Update: Wall Street Journal has a story out today called Republicans’ Outlook Dims for ’08. “Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who has strengthened her lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, leads Mr. Giuliani by 48% to 43% in a potential general-election matchup after trailing by a similar margin three months ago.” and Among Democrats, Mrs. Clinton draws 39% of the vote, up from 36% in April, while Mr. Obama receives 25%, down from 31%. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, receives 15%, with Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware lagging behind at 4%.”
“Mrs. Clinton’s standing in the Democratic race follows her performances in televised debates and an attempt to downplay differences with Mr. Obama over Iraq. Though her leading rival courts Democratic voters by noting that he opposed from the start a war she voted to authorize, she enjoys a wider lead among Democrats backing an immediate troop withdrawal than among those who oppose one.”
“Moreover, on both of the rank and file’s top two characteristics for their party’s nominee — capacity to bring about change and experience for the presidency — Mrs. Clinton holds an edge. Fully 71% of Democrats rate the former first lady highly for being “knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency,” while 30% rate the first-term Sen. Obama highly on that dimension.” “Her competence campaign is working,” Mr. Newhouse said.”
Unlike the kooks who live in a world of their own, this is truly a reality based website.
We are proud to say that we know, and are friends with, many supporters of Barack Obama and John Edwards as well as of all the other candidates (unfortunately, we don’t personally yet know any supporters of the honorable Mike Gravel). We know many many more supporters of Hillary. We know people who support all the candidates because we live in the real world. We do not live in bubbles or in echo chambers, or in political gated communities.
Many in the world of delusion boast that they do not know any Hillary supporters. These dolts take that as a matter of pride instead of a sign that they are very very very disconnected from reality. They repeat this embarrassing confession of their political isolation with pride and in defiance of the science of polling and common sense. It is quite something to observe these proud and boastful creatures, chests all puffed out, loudly proclaiming their ignorance. A few even follow their ignorant observations with the Naderite and limp threat that they will not necessarily support the eventual Democratic nominee if they do not get their way.
For the record, we will support the Democratic nominee, with vigor, whoever she is.
In recent days, because of high Hillary numbers in the polls and Hillary’s commanding presence in the first two debates, many are beginning to see this race as we do. The Quinnipiac poll even suggested it might be time to start thinking about who Hillary’s vice presidential running mate will be. We remain on full alert and active. As we wrote in The Long Road, “…the road to victory is still long and the road to national recovery even longer.”
Compare the January frontrunners from both parties. Ripublican Robert Novak writes about January Ripublican frontrunner John McCain,
“The former frontrunner is now in deep trouble. With respect to the positive signs a presidential campaign can point to at this early stage — fundraising, national polls, state polls, endorsements — McCain finds himself almost empty-handed.”
Notice, on all the indicia Novak cites – fundraising, national polls, state polls, endorsements — Hillary, the Democratic January frontrunner, remains the frontrunner.
And, even though the Hillary campaign has yet to focus on general election voters, even with these non-Democratic primary voters, these political independents — Hillary is already winning. The latest numbers from Quinnipiac bear this out. Hillary beats all Ripublicans. The same cannot be said for her Democratic primary opponents (or even former Vice President Al Gore).
First, the Hillary campaign and her many supporters must work hard and every day to gain support from Democratic voters. Then we need to focus that organizational wisdom and strength to win the Democratic caucuses and primaries. Then the Democratic family unites.
We are not arrogant when we say we know we have the strongest standard bearer. We know Hillary is a hard working winner. We will continue to quietly work away, daily, until Hillary actually gets the Democratic nomination and then – the united Democratic Party turns its redemptive firepower on the Ripublicans who have looted and debased this country.