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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Democratic steel cage match

Interesting numbers popping up this morning on the direction of the Democratic steel cage match. And the loser is: Hillary Clinton.

While Barack Obama continues to trail in Pennsylvania by varying margins, the slew of polls suggest that race has gotten a little more competitive. And of course, since this is a race where the pundits have suggested all Obama needs to be is make a respectable showing, competitive is a good sign for him.

And while the Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a majority of respondents don't want Clinton to get out now, there is a strong underlying message to the superdeledgates who will ultimately make the choice of the nominee: The tone isn't doing her any good.
In the new poll, 54 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Sen. Clinton, up from 40 percent a few days after she won the New Hampshire primary in early January. Her favorability rating has dropped among both Democrats and independents over the past three months, although her overall such rating among Democrats remains high. Nearly six in 10 independents now view her unfavorably.
Those are devastating numbers. It's hard to win an election when between half and three-fifths of the voters don't like you. To paraphrase Lee Atwater, you would have to skin a lot of bark off John McCain to win, leaving the prize worthless and the country more divided than ever.

Just a hunch here, but for all the recent misstatements and missteps by Obama, the desire for starring fresh. Why else would a majority of Pennsylvania voters says the Rev. Wright controversy makes no difference to them -- with a slightly larger plurality say it made them think better of Obama?

That's what seven-plus years of George Bush and Dick "So" Cheney will do. That and a reflection Americans know this race is about the debacle in Iraq, an economy in shambles and a government that has shattered America's reputation around the world.

The rest is mere window dressing.

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Blogger libhom said...

The Clintons are de facto Republicans, not only in their policies but also in their tactics.

April 17, 2008 12:45 AM  

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