Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln has tried to thread the needle on health care reform, pulling the legislation to the center-right reform along with fellow Blue Dogs like Senator Ben Nelson, attempting to appeal to her state's conservative population while not alienating her base. How has that worked out? Let's just say the incumbent is down 23 points in the latest PPP poll:
Lincoln's approval rating has sunk to just 27%, with 62% of voters in the state disapproving of her. She's at a middling 51% even within her own party and just 17% of independents and 9% of Republicans are happy with how she's doing. A look inside the health care issue gives a good indication of how Lincoln has managed now to get it from all sides. 61% of voters in the state oppose the President's plan, and among those folks Lincoln's approval rating is just 8% with 79% of them expressing the belief that she's too liberal. But she's managed to antagonize a lot of the people who support the Democratic health care plan as well- 36% of them think she's too conservative and her approval with them is just 57%. Barack Obama's at 95% with that same group of voters.