McCain: Let’s face it, if the election were held tomorrow Hillary would win

posted at 3:21 pm on February 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

Well … yes. Name recognition is a huge advantage — especially in a presidential campaign, I’d think, since voters would rather trust The Button to the devil they know than the devil they don’t. And there’s no pol in America save for The One and the aspiring First Gentleman whose name recognition is higher than Hillary’s. Except for a few polls taken last year showing her neck and neck with Christie — and those polls are now old, old news — she leads every major Republican contender, often by double digit margin. I’m not even sure why it’s newsworthy that McCain said this except for the fact that it’s McCain, whose chronic RINOism leaves him forever under suspicion of wishcasting Democratic victories. Note that he’s quick to say “She wouldn’t be my candidate.” You believe him, don’t you?

In case you still doubt Maverick’s assessment , check this out. Hoo boy.

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There’s a modest drop after the Benghazi attack in September 2012 but nothing too dramatic. It may not even be Benghazi that’s keeping her a few points south of her loftiest numbers during O’s first term: The closer we get to the next election, the more partisan a figure she’ll seem and the more she’ll lose some goodwill from right-leaning independents. Benghazi may have little to do with it. Worth bearing in mind as the GOP prepares a battle plan against her for 2016.

Then again, maybe Gallup’s an outlier. Here’s what HuffPo’s average of Hillary’s favorable ratings looks like since 2009.

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This time the Benghazi effect is dramatic — although it’s worth noting that most of the data above comes from a single pollster, YouGov. Whom do you trust more, them or Gallup?

Exit question: Is Bachmann right that there’s no “pent-up desire” among voters to elect the first woman president? I say yes, with the caveat that Hillary’s not just any woman candidate. She’s made the top 10 most admired women list every year for more than two decades. There’s a fan base out there, I think, that really wants to see her elected as the first woman president, even if they’re more or less indifferent to making 2016 the Year That It Happens for some other woman candidate.


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Before it’s over. ; )

Bmore on February 22, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Love those photoshops, BMore. Especially the Blue Team.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on February 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

As I see it, the Dems have found their winning ticket and it has to have a minority at the head. White women don’t count. Whoever said Booker is coming or the Castro brothers are on their way, is dead on. Warren, who professes her Native American heritage, doesn’t count as a white woman in her own eyes, and perhaps her party’s eyes. So, she could top their list. The Dems probably won’t run a white candidate at the top of the ticket ever again.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Let’s face it. If the election were held tomorrow, or 2016, assuming McCain is still alive, he would work behind the scenes to help Hillary get elected.

bgibbs1000 on February 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Let’s face it–McCain has been senile for some time now.

zoyclem on February 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The opinion of a senile old goat who takes pictures with AQ is not worth anything.

Senator McCain, you sir, are an idiot, and unfit to serve in the Senate of the United States.

dogsoldier on February 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Let’s face it. If the election were held tomorrow, or 2016, assuming McCain is still alive, he would work behind the scenes to help Hillary get elected.
bgibbs1000 on February 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Why not. He helped Obama TWICE

Brock Robamney on February 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“She’s made the top 10 most admired women list every year for more than two decade”

Sorry, but no sale, even a casual perusal of those two lists would paint a broad picture of the piss-ant brained memories banks of the average Gallup pollee….

They see a name – they push a button, they hear a name on the telephone, they mutter yes…

Ask which was the most beautiful piece of music every recorded, throw in ‘All we are saying, is give peace a chance” and it’ll probably be #1 for the 20th Century.. No music, no lyrics, no sense, but… #1 like a rocket!!!

Pecozbill on February 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Pecozbill on February 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

You’re forgetting one thing. The Geriatric Old Progressives have no interest in winning elections. They will nominate some mush through rigging the process, invent a sleaze story, or some other tactic to get their nominee. A nominee who will not draw any support from the base, who doesn’t have a platform, who stands for nothing, and is boring as a dry piece of toast. A candidate like Jeb Bush, Krispy Kreme, Mike Huckaphony, Mitt dog cage Romney, or Jlinds McAmnesty

Brock Robamney on February 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Let’s face it, McCain: No matter when an election for president might be held, you’d lose.

xNavigator on February 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Why is the phrase “whitened sepulcher” coming to mind, I wonder?

tenore on February 22, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Hey Burgess Meredith, is that you?

Brock Robamney on February 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Let’s face it, One thing’s for certain: No matter when the election, Maverick Senator John is a loser.

Mr. Grump on February 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Musta read xNavigator’s mind. Didn’t see his common genius, sorry.

Mr. Grump on February 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

It’s just McCain pickling more bombs onto the deck, nothing new to see here.

8thAirForce on February 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I used to have respect for John Mccain even though he wasn’t a true conservative, but he never ceases to disappoint me. He needs to resign and move over for new blood.

JimGeb on February 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I’m sure before long we’ll hear he saying how she is a good person and would make a good president if elected, as he did with Obama. Neither is a good person and both would be disasters as president.

randy on February 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

It still pains me to remember that I actually voted for this guy back in ’08. In actuality, I voted more for Sarah Palin than I did for him.

At any rate, the reality of the situation is that he’s most likely correct about Broom Hillary being our next President in ’16. The current make-up of the electoral college demographics tell me that the road to 270 delegates for the GOP to win a Presidential election is now darn-near impossible. Too many formerly-reliable GOP states, such as Virginia, have now turned purple-to-blue and cannot be depended on.

Long story short–it don’t look good for the GOP to get back into the White House anytime soon (if ever)….

Bob Davis on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Palin should replace him at AZ US senate.

Bmore on February 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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