The chances that Republican Gov. Jim Douglas will run against Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy when the six-term senator runs for re-election in 2010 are slim to none, but just in case Douglas was toying with the idea, new poll results suggest he might want to stay put in Montpelier.
The poll was done for Daily Kos by Research 2000, and it says Leahy would beat Douglas 58 percent to 36 percent if the election were today. Just as significant, Leahy laps Douglas easily in the favorability category: 63 percent are thumbs up on Leahy and 33 percent are thumbs down, while its 52 percent favorable, 41 percent unfavorable for Douglas.
The governor, through new spokesman Steve Wark, is letting it be known that politics isn't on Douglas' radar right now; he's totally focused on confronting the state's financial situation.
Good strategy, that. It's hard to imagine why Vermonters would turn out the most powerful (in terms of seniority) senator in the history of the state in favor of Douglas, who would be a freshman Republican in the minority party.
But then, the clock is ticking on Douglas' chances to move on to bigger things in Washington, so you never know.
-- Sam Hemingway