Rubber And Glue

I’ve been paying very close attention to the polls lately.  With two major controversies hitting both camps, it is interesting to see how each of the candidates is stacking up to major adversity.  The latest NBC-WSJ poll is yet another little data point to stick in my cap, but oh boy is it an interesting little data point.

In general, the Wright fallout that so many within the punditocracy were expecting to sink Obama never came.  That’s not to say he didn’t get buffeted about in the storm a little bit, he did, and he did lose some support in some areas, but for the most part polling indicates that the speech he delivered on race relations steadied the ship adequately.

But the interesting thing about the NBC-WSJ poll is that while it does show some losses for Obama as a direct result of the Wright controversy, it would seem that Hillary Clinton has suffered the biggest losses of all.

As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it’s not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

This is the effect of the “kitchen sink” strategy or the “Tonya Harding” strategy or whatever you want to call it.

People can say what they will about how both candidates are sniping, and they’re both running a rough campaign, but here’s the simple fact folks, it’s a lopsided mud slinging contest.  One that got particularly more lopsided when Hillary Clinton decided to weigh in publicly and personally on the Wright issue.

The poll shows Hillary with a personal approval rating that is starting to rival that of Bush’s, her ratings on being able to unite the country are the lowest of the three, and keep in mind this is a poll that is focusing on the Wright controversy and not the Bosnia gaffe.

She has engaged in a policy of mutually assured destruction, the only problem is, it’s not sticking on Obama.  The only one who is getting destroyed is Clinton.  Yet she vows to continue on, mentioning to Faux News that she has no problems taking this to the convention.  What she fails to understand, what she has always failed to understand, is that this win at any cost attitude that she insists on putting forth is the very reason why her numbers are so low.

This post-incumbent-strategy Hillary Clinton has essentially turned into the caricature of herself that so many people imagined and based their hate for her off of.

But it is what it is.  As far as these numbers are concerned though, she can keep on keeping on for all I care.  Throw the kitchen sink.  Throw the bathroom sink and the bathtub too.  It’s not working and by the time this is over Hillary Clinton may just inadvertently ostracize herself completely from the party.

At this point, I wouldn’t care much.

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