contentedly devoted to making himself some more money. And while I’ve heard rumors that Rep. Dave Reichert might be considering a challenge, I have a hard time believing he’s that stupid.
No, as things stand, the only Republican with a hope of taking down Sen. Murray is State Attorney General Rob McKenna, and I’d be shocked if he isn’t wisely biding his time in preparation for a 2012 run at the governor’s mansion.
Of course, there’s plenty of time for things to change. The economy could go even further down the toilet, causing voters to blame President Obama and the Democratic Congress. Or some other disaster, political or otherwise, could strike.
But Sen. Murray has always been a much more adept politician than her opponents have ever acknowledged (publicly, or to themselves,) and to describe WA’s Republican bench as weak is to deceptively imply that the state GOP actually has a bench. It’s more like a three-legged stool. With two of its legs missing.
Local R’s sure do enjoy mocking Murray as the dumbest Senator in the other Washington, yet they can’t ever manage to scrape up a credible challenger. Huh. I wonder what that says about them?