Joe Lieberman's favorability rating has dropped quite a bit in the month of December, according to CNN polling:
Joe Lieberman, national favorable rating, CNN polls, December 2009
That's a 15-point net swing in favorability rating in just two weeks. The Hill is mystified as to why this might have happened:
It is difficult to pinpoint when or why Lieberman has taken a hit: In the past two weeks, he not only crucial in helping remove the healthcare bill's public option and Medicare buy-in provisions, but also subsequently announced that he would join with Democrats to support the bill after those provisions were removed.
Yes-truly, difficult to pinpoint this one. After all, successfully gutted the central provision of the bill that an entire wing of the Democratic Party had been fighting for during the past year, and lied about supporting the Medicare buy-in compromise.
Pretty difficult to pinpoint. People usually love politicians who publically flip their positions on important issues in order to gain personal power. Also, partisans usually love politicians who support legislation only after the central demand of those partisans has been removed from that legislation.
Hard to figure this one out. Why could Lieberman possibly have taken such a quick hit in popularity? Doesn't make any sense at all.