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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - J. Sabato
A top nonpartisan political handicapper said Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is well-positioned to defeat challenges on his left and his right on his way to winning re-election.
Elected last fall as part of a nationwide Republican sweep, Govs. John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Scott of Florida have seen their approval ratings tumble into the abysmal range — and Democrats are salivating over the prospect that they will be a drag on the GOP's presidential and congressional candidates in both crucial battleground states in 2012.
Mr. Sabato noted that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was "very popular" in 2004 — scoring his highest approval ratings that year at 65 percent — but it was of little help to his GOP colleagues on the ballot that November, when President Bush lost the state by 10 points even as he won re-election.