Saturday, January 12, 2008

WHO'S UNELECTABLE?

We have friends -- really, a few -- who say Sen. Hillary Clinton can't win because she's "unelectable" (conveniently overlooking the fact that she's been elected, twice, to the U.S. Senate). They say she's too polarizing, too harsh, too strong.

But right now she's the most-electable Democrat running for president, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll. And three Republicans carry more negative impact with registered voters:
Would Definitely Vote Against That Candidate in November

Romney 62%
Giuliani 55%
Huckabee 52%
Clinton 43%
McCain 43%
Obama 38%

Would Definitely Vote For That Candidate in November

Clinton 37%
Obama 30%
McCain 22%
Giuliani 19%
Huckabee 15%
Romney 13%
In head-to-head match-ups, Clinton and Barack Obama beat any Republican presidential candidate.

12 comments:

tom said...

In order to save our Constitutional republic from any further bastardization the only candidate currently in the race that would do so is Ron Paul.
Romney, Huckster, G-string, Thompson, McCain are all in favor of HUGE expanses of government, they done so in the past in their careers and will continue to do so if elected to the supreme being of the United States.
Duncan Hunter seems to be the man without a constituency as his campaign can't seem to get off the ground in any manner. My only wish would be for people to read the Constitution understand the Constitution and live by the Constitution, which if this happened then many of todays problems wouldn't exist and I don't believe the two party(read one)political system wouldn't control everything.

Clark said...

The most electable candidate is actually John Edwards. Too bad that CNN leaves him out of the polling this time.

Anonymous said...

The poll is not really reflective of elect ability-- only the ability to win a majority of the popular vote. A state by state analysis of polls in required to evaluate the ability of a candidate to win the electoral vote. Sure Clinton can win New York and California by a bunch (as did Gore and Kerry). She needs to win votes from moderate and independent voters in swing states. Clinton has 43% of voters already saying they won't vote for her and only 37% saying they will vote for her. I just don't see how she gets to 50% in enough states to win the electoral votes required to be president.

Anonymous said...

Which is what I hate about the electoral college.

tom said...

You ought to be thankful for the electoral college since it is the ONLY reason why a candidate would visit MO. In order to get elected in this country MO is not high up on the list of delegates so why would anyone want to waste their time here when time would be much better served out west and back east. Election locked up.
Keep in mind though we haven't any Constitution guarantee to vote in federal election anyway.

Anonymous said...

Anon @7:48 Article 15 of the Constitution differs with your assetion about voting.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Jason said...

Yes...but the right to vote for what?

tom said...

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/political_reform/right_to_vote.html

tom said...

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dorf/20001213.html

Anonymous said...

After Governor Roosevelt made his rabble-rousing "forgotten man" speech, Mr. Smith at a Jefferson Day dinner in Washington answered it: "I will take off my coat and vest and fight to the end against any candidate who persists in any demagogic appeal to the masses."

Ah, Al Smith... why can't the Dems find a candidate like him?

Anonymous said...

First and foremost is the source of this poll, CNN. They have as much credibility as does Dan Rather.

Second, Hillary Clinton is unelectable. Period.

Third, the Electoral College was put in place to prevent the voters in major cities of the day to control the outcome of the elections.

Al Gore has not been the only candidate to win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. But, as with any liberal, if you can't win by playing by the rules, hey, change the rules.

Anonymous said...

The electoral college makes sure that if you are in the minority in a state, your vote cannot count. My vote didn't count in 2000, and the candidate I voted for was elected but not selected. The electoral college sucks when you are one of the people who might as well not go vote because your party is not the party of majority in your state.