Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s favorability ratings in all 50 states:
As noted last week, McConnell is far more unpopular than Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 27-58 favorability ratings, versus 40-53, respectively. McConnell is a net-18 points more unpopular. There’s no doubt that his refusal to pass another stimulus bill in response to our national calamity is having an effect.
In the Senate battlegrounds:
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Those are cartoonishly bad numbers, with Republican South Carolina’s net -19 favorability rating being McConnell’s best results.
Of these states, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, and North Carolina are the top-tier races, and all are -20 or worse net favorables for McConnell. He really is toxic. Yet Democrats have never gone after him the way Republicans have tried to use Pelosi to scare voters into voting for them.
Instead, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York has been going off on this weird kick about Herbert Hoover.
Pres. Hoover was reluctant to use national resources at the outset of the Great Depression.
And Republicans from Pres. Trump to Sen. McConnell are starting to look more like Pres. Hoover.
The pain Americans are experiencing requires IMMEDIATE action from the federal government.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 17, 2020
It’s clear that someone over in the Senate is really into this Hoover framing, thinking it has juice. But, most Americans aren’t over 100 years old. What’s next, tying Republicans to Grover Cleveland?
And it’s not just Schumer, unfortunately.
In nearly 100 years, Republicans have learned absolutely nothing. Herbert Hoover guaranteed a depression when he refused to act after the great stock market crash of ’29. (1/2)
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 12, 2020
Several other Senate Democrats have amplified that archaic “Hoover” attack.
So here’s an idea: instead of using a boogeyman from nearly a century ago, why not use the one that is relevant today.
Make Mitch McConnell the running mate of every Republican running for Senate. Tie them together. Make them best friends. Soul mates, even! Because America knows that McConnell’s priorities aren’t their priorities. And so people need to be clear: a vote for a Republican in a Senate race is a vote for McConnell.
That’s not a choice Republicans can win.