New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary
(Matthew Yglesias, Vox) A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton coasting to a crushing victory in a three-way race against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, winning 45 percent of the vote, compared with 22 for Sanders and 18 for Biden.
And the good news for Clinton doesn’t stop there.
- The poll shows Clinton beating Jeb Bush head to head.
- The poll shows Clinton beating Marco Rubio head to head.
- The poll shows Clinton beating Donald Trump head to head.
- The poll shows Clinton winning in a landslide in scenarios where Trump runs as an independent.
- The poll did not test Clinton against Scott Walker or other possible nominees.
So how did the media report this poll showing that if the election were held this week Hillary Clinton would win? Well, as bad news for Hillary Clinton!
Daily Kos: Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers haven’t dropped at all—and this one chart proves it
Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton
(McClatchy) As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting, there is a growing undercurrent of concern whether Hillary Clinton would be the party’s strongest candidate to keep the White House next year.
Cowardly Democrats clutching their pearls? That’s not news, McClatchy, that’s a permanent state of affairs. Joe Klein knows that the Clintons are playing the long game. – Caro
How much will Hillary’s low ‘honest and trustworthy’ numbers matter?
(Greg Sargent, The Plum Line, Washington Post) [A] Quinnipiac poll finds that only 34 percent of Americans say Clinton is honest and trustworthy, versus 61 percent who say she’s not. Other polls have found the same.
But political scientists have frequently challenged the idea that such findings tell us all that much about a candidate’s chances.
Those numbers reflect the success of the steady drip, drip, drip of the right-wing hate campaign against Hillary, not on any objective assessment of her character.
If we base our judgment of politicians on what the right wing says about them, we are allowing the inmates to run the asylum. – Caro
The Big Smear
(Cannonfire) Hillary’s numbers are going down not because of her policies, not because of anything real, but because the Clinton name is being subjected to daily smears. As the saying goes: If enough bullshit hits the wall, some will stick.
The Price and Promise of Hillary Clinton’s Wobbly Summer
(Joe Klein) So if you’re Hillary and you’re fretting through a hostile press conference in Vegas, here’s what’s going through your mind: Here we go again. Another cycle of dust and blather to be endured…
If you’re Hillary Clinton, it’s good news that the left wing of the party has had a summer safety valve [in Bernie Sanders]; it’s probably better news that Joe Biden is thinking about getting in. Biden will only split the anti-Hillary vote; and there are the legions of teachers, single moms, the blacks and Latino women who latch on to her ever more strongly when it appears she’s being picked on or held to a higher standard by men. Plus, there’s always the advantage that comes from wingnut overreach–the smug of war, the same sort of people who accused her in 1994 of complicity in Vince Foster’s suicide or making a fortune off of Whitewater (she lost money).
They inevitably blow so much hot air into their balloons–think Benghazi–that they explode in their faces or whiz off into the ether, trivial and incomprehensible.