As everyone knows, when the Democratic president and Democratic congressional majorities press for the progressive legislation they campaigned on, it’s very politically risky. Meanwhile, nobody faces any risks for obstructing that agenda. After all, these Democrats all got elected by accident, not because any of them or anything they stand for is popular. That’s why Dave Weigel’s post about how Beau Biden is now leading Mike Castle by five points in polling instead of trailing hum by 20 is so nuts:
What’s responsible for the Biden surge? He’s grabbed the lead in vote-rich New Castle County, built up a 41-point lead among Democratic voters, and moved to only 5 points behind Castle among independents. According to the pollster, the shift “may be a result of negative publicity [Castle] received in the state after casting a ‘no’ vote for President Obama’s health care reform bill in the U.S. Congress.” Castle, who has thrived as a moderate Republican in an increasingly Democratic state, has been casting more partisan votes — against the stimulus package, for the Stupak amendment — that have been well-reported in Delaware.
Crazy talk! Meanwhile, the right is trying to give Rep. Kendrick Meeks (D-FL) a fighting chance of making it to the senate by spiking Charlie Crist’s effort to secure the GOP nomination and an easy win.