I am not surprised that a recent Quinnipiac poll shows Senator Charles Schumer's approval rating is down to 52 percent. This represents his lowest approval ratings since May 2000, and there are two reasons for these results.
One, Schumer came out against the proposed treaty with Iran, but with a wink and nod to President Obama and refused to lobby his fellow senators in joining him to oppose the treaty. Many Jewish and non-Jewish friends of Israel are not happy with his abdication of leadership on this issue.
Two, conservatives and Republicans, as well as many main stream moderate Democrats and independent voters, are not happy with his fiscal mismanagement of Washington. Younger voters who will have to pay off this debt are especially displeased.
Schumer faced unknown Republican challengers with no name recognition, money or party support in 2004 and 2010. New York Republicans now have a surprising opportunity in 2016.
Given Schumer's weak poll numbers, perhaps a brave Republican candidate with both name recognition and the financial resources to offer a serious alternative will finally step forward to challenge him in 2016.
It might make for an interesting contest as opposed to another Schumer coronation.