Today’s new Washington Post – ABC News Poll is very bad news for the Clinton campaign.
Her unfavorable numbers have jumped from 40% in January to a record high 54%. How can any of her surrogates make an argument based on electability while holding a straight face.
This is simple math: 100-54 = 4 years of John McCain.
One of the most stark changes in Clinton’s numbers is the dramatic fall in the honest/trustworthy metric. As reported by the WaPo:
Clinton is viewed as “honest and trustworthy” by just 39 percent of Americans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, compared with 52 percent in May 2006. Nearly six in 10 said in the new poll that she is not honest and trustworthy.
Bosnia + her recent negativity (perception she’ll say anything to win) + increased awareness of Mark Penn’s Duplicity + increased discussion of past dishonesty by both Clintons + unanswered questions in tax returns (it doesn’t seem like public service = $100 million).
In other news, the Huffington Post may now be discussing the next phase in the elitism message, if it sticks. Apparently in 1995, while talking about working class whites, Hillary Clinton said “Screw ‘em” in a meeting.