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Hillary Clinton leads WaPo/ABC 2016 primary poll by 61 points
Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/30/2014 1:29:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I wonder if she’s running? Let’s put this another way. If anyone had a 6:1 lead over the closest potential opponent in a future race (with a 61-point lead), and that closest opponent’s name was Joe Biden, who wouldn’t run?

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs. Vice President Biden is second with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is third with 8 percent.

Although Clinton’s favorability rating has fallen since she stepped down as secretary of state a year ago, she has broad Democratic support across ideological, gender, ethnic and class lines. Her lead is the largest recorded in an early primary matchup in at least 30 years of Post-ABC polling.

Chris Cillizza emphasizes that point:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 61-point edge over Joe Biden in new Washington Post-ABC News polling makes her the single biggest frontrunner for a Democratic presidential nomination in the history of the poll, an affirmation of the conventional wisdom that the nomination is hers for the taking.

Yes, well, Hillary fans shouldn’t pop the corks on the bubbly quite yet. First, we’ve seen this movie before, when Hillary had a commanding lead in December 2006 over a first-term Senator named Barack Obama, 39/17. Granted, that wasn’t a sixty-one point lead, but given Hillary’s high profile, her husband’s reputation within the Democratic party, and their superior organization, the 2008 nomination was hers for the taking, too — and yet she still blew it.

Besides, when one looks inside the numbers, the picture isn’t quite as rosy. She has a 58/38 approval rating overall, with 26% strongly unfavorable matched against 32% strongly favorable. The topline among independents is 53/42, but strongly unfavorable outweighs strongly favorable, 28% to 23%. And that’s after a year out of the spotlight, when approval numbers usually rebound, and without getting challenged publicly on Benghazi yet, as well as her mediocre record otherwise at State.

What happens when Hillary has to go on the road and start naming her accomplishments? Former Clinton adviser Lanny Davis couldn’t come up with any examples on the Hugh Hewitt show this week:

HH: All right, one question, you’ve got a minute. Summarize for me what she accomplished as Secretary of State.

LD: Well, the biggest thing of all is goodwill around the world, which is what secretaries of State do.

HH: Like in Syria…

LD: I don’t know what any secretary of State…

HH: …and Egypt and Libya?

LD: I don’t know, well, Libya and certainly the intervention in Libya and getting rid of Qaddafi, you would say that’s a pretty good achievement for the President. But these are presidential achievements with a partnership of the secretary of State. What do secretaries of State do? For example, she was very instrumental in the details of the Iranian sanctions program, which has produced, apparently, some results. I’m very skeptical about this deal in Iran on the nuclear weaponry. But the credit she deserves on this sanctions program, which literally was her program in the State Department to enforce, but in partnership with Barack Obama.

HH: So her achievement is that…

LD: But this doesn’t change the question about the secretary of State having achievement. This is a secretary of State is the most popular woman in the world and restored relations with everyone in the world.

HH: All right, Lanny, we’re out of time, but your achievement is one that’s been swept away by the President.

Er, yeah. American popularity abroad was just surging in those years, huh?

On the Republican side, the WaPo/ABC poll has Paul Ryan topping the field with 20% and Jeb Bush at 18%, in a poll with only one Republican governor mentioned — Chris Christie, who’s dropped to third. (Mike Huckabee isn’t mentioned, either.) That’s basically primary polling noise this far out.


TOPICS: New York; Campaign News; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2016demprimary; 2016polls; biden; democrats; hillary; hillary2016; polls

1 posted on 01/30/2014 1:29:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Such an unappealing person in every way, yet the expected winner of the next election?


2 posted on 01/30/2014 1:31:12 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Sisterhood of the Unscrupulous cares not about her life of Obstruction of Justice panning from Nixon to Benghazi.


3 posted on 01/30/2014 1:31:25 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

wow! are we in deep doo-doo, or what!?

pray for America!


4 posted on 01/30/2014 1:33:46 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: faithhopecharity
pray for America!

Mega-dittos!

5 posted on 01/30/2014 1:35:07 PM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This will probably be David Rockefeller’s last appointment to the presidency so it will be interesting to see whom he sees as the legacy summation. I’m not convinced at this stage that there will be another presidential election ...


6 posted on 01/30/2014 1:36:58 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a meaningless push poll.

The hillaryites are trying to circle the wagons for the bull dam.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 1:37:23 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"What happens when Hillary has to go on the road and start naming her accomplishments?"

That didn't stop Obongo now, did it?

8 posted on 01/30/2014 1:38:48 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If anyone had a 6:1 lead over the closest potential opponent in a future race (with a 61-point lead), and that closest opponent's name was Joe Biden, who wouldn't run?

Dragging an incompetent commie drunk through the campaign process isn't "running."

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9 posted on 01/30/2014 1:39:21 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's all about demographics....Harlem is chomping at the bit....the first black female president.

Hillary should beware....

After all, she was beaten by an unknown, neat and articulate (wink wink) black muslim who did coke, whose mommie was a ....... and whose election is the finest example of the basic ignorance of the majority of voters.

10 posted on 01/30/2014 1:40:05 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I think that Mrs. Obama stayed over in Hawaii with Valerie Jarrett and Oprah to discuss her run for the White House in 2016 against Hillary.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 1:42:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: NEWwoman

The D party has millions of members, and this is the very best they can offer us???

something’s very very wrong with this picture...(!)


12 posted on 01/30/2014 1:42:08 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’ll be 69 in 2016, and I wonder how many facelifts she’ll need to be electable? But you can bet the MSM will say NOTHING about any cosmetic surgery, and will make it verboten for anyone else to bring up the topic of facelifts and/or age. But Republicans are not given such deference, and any age issues would be dealt either with open mockery or serious “concerns” designed to undermine the candidacy.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 1:42:46 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The many unflattering truths about Hillary need to be repeated in every possible medium. But if someone else has president-for-life aspirations, it may not matter; Fort Marcy park awaits!


14 posted on 01/30/2014 1:43:23 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure she is the frontrunner think those numbers are bit misleading given that the only other choices were Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

Clinton would be a disaster for America, but at least she wouldn’t blow up the world in her first week in office, like Biden (who clearly is in advanced stages of dementia) would probably do. Warren is even a nuttier Marxist than Hillary.

I am depressed by the results on the Republican side. Ryan, Jeb Bush, Christie are 1, 2 and 3. A decent GOP candidate would crush Clinton, but I fear the GOP will do everything possible to put up a sure loser like Jeb, Christie or maybe even Willard again.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 1:43:26 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it was a lipo and botox session. Notice Michelle’s hands. The rest of her looks bloated.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 1:43:47 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

17 posted on 01/30/2014 1:44:30 PM PST by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When is the deadline for 2016 Democrat Primary?


18 posted on 01/30/2014 1:44:35 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: faithhopecharity

And there are some very qualified D’s - I’m sure - that look for the good of the country, not just a special interest.

Wish the R’s would find another Ronald Reagan.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 1:44:45 PM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Americans and Sarah Palin , want to beat hillary clinton? then Run Sarah Run! Run Sarah Palin for President. Sarah can defeat the socialist hillary

the news media will say that it's time for a woman to be president. I agree :Sarah Palin the next president


20 posted on 01/30/2014 1:46:15 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As was the case with Obama, Hillary would get millions of votes just from the morons who want to “make history”, this time by electing the first female president. It’s like a runner being given a 10-yard head start at the beginning of a quarter-mile race.


21 posted on 01/30/2014 1:47:33 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Run Sarah Palin or one up the news media and run Susana Martinez who is a conservative Republican woman and is also a hispanic


22 posted on 01/30/2014 1:49:03 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
the most popular woman in the world

maybe the most well known and the most despised but certainly not the most popular by any means.

23 posted on 01/30/2014 1:49:56 PM PST by drypowder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary will run for President and guess who will run for Congress!?

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/sandra-fluke-congress-henry-waxman-102882.html?hp=f1

can you believe it!????????????????????????????????


24 posted on 01/30/2014 1:54:55 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: faithhopecharity

Report: Sandra Fluke Mulls Run for Henry Waxman’s Seat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3117561/posts


25 posted on 01/30/2014 1:56:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Democrat_media
"Run Sarah Palin or one up the news media and run Susana Martinez who is a conservative Republican woman and is also a Hispanic."

I've previously floated the idea of Martinez running, but I'm told she has ruled it out. I personally think she is one of the few Republicans who would have a shot at beating Hillary. She would not lose the conservative base, she would attract Hispanic and Catholic voters, and she has high popularity ratings in her state. And she is an excellent speaker and pretty easy on the eyes.

As for Palin, I like her, but she is damaged goods. She'll never recover from the pounding the Dems and media gave her in 2008.
26 posted on 01/30/2014 1:56:27 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hillary Clinton leads WaPo/ABC 2016 primary poll by … 61 points

This proves that people will vote for the devil's handmaiden before they'll vote for any of the weak ass rinos the GOP is pushing!

Do you think the GOP-E will look at this and say to themselves that maybe christie kreme, Rino Rubio, or any of their other annointed candidates may not be the naswer? No.

27 posted on 01/30/2014 1:59:37 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

thanks.
Gawd!!!!!?!!!!

The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
(H.L. Mencken: On Politics, A Carnival of Buncombe)


28 posted on 01/30/2014 2:00:29 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The fact that Biden and Warren even register in a poll shows just how screwed up liberals are.


29 posted on 01/30/2014 2:00:49 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Bratch

The photo of Laura Bush just reminded me that she is arguably the most physically attractive First Lady in the past 100 years, and I include Jackie. But did you ever hear the media gush about her the way they gush about Michelle and Hillary or Kerry’s wife or Gore’s wife? All those women were portrayed as fabulously beautiful, highly intelligent, fashion queens, and every other superlative, whereas Laura was largely ignored.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 2:01:38 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Addendum to my earlier comment - the MSM often referred to Bush’s alleged “smirk,” but has anyone EVER heard anyone in the MSM refer to Michelle Obama’s snarl?


31 posted on 01/30/2014 2:04:37 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Jim from C-Town

“Such an unappealing person in every way, “

Democrats are told how to think. Some MSM will get a leg tingle. A magazine will tout her as the sexiest woman alive. Every photo of her will be so retouched they won’t even resemble her. Yes, she could win the entire Democrat vote. Throw in enough money and a few stolen votes and she could very well be the president. (Question for you historians, how many other presidents were alcoholics? Who were they?)


32 posted on 01/30/2014 2:12:43 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope the crowded Republican field does not portend primaries that eliminate strong conservatives in favor of the wishy washiest RINO in the running. Oh, I know, conventional GOPe wisdom says conservatives can’t win. But neither have the RINOs, Bush being an exception. But he had the advantage of running against Algore.


33 posted on 01/30/2014 2:40:38 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Gen.Blather

The news media rules the USA with an Iron fist

that the media could get this old criminal socialist witch hillary clinton elected president proves that and they will as the media installed Obama who had no executive experience and was unknown and is a kenyan marxist pos


34 posted on 01/30/2014 2:53:33 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary held a commanding lead until Obama stepped in, and we saw what happened then. God only knows why anyone, even a leftist imbecile would want Hillary, but they do, at least until someone who tugs on the leftist strings more than her comes along.


35 posted on 01/30/2014 4:03:11 PM PST by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL, I was thinking about her running. I thought what if Elenore Roosevelt ran for president in 1948 and won. What would Hillary run on today? Her record? She couldn’t run on being the first woman president. I spoke to a Dem Dingbat from Brooklyn who said it was time for a woman, after all those men,(Mostly white guys)she deserves to be the first woman president. This is the kind of thinking the Republicans are going to have to deal with!


36 posted on 01/30/2014 5:47:49 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A wife of a president as our next how pathetic, well look what we have now just as pathetic.


37 posted on 02/15/2014 12:40:18 PM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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