Ben Smith at Politico.com broke the code the other day. The occasion for this ooze of truth-telling was a new ABC News/Washington Post poll which was released on April 19, 2007 (we have it posted on the right hand side of this page). The truth-telling shock generated by this poll was that Hillary was still beating Obama by 17 points – 37% to 20%. As fists slammed into palms BSmith wrote: “Damn polls. Just when you think you’ve got a narrative…”
The narrative referred to of course is the great collapse of the Hillary campaign and the mighty rise of the omnipotent Obama. Only problem with the narrative is — it ain’t so.
Smith wrote about this increasingly unhinged hallucination by the media and so-called “progressive” blogs on April 10:
Gallup has some numbers out which diverge pretty sharply from the developing media storyline of Obama’s surge.
If anything, Hillary seems to be solidifying her frontrunner-hood, while Obama ticked down a few points in the poll. And Hillary’s lead increases when Gore isn’t in the race.
“Sen. Hillary Clinton remains the dominant presidential front-runner among Democrats nationally,” Gallup reports, adding that the “survey results suggest that while Obama may have had a great deal of financial momentum in the past quarter, it was not matched by any increase in voter support.”
Today we have yet another poll. This one has Hillary beating Obama by 21 points and Edwards continues his driftwood-like float away from land. The nutroots as usual are denouncing this poll, this time because it is from Fox News. The nutroots are not happy with any of the thus far unanimous polls showing Hillary is the likely nominee of the Democratic Party in 2008 .
Let us all understand what the narrative means. The great threat to Democratic victory in 2008 will not come from Fox News nor any of the other right wing news outlets. These fakes news outfits are discredited and losing influence with every passing day. The danger to Democratic victory in 2008 will come from journalists and pundits, whether lazy or malevolent (Chris Matthews and Arriana Huffington come to mind), and from self-interested, so-called Democratic “progressives” now huddled in their blog fortifications lobbing Republican propaganda grenades at popular Democrats like Hillary.
Graphic From Politico:
|April 10, 2007