May 25, 2016

BILL'S 7TH TERM...:

How Running for 'Obama's 3rd Term' Became a Political Asset for Hillary Clinton (Ed Kilgore, 5/25/16, NY Mag)

Barack Obama's steadily improving job-approval ratings as he approaches the end of his presidency are suddenly looking less like an albatross for Clinton and more like the wind beneath her wings. It's been a gradual rise; last year, his average job-approval number in weekly tracking from Gallup was 46 percent. This last week, it was up to 51 percent -- precisely where it was the week he was reelected in 2012.  

Moreover, Obama's particular areas of political strength are well synchronized with constituencies Clinton should and must be able to attract and energize in a general-election contest with Donald Trump. According to NBC, Obama's job-approval ratings among Sanders's primary voters is 82 percent; it's 64 percent among those ages 18-34, and 73 percent among Latinos, a group that has, on occasion, felt tepid toward him. Add in his 90 percent approval rating from African-Americans, and it's obvious the so-called Obama Coalition is alive and well. So now, instead of pivoting away from Obama after she's won the nomination, Clinton can continue her close association with the incumbent as an asset in the general elections, as well as the primaries.  

Posted by at May 25, 2016 8:07 PM

  

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