Poor Hillary just can’t win

I mean that in every sense:

As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it’s not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37% positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

The worst two weeks of Obama’s charmed political life, and Clinton’s favorability rating drops?


6 responses to “Poor Hillary just can’t win

  1. “Poor” Hillary in many senses, yes, but not every; I can’t bring myself to feel sorry for her, despite seeing that she is, in her way, a tragic figure.

  2. I feel for her. Not the way I feel for a starving child, but still — she had every reason to expect that she would stroll into the nomination without breaking a sweat, and then this upstart comes out of nowhere and ruins everything. That would be frustrating for anyone.

    And although I’ve found some aspects of her campaign truly despicable, I am sure that she believes it when she says that she is more ready and more qualified, and that nominating (or even electing) Obama is an enormous risk. If she honestly and deeply believes that, then staying in the race until the bitter end and doing whatever she can –including smearing Obama — to get the nomination doesn’t seem quite as disgusting or unreasonable. I’ve found some of the calls for her to get out of the race to be uncharitable — they assume that it’s all about her personal ambition, rather than an earnest belief that the party and the country would be much better off with her as the nominee. I don’t happen to agree with her about that, but she’s right that nominating Obama is an enormous risk, isn’t she?

  3. Nominating Obama is a tremendous risk. Electing McCain is a tremendous disaster. As long as she does nothing to increase the chances of that, she’s fine. Exposing Obama’s weaknesses–which may even require exaggerating them–is fine too. But she’s got to do it in the right way, and part of her own electoral trouble is that she can’t quite find the right tone.

  4. Nominating Hillary is a tremendous risk, too. As for Hillary’s honest and deep beliefs about what’s better for the country, spare me. Aside from the fact that whatever is honest and deep about her has long looked pathological, she has (to my eyes) an unpleasant, ungracious public persona, and her actions seem to me to have been, on balance, bad for the country. Her two most significant public moments (health care in the 90s, the Iraq war vote) were disastrous failures, and even though in both cases she doesn’t bear the primary responsibility for the failure, it seems like folly to give her a chance for a third strike. In fact, she strikes me as basically a monster. Maybe that’s her tragicness, really–that she had some potential once but has turned into a vile beast…

  5. Of course nominating her is a tremendous risk! That’s one reason among many that I didn’t vote for her. I agree with most of your criticisms of her, but obviously she can’t see herself that way.

    Monster? Vile beast? Very few people actually deserve those labels.

  6. I’m overstating, but in any case when you decide to become a public figure you become something more and less than a person, and the usual rules and terms don’t apply quite as much. Especially when, even though you should know better, you vote for a dumb war that leads to hundreds of thousands of dead people and millions of refugees and an entire semi-functioning country turned into a totally dysfunctional hellhole, never mind what it did to our own semi-functioning country. Being called a vile beast in a few obscure blog comments is the least Clinton deserves. She and all the other assholes responsible for this despicable war really piss me off whenever I think about it. Time to go do my dishes and calm down…

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