Sunday, November 25, 2007
The Telegraph of London sent reporters across the US to gauge the feelings of (allegedly) ordinary voters on the US presidential election.
Their verdict? Americans hate Hillary Clinton.
Not dislike, not antagonism. Hatred.
America hates Hillary Clinton and Co
Such support might register in the opinion polls, but could melt away should the former First Lady lose in Iowa. And the frequently expressed nightmare for Democrats is that she will win their party's nomination but lose to a Republican next November when most Americans decide they don't much like her.
"I'm always amazed how we can screw things up," said Steve Ayers, a coffee-shop owner in Hannibal. "Maybe the way we screw it up this time is by nominating Hillary - across the Midwest that would be the only way of unifying Republicans."
Views about President George Bush ranged from vitriolic hostility to mild disappointment. But many seemed to view him as irrelevant in terms of the 2008 election, not least because no Republican candidate is trying to assume his mantle.
Although Mr Clinton is no longer the villain he was for many in the late 1990s, there was precious little evidence of nostalgia for the Clinton years - another alarm bell for the Hillary campaign.
Support for the Iraq war was thin in most places - though far from non-existent - but backing for American troops was strong and, on balance, most people thought Islamic extremism needed to be confronted. When national security dominates an election campaign, the advantage traditionally lies with Republicans.
From this article, we see that the Downies' plan to run against George W. Bush, on Hillary Clinton's "strength and experience," and on the "let's remember those good old days of Bill Clinton" platform are going to flop like a wet noodle.
Happy days may be here again!