FRUMPY POLITICIAN PLAYS LONG GAME

A few on the right were excited lately by low numbers for Hillary:

Most American voters now say there’s no way they’d vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008 — while just 16 percent are firmly in her camp, a stunning new poll shows.

I’m as pleased by this as the next Hillary-hatin’ under-edumacated right-wing Bushopath, but it’s worth remembering that other politicians have rebounded from similarly low numbers. Our own John Howard—then opposition leader—was running at just 18 percent as preferred Prime Minister late in 1988. A little over seven years on, Howard was elected Prime Minister—and he’s been returned three times since.

Forget 2008. The 2012 US election is six years and nine months away.

UPDATE:

President George W. Bush said on Friday the race for the White House in 2008 was wide open and called potential Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton “formidable.”

Posted by Tim B. on 01/27/2006 at 09:12 AM
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