This is part of a series that Townhall.com's National Political Reporter Jillian Bandes is doing on electorally vulnerable Democrats called "Open Season."
Rep. Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) is going to have a tough time sleeping tonight. That’s because a new poll is set to be released on her upcoming re-election bid.
Most analysts expect it to show even more damning results than her last poll, which showed that she would lose to no less than four GOP competitors in a hypothetical November matchup. Even more telling was that the Congresswoman couldn’t break 40% against any of those competitors.
It’s too early to say that she’s toast, but “lightly toasted” certainly isn’t an exaggeration. Shea-Porter’s vote for the health care bill was a monumental mistake that caused her favorability ratings to drop from +11% in October to -5% in November, according to a Granite State poll. That means 35% of New Hampshire residents currently view her favorably and 40% don’t.
Those popularity ratings are compounded by the extensive negative press Shea-Porter has received over a series of downright ridiculous speeches and interviews, which have been sliced and diced on YouTube to produce one of the most outrageous conglomerations of verbal gaffes in political history.
From Shea-Porter, we got the infamous bathroom quote, where she stated that in the womens’ bathroom in Congress, both Republican and Democratic women sat around talking about how the male Members of Congress are screwing up the health care bill.
We also get the comment that “the Constitution did not cover everything,” which she used to rebut a radio caller’s question as to the Constitutionality of the health care bill. In the same breath, she insisted that the Constitution does not say the government “should look at airplanes and make sure they’re safe to get on.”
And let’s not forget the time she said her constituents would “love to wait in line” for health care, because without insurance, they couldn’t even get insurance without waiting in line. In other words, Shea-Porter essentially conceded that Obamacare would cause long lines for health care, and that her constituents would like it.