November 26, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Are you still thinking Dems are shoo-ins for 2008?
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trails five top Republican presidential contenders in general election match-ups, a drop in support from this summer, according to a poll released on Monday.Don't try to take good news from the next part:
Clinton's top Democratic rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, still lead Republicans in hypothetical match-ups ahead of the November 4, 2008, presidential election, the survey by Zogby Interactive showed.the Republicans just haven't cranked up their machine on the other candidates yet.
Update - Why do Democrats think anything is changed? Conservatives and Republicans talk to the general public, and use a megaphone. Fox News is still there, just like they have been for a while. Rush Limbaugh is still there, spreading his lies, and his audience is still huge. Same for the rest of their machine - newspapers, other talk radio... And then there is their online effort, including the viral e-mails.
Sure, the public is dismayed about Iraq and the economy. But the Republicans have the megaphone and will blame Democrats. And they'll go along with it.
The solution is to develop a progressive infrastructure that reaches the general public and explains the benefits of and creates demand for progressive values, policies and candidates.
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While I agree that the Republican attack machine has been going after Hillary--bashing her probably gets them votes in their primary--the equivalent of the 15 minutes of hate in 1984--and that they'll bash whoever the Democratic nominee is, this is just one poll among many and the Electoral College map doesn't look good for the Reeps.
Still, this Democrat is taking nothing for granted and we need that megaphone and to focus our energies to the general public.
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org at November 27, 2007 5:51 AM
They had to steal the last two, through voter suppression. Are we ready for that one? Counting our own votes has to be as important as generating them!
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