After spending a day flying across the country, I return to an e-mail box full of political good news. Seems, as I have long forecast, the unhappy Barney Frank is slipping in the polls. He’s below 50, a danger sign for an incumbent, particularly one who’s been in office for the thirty years.
No wonder he had to call in Bill Clinton.
The Sean Bielat campaign has declared themselves within reach of unseating Barney Frank in Massachusetts’ 4th CD, one of the presumed safest districts for Democrats in the nation. The poll, conducted for the campaign by OnMessage, shows Frank falling below the 50% mark despite the D+14 composition of his constituency. Bielat comes within nine points, even though the poll shows that he still badly trails in name recognition.
Seems Bielat is getting a lot of support from people who don’t have a clue who he is, save that he’s the person running against Barney. Morrissey, the CPAC blogger of the year has some good analysis of the race, so read the whole thing.
You can donate to Bielat’s campaign here.
(Morrissey article via Instapundit.)
UPDATE: Commenting on these numbers, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud which has backed Bielat, commented:
We believe strongly that the best thing we can do to protect the jobs of gay workers isn’t to pass new federal laws, but instead to fire one of the men responsible for the financial meltdown that cost millions of Americans their jobs. GOProud is strongly committed to doing whatever is necessary to help fire Barney Frank!
UP-UPDATE: Brian O’Connor reminds us that Barney’s “last Republican challenger did not even garner 24% of the general election vote.” He breaks down the numbers and contends the Bielat could win this one, particularly given that he’s over 50% with unaffiliated voters, leading the big-spending 15-term Congressman 51-34 among this normally bellwether demographic.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Heh: “HELP ME BILL CLINTON, YOU’RE OUR ONLY HOPE: Barney Frank just blinked, and everyone in Massachusetts knows it.”