A group of major liberal donors who want Elizabeth Warren to run for president have paid for a poll intended to show that Hillary Clinton does not excite the Democratic base and would be vulnerable in a 2016 general election.
The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.
While Clinton — the prospective favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination should she enter the race — holds leads over every major GOP candidate tested in the poll, she doesn’t break 50 percent against any, and some are well within striking distance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes closest, with Clinton leading him by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent (with 14 percent not sure who they’d vote for) – within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.
The only people who desperately want the public to believe Hillary Clinton’s nomination is a foregone conclusion are some in the MSM and GOP establishment hacks who want to scare the Republican electorate into getting behind a horrible moderate candidate early. The media people will at least turn on Her Madameship the second a fresher face shows itself, the Republican old guard is probably doing more to help Clinton’s image than she is herself.
Elizabeth Warren may not want to run at this point but there are plenty of well placed Democrats-many of them former Obama staffers-who want nothing more. They will keep working to convince her to run and the tides could start to turn against Hillary once her handlers can’t hide her from the public anymore.