Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Bad News for Smilin' Norm
Minnesota Sens. Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman both took hits to their public image in the past year, with their job approval ratings falling below 50 percent, according to the latest Minnesota Poll.
Dayton, a Democrat who's up for reelection next year, took the heaviest blow: His approval rating declined by 15 points in a year, from 58 percent to 43 percent. The approval rating for Coleman, who just began his third year in office, fell by 7 points, from 54 to 47 percent.
Sure, it's far worse news for Dayton, who faces reelection in 2006, but he's had a rough year. His decision to close his D.C. office for the election was unsound. His speech on Rice will strike many as shrill and partisan, regardless of how founded in fact it is.
Smilin' Norm, the consummate empty-suit opportunist, has hitched his wagon to a 51 point star. He's going to need a winning smile to distract voters from his absolute lack of a political core.