ALL THE COOL KIDS IN THE SENATE LUNCHROOM TOTALLY WANT TO SIT AT HIS TABLE NOW: In a makeover not the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Plastics took Lindsay Lohan under their tutelage, that skinny kid with the funny name now tops the list of the most popular U.S. Senators (which is, yes, a little like being the tallest midget given the current makeup of the Senate). Barack Obama has a 72 percent approval rating, just topping a group of four other senators (North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy and Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe), who come in at 71 percent.
Interestingly of the 12 senators in the top 10 (three tied for 10th place), nine are Democrats, while of the 12 senators in the bottom 10 (three tied for 89th place), nine are Republicans, including No. 100, John "Stinky" Cornyn.
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