Carper’s Senate record is catching up with him

Filed in National by on June 13, 2018

Sen. Tom Carper’s 9 point decline in popularity is no doubt an outworking of the fact that the voters finally have an alternative.

(How about giving KEH a little thanks for putting the spotlight on Senator Do-Nothing?)

The eight senators with the biggest declines last quarter — a net drop of 9 points or more — are all Democrats.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who is up for re-election in a state where 58 percent of voters approved of President Donald Trump during the first quarter, now finds himself 1 point underwater — 43 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove — after a net slide of 17 points from fourth quarter, the biggest decline of any senator during that period.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) suffered a net decline of 9 points, though she still has the approval of 47 percent of her constituents, compared with Trump’s 48 percent quarterly approval rating among those voters.

Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz each dropped 13 points, while New Mexico Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall fell 9 points and 10 points, respectively. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware also slid 9 points.

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  1. RE Vanella says:

    The walls are closing in and the writing on them is coming into focus. Time’s up, Tom.

  2. Alby says:

    Carper remains well above the waterline, up 52-27. That 9-point drop is from the stratosphere. Coons runs 4 points behind him, 48-31.

  3. RE Vanella says:

    Just a trend in the right direction. Plus, I’d speculate that many Castle-type Republicans “approve” and guess what they can’t do in the September primary.

  4. Alby says:

    “Plus, I’d speculate that many Castle-type Republicans “approve” and guess what they can’t do in the September primary.”

    You’ll be able to ascertain how many such Republicans still exist by how many vote for Truono. It’s enough to matter in a primary, but it’s a blip in the general population.

    Conversely, a lot of independents probably withdrew their support, and they can’t vote, either.

  5. RE Vanella says:

    Yeah, I mean you could cut this thousands of ways. I’m just content to take it at face value. It took decades but Tommy’s shine is beginning to tarnish.

    Just to counter the point on independents. I think compared to the Republican the Independent is more likely to have registered as a Democrat to vote for Harris. I know more than one person who has done. Moreover I am one as well.

  6. Jason330 says:

    There is a mounting body of electoral evidence that suggest that Democrats want to vote for people who will fight Trump.

    Has Tom Carper racked up gaudy election night totals? Yes. Does that mean he doesn’t need to be seen to be resisting Trump? I guess we’ll see.

  7. hmm says:

    Y’all are nutty. This is in a vacuum just approval vs disapproval, Carper is sitting super safe.

  8. Alby says:

    “This is in a vacuum just approval vs disapproval,”

    Yes, this is something that politicians themselves measure but rarely make public, so a public poll is a rare glimpse at this yardstick.

    “Carper is sitting super safe.”

    Yes, as I noted, he’s +25, still a safe margin. But it’s just an opinion unless you cite polls like the one you just trashed.

  9. Liz Allen says: Free Trader Carper! I recall in the Bush regime, he voted with Bush more than democrats? Time to go Tom, hang it up.

  10. Liz Allen says:

    Another site to get good information on Mr. Mouse.

  11. Liz Allen says:


    We should all remember how Carper supported these horrific “exchanges”…would never support medicare for all…another reason he has to GO.

  12. Liz Allen says:

    OK, I am done. These are the reasons we need a new senator.

  13. RE Vanella says:

    I guess we’ll see, Ed. I guess we’ll see. If you ask me, you don’t look up to it. But again, we’ll see.

  14. RE Vanella says:

    Also, if this is a vacuum, how the fuck are you here?

  15. Demitri Theodoropoulos says:

    As the green candidate for U.S. Senate I think any fresh candidate for Senate would be a good thing but the two machines are caught up in big money no matter what. The two parties require bounties for nomination and large bounties for committee assignments.

  16. Jack D says:

    Carper will win 70-30. The “insurgent” campaign fueled by people who are mad at everyone and run facebook groups has been poorly run and organized. Sorry but true.

  17. Alby says:

    How many total votes Carper receives will be a better measure of how many voters he still commands. Carper won’t make the Castle mistake. They noticed the drop, too.

  18. RE Vanella says:

    Demitri – I appreciate your comment. All I can tell you is that Kerri is not caught up in big money. She is not and will not be. But again I understand your concern.

    Jack… I guess we’ll see, bud. Personally I’m voting for a candidate with whom I agree on agenda and commitment. I couldn’t care less about disposition of the people fuelling the campaign or Facebook.

    For the record, I’m not part of the campaign. I’m angry, but the people on the campaign staff aren’t.

  19. RE Vanella says:

    “We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror.”

    –Karl Marx, Neue Rheinische Zeitung, Köln, May 1849

  20. Ben says:

    I will never vote for Tom Carper again… so if the the DNC ends up “Bernie-ing” Harris, as I’m sure they will try to do, I will for sure vote for you, Mr Theodoropoulos.

  21. nathan arizona says:

    REV: Really? Off with their heads? Eye for an eye — literally? Marx is a fascinating read and had some good ideas, but I don’t think this was one of them. I realize the quote is out of context. And maybe you have a spin on it that I’m not getting. But it’s only a blog comment, and I’m actually just trying to make conversation. And I’m bummed Velasquez just lost his no-hitter.

  22. RE Vanella says:

    Prepare the guillotines.

  23. nathan arizona says:

    Jefferson Airplane sang “the time is right for violent revolution,” but they didn’t really mean it. I don’t think. At least I’m pretty sure they didn’t think it out. I realize you have a sense humor about this. That’s always welcome.

  24. RE Vanella says:

    …. Please note…

    This is the internet…

    … three-quarters of you are anonymous…

    …my comments are not ex cathedra…

    …tongue planted deep in the cheek.

    (Stop stepping on my fucking jokes.)

  25. RE Vanella says:

    All that said, would I mind if JB Sessions were dragged out of DOJ and drawn & quartered on Constitution Ave in front of a cheering crowd?

    I would not.

  26. nathan arizona says:

    Now that I would go for.

    It takes a while to know when you’re joking. A lot of it would work better in person where the attitude behind it is clear. But I’m catching on. I like jokes, especially about serious things. The darker the better. Also, some other commenters seem deadly seriously all the time. But that’s mostly on the other blog.

  27. RE Vanella says:

    I find it’s more interesting if you can’t tell. As far as Blue Delaware, it’s a great cure for insomnia.

    A more boring group would be hard to find.