The 2010 elections are getting nasty between Democrats and Republics as negative advertising campaigns and public insults are made daily to try and sway voters in time for November. The reason for such negative remarks can be best shown through a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll asking individuals which party should control congress. The results were 44% of participants wanting Republicans and 46% Democrats. Given that the margin of error is around 3% these numbers indicate an incredibly tight race that has different analysts arguing over the outcome. Another poll from the same study suggested that 56% of voters are more enthusiastic about this election than the last one. The stakes are high and it seems that everyone is aware of it.
It is not just the candidates running for office in the close senate elections that are being beaten and scrutinized in the press. Republicans and Democrats are going after each other’s more public figures in order to debunk the foundation of each other’s platforms. A recent Gallup poll shows the effects of this type of negative press with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. According to the poll, the Speaker of the House’s unfavorable ratings marks up with Independents at 58%, Republicans at 86% and Democrats at 22%.
Pelosi has been a repeated target for Republicans who, according to, AFP, have branded her as a ‘wicked witch’ and ‘Cruella’ after the name of the popular villain in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. Pelosi insists that these comments only reaffirm that she is doing her job well and that if, “no one’s talking about you, you have to wonder what you were doing.” What makes Pelosi such an inviting target is that she is the symbol for congress. According to Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, this tactic is not unlike what Bill Clinton did to Newt Gingrich when he was house speaker. In 1997, Gingrich had an unfavorable rating of 62% according to a Gallup poll.
The Democratic National Committee has mirrored the Republicans by attacking Karl Rove for his fundraising efforts for Republican candidates. According to the DNC news blog, Rove founded two new groups for the election which earned a total $50 million. One of these new groups is concealing the names of its donors which has aroused suspicion into the validity of the funds coming into the party. The DNC even went as far to state that Rove’s new fundraising groups are, “stealing our democracy”. Rove has since followed up to these attacks calling them “baseless”.