DailyKos’ Research 2000 poll shows that Kit Bond may be vulnerable–at least to a challenge by Robin Carnahan:

Bond (R) 47

Carnahan (D) 43

This bit of info should be particularly alarming to Republicans:


Approve 49

Disapprove 43

No Opinion 8


Approve 48

Disapprove 26

No Opinion 26

Bond has always struck me as a cagey politician, an opportunist who is adroit at balancing partisan interests with  those of a more purely local, tribal nature. Hence his affinity for budget pork, and his willingness to buck the hardline conservatives in the Republican party when it comes to, for instance, throwing some dollars at Detroit in order to save Missouri auto-manufacturing jobs.  But are these numbers a sign that he is beginning to lose his equilibrium?