By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Two stars of the Democratic Party's legislative victories, from last year's Wall Street bailout to this week's healthcare reform, will be big players for the Republicans this fall as they seek to capitalize on the unpopularity of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the elections.
GOP insiders say that the images and words of the two will most likely be featured in Republican TV and Internet ads as the party tries to link even moderate Democrats running for office with their liberal leaders. It's a common practice: The Democrats did the same thing with Republican candidates in the 1994 elections when the GOP star was then Rep. Newt Gingrich.
As it was 16 years ago, the effort is backed by party polling. As you can see below, the speaker remains very unpopular, with 29 percent having a favorable view of her and 56 percent an unfavorable view. As for Reid, who's caught up in a very tough re-election campaign, his positive to negative rating is 20 percent positive to 43 percent negative.