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Prepping for a loss?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, April 20, 2007

Asked on Larry King Live whether his wife would be devastated by a loss in her quest for the presidency, Bill Clinton said, eh, not so much:
Former President Bill Clinton told CNN Thursday his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, will have no qualms about returning to the Senate if she loses her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"You know she's not — some people who run for president can't wait to get out of the Senate, or out of whatever other job she's got. She loves it. She's still doing it. She's still going to her committee meetings, going to upstate New York and trying to run for president as well," Clinton told CNN's Larry King. "So, for her personally she's going to be fine regardless. I think it'd be best for the country if she were elected president, but if voters make another choice, she's a great senator, and she loves her job, and we'll have a great life."
Now, frankly, I don't believe all that sunshine and roses for a minute. But, in real terms, she doesn't have much of a choice, does she. The reality is she's faced with a very popular opponent (Obama), defecting contributors and rising negatives:
A new national poll shows Hillary Rodham Clinton's favorable ratings sinking like a stone, and her negatives soaring - a terrifying trend for a campaign desperately trying to convince voters she's not too polarizing to be president.

The new USA Today/Gallup survey shows Clinton's favorability rating shrunken to 45 percent - down 9 points from a similar poll taken last month, and a 13-point drop from a survey taken shortly after she announced her White House bid.

More troubling for her White House hopes, her unfavorable ratings have climbed 12 points since she entered the race, and now stand at 52 percent - meaning more Americans now dislike her than like her.

"You don't see this type of straightforward pattern very often," Gallup's polling guru Frank Newport said.
So is Bill prepping us for what he thinks will happen or is he just acknowledging the possiblity and spinning it in such a way as to make it appear Hillary would like to be Prez, but, in reality, could take it or leave it?

If it is the latter, I ain't buyin'.
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Just a hunch, but I’m guessing that the increase in Hillary’s negative rating is not being driven by conservatives, (who made up their minds about her a long time ago), but by nutroots types who are angry that she hasn’t been more forceful in pushing for an American defeat in Iraq.
Written By: Aldo
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Wow. Hillary’s gone from being the 44th President to not even getting out of the primaries...and the election is over 18 months away!

Maybe we won’t have a 44th President, because by the time of the election we’ll have learned that nobody can win it.
Written By: steverino
I’d have to agree with you Aldo. The zealots at MyDD and DKOS are trying to purify their party by purging moderates like Senator Lieberman and basically anyone to the right of Dennis Kucinich. Now I don’t consider Hillary Clinton particularly moderate but from the perspective of the netroots folks in far left field she’s a party traitor just like Lieberman.
Written By: Bob
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Asked on Larry King Live whether his wife would be devastated by a loss in her quest for the presidency
Would she be "devastated"?

Not the right word really. She thinks she’s entitled to the office by virtue of her being smarter and better and more correct than everyone, ever. Not getting the office she thinks she was annointed for would make her angry and bitter (not unlike Algore or Kerry) and she could spend the rest of her life railing about the VRWC and various other enemies that kept her from her rightful prize, because she couldn’t ever lose fairly.

To see the bitterness in her eyes for the rest of her life will be worth putting up with her in the Senate.
Written By: shark
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I’m hoping that Obama(nation) gets the nomination. He’s such a lightweight that just about any GOP candidate could push him over. Shrillary on the other hand has horsepower and experience.
Written By: Paul
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Obama’s a lightweight, but Hillery has always had huge negatives that would be hard to overcome.

Written By: Don
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Obama is a win-win for the Dems...emotionally...

If he wins, great!

If he loses, well, the nation is full of right wing rednecks who wouldn’t vote for the black, we did our best, though...
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