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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Frank Bruni, "How Hillary Is Winning": The Horses Aren't Even Out of the Gate

Etymology of "Shoo-in"

"The term originated in the early 20th century. The earliest instances relate to horse racing, with the shoo-ins being horses that are destined to win through either dominance or race fixing."

- Grammarist

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "How Hillary Is Winning," Frank Bruni makes it appear that Hillary is a shoo-in to win the presidency in 2016. Bruni writes:

"That’s a clear takeaway from several surveys of voters released last week. They showed that despite her email shenanigans, despite the ethical muddle known as the Clinton Foundation, despite the growing confusion about whether the Hillary Clinton of 2016 will be of an ideological piece with the Hillary Clintons of yesteryear, voters will gladly take her, considering the alternatives.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, she was six points ahead of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in head-to-head contests with either. She was 10 points ahead of Scott Walker."

Whoa, Frank! Allow me to remind you of a March 19, 2007 CNN article entitled "Dems favor Hillary Clinton for 2008, poll shows," which informed us:

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to lead the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.

. . . .

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 37 percent of registered Democrats said they would vote for Clinton as the Democratic 2008 nominee, while 22 percent named Obama. Fourteen percent went with Gore, and 12 percent backed Edwards.

. . . .

Gore has apparently gained support since his triumphant appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony -- in a January poll, only 10 percent said they would vote for him.

But he has said he has no plans to run, and with his name out of the mix, Clinton's support jumps to 44 percent -- a gain of 7 percentage points, compared with a gain of only 1 for Obama."

Or stated otherwise, it's May 2015, and the horses aren't even out of the gate.

1 comment:

  1. NYT will try anything to pre-empt a Mike Bloomberg (a rumor in print) challenge to Hillary.

    The world deserves a break from American presidential speculation, a spectacle that makes a mockery of the idea od 'democracy'.