Barack Cheney Obama, fresh from his Slime Hillary Clinton gig on the Tonight Show, today proudly continues his Slime Hillary Clinton tour – with Ripublicans joining him as an added attraction in Obama’s Chicago Circus of the Ridiculous.
Buried in Josh Marshall’s increasingly biased against Hillary Clinton blog is an interesting lump of information posted by someone other than Josh ‘Obama is Marvelous’ Marshall.
“Interestingly, the Republican National Committee is now circulating Obama’s memo among reporters via email as a way to make the case against Hillary as a general election candidate.”
Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn has responded to the Obama/Ripublican Von Ribbentrop Pact:
This morning I explained in a breakfast briefing that Hillary has the potential if she is our nominee to win almost a quarter of Republican women in the general election, and that this could well be a last-minute surprise that happens in all of the regions of the country.
I was looking recently at Republican women voters (core Republicans and Republican leaners), and their support for Hillary has doubled in the last few months to 13 percent, from less than 6 percent. Also quite interestingly, “Don’t Knows” surged to 11 percent, so a total of 24 percent would either vote for her or consider voting for her. The same thing happened to her favorables with this group — they also went up. While 75 percent viewed her unfavorably, this was down from 87 percent just a few months ago.
So there is now about a quarter of Republican women open to voting for Hillary, about double from June. Looking at those trends, I believe in the end, if she is our nominee, she will continue to expand her share of Republican women votes, and that there is a growing vote in that group for her. In the overall national polling, she is beating Rudy Giuliani among women by 18 points, so women are strongly coming over to Hillary so far in this campaign.
Has Mark Penn lost his mind with his analysis of Republican women voting for Hillary? No, Mark Penn is right on target. The Dallas Morning News:
Independent evidence indicates that her sex is a strong asset in seeking the Democratic nomination. And while it would be premature to say for sure that it will help in the general election, initial signs are that it will be a plus, something a prominent Texas Republican pollster says his party has failed to recognize.
“Republicans underestimate the very powerful symbolism and feel-good emotions that would accompany electing the first woman president,” said Dr. David Hill of Houston, director of Hill Research Consultants. “It’s a big deal.”
Amazing. Mark Penn, a smart WINNING guy just might have a point. Read this amazing sentence from pollster Hill:
Before this is over, Hillary’s candidacy will have more in common with Amelia Earhart’s first trans-Atlantic flight or Sally K. Ride’s first trip into space than Helmsley’s heartlessness,” he wrote.
Obama’s “Don’t Blame Bush” campaign [see the Washington Post quotes at the link] publishes memoranda lovingly circulated by Ripublicans. Another NOT MARK PENN pollster, the respected Andrew Kohut, addresses the “woman” issue and appears to agree with the Penn thesis:
Andrew Kohut of the independent Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, said a study of 40 statewide elections showed that female Democrats did better against male Republicans, largely because they did better among women and no worse among men.
Though conceding that some find Mrs. Clinton “more polarizing” than some other female candidates, Mr. Kohut suggested she would enjoy a similar advantage. He said the Pew study showed that “the gender differences in support for Clinton at this early stage in the campaign are, on average, typical for Democratic women who run for statewide office.”
Her advantage is most obvious in polls of prospective Democratic primary and caucus voters. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that she attracts 55 percent of women, compared with 44 percent of men. By contrast, Sen. Barack Obama gets 23 percent of women and 20 percent of men.
A similar pattern is evident in individual state polls.
Iowa Woman-Power; National Woman-Power:
In Iowa, which holds the first caucuses, the latest Des Moines Register poll showed Mrs. Clinton with a 13-point lead among women, easily offsetting a small lead for Sen. John Edwards and Mr. Obama among men.
Some 54 percent of the Democratic turnout in 2004 was female. [snip]
But a similar advantage appears in general-election surveys. A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll showed her leading Rudy Giuliani by 8 points overall but by 18 points among women.
GOP candidates and the Republican National Committee already are attacking many Clinton statements and proposals. But Mr. Kohut agreed that if women perceive that she is being attacked as a woman, “there could be a rallying to her.”
Faced with facts the Obama campaign slings mud and slime for Ripublicans to use against a Democrat in the general election.
Dick Cheney loves attacking Democrats. Obama and Cheney are two of a kind.