According to a just-released Gallup Poll, Hillary Clinton is actually more popular than her boss, with Clinton retaining a 62 percent favorability rating to Barack Obama’s 56 percent. In the days and weeks surrounding Obama’s inauguration, this seemed all but impossible, with the new president then polling at 78 percent favorable to Clinton’s 65 percent.
Figure in the president and administration’s marginalization of the Secretary of State by, among other things, running afoul of her reported advice on such matters as the post-election violence in Iran and the ouster of former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, and it’s surprising that she has maintained her rating and he has not.
Among Democrats, Obama has slipped from 95 percent favorable in January to 89 percent today, whereas Clinton has only dropped from 93 to 91 percent. Among Republicans, Obama’s rating has plummeted from a mind-blowing 60 percent in post-Inauguration January to 19 percent today, while Clinton has stayed even at 35 percent. Among crucial independents, Obama has dropped almost 25 points from 75 to 52 percent, while Clinton has seen only a marginal decrease in favorability, from 61 to 55 percent.
So, what does this all mean, other than backflips and chants of “I-told-you-so” in the Secretary of State’s office? I have two theories — one of which is bound to be correct. (Or, maybe not.)
- After citing some sort of personal or health issue, Vice President Joe Biden will officially be absent from incumbent President Barack Obama’s ticket in 2012. Feeling the backlash from an America which has awakened to find a radical leftist in the White House, and all-too-aware of the fracture within the Democratic Party, Obama will ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. Together, he’ll say, they can bring together the warring factions of the left and defeat anybody the GOP throws at them, be it Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, or even God — because liberals don’t believe in God. Obama will argue that, in 2016, Clinton would be perfectly poised to carry on as heir apparent, a popular vice president seeking the presidency once again.
- Hillary Clinton, seeing the results in the 2010 mid-term elections, will resign from her position as Secretary of State, paint herself as the center-left or even centrist alternative to a far-left president, and seek the presidency armed with knowledge of the innerworkings of the Obama administration. She’ll explain why she didn’t agree with the president on Iran, why he was wrong on Honduras, and assure America that she, unlike Barack Obama, will not forsake Israel. On the economic front, she’ll cite her husband’s convenient success during the dot-com boom, as well as the ire he received from the now-tainted far left during his own presidency.
Yes, I know that it was just a few days ago that Hillary came right out and said that she would no longer seek the presidency, but what was she supposed to say? That she was quietly collecting support and inside information which could be used in 2012? Come on, folks — compared with Barack Obama, the idea of her presidency could be relatively attractive . . . but she’s still a Clinton.
She just happens to be a Clinton who, at this point in time, is more favorable than Barack Obama. She’s got that going for her. Which is nice.