How does it feel, Rick?

Santorum‘s polls are in the dumps, and it’s because he’s tied his fate to the Chimperor. Bring out the violin… (PhiilyBurbs/AP):

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s support of President Bush hurts his chances for re-election next year, Pennsylvania voters said by a 2-1 margin in a poll released Tuesday.

More than one-third of all Republicans surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll also said Santorum’s re-election prospects aren’t helped by his support of the president.

The poll showed Democratic state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. leading the two-term Republican incumbent by 50 percent to 38 percent in the 2006 Senate race, compared to a 52-to-34 percent lead in Quinnipiac’s October poll. Voters also said they disapprove of Bush’s job performance, 59 percent to 38 percent.

President Bush is clearly hurting Santorum in Pennsylvania, and he’s still further behind than an incumbent should be entering the campaign year,” said Clay Richards, assistant director of the Hamden, Conn., university’s polling institute. “Santorum’s best hope is for a third-party abortion-rights candidate to emerge and pull Democratic votes from Casey.”

Graphic: Mike Tidmus.

Maybe Rick’s better off spewing garbage as a fundy, “pro-family” writer, since mouthing off nonsense like this is really going to help him out with women — “The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.” — from his book, It Takes A Family.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding