'First Read': Hillary the Electable
by dpANDREWS, Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 06:35:48 AM EDT
First Read weighs in this morning on the latest NBC/WSJ polling showing Hillary up over Obama in the primaries and also over Giuliani in the general.
The piece echos two things that I have said here recently. One, Hillary is running in the general right now, not the primary. Second, these leads she is now showing in the general election match ups will only strength her hand in the primaries, given the lust for electability among many primary voters.
Is she basically putting Obama and Edwards in her rear view mirror and focusing on that thin slice of moderate and independents that will determine the general election? Is this a mistake on Hillary Clinton's part? If it is I don't think Obama or Edwards have the strength to capitalize on it.
I think the math tells us Clinton's strategy is working. I don't see Edwards or Obama being able to put together enough delegates to win. What will it take to turn around their fortunes?
Furthermore, I see the credibility of many early Clinton detractors as seriously damaged. We all have read and heard over and over the claims that she couldn't win in the general election. What will their claim be? Will it be any more credible then their claims that she couldn't win?