Barbara Boxer hasn’t been polling nearly as badly as has her colleague from the Nutmeg State, but in a campaign that’s just getting underway, in a state that went for Obama by 24 points (just a shade smaller than the Democrat’s margin in the Bay State), she’s only six points ahead of her weakest challenger. Her strongest challenger, my gal Carly, has made it a real race, trailing Boxer by only three points. When the Massachusetts campaign got underway, the Democrat, though not an incumbent had won a statewide election, led her Republican challenger by thirty points. Most polls have him up right now.
And while Democrats have a 3-to-1 registration edge over Republicans in Massachusetts, here in the Golden State it’s only 3 to 2.
Now, California Democrats are beginning to worry that a Brown victory in the Bay State could rev up Republicans out here:
For Boxer, a favorite Republican target, a GOP win in Massachusetts would be a particularly dark sign representing “not just the canary in the coal mine,” said Wade Randlett, a leading Silicon Valley fundraiser for Obama. “It’s the flock of dead ravens landing on the lawn.”
Even the Mayor of the state’s most liberal big city can read the tea leaves:
“We better get our act together – and quickly,” [San Francisco Mayor Gavin] Newsom said. Voters “are so angry. They don’t feel that we’re paying attention to their needs, in terms of their jobs, and what’s going on at the grassroots, in their neighborhoods.
Mrs. Boxer doesn’t spent much time in the jurisdiction she represents, having held no town halls on health care last fall. When I contacted her office to ask if she had ever held any, they told me she does hold them. In Washington. Yup, that’s right, you gotta to make a cross country journey to talk to our Senator about the issues facing our country and our state.
So, given how poorly Ma’am’s been polling, you think maybe she’ll pull a Chris Dodd, opening the race for a Democrat who takes the time to listen to the citizens of the once-Golden State?