January 25, 2006


Democrats Are Worrying Over Clinton in 2008 (JOSH GERSTEIN, January 25, 2006, NY Sun)

Senator Clinton's emergence as the early and perhaps prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 is fueling anxiety among Democratic strategists and operatives who are worried she would lose to a Republican in the general election.

Recent polling underscores some of those worries. In a CNN/USA Today/ Gallup poll made public yesterday, 51% of voters said they would definitely not vote for Mrs. Clinton if she chooses to run for president in 2008. In a separate nationwide poll conducted this month for a spirits company, Diageo, and a political newsletter, the Hotline, 44% of all voters and 19% of self-described Democrats said they viewed the New York senator unfavorably.

According to Democratic Party insiders, such numbers are adding to skittishness about Mrs. Clinton's potential candidacy.

"There are a lot of people who are conventional Democrats ideologically who think she can't win, and we're caught in this bind where she's unstoppable and therefore our goose is essentially cooked," a Democratic consultant and former aide to Senator Lieberman, Dan Gerstein, said.

Democrats will have to consider themselves lucky if they find someone who can get 44% against John McCain in the general. Hillary is likely the only one who can.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2006 11:02 PM

They've spent so much time fantacizing about the next big tactic that will get Bush thrown out of office, it's not surprising they'll start doing the same about the one of the few people in their party right now who's actually strategerizing about how to win in the general election.

As clumsily as the missus is doing it, and as disingenuious as she might be, Hillary at least comprehends Americans aren't going to elect someone who's going to increase the odds of getting them killed in their hometowns. Even with as bland a candidate as possible, the Democrats can't win once their alternative opens his mouth and starts spouting the DU/Kos/MoveOn catch phrases during the primaries.

Posted by: John at January 25, 2006 11:28 PM

You thought Bush was going to win by 58% remember?
You tend to be a little over optimistic in your predictions.

(I thought he'd get 54)

Posted by: Amos at January 26, 2006 3:41 AM

The point is that nobody with that kind of baggage can win the general election.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 26, 2006 6:37 AM


JFK, LBJ, Nixon, & Clinton did.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 7:11 AM

Bush is too polarizing. McCain appeals across parties.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 7:16 AM

Al Gore is probably getting itchy right about now. "HMMM....I always knew that woman couldn't last. I know America wants me to claim what was stolen from me, and bury the Clintons for good".

Posted by: ratbert at January 26, 2006 9:42 AM

Since McCain will never get to the general, the point is moot. Rudy will bury Hillary even worse than McCain would have.

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 26, 2006 9:57 AM

ratbert: brilliant analysis. only thing missing is the HomerVoice html tags on the quote.

Posted by: John Resnick at January 26, 2006 11:26 AM


The Lefter of two GOP candidates doesn't win the primaries.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 11:48 AM

Has David just gotten tired of posting "Too bad he's not running" or has he actually changed his mind?

Posted by: b at January 26, 2006 2:29 PM

David is probably away from his computer engaging with his fellows in face to face contact like the well adjusted creatures of our species do routinely.

Posted by: erp at January 26, 2006 3:16 PM

Turned into one of them, has he? Say it ain't so, David.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 26, 2006 6:06 PM