The Washington Times - February 5, 2010, 10:39AM

It looks like it just does not pay for a Senator to go on an ill-subscribed diatribe about opponents of the Democrats’ health care reform.

The Providence Journal is reporting that Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s 2012 re-election prospect is looking dour these days. Pollster Joseph Fleming attributes Mr. Whitehouse’s vitriolic floor remarks about opponents of health care reform as part of the reason:

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Just 33 percent approved of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s job performance, down 11 points from a mid-December Brown University poll.

Fleming said a factor may have been the senator’s controversial December statement that floor opponents of health-care reform were fueled by fanatics, “right-wing militia” and Aryan support groups that hate President Obama.

This new polling information comes on the heels of a recent poll about Rhode Island Democratic congressman Patrick Kennedy, who is looking at some pitiful numbers for his re-election bid in 2010.