Worst possible news, in fact:
New York State voters disapprove 60 - 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 - 22 percent that he does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
With numbers like that, it'd take a special miracle from God to convince the man to run for election next year; more to the point, even if Paterson refuses to admit to the inevitable the rest of the NY Democratic Party won't be quite so stubborn. Hence, the use of the word 'depressing.' I much prefer to see the Other Side engage in rather vicious primary battles. Like the one that may be happening with Gillibrand:
New York's newest U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, gets a 33 - 13 percent approval rating, with 54 percent undecided. In fact, 64 percent of voters do not know enough about Sen. Gilliband to form an opinion of her.
In a Democratic primary matchup, Gillibrand trails U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy 33 - 29 percent, with 33 percent undecided. Here, too, 68 percent do not know enough about McCarthy to form an opinion.
Fortunately, Gillibrand's going to be in an excellent position to have herself a bloody war:
Facing the prospect of a tough primary in 2010, appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is doing her best to discourage any and all comers, and she’s got the bankroll to prove it.
Gillibrand announced in an e-mail to supporters Monday that she raised more than $2.3 million in the two months since she was appointed to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s former Senate seat.
So I suggest that all of those progressives out there start reassessing their disposable income so as to maximize their ability to contribute ot Gillibrand's primary opponent. After all, do you really need a vacation this year? Or new glasses? Or brand-name food? Isn't the country more important?
Then don't be so selfish. You are called upon to sacrifice, remember?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.