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Have Sue Lowden's Senate hopes flown the coop?

Chickens-for-checkups may have provided us with weeks of entertainment, but the story has a serious side: Weeks after this tale first waddled its way into the national consciousness, it may have ended Sue Lowden's Senate hopes.

Two new polls out this morning show that Lowden has fallen well behind hard-right Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle.

First, a Suffolk University poll, which just landed in the old inbox, finds that Angle has taken an eight point lead over Lowden among Nevada GOP primary voters, 32-24.

And second, DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas Tweets that the forthcoming Research 2000 poll he sponsored will show that Angle has taken a "significant lead."

Given Angle's hard right positions, this is obviously good news for Harry Reid, and signals a changed dynamic from only weeks ago, when it looked as if Reid was going to have serious trouble hanging onto his seat. But for now, the story worth contemplating is Lowden's epic collapse -- all because of one unfortunate line about chickens. It's one for the ages.

Indeed, it's clear that Lowden is angry about the way chickens-for-checkups has steadily pecked away at her hopes. She's got a post up on her blog that attempts to turn bartergate back on Reid, by pointing to a story about a land deal involving Reid and alleging that he's a "first class barterer." Lowden concludes with this bitter swipe:

At least in the "olden days," trading a chicken for a checkup was an honest exchange.

Unrepentant about chickens-for-checkups until the bitter end.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Comments

Just like elections, stupid statements that you try to turn into policy have consequences. . .

Posted by: Michigoose | June 3, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Bird Brained Lowden Laid A Rotten Egg!

Sue; Now you are totally Plucked!

All she can now count on are her Fowl Weather Friends!


Sue, why not cut out the doctors, and just recommend that every sick person cure their-selves, by turning their payment birds into Chicken Soup!


Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Birther Bilgey is still off his meds.

Now he claims that anyone who gets involved in the politics of other nations deserves to be shot and killed.

There you have it folks; Birther Bilgey clear feels that all those brave young American Troops who got killed in Iraq, were just asking for it, and deserved to die.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see Angle is now 8% ahead of Lowden. Reid thinks his chances will improve with Angle as an opponent but the pendulum of public mood is not going to swing his way for a long time yet.

Posted by: McClarinJ | June 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

It looks as if it is the people of Nevada who are screwed. Reid or Angle? Blech!

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Reid will luck out against either Lowden or Angle. Angle is so right wing batsh*t crazy that she won't even allow the press to cover her campaign stops and Lowden chicken bartered herself into the butt of jokes. Seriously, she denies what she said on the record and on video. How can anyone trust her?

Posted by: srw3 | June 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

Has anything been heard from Rahm recently; after the job offers issue bubbled up. I have not seen any reports about Rahm having commented on the situation. Surely he must have been in the loop, when the discussions were taking place. Yet he appears to be lying low.

Could he be on the way out?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

So, now that it seems that an American was shot in the head 4 times at short range, will the right continue to fly the Israeli flag above the American one?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

O/T but often discussed here:

"A senior United Nations official said on Wednesday that the growing use of armed drones by the United States to kill terrorism suspects was undermining global constraints on the use of military force. He warned that the American example would lead to a chaotic world as the new weapons technology inevitably spread."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/world/03drones.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"So, now that it seems that an American was shot in the head 4 times at short range, will the right continue to fly the Israeli flag above the American one?"

Of course they will, because until the right-wing decides so, he/she was not a "real American".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Will the right continue to fly the Israeli flag above the American one?"

By the right do you mean to refer to the Obama admin and many (most?) Democratic congressmen?

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

it wasn't so much the original chicken trading comment that plucked her, it was her obstinate refusal to back away from it.

people know a clucker when they see one. if she couldn't handle this little gaffe successfully, instead turning their state into a national (international?) laughing stock, enough voters have apparently reasoned that she just wasn't ready for the national stage.

if only she'd have laughed it off and walked away from it, she'd have been okay. instead, she let her ego get the best of her.

and it seems like kirk is doing the same thing in my own state. what is it with republicans being unable to admit mistakes?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | June 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Kirk is toast.

Wait till the ads come out later summer/early fall. What's he going to run on?

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

MikefromArlington, I hate to admit it but sbj3 is correct. Dems are by in large blindly supporting Israel in this latest debacle. I think that the right is even farther out there in promoting Israeli interests over any other country or group in the region, but Dems are not far behind. Barney Frank and Dennis K, are the only dems that have strongly and publicly come out against the Israelis boarding ships in international waters and killing a bunch of people on them to continue their counterproductive and crippling blockade of Gaza.

Posted by: srw3 | June 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder sometimes if some on the right truly love this country any longer. It seems some of them have become so overwhelmed with their infatuation with the Rapture, they could give a damn where you come from, so long as they go to heaven.

What a confusing life they must lead.

As far as your question sbj. I don't intend to give in an inch to you or anyone else for that matter.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

sbj3, are you in favor of the drone strikes or not? Are they a legitimate use of US military power in the region? Does a "war" against Al Qaeda justify the use of these weapons?

Posted by: srw3 | June 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

All, this should put the Romanoff "scandal" to rest:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/white_house_statement_on_job_o.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I find the blind defense of Israel on the right a little disconcerting.

I think UN troops should be deployed to the region to protect both Israelis and Palestinians from themselves. This tiny region is is the epicenter of global tensions between Muslims and the western world.

You solve the problem there, the rest will work its self out.

Something bold needs to take place. The situation there is going nowhere if Israel continues to expand into Palestinian land and the Palestinians retaliate with rockets and suicide bombers.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Chicken for check-ups" RULES !!!!

Will go down in the chronicles of time as one of the dumbest things said by anyone, anywhere, ever. Currently chimpy bush holds the other top 4 out of 5 spots...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Currently chimpy bush holds the other top 4 out of 5 spots..."

Deep irony here.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Mike: "Will the right continue to fly the Israeli flag above the American one?"

sbj: "By the right do you mean to refer to the Obama admin and many (most?) Democratic congressmen?

Mike: "I don't intend to give in an inch to you or anyone else for that matter."

It would appear that you are giving far more than just an inch to the current administration (out of sheer, blind partisanship).

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Why give you an inch? So you can stroke your ego?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Why give you an inch? So you can stroke your ego?"

There's got to be a really dirty joke in there somewhere...

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid now leading all GOPbaggers:

Harry Reid (D) 43 (41)
Sharon Angle (R) 37 (44)
Scott Ashjian (TP) 2 (5)

Harry Reid (D) 42 (41)
Sue Lowden (R) 38 (45)
Scott Ashjian (TP) 2 (4)

Harry Reid (D) 43 (41)
Danny Tarkanian (R) 39 (43)
Scott Ashjian (TP) 2 (6)

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/6/3/867328/-NV-Sen:-Teabagger-leads-GOP-field

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"GOPbaggers""

I think that's a keeper, Ethan. Rock on.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 3, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Reid fights for NV vets funeral privacy rights http://bit.ly/cfe6I9 while Lowden tries to tax them when they die http://bit.ly/9FDzuE

Posted by: JustinBarasky | June 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

There are times when a single slip-up should not be allowed to end a candidate's dreams. The Howard Dean scream comes to mind.

But in Lowden's case, the substance of what she said in her "gaffe," revealed such a backward, simple-minded thinking, it certainly calls into question her fitness for office. That's the serious side of this otherwise humorous story.

Posted by: mypitts2 | June 3, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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