Despite articles like this one — and there’s a few, after the latest Field Poll:
According to a new Field poll, just 41 percent of California voters support reelecting the longtime centrist incumbent, who won her last two reelections with ease, while 44 percent oppose reelecting her. Feinstein’s job approval rating remains positive, but at a dangerously low 41 percent approving, with 39 percent disapproving.
… she still has California Dem power brokers fawning. Da Mayor Willie Brown weighs in from his blog perch at The Chron:
The fact is that, given the mood of the country, every incumbent, be they Democrat or Republican, should be worried about their numbers.
I suspect, however, that while the Dianne Feinstein in September 2011 may have a problem – number-wise – the Dianne Feinstein in September 2012 will still be viewed as formidable.
I know this is the first time that she has gone into a race with a number so low, but she is still very much the third rail of state politics. Touch her and you go down.
Pete Wilson might beg to differ, Mister Mayor. But the GOP does appear flummoxed, especially given their eagerness at this time last cycle to take on Feinstein’s junior colleague:
Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings.
This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year – and no major candidates have stepped up.
Oh, but some candidates are talking! Let’s see who, shall we?
One person considering a run, The Chronicle has learned, is Michael Reagan, a former conservative talk-radio host and the son of former President Ronald Reagan.
Is that all? Why, no!
Republican Orly Taitz, who ran in the GOP primary for secretary of state last year, said today she is “absolutely” considering challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012.
“I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew,” Taitz told The Bee after attending a town hall-style event on Latino issues at the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles.
Luck be a lady, indeed.