California certainly is know for its catastrophic earthquakes. I remember watching the opening game of the San Francisco-Oakland World Series earthquake, when Al Michaels went from being a play-by-play announcer of the World Series to being the ABC earthquake correspondent within minutes.
Though nothing is likely to replace that as the most dramatic, high profile earthquake in California history, a new, unanticipated earthquake of a political nature might be taking shape. If the polling in this article lasts, this could be the biggest earthquake since the World Series Earthquake:
A little over a year before she faces re-election, voters in California have given Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein the lowest grade in her nearly two-decade tenure, according to a new poll released Friday.
A survey by the California-based Field Poll shows 44 percent of voters don’t want to send Feinstein, who was first elected in 1992, back to Washington for a fourth full term, while 41 percent support her re-election. Until now, the poll has never showed the senator’s re-election support to be under water.
Over the past 20 years, the Field survey has found Feinstein’s job approval ratings to be consistently positive by comfortable margins. Now, that margin is much narrower: 41 percent approve of the job she is doing in the Senate while 39 percent disapprove. This is Feinstein’s lowest grade in her Washington career, according to the survey. She receives majority approval (60 percent) from her political base, but 21 percent of Democrats disapprove of her job performance. Among non-partisan voters, 40 percent approve while 32 percent disapprove.
It’s too early to say that DiFi is in trouble but it isn’t too early to say that this is historic. That polling is startling.
Sen. Feinstein’s fundraiser, Kinde Durkee, is accused of wiping out Sen. Feinstein’s campaign warchest, too:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said her campaign is among those that may have been “wiped out” by a Burbank-based Democratic campaign treasurer who was arrested on federal fraud charges earlier this month.
Kinde Durkee is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the campaigns of several elected officials, including Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana). The Los Angeles County Democratic Party reported that more than $200,000 had been taken from its fund.
Though this is tragic, it’d be a mistake to think that an entrenched incumbent like Dianne Feinstein won’t be able to resupply her warchest relatively quickly. Sen. Feinstein’s campaign manager shouldn’t worry about the warchest as much he or she should worry about the fact that she’s in the biggest fight of her political career.
If Sen. Feinstein’s campaign was complacent before this polling, they can’t afford to be complacent a minute longer.
Based on recent events, it’s apparent that there will be lots of political earthquakes that first Tuesday in November, 2012. Only time will tell if the biggest political earthquake’s epicenter is in California.