NV-SEN: Harry Reid And The Weak Tea Effect

Politico reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) continues to face weak support back home, and trails both of his leading Republican opponents, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll released today.

Even as Reid has been airing a number of television ads highlighting his clout in the Senate and work saving jobs back home, the poll shows a near-majority of Nevada voters still view him unfavorably. Reid holds just a 38 percent approval rating – the exact same total as the last Mason-Dixon poll in October – with 49 percent disapproving.

Reid trails former Nevada Republican party chairwoman Sue Lowden by 10 points, 51 to 41 percent, and also trailed businessman Danny Tarkanian by a six-point margin, 48 to 42 percent.

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This is exactly what happened to Tom Daschle in 2004–weak leadership creates the appearance of weakness, and nobody wants to be represented by a weak Senator.

Reid has repeatedly bent over backwards to make conservatives happy, yet he’s more unpopular than ever among his constituents.

Reid would probably see a bump in the polls if he stopped capitulating and started playing hardball, both with the Republicans and some of the more obstinate members of his caucus.

Heck, a shot of spine certainly couldn’t hurt Reid at this point–not with his polling in the gutter like that.

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