And the most popular politician in America, is...

No, it’s not President Diva — its his defeated opponent from the 2008 Democratic primary, with whom he recently sat down for a back-patting, softball-lobbing travesty of a ‘major’ interview.

For anyone thinking that the deathly debacle that was the terrorist attack on Benghazi might do something to put a dent in Hillary Clinton’s (for some reason) revered reputation… Cant. Touch. This. (Anecdotal reality-check sidebar: The informal polling from amongst Erika’s cohorts? Most of them barely or don’t even know what Benghazi is.)

From Quinnipiac:

President Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, but today the former Senator and Secretary of State is more popular, with a 61 – 34 percent favorability rating among American voters, compared to the president’s 51 – 46 percent favorability, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

President Obama has a split 46 – 45 percent job approval, according to the independent Quinnipiac (KWUIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, down from 53 – 40 percent approval among registered voters in December, a month after his re-election. …

Ms. Clinton’s favorability is higher than those measured for other national figures:

46 – 41 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden;

25 – 29 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 45 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;

20 – 42 percent for House Speaker John Boehner;

27 – 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 57 percent who don’t know enough;

34 – 36 percent for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan; …

Of course, Clinton hasn’t had to contend with the pesky political difficulties of presiding that President Obama has, and to the layman’s knowledge she’s spent the past four years being Very Busy and Important; if she enters the 2016 race as a partisan politician once more and has to shed the above-the-fray Secretary of State mantle, some of that popularity will dissipate, and all of the reasons for which the Democrats went with Obama will come rushing back (although, this time, a better alternative isn’t likely to present itself).

Still, it’s not a bad place to start — not bad at all, and this is coming on the heels of a poll from PPP on Thursday that posed a hypothetical match-up between Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio, with Clinton coming out on top:

New PPP polls both nationally and in Iowa find Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton leading the way for their party’s respective 2016 nominations, with Clinton leading Rubio by 8 points in a hypothetical head to head. …

On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton continues to dominate both nationally and in Iowa. Nationally she’s at 58% to 19% for Joe Biden, 8% for Elizabeth Warren, and 3% for Andrew Cuomo. She’s even stronger in Iowa at 68% to 21% for Biden with no one else over 2%. Her favorability rating with Democrats there is 90/5.

It still feels way to early to be talking about 2016, and yet… I can’t look away.