April 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Message to incumbents if Reid trails by double digits in Nevada?


An opponent of Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) protests outside a campaign event in Fernley, Nevada. Reid is lagging in polls following passage of the controversial health care bill that Pres. Obama signed into law. Reid is bidding for a fifth Senate term. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Incumbents may want to take note:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trailing the Republican front-runner in Nevada by double digits.

The Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows Republican Sue Lowden getting 47 percent of the vote... compared to 37 percent for Reid. The poll also includes a slate of third-party and other candidates, who get very little backing.

Reid has been in trouble in his home state for awhile now. His campaign had always argued that the presence of third party candidates distorted the real picture. Reid claimed when the election was held these minor party candidates would split the vote and he would still win.

But this poll suggests adding the minor candidates into the mix doesn't really "bleed support" away from the Republican. Experts suggest voters rarely choose third-party candidates in closer races with high stakes... because they don't want to throw away their vote.

Reid's people still sound confident that the senator can win a fifth term - what else are they gonna say. Another recent poll shows the senate majority leader with an unfavorable rating of 56 percent in Nevada. The people in his own state can't stand him.

And it's not just Reid who might be in trouble. People are increasingly angry about their government and are likely to take it out on incumbents come November. Let's hope they do.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send to incumbents if Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is trailing by double digits in his home state?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John in Flagstaff, Arizona writes:
Reid tried to shift too far to the right to make the Republicans happy with the health insurance reform bill, and he lost the American people in the process. And he didn't get any Republican votes anyway.

Richard in Texas writes:
This may be an omen of things yet to come, Jack. It has happened already in Massachusetts and it could sweep across America the same way. I think America is getting tired of the good old boys and girls system and are ready for some new blood in the political gene pool. Hopefully this time some people with ethics and a spine.

Rob writes:
Jack, The message is clear: Harry's getting a helmet strapped on his head, and is being launched out of Washington along with the rest of his deadbeat friends running our country.

David in Las Vegas writes:
It shows real anger at all incumbents and unfortunately lack of common sense in Nevada. If we don't re-elect Harry Reid, we'll have one freshman senator with no influence and one disgraced senator who should resign.

Lynda in North Carolina writes:
The message I hope it sends is that if term limits aren't enacted we voters will create them by voting all the incumbents out when their time is up – and for most of the career politicians sitting in D.C. that time has long passed!

Sara writes:
John McCain is trailing in the polls as well. Maybe you should ask what that says about HIM! He was the runner-up for president after all!

John in Colorado writes:
I doubt Harry Reid's problems transfer to the other Democrats running for re-election. He has an unfortunate gene malfunction that causes him to appear on television as a person born without a personality. For most of us who don't know him, we doubt he can even fog a mirror, let alone be a U.S. Senator. He is probably much better than that - it just doesn't show.

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Mike Anderson

    All politicians, regardless of party affiliation should remember that they work for the electorate and that we, the electorate are not ruled by them.

    Mike – Houston, TX

    April 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Ed Fazio, AZ

    We are Fed Up Jack. That is the Message. We are Unhappy with the Elected Representatives for NOT Following Our Agenda. Their Agenda's are Killing the Middle Class and the American Dream. I Say, "Vote Them All Out," and Elect a New Set of Liars.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  3. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It should say that even though media paints the tea parties as wackos they really speak for a large number of the less vocal majority that hates the way government is being run, hates the way these elitists are trying to takeover everything and limit our freedoms and want real change brought to Washington. I fear we no longer have the stomach, as a nation, to return to what made our country great, but I know most people recognize the direction we are heading is the wrong way. Reid along with Pelosi and the President have been the three stooges manning the wheel, ignoring the obvious signs and barreling ahead on a disasterous course to economic ruin and at best mediocrity.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    If they are Democratic incumbents, the message is to do a better job of listing accomplishments and of outlining what is yet to be done to salvage the economy. The flip side of that for the Republicans is to hope that not everyone wises up about FOX prior to the election, and to start killing off grandmothers.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  5. Bob /Henderson, NV

    The very thought of a Mitch McConnell possibly being the Senate Majority leader or equally as bad John Buehner as House Majority leader should be enough to scare everybody.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  6. Paul Austin, Texas

    Lets all face it the incumbents need to start packing. This just reaffirms that term limits are needed and needed as soon as possible. If we all can not get them all limited to one term then lets all try to get them limited to two terms and no more than two in a row. The ones that want to camp out for life in Washington D.C. can play the switch game run for Sentate and stay in for the term limit than run for Congress and stay for the term limit and start the cycle over if they are that good. If they are that good than it should not be a big deal for them for term limits. But it sure seems that none of them are that good. So if they are to scared of term limits lets impose them on our own and vote them out after one term.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Amber - Austin, TX

    I think all incumbents should start packing now.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Jayne

    The message to Democratic incumbents should be that unless you are willing to act and vote according to the wishes of Democratic voters, we will not necessarily be there to support you. 3/4 of the country – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – wanted a public option in the health care bill and we were ignored. A political base is more than something to be pandered to at election time.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  9. southerncousin

    They don't learn a thing. It is part of the liberal ego as so amply demonstrated by the president. They try to throw smoke screens and intimidate us about Palin and calling us an unpatriotic mob, nazis and racists. All of this tripe, lies and deceit they try to pull is aided by the liberally biased media. All that hate, deminishement and ego driven rhetoric and name calling by the liberals over the past year is coming home to roost in November of this year, and the president who mocks and demeans us will be gone in 2012.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Russ in PA

    Maybe both parties will catch on, but I doubt it. Until people start voting in Ron Paul-style Constitutionalists, nothing much will change for the better in the US.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  11. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack, the message to feckless, pandering, entrenched incumbants is get ready to find a real job and work for a living. Americans are sick and tired of business as usual and we intend to throw every incumbant bum out this June and November, as wellas, add term limits. It's the only way to save our nation.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  12. Jill

    Do what you said you'd do if you were elected.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  13. e. marton

    everyone over 74 should not run anymore. We need younger ideas anymore.
    Every 10 yrs should be new people. The old men should stay home and play with grandchildren and get a new hobby.

    Old men want POWER–and that encourages corruption.

    Its a big country and a lot of talent- th

    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  14. tom Trapani, Quito, EC

    By extension, one would hope that the electorate at large has become so disenchanted with incumbents they are willing to vote out of office all sitting members of congress currently up for re-election. A breath of fresh air or me, if true.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Harry Reid is just a victim of being a Democrat when the right wing of the Republican party has convinced so many people that we are evil people wanting to take over their lives! If the Dems lose some states, then so be it. It's not like anything will really change if the Republicans are in charge again, will it?

    April 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  16. oldfuzz

    That voters are knee jerkers and that re-election is less automatic than it was.

    Of course many of the againsters are anti-Obama and have forgotten where the expenses leading to the deficit began... Afghanistan and Iraq.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  17. Vince Latona

    Just like in the finest hotels, it means that this is your wake up call.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  18. Minesh -Troy, MI

    Harry Reid is a power-hungry, corrupt politician who needs to be thrown out. After the Health care backroom deals, everybody has figured out that these incumbents care more about power than transparency and jobs for taxpayers.

    Minesh, Troy, MI

    April 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  19. Kevin in Dallas

    I believe the message is that the end does not justify the means.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  20. Tony from Southport

    Message to incumbents: If you are a tax and spend liberal Democrat, pack your bags and start working on your resume. If you are a conservative Republican, concerned about our rising debt, lack of good jobs and increases in cost of goods and services, get ready for a landslide. And you had better listen to the people or pay the price.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  21. Charles W. Carpenter

    If this is just the first of many indicators that the people are going to start exercising their right to change American Politics, American structure, and Americas destiny with the VOTE. They have a wake-up call for all of the politicians in office. Either represent us or you can lose your job. WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE. Bye-bye Harry Reid. You are the first of many to lose what you have squandered on special interest groups.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  22. Homeless D in Atlanta

    It means that the Republican scare machine is going full throttle, and is working. It also means there arre a LOT of easily led people out there who believe in the scare tactics. And, IMHO, it also means that there are a LOT of people who may be voting AGAINST the current administration because the President is a black man, instead of voting with some intelligence, for those who are trying to get us out of this mess.

    I base this opinion on what I have read and heard since Obama got elected. It is astonishing and very scary, the amount of hate that is now coming out that previously was hidden under a facade of niceness.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  23. Raul

    The message is that people are whimsical voters. They just want someone to hang for what has happened to the economy regardless of who is actually at fault. Republican policies are responsible for this mess. But since the Republicans are out of power anyone will do. It is insane and irrational. How's that for a double entante.

    In any case we deserve the people we elect into higher office. We really do. We can't say "Oh I didn't vote for so and so". It does not matter. We in a democracy are to blame. People can be mad as hell and as a result they can't hink straight and it's useless to try and talk some sense into them. The only solution is to somehow deliver a rhetorical slap in the face of "Angry Voters" and have them snap out of it. Otherwise the lies and propaganda of Fox news wins.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  24. steve in florida

    The message is that it's not a battle of policy or performance, but a fight to control the million-dollar-a-day reality spinfest. Right now the media message is under the control of a couple thousand of tax revolutionaries that were happy with there tax rates even before they got a tax cut. In other words, hypocrits. And their preferred presidential candidate can barely form a proper sentence.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  25. Loren

    Hopefully, it tells them they are next. My view is that evey incumbent should be voted out to remind them who they work for. Even if the incumbent was good, it would do him or her good to have to work for a living for awhile to remind them of how the rest of us live and remember that they are serving us.

    Vote them all out.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  26. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    It means the Dems are still horrible when it comes to explaining their positions & reasoning to morons, and the GOP has no conscience about lying......even when it damages the USA. Bush & Cheney were good role models, eh?

    April 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  27. David of Alexandria VA

    The Reid Epitaph: Every elected official, left, right, center, tea party or coffee klatch should recite the following as a part of their oath of office:

    Always remember that, even as majority leader, you are elected to represent your constituency and not your pure ideology. Take note that political majorities in a centrist country rely on significant independent support to be elected and are very fragile if you take a sudden turn toward your party's core ideologues. And, finally, if you're going to ignore all that and take one for the team, make sure it's the legacy you want to be remembered for and not blamed for when the bill comes due.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  28. david ( virginia

    when you have the leader of the senate representing the immorality of vegas our country has no hope.the fact the democrats elected such a person speaks volumes to the inability of this country to find moral leadership.. purge the 2- party inherently corrupt

    April 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  29. Simon-Orlando

    Ignore the will of the people and you will be thrown out. I don't think that the current party in power realizes that the tea party is what they used to call the "silent majority". The more they try to make them out as some kind of fringe element, the stronger they will get. Protests are what the Liberals used to vent their anger at the government back in the day. Now that someone else is using it they want to believe it's not for a ligitimate cause–until they get voted out.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  30. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    It means that the people are seeing the light and are finally mad enough to do something about it. I hope he and all the rest of the entrenched are voted out!

    April 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  31. Stan Ward

    Incumbents/ read that democrats> BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID.

    Stan/ an expat voter from Budapest

    April 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  32. Andrew H. from L.A.

    Reid's double-digit deficit should definitely have some incumbents shaking in their boots, because it is clear that the electorate is unhappy with "business as usual" in American politics. However, Reid is a particularly susceptible incumbent because of his high profile and the fact that the right has demonized him along with Pelosi (right or wrong). While incumbents may face an uphill battle, on average they are unlikely to fare as poorly as Reid.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  33. Dennis North Carolina

    the media needs to stop trying to sway a election.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  34. janice flanagan

    Why on earth would be dump Senator Reid, the most intelligent and powerful senator we have elected in years and years, for a committed idealogue who will be at the bottom of the Senate heap in clout?

    April 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  35. Joyce Newman

    It doesn't mean very much. This is an unscientific poll. The Las Vegas Review Journal makes no pretense about its right leaning tendencies. Senator Reid is respected by a majority of the people in Nevada for his help in bringing health insurance reform to the nation and for keeping the nuclear waste dump out of Nevada. As I said, this poll doesn't mean very much at all.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  36. Chris Rink

    The message should be loud and clear...the Americam people no longer trust nor blindly follow the members of Congress. The days of the "Do as I say, not as I do" politician are soon to be over. I hope the incumbents have second careers to fall back on. Heaven knows, I wouldn't hire any of them in my company.

    San Diego, CA

    April 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

    It is obviously the end of the line for Democrats who voted for Health Care Reform. The majority of the American people were against it. I am sure that it was an insult to have it shoved down their throats. I believe president Obama should try and pass as many of his bills on his agenda before January 2010. Jack: Are you sure you would love to hear from me?

    April 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  38. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Hopefully we can vote all the worthless jerks out of office, if they weren't millionaires when they got to Washington they are now, especially the Republicans and some Democrats that let ever lobbyist in Washington stick money in their pockets. The members of congress have got to be the most corrupt bunch of human beings in the United States. You could take the worst thieves we have in prison and they won't compare to the members of congress. Vote them all out of office.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  39. marja hartzell-oforji

    Many of them are stockholders....that`show i begun my mail, from STOCKHOLM SWEDEN

    April 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  40. Marla Turner

    I'm a native Las Vegan who believes that no one has fought harder for Nevada or done more for its citizens than Harry. He worked hard on the Recovery Act which is already putting Nevadans back to work, keeping the jobs of another 30,000+, giving a tax break to nearly one million Nevadans, extending Medicaid and food stamps benefits and offering subsidies for COBRA insurance premiums to those who have lost their jobs, and giving additional tax breaks to small business owners and farmers. He championed the Travel Promotion Act, something that will help lead to the creation of additional new jobs and put more money back into the local economy. And when 10,000 construction workers were facing the closure of their site on the Las Vegas Strip last year, Harry Reid is the one who stepped in and saved their jobs. That's just a very small sample of what he's done for us lately.

    Poor showings in unscientific polls about Harry Reid are meaningless. Those who trump up those numbers engage in nothing more than desperate, pathetic attempts to distract Nevadans from the truth of the matter, which is that Harry Reid has always worked for Nevada and will continue to do so. Republicans want him out, not because he's ineffective, but because he is supremely effective!

    April 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  41. JENNA

    What message does it send to incumbents if Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is trailing by double digits in his home state?

    Since the state hasn't had their own Democratic Convention, we don't even know who the Democratic challenger is going to be. It is too soon to tell. Much can happen in 6 months.

    Roseville CA

    April 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  42. Tina Tx

    Means nothing. By the time people get to the voting booth they are mad as hell and get to marking the same old dust bunnies back in office.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  43. Bud Rupert

    It tells me that the voters in this country vote on emotion rather then looking at the capabilities. And I'm not taking up for Harry reid or anybody else. It's just that half of the American Electorate are brain dead.

    The founders knew it back it 1780's. And even though we are more educated by a factor of 10 – it still holds true. That's why they decided on the Electoral College. To interject some semblance of reason to the process.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  44. John from Alabama

    Jack: Incumbents have targets on their backs regardless whether they are Democrats or Republicans. I believe the Democrats will lose 20 seats in the House, and in the Senate they will lose 5 or 6, because they are the majority party. The Republicans will not get a majority in the House or Senate. The economic situation will get better, and the Republicans will lose seats and the White House in 2012.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  45. Rick McDaniel

    Basically it means Reid did not endear himself to voters. It also means that the fallout can reach other Dems as well.

    Personally, I will not for any Dem, until the current crop is voted out of office, because they went against the will of the people.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  46. keyboy1955

    It's saying that all the incumbents, should drop out of the race or resign. It's also saying that nobody wants the health bill or the spending going on in Washington. Once again the democrats are showing they can not run Washington.

    Keith Coatesville, PA

    April 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  47. Peg from N.Y.

    You, too, may feel the economic crunch! Watch out, pay attention to your constituents and take nothing for granted.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  48. Mike in Greeley, CO

    It shouldn't be taken too badly. Reid has gotten the most press after Pelosi. Nevada has a large Republican base, unlike many democratic incumbent states. For those congressmen in swing states, they should certainly be wary of their own reelections, but for those in strong democratic states, it shouldn't be of any concern.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  49. Michael Green

    Jack, love your commentaries. As for Reid, I have been polled by the "newspaper" reporting this, and they push-poll. Furthermore, the publisher and editor regularly slant the news against Reid. If Harry Reid cured cancer, the Review-Journal headline would be, "Reid Puts Oncologists Out of Business."

    April 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  50. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, the message is obvious, "we the people are tired of not being heard by our elected representatives" and we are coming for you to let you know. I can only hope that this anger will last until the people walk into the voting booths in Nov. I would be completely happy to see every incumbent tossed into the street, even though I know that is an impossible dream.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  51. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    It tells me we lack the education and substance that is afforded by a DEMOCRACY and in its place we counter with bias, misinformation, midget mentalities, and purported facts, that when disseminated amount to the fecal matter of bull corn.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  52. Bill from Green Bay

    ...the message is...Reid is still a knucklehead.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  53. Michael Shea

    My name is Mike Shea from Los Lunas, New Mexico. Ibelieve that incumbents will have problems getting re-elected this November, mainl;y because the unemployment numbers sre still high.

    I believe that President Obama has to initiate jobs programs like FDR and LBJ. Our roads, bridges and parks are in desperate need of repair. with the support of congress this would show the electorate that the President and the incumbents in Congres are ready to fight for the people.

    I also believe that congress should initiate public-campaign financing of campaigns with enforcement with teeth. this is long overdue and would supersede the recent US Supreme court decision with corporate spending on campaigns.

    I believe that President Obama is on the right track, especially with regulations to protect us from the Wall Street Bankers.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  54. Carl

    Reid is just your typical politician, worthless. The message that is sent is this, when election time rolls around again it will be business as usual, you know, old garbage out and new garbage in, it's the American way.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  55. Mike Crockett, TX

    Hate, fear-mongering, and lies work with the weak minded.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  56. Karen Kostoff

    I just believe from most people I know and meet, that Harry Reid is doing far better than the poll you are talking about. Most people agree how much Senator Reid has done for this state. He works hard on every serious issue we face. He's constantly working for our environment and bringing jobs here. I truly believe it would be foolish for our state to lose the Majority Leader of the Senate. I think any bad press is more national because our nation is politically polarized. Yet I do believe Sen. Reid works very hard behind the scenes and is a great diplomat and statesman. Unfortunately what can you do when another party just says no to anything and doesn't want to work for the betterment of our country? I believe Harry Reid is very good for the state of Nevada and our nation as well. I think it would behoove Nevadans to keep him as our US Senator. I also believe most Nevadans are proud of him and know that.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Steve, Clifton, VA

    What is say Jack is that the American people have short memories!! The American voters are caught up in this concentric cycle where the incumbents are voted out of office because the incumbents aren't doing what the voter want. The incumbents have been majority Republican congresses and the Democrats have been the majority party and voted out. The two parties keep taking their turns for being voted out by the American voters for the very same reasons, so what the heck has been accomplished by voting out the so called "incumbents"? It seems to me that Republican voters should vote for Democrats that represent their interest and Democrats should be voting for Republicans that represent their interest. This wholesale exercise to dumping one party over the other because they happen to be the incumbents doesn't produce the desired changes we seek. The American voters need to stop voting on the body of congress as a whole and vote on individuals regardless of that individuals political party affiliation if we really want to see change in Washington. Throwing the baby out in the bath water just isn't constructive or productive. Let's divide and conquer to change Washington...


    April 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  58. Tom Hamilton

    Reid's problem is that he's been making the case to the nation about the importance of what he's doing in Washington and that message hasn't been hitting home in Nevada, but it's not his fault voters are underinformed. Reid has helped pass historic and moral legislation and I'm confident he'll be re-elected when the informed voters show up in November!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  59. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Nothing. Reid has been in trouble out there for years. Hell, I'm a Democrat and I think he's meek, a trait not equated with strong leadership.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  60. B.J., Quincy,Ill.

    It shows that the people have come out of there coma and realized that he hasn't done a very good job. It also shows that everyone else better start doing there jobs for the people.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  61. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,people are understandably upset with this socialist administration not listening to their voice.So I don't think it's a message to incumbents,but to far left incumbents.As far as Reid goes, if it walks like a socialist,quacks like socialists,it is a socialist.These people need to retire and collect their entitlements!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  62. Pamela Galloway

    Americans feel very angry about what has occurred with our economy, but the anger masks the real emotion – which is fear over economic insecurity. Uncertain who to blame, those in top positions of power seem convenient targets. Blaming Capitol Hill for what occurred on Wall Street is misplaced anger. Those of us who are keenly aware of Senator Reid's long list of accomplishments benefitting our "Silver State" know that for Nevada to send a Senate Majority Leader home in defeat would be one of the stupidest political mistakes we could ever make. Now, more than ever, Nevada needs to re-elect Harry Reid.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  63. Gary H. Boyd

    Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are both "lightening rods" and clearly the focus of voter anger directed at Capital Hill. Reid's chances of reelection went down the toilet when he made the backroom deals with Senators from Nebraska and Louisianna to get their votes on health care. Reid's perceived as a shady character and his double digit lag in the polls suggests Nevada voters will give their con man Senator the bum's rush come November.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  64. Andrew Davey

    I think it means we're seeing what happens when certain "news" outlets try to CREATE the news rather than report it. The Las Vegas Review-Journal (or "R-J", as we call it here in Las Vegas) is NOT a trustworthy news source here in Nevada, as they've repeatedly been exposed by watchdogs like lvjournalreview.com for publishing faulty poll data, twisting stories to make them look favorable for their preferred politicians, and outright misusing its "news" pages to publish political attack ads.

    The R-J attacks Senator Harry Reid daily for every little choice of words and legislative action. They recently published a blog post on their web site advocating the repeal of women's right to vote because women tend to vote more Democratic. They even bring in discredited hacks like Dick Morris to write blatantly false pieces rehashing long-debunked rumors about Reid!

    Sadly, the message I see now is that much of the media have become so hyper-partisan that they let their ideological views inhibit their ability to report the news, while the rest of the media have become so focused on inside political games that they forget to report on the real policies affecting our lives.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  65. Kevin in CA

    It tells incumbents that their campaigns will have to generate even larger sums of money to get reelected ... money, money, money!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  66. Irene King

    Hell, I could beat Harry Reid in an election right now and I have zero political experience. But I'm a "light-skinned Negro" with conservative values who happens to believe in the power of the Constitution – something that dear Harry seems to have forgotten. Nevada is dead last in just about every poll/study of what's bad, much of which could have been addressed by our legislators. He has totally dismissed the state that he's supposed to represent, instead (apparently) running after power, prestige, and a place in the president's side pocket. If this is as good as it gets with him as the Senate Majority Leader, it can't get much worse, can it? ABH – Anybody but Harry.

    He's gotta go.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  67. Jim in Alabama

    I don't think it means too much Jack. Reid has been tremendously unpopular for some time and it may just signal their dissatisfaction with the Majority leader. Who knows?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  68. Lori - PA


    The message is that we're not going to take it. We not going to take being ignored, we're not going to take being taxed (oops, I mean fined) when we don't purchase health insurance that we can't afford, and we're not going to take a deficit that my great grandchildren will be paying for. I could go on and on, but I know you have other viewer comments you want to read.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  69. John in Flagstaff

    He tried to shift too far to the right to make the Republicans happy with the health insurance reform bill, and he lost the American people in the process.

    And he didn't get any Republican votes anyway.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  70. Bob Tampa Fl

    Get your lobbying tool set refined.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  71. Gary H. Boyd

    Harry Reid's a lighting rod Jack. His double digit lag in the polls should surely tell his contemperaries that all is not well in the Castle and that, come November, the rabble masses will be storming the gates. Clearly, this is not a good year to be an incumbent, particularly if you're closely aligned with Harry Reid.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  72. Melissa

    It doesn't mean anything. Just because Reid is trailing doesn't mean another Democrat won't take power. Don't count your Republican sympathizer chickens before they hatch.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  73. Doug - Dallas

    You can't extrapolate one race and compare it to all races. Reid faces a specific set of circumstances that others don't face. Look at all of the issues surrounding John Ensign and he might get re-elected if he doesn't get arrested first. Look at Michelle Bachmann, she continues to be re-elected and I believe she is dumber than Palin; go figure!! I'd be embarrassed to have her represent me.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  74. Liz Foley

    As a lifelong Nevadan, I have witnessed Nevadans voting for the winning Presidential candidate in almost every election. i just can not believe that Nevadans would fail to return Harry Reid to the U.S. Senate in 2010. The Democrats will hold the Presidency for at least two more years and quite possibly for six more years. It would defy all reason and logic to fail to re-elect our Democratic Senate Majority Leader. The most savvy and pragmatic Nevadans, including Independents and Republicans, will be voting to return Harry Reid to Washinton in November

    April 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  75. Ed from California

    If Nevada is that stupid to get rid of a Senator of Harry Reid's influence and power in Congress, then they truly are, just a bunch of legal prostitutes with no brains.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  76. Carolyn Essex

    I've lived in Nevada (Las Vegas) for 7 yrs. I have never been polled about Harry Reid and all of my friends are huge Harry Reid supporters. I have over 1000 friends on facebook... just who are they polling?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  77. george charles paree

    This democratic traitor to there country need to be voted out of the country mostly communist who fool americans to vote thinkong they were for the working men . there can be know choice to rreturn or cunry back to freedom om this obaanic.cmmie. cck ar ansders in.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  78. amarillo10

    There must be a REASON Reid is behind in the polls.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  79. Brian Smith PhD

    Get your resume updated, but leave out the part about being in Congress. It is hard for criminals with a bad record to get work.

    Brian Smith PhD
    San Diego CA

    April 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  80. Susan Frost

    To incumbent Democrats, it should say stop being "mister nice guy" with the Republicans – like piddling around for over a year with health reform – and do what the voters sent you to do. Too many of them are trying to settle for a base hit when they should be hammering the damn ball over the fence!


    April 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  81. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY


    It means that to voters incumbency trumps party affiliation. Public service, as defined by our founding fathers, was intended as an altruistic, selfless, temporary sacrifice from a private career, not a perk and pork-addled lifetime tenure.
    If any defeated incumbent truly has a public service bent, then there are plenty of charities that would welcome volunteers. My bet is that they all become Washingrton lobbyists.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  82. david doherty

    I hope it say's, watchout! Jack if you really want to ruffle some feathers, start pushing all states to, when they print their election ballots to highlight the incumbents names in red and underline them if they’ve served more than two terms.
    I truly believe that a good portion of the voting public are clueless when it comes to who their elected official are! If you can get this ball rolling, you truly are a god.

    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  83. Jane (Minnesota)

    Minnesota already has new faces in the senate that are just in their fist term. My district aslo has a representative that is just in his 3rd year in Congress. We've already decided on change. The rest of the country may just be at that stage now.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  84. C. Scarpellino

    This story is a perfect example of journalism gone bad in America. This paper consistently prints partisan, misleading statements and false accusations against Senator Reid while down-playing or ignoring the very real story of Nevada State Senator John Ensign. Ensign faces indictment for trying to buy his lover's husband, Doug Hampton's silence, getting him a lobbying job, and funneling clients like AllegiantAir and NVEnergy to the ex-administrative assistant. Egged on by RJ editorials and partisan coverage of the news, our local Tea Partiers protest Senator Reid calling him "Dirty Harry" and worse, while Republican scoundrels, Ensign and Gibbons are given a golden RJ pass. I'd follow up on this one, Jack.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  85. Eric - Houston

    I hope it means that we, the voters, are finally realizing that even if our congressman and two senators deliver a few earmarks and other projects to their home state or district, that we are being nailed by the other 533 members of the legislature as they do the same. Which means the country and our future is being ravaged by these self-serving incumbents as they use their patronage tools to keep themselves in office. I hope it means that we now see that the only way for us to help the country is to reject any of our own incumbents that use these tools to the detriment of the whole country even if it helps us locally. I hope it means that the days of "I don't like incumbents, but I like my congressman" are past.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  86. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the message is a simple one for incumbents. YOU'RE FIRED! That is the ONLY message that has a chance of registering with politicians, both present and future!!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  87. Richard McKinney, Texas

    This may be an omen of things yet to come Jack. It has happened already in Massachusetts and it could sweep across America the same way. I think America is getting tired of the good old boys and girls system and are ready for some new blood in the political gene pool. Hopefully this time some people with ethics and a spine.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  88. southerncousin

    He called those of us opposed to the higher taxes, socialist style control, an "unpatriotic mob." His cronies have continued to demean and defame us in our exercise of our 1rst amendment rights and he, the president the unions stole the office for, and the congressional slime have not only not represented us, but have spewed forth totally untrue characterizations of us. We are angry and every liberal will feel our wrath in the fall, no matter how much Obozo, Olberman and the left wing lunatics bad mouth, demean and degrade us.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  89. Joe R - Houston

    What it means to me is that most voters (or poll participants) still aren't listening to libertarians who never vote for either of the two criminal parties. Even though it seems irrational, the Neocons still need more proof – even after GWB owned them.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  90. Cheryl

    Unfortunately, the Democrat incumbants will get the wrong message. Instead of understanding that the people are tired of a do-nothing Congress, hung up on bipartisanship, they will believe that they should do even less and kowtow to the minority party even more. My plan is simple at the ballot box: if the incumbant is a Republican – get a Democrat. If the incumbant is a Democrat, get a new Democrat.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  91. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Not much of a message to incumbents, but a definite message to Democratic members in Republican dominated states. Harry became a target when he joined the leadership. He has no more business being leader, given the folks that sent him, as Scott Brown does going after a GOP leadership post. Sasser and Dashle had the same problem. Durbin's case is borderline. Find someone from a liberal state to be Democratic leader so the GOP does not have an opening to go after the leadership electorally.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  92. Scott Stodden

    The message is clear and Im a very liberal Democrat from Illinois, the message is all incumbents better be worried no matter if your a Republican or Democrat, just ask Senator Harry Reid! Its sad to see Harry Reid losing and trailing with all the work he's done in the Senate and for the state of Nevada but when the people speak change does happen weather we all like it or not, I just hope in the end Senator Reid that you can pull off a major win! Re-Elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010 "What's Wrong With You Nevada?"

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  93. Maria

    Harry Reid is Harry Reid and I don't think his tanking in Nevada means a thing to anyone who doesn't live in Nevada. And obviously, not even them. Every candidate across this country is different and must run on their own records. At the end of the day, Reid means nothing to very few people in this country of over 300,000,000.



    April 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  94. Rob in NC

    That people are sick and tired of politics as usual and they are not going to take it any more. Reed and Pelosi aren't very trustworthy and the American people are tired of being lied to and having government run behind their backs.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  95. frankie

    Message: politics is all screwed up right now. Please just follow your conscience while you are in Congress, you might as well.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  96. Lynn Goya

    Nevada's races are always very tight and Reid's past races were no different. But by far the majority of thinking Nevadans are supporting Reid, even many high-level Republicans, like Sid Rogich, a big Bush donator and supporter; major casino owners; a former Nevada State Republican Party chair; and 132 other prominant Republicans willing to openly support Reid (see Republicans for Reid). The national press almost always gets Nevada wrong. As Ronnie would say, "There you go again!" The Vegas odds are on Reid.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  97. Hafeez Rehman

    Pass Immigration Reform.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  98. frankie

    And why do those people holding up the sign call themselves "We the people." They are only "we some people."

    April 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  99. Mr.Conservative Irvine, CA

    It means that the American People are sick and tired of the Democrats in Congress and they will be kicked out of Washington in November. It's time for "Change" in Congress. And lets kick Nancy Pelosi in the butt while were at it!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  100. Esther in Texas

    As the months pass and Congress has the tough job to right the wrongs in the United States such as Wall Street reform, more and more incumbents will fall including Republicans.

    Republicans have failed to walk back the vitriolic rhetoric so prevelant today and people are fed up with talk against government. Those who rail against it are actually railing against Congress in general who are seen to be in the pocket of every corporation in America.

    With our votes we can no longer right what's wrong with either party in power until Congress refuses to take money from corporations.

    None of our Watchdogs will bark, they are too busy dialing for dollars.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  101. honestjohn in Vermont

    People are fed up with politics as usual and the deadbeats in congress. They will all be voted out, both parties.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  102. Chris in Philadelphia

    Buying votes also buys unemployment. Even if the bill targets worthy subjects, the method to get there counts too. The short version is get your act together, this attempt at governing is not working for us.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Lynda from NC

    The message I hope it sends is that if term limits aren't enacted we voters will create them by voting all the incumbents out when their time is up – and for most of the career politicians sitting in D.C. that time has long passed!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  104. David Gerstenfeld

    It shows real anger at all incumbents & unfortuately lack of common sense in Nevada. If we don't reelect Harry Reid we'll have one freshman senator with NO influence & one disgraced senator who should resign. It's all about the money to get elected. The supreme court eliminated any hope of a 'Harry Truman' type candidate getting elected to any office unless of course you're like Michael Bloomberg & can finance yourself without corporation money.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  105. Darren - Detriut

    All the Republican scare tactics are working.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  106. janet

    Visited Nevada recently and they are stupid enough to really believe that Obama/Reid/Pelosi are the cause of their problems....record forclosures, deficit, lack of oversight on Wall Street etc. It's as if the 8 years with Bush,Cheney, et al never happened. They get what they get....can't talk to a closed mind.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  107. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Reid may have been in trouble for a while, but the Republicans have gone to extraordinary lengths to demonize him and take him out of the Senate. He may deserve it, but if he does so do a great many Republican Congressmen who may find themselves jobless come November. I don't intend to vote for any incumbent, in any race in the primaries or in the November election. The government needs some new blood and a new attitude–like representing the people who sent you to Washington.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  108. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    Jack, your anti-incumbant anger is unfounded. We have a GOP that is stopping all action in the Senate, while we try to climb out of the worst economic crisis in 70 years, and you are blaming all incumbants? The problem is corporate funding of campaigns and dishonesty by the reactionaries, not whether the candidate already has a seat.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  109. Joe


    It is not about incumbents, it is about the idea of negation and scapegoating. I am sad to day the message is that if YOU repeat your lies enough, then the public will believe anything the party of NO wants to push forth as their agenda. The message is about doing anything possible to undermine an incumbent and the existing government.
    Joe, Vestal, NY

    April 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  110. Sue From Idaho

    It says that Nevadans are ready for a change. Let them have it and see how much they like it. It's the old adage, be careful what you wish for you may get it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  111. Terry, Chandler AZ

    It means nothing if the anti-incumbent is a movement directed only at Democrats. The anti-incumbent movement will be more than a movement if most incumbents do not win in November. It the latter occurs, that would be what I call reall hope and change.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  112. tim CA

    it is the incumbents who will lose in november not reid i am a democrat . and it is the repulicans who will lose seats for the simple reason they are not woking with the president obama they are working against him . after all obama inherited this mess form george bush and his adminastration lets get right.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  113. Michael from Ft. Worth, Texas

    The only message or conclusion one can draw is that anyone regardless of party should not sound like there stupid when they stand before a microphone. I expect we will see a major "HOUSE" cleaning come November in both parties. Good riddance!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  114. Betty

    Harry Reid is just another victim of the Hysteria that is being sown by Republican "fear Mongering". These people will stop at nothing, lies ,intimidation, threats and acts of violence. Welcome to America, Palin Style. They just will not accept a "BLACK MAN" , as head of the Government. Racism in it's purest form.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  115. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, it sends the message to incumbents that if you wave the right carrot the jackass will pull the cart . Jack from Nice, Ca.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  116. Jeff In Minnesota

    Maybe the incumbents should have listened to the people. The people wanted health care reform and we all want financial reform, however the people also know that you cannot have your cake and eat it too. The people know that there are limits to even what the federal government can afford, but apparently Congress doesn't understand that fact. The Democrats appear to be hell bent for leather to jam everything down our throats because they know what good for us. And the Republicans are just going to object to everything the Democrats put up. The problem is, most of the people in the US know better and are going to prove that by sending them all packing. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have only themselves to blame.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  117. Joanne

    Americans are sick of the spending, the deficit that will destroy our kids quality of life, the fraudulent so called HealthCAre Bill (a boon doogle to the Ins Companies), and the lying son of a guns.
    The Healthcare bill was a usurption of the Legislative Process, was a class act of bribery, threatening and an attempt to fool people, not to speak of the patently fraudulent accounting practices employed by Reid and others (the poor CBO was used). Ten yrs of taxes and six yrs of taxes – they think we fell for that? I think not.
    Get it Jack?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  118. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It sends the message people are spoiled from having been saved from a real economic disaster!

    to your comment : Let's hope they do.
    Sure Jack, let's hope you all get new meat, new green politicians! I prefer to beleive old ones have less to lose for real change!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  119. Carolyn R.


    I am still laughing about your 'sound off' regarding Harry Reid. As a Nevadan, let me set the record straight. A poll conducted for the Review-Journal has little credibility. The paper has been Reid's enemy for as long as anyone can remember. And then there's Sue Lowden's credibility. She's done very little for the state. She's our answer to Sarah Palin – pretty face, no substance. (I will admit she's a little less strident.) So what message does this poll send to other incumbents? Nothing. Zippo.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  120. steve- virginia beach

    The message is simple- You're fired!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  121. Ray Kinserlow

    I don't think it means much in general. As the saying goes, all politics is local. Reid's problems are local.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    April 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

    Nevada doesn't deserve Harry Reid. Give them what they want. A reactionary Republican or a no brainer tea partier.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  123. Kathy Prokes

    perhaps it has something to do with the fact that our elected nonrepresentatives are not representing us, that they have forgotten that they were elected to represent the people not the special interests, that political office has responsibilities which does not include planning for the next reelection campaign, fiscal irresponsiblity, that they do not seem to be aware of the views of their consituents as evidenced by form letters that usually do not even address the issue relayed to them and the fact that they are completely out of touch

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  124. Ray from California

    The message will be pretty self-evident. But I don't think that the voters need any message at all since the great majority of them are already convinced that "change" is desperately needed in Washington. The kind of change that was never envisioned by that guy in the White House. Getting rid of incumbents who do not serve the needs of their constituents is great news for everyone. Thank God that the American people has finally seen the light!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  125. Rob Martinez

    Jack, The message is clear, Harry's getting a helmet strapped on his head, and then launched out of Washington along with the rest of his deadbeat friends running our country.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  126. Dolores Surprise AZ

    It says that the peoplle have forgotten what bush did to this country and want to blame it on the Democrats since they are the ones in power now. People sure have short memories where bush is concerned.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

    Jack, the message it sends is that all incumbends, republican and democrate better start shaking in their boots - there is hell to pay and all incumbents better have their moving boxes and moving trucks ready, they are going home to stay. get rid of all the bums.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  128. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hearing Alex using the Church as an example that the top down does not work just as Obama is governing from the top down does not work...I mean c'mon! For the love of God Alex, such conservative empty rhetoric is unbelievable how one can smile and give such dumb example that are not even related in any shapes or forms! I mean one can stretch the elastic so much so that it will snap from such ridicule!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  129. Judy in Rochelle, IL

    It really doesn't send a message at all. Reid may be in trouble in Nevada
    but I'll bet my next paycheck that the vast majority of incumbents will be re-elected.
    There's ALWAYS a "vote the bums out" sentiment but the bums still regain office, don't they?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  130. Mark A. Newell

    If you mention the Review Journal, I hope you give it mention that the paper is, conservatively speaking, well to the right. Southern Nevada has been favoring the Republicans until the appearance of Barack Obama, then Senator. There is some bad blood here. What I don't see is what Sue Lowden's REAL cred amounts to, in the real world. In TV, she's hot enough, yes sir. Senator Reid has gotten big things done around here, most noteworthy, I think, is getting The 8 Billion Dollar City Center financed when the money market, worldwide, had essentially frozen. But, the list of his other accomplishments is long. The point is Senator Reid actually GETS THINGS DONE, proven by his record. So, The Review Journal puts Sue Lowden 10 points ahead? We do have our problems here, but, really, Southern Nevada is NOT THAT WARPED, as a whole. I think that this serves as an example of how far that, quote, 'newspaper', is willing to stretch over to the right, weather the facts are right or wrong. At the same time, real change IS happening here, finally starting, and those are the stories you don't hear about, at least, not in the Review Journal, deleated on the cutting room floor. Yes, that's what we're talking about here, theater. Ditto for the sister publication, The Sun.
    Mark A. Newell of Las Vegas

    April 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  131. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    It shows that other Dem incumbents, like "call me Senator, not ma'am, general" Babs Boxer, are all in serious danger of losing this November. In the latest poll, 80% of the American people do NOT trust our national gov't. Nice going, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, the new 3 Stooges!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  132. Hafeez Rehman (New York)

    Pass Immigration Reform

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  133. sue from Ct

    Down today, up tomorrow–it is difficult to predict what direction the wind will blow. Perhaps the Republicans will trip over their "no" mantra.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  134. John in Phoenix

    It says "Back your bags, incumbents. You're headed home and you'll be in the unemployment line just like the rest of us."

    April 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  135. Paul, PE

    It means people's anxiety have been swept up by the mass rantings and anger of the Tea Party Express, and they have lost the ability to research issues and think for themselves. The GOP could have put up a blow-up doll to run and you'd have the same result. If the Dem's were as good at whipping fervor as the GOP, then this would be happening every two years.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  136. Karl from SF, CA

    To me it says too many Americans have believed the lies of the Republicans, haven’t fact checked any of it and are therefore afraid of the future. This plays right into the Republicans hands. As long as we believe their spin, they will control us and if we let that happen without questioning it, we deserve what we get. Why is the most disorganized political organization in recent history making any kind of headway with the voters in this country? It doesn’t say much for the voters, does it?

    April 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  137. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I doubt Harry Reid's problems transfer to the other Democrats running for re-election. He has an unfortunate gene malfunction that causes him to appear on television as a person born without a personality. For most of us who don't know him, we doubt he can even fog a mirror, let alone be a U.S. Senator. He is probably much better than that - it just doesn't show.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  138. Myrtle, the bay

    Jack, it means that the REAL polls are the only thing that matters.

    Some people thought that McCain and his happy side kick Palin were
    a sure win.


    April 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  139. Jason

    It sends the message to Democrats that fighting for what is right and championing for the people takes a back seat to lies, misinformation and manufactured outrage by the Right.

    Schenectady, NY

    April 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  140. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    It probably just means that the T-pottiers all have their underwear in a twist, and if they DON'T re-elect him, they won't like the decisions of his replacement any better, in a couple of years.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  141. James Brumley

    Jack. The message is "pack your bags".

    April 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  142. Quantis from San Francisco

    Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are dragged through the mud on cable news and talk radio 24/7. The right media vilifies these two public servants in the most vile way and the mainstream media gleefully reports on it because polarizing chatter gets the big ratings. The media is aware that most of trash talk against Reid and Pelosi is rubbish, yet you still give equal time to the idiots who spew it. Reid has done a lot of good for the nation and under the same circumstances but with a different leader, who knows what the outcome would have been. Reid has been effective in getting many jobs done.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  143. Sara

    John McCain is trailing in the polls as well - Maybe you should ask what that says about HIM! He was the runner up for President after all !

    April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  144. MacFab From Nacogdoches

    Jack, when will your partiality end. I wonder what you will say if Senator Reid eventually win this election. What about doing a story about the recent election a democrat won in Florida after a GOP Rep said all the worst thing about Pre. Obama, the health care bill, and stimulus bill. GOP lost agaist DNC by a wooping 62% to 35%. My attitude for midterm election that the media has already called for GOP is, we shall see!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  145. Gary Brewer

    I hope Reid's poll trouble says to ALL incumbents on both sides of the aisle that they have to earn the trust & the votes of their constituents. Unless their performance shows good reason for them to have another term, then we the voters should give someone else a chance (unless their own views are too far out to warrant a chance).

    April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  146. Linda Cooper

    It means the Republican and media hype is working, as usual.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  147. Brian

    Need to move away from career politicians like Harry Reid. They no longer represent their state but political party.

    Not matter if one is a Democrat or Republican one should vote against the current incumbent.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  148. Shawn Flynn

    Reid has taken Nevada for granted for too long. I've lived and voted in Las Vegas for 30 years. Harry was always accessible until he took over the majority leader's post. The opposition may be 10 points ahead right now – but they have less to offer – and in the end I think Reid will win again.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  149. jim Blevins

    Anytime the economy is bad, it is bad for incumbents. The economy is very bad, so incumbents had best work their tails off between now and November.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    April 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  150. RickFromDetroit

    Harry Reid lost some of his support because of the health care reform bill and the State of Nevada has a poor economy due to the recession. This leaves Harry Reid caught in the middle of disgruntled voters. If the economy were to improve by election day, Harry Reid' popularity would improve and he would probably get re-elected.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  151. Andrew Coe

    Jack, it means Americans are impatient and expect results overnight. George W. Bush took 8 years to muck up the economy, foreign diplomacy and nearly everything else, and the electorate seems to think Obama and his administration can magically erase the past. It is this dangerous impatience that might put the GOP back in legislative power, thus ending any chance of financial reform and economic rebound. Take a deep breath folks and realize that factually, things are improving slowly.

    Newark, DE

    April 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  152. Alfredo Lamenza

    The incumbents need to realize that the motivation, commitment and passion shown during the democratic primaries is what's going to preserve their seats and a majority in Congress. It is their responsibility not only to the people in their States but also to the democratic party and President Obama to get out there and deliver the message.

    Alfredo Lamenza
    El Paso, TX

    April 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Mick Hamden, CT

    The Mad Hater's of the Tea Party with the backing of Fox "News" have made a lot of noise. We'll see if that translates into real votes in November or if the whole thing will fizzle. The GOP is already trying to distance themselves from the TPers and even Mr. Fox himself, Rupert Murcoch, is trying to calm things down, pretending that he didn't see what was going on the past year or so.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  154. Isabel from Ann Arbor, Michigan

    It sends the WRONG message, Jack, and you seem to be a part of it. Let's get real: the economy is turning around, unemployment slowly dropping, people are spending more money again, even the "War on Terror" is more successful than during the Bush administration. Barak Obama has nothing but success including the signing of a momentous agreement to reduce nuclear arms. Who the heck is complaining? About what? The current congress is taking steps to reduce the deficit, continue turning around the financial Armageddon occasioned by the ill-advised Republican deregulation, protect our population, and provide health care for all. As Republican Senator Corker said (in paraphrase), rhetoric which serves no purpose but to disguise the real issues is not of any use to anyone. So cut the useless rhetoric, and start telling the truth.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  155. Susan in Toledo, Ohio

    Voters are obviously unhappy with most incumbents."Cleaning house " might seem like a super idea, but I can't help wondering what caliber of politicians we will end up electing to replace them now that our short-sighted Supreme Court has ruled that lobbyists can buy our Congress and money is no object..Do we ordinary Americans still believe we have any real say?

    April 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  156. James, NYC

    The people who blame every incumbent, indiscriminately, for the mess we're in needs to be more discriminating. Our current President is hardly responsible for this economic collapse, and everything he's done to keep it from spiraling into a deeper depression is straight out the basic economics textbook. Blame those who have been in Washington longer, if you like, but start with members of the party that's actually been in power, that gutted financial regulation and looked the other way while Wall Street put us in this hole. We finally have a great President and a great Speaker. Obama is right up there with Lincoln and TR and FDR and Truman. And Pelosi is the greatest speaker since Sam Raeburn. These are titans. Let's thank God for them.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  157. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It means it's time for term limits instead of having lifetime politicians.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  158. Chris / Sarasota, Florida

    Well it's interesting Jack that you say 56% of the people in Nevada don't like Reid, because if you recall, a CNN poll in February shows that 56% of people in the United States think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to their rights and freedoms. They are linked and there's no doubt about it. It does not send a good message to incumbents, particularly the Democratic ones.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  159. keath heyn

    Jack, It means Reid and his cronies in Congress should call Bekin or Mayflower now and make a reservation for Nov., to pack & move their stuff back where they come from.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  160. Susan

    I'm sorry Jack, but I think the anti-government ranting by the media, including, sadly, yourself, is misdirected. Harry Reid fought hard to get a compromise health care plan through Congress, one that helps a lot of Americans, although it pleased neither the right (who wanted nothing) or the left, like myself, who wanted a single payer option at the very least. Still the man did his best. Does simply repeating the polls that are driven by incessant media negativism enlighten anybody? "The government is broken," mantra, combined with attacks on Democrats by Fox simply leave us with only one option- the Republicans, who are firmly in the pockets of corporate interests on every issue.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  161. steve- virginia beach

    It means that incumbents are in deep trouble in jurisdictions where well-informed and independent thinkers outnumber partisan robots.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  162. Paul


    It's not about Harry Reid, it's about the economy. Nevada's economy is in the toilet and I suspect if it were the other Nevada Senator, John Ensign running, he'd be even farther behind for both economic reasons and for his blatant corruption and sleazeiness. If anyone deserves to be punished in the next election, its Republican incumbents who got us into this economic mess and haven't been done a damn thing but whine like spoiled children yet offer nothing concrete. At least the Democrats are trying to do things and the economy is measurably and obviously better than it was a year and a half ago.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  163. Robert Read

    Jack, Year 2010 is the Tear for ALL politican office holders including Reid and Pelosi to be sent home. We the people need people who will listen to, vote for,and correspond with the voters. It is Time for a pure changein Washington, State Capitols, and at the local level. What happen to CNN sdupport for a line on the Ballot entitled: None Of The Above? Agree 100% with your position on this issue.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  164. Alan Herman

    While Reid has "enjoyed" close elections in past election years, this may be the year he must step down. Whether iyou blame disgruntled voters over the economy, the Teabagging machine at work, or simply your call, Jack, for the ousting of all incumbents, the anger is misdirected. In the same instance we had a one sided vote on Health Care Reform, let us call for the turnover of all Republicans now seated and find ones willing to work for the common cause of the getting US jobs back, meaningful healthcare, etc. We need people with answers not obstructionists.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  165. Linda in Arizona

    You had hundreds of comments on your last question about what's behind the republican opposition to financial reform, and most of them, probably 90%, replied that republicans were greedy corrupt party-of-the-rich Obama haters who would do anything to derail whatever the Democrats attempted to do. I think it's ODD, to say the least, that none of the ones you chose to read on air were even remotely critical of REPUBLICANS. I think it's odd and not a coincidence.

    You write about Senator Reid:

    "The people in his own state can't stand him.

    And it's not just Reid who might be in trouble. People are increasingly angry about their government and are likely to take it out on incumbents come November. Let's hope they do."

    That sounds more to me like YOU can't stand him, and YOU blame incumbents of BOTH parties when it's clearly ONE party that is destroying the country. You have a lot to be ashamed of for those remarks and for refusing to read on air anything critical of republicans. It doesn't matter one bit though. Your very intelligent posters understand who is to blame, which is obvious from their comments. We really GET what you either do not, or are refusing to see. You will find in November it's not incumbents we're going to vote out, it's REPUBLICANS!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  166. Megan from MA

    It means that "We the People" want real change!!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  167. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    The message it sends - make that bellows - is "Be afraid. Be very afraid." And they should be afraid - the wrath of America is a powerful force indeed.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Josh

    Harry Reid
    The message that his non reelection would send is that incumbemts will have to add cowardly and not courageously when leadership is required to solve problems. The opinions of the electorate is tainted with lies and manipulation; it follows that people are misinformed. therefore, counting on what people say in order for leaders to make wise decision is unwise. WHERE will be the leaders in this country if their leadership capacity has to be determined on whether they will be elected or not. THAT'S SAD.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  169. Mike, Arlington VA

    this isnt a message to incumbents any more than it is a message to harry reid. if his time wasnt up years ago, it's up now. incumbents should take note, listen to their electorate, and humbly serve their nation, but this NV election is a referendum on harry reid and his divisive "leadership."

    April 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  170. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – All politics is local, Jack. Harry Reid is in trouble in Nevada. Mrs. Pelosi is no trouble whatsoever in San Francisco. The challenger always tries to blame the incumbent for everything that is wrong in the District, State or nation. We are flooded with vitriolic nonsense from Right Wing talk radio, which inflames emotions, lacks any basis in facts, and illogically lays the blame for our real problems on the wrong doorsteps. Which incumbents are to blame for the "slowness" of our present recovery, the Democrats who voted for it or the Republicans who tried to stop it and succeeded in watering it down? H.L. Mencken noted that the easy answer is usually wrong – same here!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  171. RickFromDetroit

    It may take a few years for the Nevada economy to improve and this leaves Harry Reid caught with his pants down. Thirty some years ago Nevada was the only state in the country where gambling was legal and their economy flourished. Now half of the country has casinos and this has caused an adverse effect on the Nevada economy.

    When money becomes tight, wage earners become conservative and vote for someone to save them money, the problem is, they cost us more then they save us!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  172. Mari, Utah

    Jack, I believe that the very people that Sen. Reid has fought to HELP are the very ones who are being lied to by the Conservatives. The poor, the Working class, those are the folks that have received ........ a tax cut this year, and whom the Healthcare Bill hopes to help.

    However, those folks, like the one in the photo holding a sign, listen to AM Hate radio and fall for the lies of the GOP-talking-heads.


    April 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  173. Mark A. Newell

    Come on.
    you don't do justice to the English language nor to the word 'facts', if your getting your political news from the Review Journal, period. Sue Lowden is a TV personality, popular, who decided to put on a politician's mask.
    Harry Reid got City Center financed, when the world market had frozen.
    That was 4000 jobs, al least.
    He got new Federal money for distressed homeowners.
    He got massive environmental legislation passed and signed by the President.
    In short he gets things done.
    Republicans held the majority here until the appearance of then Senator Barack Obama. Now, there is bad blood. Some people are wiling to say anything, and call it fact. A good example would be the latest poll taken by the Review Journal.
    There are stories out, about that paper. You might be amazed at the lengths they are willing to go in order to print a ...fact? that favors the right. The accomplishments of the Majority Leader, Harry Reid, always manage to get left out of the story printed in the Review Journal.
    Paper is good for lighting fires under logs in the fireplace, not much else.
    Mark A. Newell
    Mark A. Newell

    April 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  174. kooky

    Jack, that poll and $2.00 will get you a cup of coffee at Denny's.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  175. katiec Pekin, IL

    There are several months until election day,
    The serious problem is that so many people have been brainwashed
    by the republicans lies, distortions, fear mongering and hypocrasy,
    They overlook the last eight years, the facts and obstruction that is occurring, how, I do not understand, except the media is a tool for
    the republican party and Democrats do not get a fair shake.
    Between the radicals, tea baggers and media, the Democrats
    have an unfair road to travel.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  176. ken

    Jack: Just heard your question regarding Senator Reid. We are an older couple and are very discouraged about your comments. Just ask the question do not interject all of your negative statements regarding that it is about itme he is replaced etc. This influences a negative feeling from your bully pulpit. Be positive and don't let your party affiliation come through. What does everybody think that these Bush problems can be settled in one and one half years. It is 2657 days since little George landed on the carrier and flew a banner " Mission Accomplished" He and his cronies are the reason we are in this predicament. Wake up.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  177. Kevin

    jack in Nov. 2008 president obama was elected 365 electoral vote 52% to McCain's 45 .Apr 2010 he has a 48% approval rating
    With this kind of job insecurity Reid should ask for a huge severance package

    April 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  178. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, I was 76 yesterday and was just getting ready to take my afternoon nap when I heard your first question—I tossed and turned the whole time working on the answer cause I have been wanting to say this for a long time – The current crop of Republicans in Congress have placed their political strategy [to sabotage everything the Democrats are doing] ahead, of and to the detriment of the American people – the time when Republicans sat down with Democrats on one side of the table, and placed our problems on the other – is no where to be found in the current crop of Republican nitwits in Congress! Finally, don't count Harry out – April to November is light years in political time.....Seguin, TX

    April 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  179. Megan from MA

    It means incumbants have to go and Washington needs to be broken up like Fannie, Freddie and AIG!!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  180. Janet

    All I can say is I have a feeling that 2010 will be suprise, the GOP think they have elections underwraps. I truly think it will back fire. As you see most of the people you are polling are mostly WASP, Most people of color support our president

    April 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  181. Quantis from San Francisco

    All that it will say is that Americans have short term memories and that we are largely reactional instead being proactive. No wonder our marriages rate is sooo dismal, out with old in with the new every election does not make for a stable nation. I suspect that most of us would be hated if we too, were relentlessly trashed on the airwaves 24/7. Voting Harry Reid says a lot more about us as petulant voters than it does about Reid's abilities as an effective public servant.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  182. Cody

    As a Nevada resident I can tell you from first hand experience, the state of our health-care, education, and public works projects are truly deplorable, among the worst in the nation. Ask any educator, police officer, or individual in the sometimes 8 hour long wait at the DMV and they will most certainly agree. Last year we had a 47.3% graduation rate in our public schools and we currently have an unemployment rate of 14%. While Senator Reid may not be the sole culprit...If you are not a part of the solution....

    April 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  183. Jim of Oregon

    Jack, give it up already. Mason-Dixon Poll? How Civil war can you get? If Reid is behind in the polls, It's because you media folks manufactured it that way. Media has become so all encompasing and all pervasive that you actually create the news you report! It sells advertising space like any other "BIG" story. How much do you get paid Jack? I don't get paid squat, so all I can do is complain about things. Life's a trial, and then we die. Have a nice day!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  184. Donald in CA

    It means ugly, hateful retoric is winning. This is what the right do, convince uninformed hateful folks that whats good for them is bad.
    Some one need to inform the haters who got them in this mess, geo bush and dick cheney. And whats up with this automatically assuming Harry Reid will lose his spot?

    April 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  185. Snowflower

    Hey Jack,
    Americans are very impatient, selfish, and thinking it's all about me, me, me. Everything I read tells me that the current adminsitration inherited the worst mess since the great depression. This mess will not be straightened out overnight. Two wars and trillions of dollars later – what if we had all that money and those lives back. Let's remember who decided to invade Iraq and not add the cost of the war into the budget, and what party believed in "trickle down" economics?
    After every fat cat took millions in bonuses there wasn't much to trickle down. PLEASE, Jack, ask the GOP to show us the statistics that demonstrate lowering taxes on business creates jobs. In AZ where I live the taxes have been lowered for businesses and investors. We are one of the worst states in the nation for providing health care for children, 50th in education, among the highest in unemployment and that was almost before the downturn. The solution to solving the state's problem's is to lower taxes. Guess who is in charge. But not to worry we can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Great! AND to get to your question: The GOP have done a great job along with FOX cable to attack everything the current administration is doing. They demonize, scare, and down right lie. The democrats have to do a better job of selling and the media has to stop allowing the political bantering on every talk show and start reporting the facts. You do more to stir the pot and it's just to get ratings. And by you, I mean "you." Try some reporting.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  186. eucatedvoter

    Like to dislike Harry, he has done an exceptional job for Nevada and for the Nation. The thought of his being replaced by a nay saying, single interest, inexperienced, pervayer of misinformation republican sends shivery feelings down my spine. You have been biased from the get go. Ethical journalism is something you have replaced with being a demigod, which is frightening.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  187. Anthony from Arizona

    Jack, a lot of the disdainment towards this administration has to do with who is sitting as President. I am an African-American man who is a veteran, college educated and see racism as the primary reason why this President is hated. I know that a lot of his policies are too liberal, but those who elected him wanted change and that whatever was going to be decided was going to be tough. If the President focuses on jobs and not do anything on reform of failed banks he would be scorned, if he focused on reforming banks and not looking at putting a strategy to resolve the nuclear issues with Iran he would be scorned. In other words, he is damned if he do and damned if he don't yet no party has the solution to this problem. I am tired of living in a country of Red/Blue, Black and White, Conservative or LIberal. We are all Americans and if we don't start getting the picture allowing all to partake in this country we will revert back to a nation which is separate.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  188. vmf

    i think people soon forget that the republicans were partl the cause of wht we are in the situation we are in now.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  189. Johnathan Abbinett

    Facts are FACTS! Harry Reid has done more for Nevadans, and especially our Veterans, than all the candidates opposing him! We're in the Primary season – it's way too early to even do a poll in the General election! Harry will win when people weigh out the facts!

    April 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  190. Tom from SF

    If you want a change, vote Democratic so that the threat of a filibuster doesn't scuttle every new initiative.

    Give Obama the 8 years you gave Bush, America, then whine and complain.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |