The temperature’s not the only thing dropping in Montana.
Despite a massive ad buy in the past few weeks, Conrad Burns hasn’t been able to do much to convince Montana voters that he deserves another term in the Senate. His continuing struggles have his approval rating down in George Bush territory, down to 38 per cent, according to the latest Lee/Mason-Dixon poll.
Brad Coker, the managing director of Mason-Dixon offered an unusual explanation for Burns’ low approval:
“Governors right now are more popular than senators or congressman,” said Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. “With some exceptions, state governments by and large are not having problems.
That might make some sense, except that Senator Baucus has an approval rating of 60 per cent, a slight increase over the last two polls. These numbers are not about general dissatisfaction with Congress or national governement; it seems clear they reflect a Montana that is tired of the corruption that seems inextricably linked with Burns and his cronies.
Democrats needs to be careful, though. The article notes that Burns bottomed out at 33 per cent approval in 1994, but still managed to beat Jack Mudd in a landslide. Winning this race, no matter how damaged and ineffective Burns may be, will still be a tremendous struggle.