Monday, September 16, 2013

New CNN-ORC Poll: Hillary Clinton Still Leads by Miles

No news is good news, and there really is no news here.  A new CNN-ORC Poll released today shows that Hillary Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite among Democrats for the 2016 presidential nomination.

CNN 2016 Poll: Clinton favored for Democrats; no clear GOP leader

By Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
updated 8:33 AM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

Washington (CNN) -- A new national poll in the battle for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations indicates what you would expect: Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming Democratic frontrunner, and there's no real leader among the possible GOP White House hopefuls.

But if you get beyond the obvious, the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday becomes more revealing.

It showed 65% of Democrats and independents who lean toward that party say they would likely back Clinton as their presidential nominee. Vice President Joe Biden comes in a distant second, at 10%, with freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 7%, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 6%, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at 2%.

In light of this, we are not certain that Joe Biden really minds very much.  Bill and Jill know about this.  Apparently they are OK with it.

Joe Biden Sometimes Ends Calls With Hillary Clinton by Saying ‘I Love You, Darling’

That's the most interesting thing we learned from today's New York Times piece on the vice-president and former secretary of State's working relationship, longstanding friendship, and possible upcoming battle to become the Democrats' presidential nominee.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joseph Biden

What's not to love?  Here is the NYT article.

Biden and Clinton: Friends With Awkward Twist

Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2010. They have been friends for decades.
In December 2011, pollsters working for President Obama’s re-election campaign asked voters in battleground states a question: Would you be more likely to vote for Mr. Obama if Hillary Rodham Clinton were to campaign for him?

Cliff Owen/Associated Press
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Hillary Rodham Clinton in April.

Of course, Mrs. Clinton, if she remained secretary of state, could not participate in a political campaign. So the poll, and the former first lady’s popularity, only intensified speculation that Mr. Obama was considering moving Mrs. Clinton onto his ticket, replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The idea never gained traction, but all the chatter irritated Mr. Biden.

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On the other hand,for a little balance and perspective, there is this.   I believe Ed Rendell knows her better than many insiders who are willing to make remarks on the subject.

Waiting for Hillary

September 16, 2013
By Dave Davies, @davedavieswhyy

I found myself last week talking with Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and former Philadelphia mayor, about Hillary Clinton and how politicians of a certain age evaluate their prospects.
"I'm not as convinced as much as everybody else that Hillary's running," he said. Rendell said the former Secretary of State, unlike most former elected officials, has the stature to have a real impact on public policy the next 10 years out of office if she wants to.

"Everyone around her wants her to run, of course," he said. If she runs and wins, he said, she makes history, but subjects herself to "10 years of withering stress." Tough call.
One thing's clear -- if she does decide to take the plunge, she won't have to start building an organization from scratch.

Ready for Hillary is a super PAC registered in January, and when Clinton was here Tuesday to receive the Liberty Medal, I skipped the ceremony and instead checked in on a gathering of Ready for Hillary members at a city tavern.

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