Yesterday I received a form email from U.S. Senator Ol' Roy Blunt of Missouri thanking me for contacting him regarding S.J. Res. 5, a proposed Constitutional amendment that is currently languishing in a Senate committee. The amendment would give the federal government and states the right to limit money that is pumped into political campaigns - especially money that pours in from corporations and unions. Ol' Roy is agin it because he says it would restrict the freedom of speech of good Americans.
Presumably good Americans like Exxon, Verizon, Direct TV, Walmart, and all of the other corporate cur dogs who pay dearly to keep government focused on their needs - and not ours. Ol' Roy really ain't much for helping the little guy. He is married to a lobbyist and understands well the power of corporate
A new poll has been released by the respected Public Policy Polling (PPP) which suggests that the junior Missouri senator who is just finishing his first term at the Senate trough may be in some electoral trouble. Could it be that the close ally of corporate America is not as popular at home as he hopes and thinks he is?
The poll by PPP, a non-partisan effort, shows that Missouri voters overall disapprove of Ol' Roy's job performance by a staggering 30% approval rating to 47% disapproval! Ouch! That's gotta hurt. Among Independents, a very necessary constituency if Blunt has any hopes of being re-elected to his job on Easy Street, he trails 24% to 52 percent. Not surprisingly, most Democrats don't like him and they give the show-me state politician just 17% approval rating to 62% disapproval.
The only political demographic that bodes even tolerably well for Ol' Roy is with his own Republicans, but even they are cool toward him. Republicans rate the incumbent with 46% approval (less than half!) to 28% disapproval (over a quarter!). That really has to hurt!
PPP has Ol' Roy leading his almost completely unknown Democratic opponent, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, by just five points - 40% to 35% with 25% undecided. (Kander is an Afghanistan war veteran and good family man who happens to be the youngest elected statewide official in the United States. He is a go-getter! Blunt, on the other hand, is an older gentleman who divorced his first wife - the mother of his children - shortly after moving to Washington, DC. Somewhere in the hubbub of becoming a pandering politician, he seems to have neglected finding an opportunity to serve in his nation's military. He's just like us - except that he isn't!)
Poor Roy just can't seem to get any respect - and least not from where I sit - wallpapered in by his patronizing, phony, and pointless email responses to my legitimate legislative concerns. He is in political trouble, and the good news is that he seems clueless on how to pivot and get back to representing real people. All of that corporate "speech" seems to be weighing him down!