Some pundits are theorizing that Hillbot’s divisiveness helps her among vengeful partisans. Opposition from the right = support from the left. We’ve seen this, in reverse, with George W. — the fringes are energized by candidates with “the right enemies” as opposed to the most allies. Need proof? Read this Paul Krugman screed.
Perhaps that explains Clinton’s recent surge; she’s up by double-digits in Iowa, according to a new CNN poll. It’s hard to find a reason for her rebound. She’s been receiving more bad press and, along with The Anchorman, maintains the highest level of core opposition among voters. Forty-seven percent (47%) say they will vote against Hillary or Romney no matter who else is on the ballot.
Obama, meanwhile, appeals across party lines. That’s likely to hurt him among Democrats (see: Republicans and John McCain).
The CNN poll has hopeful news for Romney’s campaign as well. He’s now tied with Huckabee after trailing by 11 points just one week ago. Like Clinton, there’s little to explain his comeback.
Just today the conservative Manchester Union Leader published this stinging editorial against the former Massachusetts governor:
In this primary, the more Mitt Romney speaks, the less believable he becomes. That is why Granite Staters who have listened attentively are now returning to John McCain. They might not agree with McCain on everything, as we don’t, but like us, they judge him to be a man of integrity and conviction, a man who won’t sell them out, who won’t break his promises, and who won’t lie to get elected.
Voters can see that John McCain is trustworthy. Mitt Romney has spent a year trying to convince Granite Staters that he is as well. It looks like they aren’t buying it. And for good reason.
Considering how the GOP distrusts the press, such rebukes might benefit The Anchorman. Spite can be a powerful force.
*There is some positive news out of the CNN poll. Despite barely campaigning there, and being the only candidate who opposes ethanol subsidies, McCain has risen to third in Iowa, only six points off the lead. If he were to maintain that support, McCain would emerge as the big winner in Iowa, regardless of who finishes first. Sensing a changing tide, maybe the GOP is willing to relax its ideological purity test this go around.