Guv gets no respect

Gov. Edward Rendell, testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Tracking the Money: Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Recovery Act Funding" on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ed Rendell's approval rating has nose-dived.

Two months ago, the governor's job approval rating was 54 percent, with 37 percent disapproving. But the latest Quinnipiac University poll has those numbers almost reversed.

Rendell's job approval is now at 39 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

There are a couple of reasons why his poll numbers may be sinking: The ongoing budget stalemate. The 16 percent increase Rendell has proposed in the state personal income tax. His suggestion that Pennsylvanians should have statues of him on their mantel.

It's hard to say what has residents more upset. But with those kind of numbers it's easy to dis the governor. And potential Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) did just that today in response to Rendell's suggestion that the congressman not challenge Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) today in the primary next year. Sestak's response?

"Joe Sestak has great respect for Gov. Rendell -- but we have to ask ourselves, what would  happen if our leaders only stood up to challenges when the odds were in their favor? That isn't the spirit that created this nation, led Barack Obama to the Oval Office, or allowed Ed Rendall to become governor of Pennsylvania when everyone said a mayor of Philadelphia could never win."

In other words, come talk to me when you're over 50 percent approval rating again.