Daily Revolt

June 29, 2007

Half of Americans say they Wouldn't Vote for Clinton in '08

I wouldn't vote for her either:
"More than half of Americans say they wouldn't consider voting for Sen. Hillary Clinton for president if she becomes the Democratic nominee," according to a new poll, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

Democrats who don't want a Republican winning the White House should consider these poll numbers seriously. But that was the argument against Hillary all along-- electability in the general election:
Clinton, the pace-setter in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, raised 27 million dollars in the last three months -- but still less than top rival Barack Obama, her campaign said Thursday.

And we don't know if Bill is helping or hurting her:
Clinton has long been considered a politically polarizing figure who'd be a tough sell to some voters, especially many men, but also Clinton-haters of both genders. Thursday's survey provides a snapshot of the challenges she faces, according to Larry Harris, a Mason-Dixon principal.

"Hillary's carrying a lot of baggage," he said. "She's the only one that has a majority who say they can't vote for her."

Clinton rang up high negatives across the board, with 60 percent of independents, 56 percent of men, 47 percent of women and 88 percent of Republicans saying they wouldn't consider voting for her.

She might have to start lying again. Just like her husband used to do all the time. And like Bloomberg did before he got caught:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg frequently talks about health — but never publicly revealed that he had heart surgery before running for mayor, a fact that emerged this week amid increased attention about his possible presidential aspirations.

It could be worse. She could have poll numbers like George W. Bush:
He looked uncharacteristically dejected as he approached the lectern, fiddling with papers as he talked and avoiding the sort of winking eye contact he often makes with reporters. And then President Bush did something he almost never does: He admitted defeat.

"A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn't find a common ground," he said an hour after his immigration plan died on Capitol Hill. "It didn't work."

Mr.Obama isn't above politics-as-usual maneuverings himself:
Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard's phone is ringing off the hook these days, and not in a good way. Mr. Dilliard is a Republican, and until April he was the chairman of the DuPage County GOP, one of the party's strongest political organizations in the state. That's why many were surprised to see Mr. Dillard featured prominently in a new television ad praising Senator Barack Obama.

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