2016: Is Hillary Already In?

05 November 2013 |permalink | email article

A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who favor her favorably dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. It’s about time, because the truth each day, is that she has serious problems as a potential 2016 presidential contender, and the premature cheering of Chuck Schumer and other Democrats won’t change that. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni points out that in the wake of the federal shutdown, in the midst of the Obamacare meltdown, voter disgust with business as usual is at the very peak that ensures more than the usual share of surprises in the next few elections.

In one recent poll large numbers suggest a climate in which someone who has been front and center in politics for nearly for nearly a quarter-century won’t make all that many hearts beat all that much faster. Voters are souring on familiar political operators, especially those in, or associated with, Washington. That’s why Clinton has fallen. She’s lumped together with President Obama, with congressional leaders, with the whole reviled lot of them. In September, Piers Morgan asked Bill Clinton whether Hillary or Chelsea who would make a better president. “Over the long run, Chelsea,” Bill said. “She knows more than we know about everything.” 



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