Skip to comments.Hillary falls to earth in poll race
Posted on 12/30/2006 6:26:31 PM PST by neverdem
THE first vote is still more than a year away, but the campaign to replace President George W Bush in the White House is already throwing up surprises.
Unfortunately for Senator Hillary Clinton, long the front-runner in the Democratic drive to retake the presidency, most of them are coming at her expense.
A brace of Christmas opinion polls has left Clinton with a political hangover after a year that had appeared to cement her status as the Democrats best-organised, best-financed and best-connected contender for her partys presidential nomination.
Despite winning re-election to the US Senate by a handsome margin in mid-term voting last month, Clinton has had little to celebrate as polls from the presidential primary battlegrounds signalled early trouble for her historic bid to become Americas first woman president.
In Iowa, the Midwestern state that will once again open the primary season with its caucus votes on January 14, 2008, Clinton slumped to fourth place with only 10% of the vote in a survey of 600 likely Democratic voters.
In New Hampshire, which will hold the first full primary eight days later, Clinton had appeared to be cruising comfortably with a 23-point lead over her Democrat rivals until last weekend, when a poll in the Concord Monitor newspaper showed her only one point ahead of Senator Barack Obama, the comparative political newcomer who is considering a similarly historic attempt to become Americas first black president.
Obamas emergence as a charismatic alternative to the Democratic partys veteran leadership and the arrival in the race last week of former Senator John Edwards, the losing vice-presidential candidate in 2004 have electrified Washington and placed Clinton under early pressure to abandon her cautious approach to the presidency and take to the hustings months earlier than she might have planned.
Several Democratic strategists last week urged Clinton to unleash a charisma offensive in the new year to counter the saturated media coverage that has helped propel Obama up the polls.
Clinton has been virtually invisible as first Obama and then Edwards who launched his second presidential bid on Thursday in the back garden of a New Orleans house ruined by Hurricane Katrina have been grabbing campaign headlines.
Last weeks Iowa poll showed Obama and Edwards tied for the primary lead with 22% each.
Clinton supporters argued that their candidates poor showing she was also beaten by Tom Vilsack, the Iowa governor who is considering his own bid for the White House reflected the fact that she was focused on her Senate re-election in New York and did not visit Iowa this year.
Yet Obama hasnt visited Iowa either, and the same poll found that both Obama and Edwards would perform better than Clinton against the likely frontrunners for the Republican nomination former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Shes in a quandary right now, acknowledged Ray Strother, a longtime Democratic political consultant.
She doesnt need to start a war of any kind, but I dont think she knows how to handle [Obama], Strother said. I think theyre preoccupied with it right now.
Neither Clinton nor Obama has formally declared that they will be candidates, but Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, is widely expected to confirm his intentions after spending Christmas in Hawaii discussing the contest with his family.
Before leaving home in Chicago, Obama and his wife Michelle attended a meeting with advisers who presented a campaign simulation complete with mock travel schedules to illustrate the gruelling demands of the race.
Michelle Obama had previously expressed concern that her husband might be vulnerable to a racist assassination attempt, but local reports suggest she has been reassured by secret service briefings on how the 45-year-old senator would be protected.
Clinton, meanwhile, needs no reminder of the perils of the presidency. As the first former first lady to run for the White House, she is not only a battle-hardened campaigner, but she counts among her advisers arguably the shrewdest political strategist in America her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
Few presidents have been as adept as Clinton at charming ordinary voters, but opinion polls have repeatedly indicated that much of America regards Hillary as cold, calculating, strident and ideological.
In one Gallup poll last month 13% said they disliked her 9% said she was riding her husbands coat-tails and 6% called her dishonest.
Both Democrats and Republicans who have worked with the senator in Washington say those negative ratings are unfair, but the challenge for Hillary is to persuade voters especially in Iowa and New Hampshire that she can be as warm and likeable as her husband.
People need to get to know her, said Doug Hattaway, a Washington strategist.
He said he would advise Clinton: Forget the press. Forget the politics. Talk to the voters. Theres no substitute for getting on the ground and interacting with people.
For the other contenders who are hovering at the margins of the race, the main hope is that Democratic voters will prove reluctant to make the unprecedented choice of either a black or a woman in a year when so important an opportunity beckons and Republicans may be vulnerable because of opposition to the war in Iraq. Edwards has already staked out his claim to be the leading white male contender should either Clinton or Obama stumble.
Senator Joseph Biden, who will assume the chairmanship of the Senates foreign affairs committee, may throw in his hat as a possible vice-presidential choice.
There is a vociferous group of liberal Democrats who hope that former vice-president Al Gore can be persuaded to avenge his loss to Bush in 2000.
Even Senator John Kerry, the defeated candidate in 2004, is muttering about a second attempt, although few Democrats appear to be encouraging him.
For now, though, the battle is between Obama and Clinton, neither of whom are likely to wait long before paying their first campaign visits to Iowa.
Are you sure of that?
Lots of serious delusions in this article.
That description is PERFECT!
unleash a charisma offensive
urged Herve Villachez to unleash his "height offensive" and take the ball to the hole against Shaq.
People need to get to know her, said Doug Hattaway, a Washington strategist"
I already know all I need to know about this Satan's whore.
There is nothing really out there to back that up, other then the fact that his father, who he didn't know and his step father, who his mother left when he was young was a Muslim
Don't go after the Muslim issue .. go after his record .. go after his double talking out of both sides of his mouth .. go after the fact, that in his 2nd book he boast liberal and progressive causes .. go after the fact he is a socialist
But don't go after the religion .. it will only back fire and cause the independents to vote for him
Obama is a cross between Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson .. he is a smooth talker who knows how to work the system .. especially when the system won't ask him the tough questions about what he says
I think it works better the other way around!
She may be the most well financed and with all the clintonistas and MSM to do her bidding, but I truely believe if she gets the nods from the democrats, she will lose in a much bigger fashion than Kerry did.
She's a perfect fit for liberal elitist NYC, but out side of that and California, she's dead meat, especially with the south.
When it comes down to it, 8 years was way more than this country could stomach having a Clinton in the whitehouse.
Doesn't matter .. she's a women and will get alot of the women voter and she knows it
Think about it .. they don't care what we think .. they know we will never vote for them
They are going after the independent voters
You may have hit the proverbial nail on the head.
Ordinarily an early poll wouldn't mean a thing, but Hillary Clinton is extremely well-known. There's nothing she can do to bring those numbers up where she needs them.
On the one hand, neither of these two oily scumbags would appear to have the slightest chance to ever be elected nationally. On the other hand, the chance that there could be a particularly poor GOP candidate together with some weird electoral aberration sends chills down my spine.
Doesn't matter .. she's a women and will get alot of the women voter and she knows it
You got it! She just plans on continuing on the Liberal talk show circuit, for free, and with the votes of the soap opera watchers/talk show fans, she's got plenty of room to wait to spend any of her Hollywood-donated Leftist loot.
When 2008 rolls around, it's gonna be ALL HILLARY, ALL THE TIME......
Obama also lacks charisma and experience. He is an empty suit. However, the media keeps insisting that he is charismatic. Basically he is a creation of the media that is trying to manipulate the election.
December 30, 2006 -- She may soon be embroiled in a race for the White House, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's cares were miles away as she strolled a pristine Caribbean beach with her husband yesterday
Ummm didn't that do this before ??
and I sure hope that we are spared pictures this time
LOL! I hear ya, but please, please, please post any photos you find. :)
We have had Presidents assassinated but they were white. So I would like to tell these two wives that it can happen no matter what the race.
Despite winning re-election to the US Senate by a handsome margin in mid-term voting last month, Clinton has had little to celebrate as polls from the presidential primary battlegrounds signalled early trouble for her historic bid to become America's first woman president.
A HILLARY 'LANDSLIDE'??? NOT SO FAST, MISSUS CLINTON....
THE 'MATERNALIZATION' OF HILLARY
(CLINTON MACHINE DUMPS THATCHER FOR 'MOTHER')
HOW THE CLINTONS ARE HANDLING THE HILLARY DUD FACTOR 5
- Several Democratic strategists last week urged Clinton to unleash a "charisma offensive" in the new year to counter the saturated media coverage that has helped propel Obama up the polls.
Hillary falls to earth in poll race
The Sunday Times ^ | December 31, 2006 | Tony Allen-Mills
The upshot of all this vacuity are positive numbers for hillary (such as they are) that are inversely related to appearance frequency, and, more specifically, inversely related to the following mouth variables: magnitude of agape, amplitude and frequency of effluvia.
The bottom line is this paradox: In order for hillary clinton to have any chance of winning elections, she must all but vanish from the public stage.
SEX, LIES AND SOCK PUPPETS:
HOW THE CLINTONS ARE HANDLING THE HILLARY DUD FACTOR 4
by Mia T, 3.22.06
I "knew" you would..........LOL
Hey... I like tarantulas
Laura Bush for Pres!
Race-baiting... by Mrs. Obama.
A pathetic plea for liberal guilt votes.
From a distance, from a distance.
It's not like we don't already know her very well. Just who is he trying to kid?
I still haven't found it .. even the gossip sites don't have it
Though I did read that Norah O'Donnell is expecting twins in late spring
Senators for president? Not gonna happen.The Presidency is the executive branch as is the governorships of the states. What is it with these senators that they dont get this?
Who's her husband?
This is not necessary since the voting-dead generally aren't swayed by a lack of charisma.
OLD joke, but I like it.....
Clinton is vacationing
Last summer, the President and Mrs. Clinton were vacationing in their home state of Arkansas. On a venture one day, they stopped at a service station to fill up the car with gas. It seemed that the owner of the station was once Hillary's high school love.
They exchanged hellos, and went on their way.
As they were driving on to their destination, Bill put his arm around Hillary and said, "Well, honey, if you had stayed with him, you would be the wife of a service station owner today."
She smirked and replied, "No, if I had stayed with him, he would be President of the United States."
If any "racist" salvos are lofted Obananna's way, it'll be from the Oh so non-racist and all-inclusive Lefty Liberals who want their own megalo---errr....non-traditional candidate to run for president.
Looks like double diaper duty is in the future for MSNBC chief Washington correspondent Norah O'Donnell and her restaurateur husband, Geoff Tracey.
Intersting.. thanks Mo. She has such a beautiful face... too bad she's such a pitiful democrat.
To me, a collection of invertebrate roaches who can't make hard decisions, but when any decision is made, they're like the roach and scurry from the light. Adept at talking, and talking, and talking..................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The old boys club hosts its own collection of wierdos and whacks, (Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, RINO's, etc.) Is there any logic as to why the Senate is a freak show, or is it just too much lead in the Capitol plumbing.
I will have to agree.
This is interesting, from your link:
It's been a big week for John Edwards.
Sale of the former senator's Georgetown home was scheduled for yesterday after the property languished on the market for more than a year and a half. Oh, and he plans to announce his 2008 presidential bid today in New Orleans.
The final price of the Georgetown mansion is under wraps, but the four-story, six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house (with three fireplaces) was listed at $5.65 million.
The onetime Democratic veep candidate and his family own a 102-acre property in Chapel Hill, N.C. According to land records, that $2.38 million estate includes a home with five bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms and a three-car garage.
You forgot "as endearing as a turd in a swimming pool."
I read that first and gagged. I hope he wastes his profit running for the nomination again.....LOL
MSNBC Norah O'Donnell's chef husband, Geoff Tracey.
They already have one. Retiring governor Vilsack.
And she's obviously older than he is.
Pic of her husband posted by kcvl
And it dosn't matter that she would be the worst president since Jimmy Carter