Friday, May 27, 2005

Hillary Leads for 2008

2008 is going to be a fun election to watch. It’s never too early to get a few shots in.

Poll majority say they'd be likely to vote for Clinton

'For the first time, a majority of Americans say they are likely to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday.'

Be afraid, be very afraid. I realize this has no real meaning since she is not being polled vs any Republican candidates, but it is telling. However, as we all know, polls mean nothing, especially 3 and a half years before the election.

'Clinton commands as much strong support - but more strong opposition - as George W. Bush did in a Newsweek poll in November 1998, two years before the 2000 election. She is in slightly stronger position than then-vice president Al Gore, the eventual 2000 Democratic nominee, was in 1998.

"Over time, Clinton fatigue has dissipated ... and people are looking back on the Clinton years more favorably," '

I am still quite fatigued actually. It's sort of like recovering from a bad flu. You are finished tossing your guts, but still have to eat Saltines.

'"This may also reflect that she has been recasting her image as a more moderate person," he says.'

Which isn’t very difficult in today’s Democratic Party. Castro could be considered a moderate in some quarters of the American left today. Notice Hillary is the one major Democrat leader not bashing Bush daily.

'Spokesmen for Sen. Clinton declined to discuss the survey. "She's just focused on working and doing her job for New York," says Anne Lewis, a veteran Democratic operative working at Hillpac, Clinton's political action committee.'

Yeah right!

'In the poll, 29% were "very likely" to vote for Clinton for president if she runs in 2008; 24% were "somewhat likely." Seven percent were "not very likely" and 39% were "not at all likely" to vote for her.'

'Her strong support has risen by 8 percentage points, and her strong opposition has dropped by 5 points since the same question was asked in June 2003.'

Well just wait until the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy kicks in.

'Among those surveyed, 54% called Clinton a liberal, 30% a moderate and 9% a conservative.'

9% think she is a conservative? Almost 10 percent of our country must be absolutely nuts. Stand by for socialized medicine. I suspect it will be here by 2012 if she wins. I find this poll interesting, but I would like to see a poll of ‘likely voters’. The results would be quite different. In addition, Gallup is giving under 30 voters the same clout as older voters. Didn’t we already learn how big of a mistake that is?

The United States is more than ready for a female president. Let's hear it for Condi!