Monday, April 4, 2011
Now that Barry’s made it official, declaring his intention to run for reelection in 2012, John Phillips from the Los Angeles Times offers this:
Despite Obama’s anti-climactic campaign announcement just now, according to all the recent polls, Hillary voters aren’t only jumping ship –- they’re taking their fins, snorkels and pina coladas with them.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama’s approval rating at a pathetic 42% –- down four points from early March. The American public isn’t impressed with his handling of the crisis in Libya either -– with 47% of the public against the war and 58% of registered voters saying the president has not clearly stated U.S. goals for the mission.
These numbers are bad –- really bad –- CNN prime time ratings bad.
To put them into context, according to Gallup, 76% of Americans supported military action against Iraq in 2003, 90% gave the A-OK for strikes against Afghanistan in 2001, and 65% approved of putting boots on the ground in Somalia in 1993.
It’s also important to state that this isn’t part of a “throw all the bums out” mood directed at Washington.
The approval numbers for Hillary are nearing an all-time high –- with Gallup showing 66% of Americans giving “Hill the Thrill” a big thumbs up –- up from 61% in July.
This leads to the questions: Why are one out of three Hillary lovers giving Obama bad marks? Will they stick with him in November 2012?
And, most importantly, if she senses enough blood in the water, will Hillary quit the administration and launch a primary bid against Obama?
While it’s true the Clintons are ambitious people, they’ve never been known to go on suicide missions -– those are for terrorists and hotel chains willing to rent rooms to Charlie Sheen.
Despite her contemporary denials, Hillary would only throw her hat in the ring if she thought she had a better than even chance at moving back into the White House. Obama is looking weak, but not weak enough to justify a primary challenge…yet.
If Libya turns into a full blown disaster…resulting in billions of dollars wasted, boots on the ground and abysmal public opinion numbers, my money is on Hillary resigning her post as secretary of State and jumping in the 2012 primary.
She can even rerun the “3 AM Phone Call” ad…with the tagline ‘See, I told you so.’