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As Clinton’s numbers plunge, campaign plans spontaneous reboot

by | Sep 8, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

No, I am not kidding, either about Mrs. Clinton’s week-by-week drop in popularity or the “spontaneous” reboot her campaign told the New York Times all about. I couldn’t make this up. I’m not that creative.

Let’s take them in reverse order.

Here’s the lead from the POLITICO story:

Hillary Clinton’s lead among Democrats nationwide is continuing to recede, according to the latest nationwide Monmouth University poll released Tuesday morning.

But unlike in past months, it’s not just independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the former secretary of state’s rear-view mirror. This time, Vice President Joe Biden, who has been entertaining the possibility of a run, is effectively tied with Sanders in second place among Democrats nationwide.

In the latest Monmouth survey, Clinton drew 42 percent to Biden’s 22 percent. Sanders picked up 20 percent, while 10 percent were undecided and all other candidates earned 1 percent or less. In last month’s Monmouth poll, Clinton picked up 52 percent, compared with 16 percent for Sanders and 12 percent for Biden.

The results come days after NBC News/Marist polls showed Sanders with a double-digit lead in New Hampshire (with Biden not included as a choice) and encroaching upon Clinton’s advantage in Iowa.

Not to pick on the former Secretary of State, but a “Democratic Socialist “ and a man who habitually puts his foot in his mouth all the way down to his ankles are now making life extremely uncomfortable for the woman who was supposed to be the party’s anointed presidential nominee in 2016.

In one month from 52% to 42% for Clinton, a drop of 10 points, and from 28% to 42% for Sanders/Biden, an increase of 14 points.

The change in numbers per se is impressive, but elsewhere we learn in the press release accompanying the results that many “Democrat-leaning” voters are open to the possibility of switching from Mrs. Clinton, if Biden decides to run. Specifically

another 7% of Democrats say they would be very likely to consider voting for him [Biden] if he does get into the race and a further 34% would be somewhat likely.

With all this–fueled by the email controversy and Mrs. Clinton’s unhelpful (to her prospects) responses–the Clinton team told the New York Times’ Amy Chozick there are better days ahead.

Why? For starters, no more of those flippant remarks which set the Twitter world a-twittering. Instead, Chozick tells us, the campaign staff will

show her humor. The self-effacing kind (“The hair is real, the color isn’t,” she said of her blond bob recently, taking note of Mr. Trump) has played better than her sarcastic retorts, such as when she asked if wiping a computer server was done “with a cloth.”

They want to show her heart, like the time she comforted former drug addicts in a school meeting room in New Hampshire.

A couple of things.

First, Clinton–any Clinton–and the notion of self-effacement in the same sentence is the ultimate contradiction in terms. They see the world as their oyster, which is understandable, considering how many pearls they have accumulated along the way.

Second, as everyone has pointed out already, Mrs. Clinton periodically rolls out what is advertised as a fine-tuned version of the “new” Clinton. Each one fails for all the obvious reasons.

In private she may be the nicest human being on the face of the planet. In public, her impatience with anyone who disagrees or dares to ask any question she doesn’t want to answer is legendary. And no matter which iteration of the “new Clinton” we see, her dismissive, condescending attitude and overweening sense of entitlement quickly undermines the makeover.

Which, is, of course, why Chozick tells us Clinton is booking appearances on those hard-hitting news programs–you know, like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon–where she can just “be herself.”

Reporters, understandably, like to jabber on about the many Republican candidates and the ups and downs of various candidates.

The first Democratic debate is October 13. My guess is as we get closer and closer, there will be a near-frenzy of press accounts about the new-new-new-new Hillary Clinton.

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