Hillary in 2016? Early Numbers are Favorable

From our friends at “The Fix:

Public impressions of Hillary Clinton are at an all-time high, with a large majority of Americans giving her positive reviews as the country’s secretary of state and most wanting her to be a presidential candidate in 2016, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Overall, 57 percent of all Americans say they would back a Clinton candidacy, with support peaking among younger women…

…At 66 percent favorable, Clinton is as high as she has ever been in terms of public perceptions. She was about as well regarded earlier this year, with the numbers topping her most popular periods of the late 1990s. The new data represent a clear turnaround from April 2008, when her just 44 percent of Americans expressed favorable opinions, a low-point from that campaign.

Clinton doesn’t do nearly as well among Republicans, as you would expect, but that’s not the hurdle that a potential candidacy would deal with at a later time. If it looks like Clinton would be an overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, it’s hard to see how she would not make another bid.

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  1. Not Dame Edna says:

    Can you please wait until January 2015! We need an election breather.

  2. caroman says:

    Apparently the Dems won 33 state senate seats in New York while the GOP only won 30 seats.  Sounds like a Dem majority, right?  Well, it seems that 6 conservative Dems have decided to caucus with the GOP, thereby giving control of the NY Senate to the GOP.  And, the blame for this is being flung at Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    From DailyKos:


    And let’s not forget the blame supposedly Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo bears here, too. Cuomo not only endorsed Republican senators for re-election but he also refused to say which party he preferred to see control the Senate-even after Dems won a surprise majority on election day. And a report in Crain’s even claims (according to an unnamed source) that Klein “has been running ideas past Mr. Cuomo before moving forward.” I certainly believe it.

    It’s all further proof that Cuomo, despite occasional departures like gay marriage, is deeply anti-progressive and has little interest in being a Democrat. And if there’s a silver lining, it’s that abandoning your party (and progressive ideals) at a moment of extreme need like this ought to badly hurt Cuomo with presidential primary voters, should he make the mistake of seeking the brass ring.

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    A distinguished Polster told me at the last meetup that one should never count out the Dem governor of New York for president.  That made sense — until now.  I don’t think Dems are interested in supporting a Joe Liebermann-type for president in 2016.

  3. allyncooper says:

    Hillary will be 69 in 2016. I personally don’t think anyone past 65 should run for president. I know I’ll be accused of ageism, but I’m only 4 years younger than her.  

    Let the torch pass to a new generation.  

  4. BlueCat says:

    The idea for Dems is to move a little to the right after you make it through the primary, not to start out in Lieberman territory, especially now with a newly energized progressive base that saw all their worst nightmares fail to come true and better outcomes all over the country than they had dared dream of.

    Caucus goers would crush him out of the gate and Dem base primary voters know they don’t need to go that far right to field a winning candidate.  If he did manage to come out of the primary for the general (say every other candidate died the last day of primary season) the only Rs who would be impressed by his “bi-partisanship”  might be a handful of New Yorkers. But it won’t ever happen. No DINOs need apply for 2016.  

    Screw you very much, Cuomo.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    then Hickenfracker must be orange marmalade.

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    . . . we should probably at least wait to see if there’s even going to be a world to hold elections in . . . fuksakes!

  7. TimothyTribbett says:

    For one reason and one reason only the Supreme Court.

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