The Clinton campaign’s recent antics have been greeted with what feels like universal disgust. From pandering to blacks, to the bullying of Obama, to the brazenly tag-team nature of their every last gambit, a nonscientific survey of opinions finds the couple too much to stomach. At PJM, Michael Weiss has a worthwhile round-up of the bile directed at Bill. He adds, “Clinton likes to blame the media, but how can the media help itself? The aged and flabby Mr. Slick thunders and grumbles about the youthful and lean Mr. Smooth–copy like this doesn’t just hand itself to you every four years.”
Agreed. But does the lurid copy translate into a concrete revolt among Democratic voters nationwide? According to this poll, no. Here’s the Contra Costa Times:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., maintains a solid lead in her party’s presidential race among Democrat voters nationwide, despite a surge in support since late last year for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found.
Clinton was preferred by 42 percent of the likely Democrat voters polled, Obama by 33 percent — a significant increase for him since a similar poll in early December, when he was the choice of 21 percent. Clinton’s support remained virtually unchanged during that period.
Obama is gaining popularity without taking a bite out of Hillary. This speaks brilliantly to the peculiar lenses worn by the Clinton fan. Watching the Clintons waver between self-righteous belligerence and self-righteous victimhood, these die-hards can’t help but notice Obama’s superior character. Yet they can’t help dismissing it in favor of the familiar couple whose phony charms are as irresistible as fast food. The media may at last be nauseated, but the Clinton base is still gorging.