Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) may be looking for a new job next year. The liberal Democrat from an increasingly Republican Louisiana is heading for Obama levels of unpopularity, according a new poll of the Bayou State.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu‘s approval ratings within Louisiana dropped more than ten points to 47 percent in the last six months, likely due to her support of the Affordable Care Act, according to polling data released Thursday.
The poll was completed among Louisiana residents by Southern Media & Opinion Research‘s Bernie Pinsonat, with funding from private subscribers. Pinsonat releases biannual surveys that track approval ratings for key Louisiana lawmakers and issues; the last one was released April 2.
“Senator Landrieu’s job performance has deteriorated since this spring,” the poll’s press release stated. “If (she) faced re-election in the next few months, her outlook for re-election would be highly unlikely.”
Landrieu sold her vote for Obamacare despite the fact that most in her state opposed it. This week, she voted along with the Democrat majority to nuke the filibuster, again identifying herself more closely with Washington’s Democrats at a time when Washington’s Democrats are coming off as less competent, and far less funny, than the Three Stooges.
Landrieu’s likely GOP opponent is Dr. Bill Cassidy, who is sure to make Landrieu’s support for Obamacare front and center in his campaign. Cassidy will be running at a time when the state’s GOP governor, Bobby Jindal, appears to be making a comeback. His popularity is rising as Landrieu’s is falling.
Republicans need just six seats to gain the majority and, thanks to Harry Reid nuking the filibuster with Landrieu’s help, pass an Obamacare repeal. Obama will never sign it, of course, and overriding his veto is a steep hill to climb even if the Democrats get blown out next year. But Obama would hold no power, and Congress could put him on the rack for the last two years of his presidency. That possibility alone ought to be enough to finish Landrieu off next year.