Sen. Chris Coons told NBC News that if President Trump is “exonerated in the Senate, if the Senate Republican majority refuses to discipline him through impeachment, he will be unbounded.” He added: “I’m gravely concerned about what else he might do between now and the 2020 election, when there are no restrictions on his behavior.”
Gravely concerned. So gravely concerned that he may cut back his Bible meetings with these very same Republicans to two a week. Chris Coons is the type of Democrat that desperately cares what the Beltway set thinks about him, more so than what his own voters think of him. He is scared to use blunt yet true language to describe the actions of evil Republicans because he might hurt the feelings of a Republican.
Josh Marshall had the same complaints about Maryland Senator Ben Cardin: “This evening I turned on MSNBC and watched Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland express deep concern about whether his Republican colleagues were going to keep an open mind as jurors in the Senate trial of the President. At one point he went as far as to say that Mitch McConnell had “raise[d] serious questions whether he will be objective in carrying out the responsibilities of the Senate or whether he’s going to try to stack the deck in favor of the president.” My point here is not to pick on Ben Cardin. This is one example of rhetoric you can hear from many Democrats and most Senate Democrats. It’s just the example that is ready at hand. But it is terrible and completely pathetic. It is grievously irresponsible to be expressing “concerns” that Republicans may not do their job and uphold their responsibility as Senators. [….]
Republicans have made their intentions crystal clear. It is an abdication of responsibility not to state this clearly. Republicans have already decided to protect a lawless President from constitutional accountability. They’ve betrayed the constitution and their oaths. This is a point to make consistently over and over and over again. Because it is true. If some Republican Senator decides to change his mind and the right thing they are welcome to do so.
Perhaps Cardin and others are too squeamish for that language or too wedded to Senate collegiality. “
Cardin and Coons and others like them care too much about being nice. Now is not the time for Democrats to be nice. Democratic and Independent voters want fighters. And every Republican, in office or not, deserves to be called traitors to their face, Senate or Delaware Way civility be damned. But Chris Coons cannot do that. He cannot find it within himself to be a fighter. He is not a fighter. He is a submitter. He submits. He is submissive. He compromises for the point of achieving a compromise. Which is why the first poll of a potential primary contest for Chris Coons reveals incredible weakness and vulnerability for him.
Data for Progress conducted a poll among Delaware Democrats either right before or at the same time that Jess Scarane announced her primary challenge to Chris Coons, from November 15 through 25, 2019. Which is why perhaps, Data for Progress, did not poll Scarane’s name, but instead polled Coons against a “more liberal female candidate.” And guess what, Coons loses.
And he loses to the more liberal female candidate before any arguments for or against are tested by the pollster. What arguments against Coons are tested, Coons falls behind the more liberal female candidate by 21 points, 45% to 24%. And then when arguments more in favor of Coons are tested, Coons recovers to the baseline, where he is losing to the more liberal female challenger 36% and 32%.
Senator Coons’ favorability rating before the respondent is given arguments against Senator Coons is 62% to 24%. After arguments against are given, Coons plummets to a -10 approval, with only 38% approving and 48% disapproving. Coons recovers to a 49% favorable and 35% with positive arguments for Coons are given.