When to Worry About Hillary

Would you give up a Senate seat to become Vice President? Not if you’re Rand Paul. At least not at this stage of the GOP race. In fact, according to the recent CNN/ORC poll, Rand is the best positioned Republican against Hillary Clinton. Why should he consider supporting someone else and vacate his senate seat to do so? Voters are almost dead even between the two with Hillary leading Paul by a point. At least those who bothered to answer the CNN/ORC poll, and at least in late May of 2015. And Marco Rubio is next, trailing Hillary by 3%. Jeb Bush’s 8 point gap in this particular poll is being noticed by many naturally. But Senator Ted Cruz does poorly as well. He comes in 9 points behind Hillary while Scott Walker does as well as Rubio, with just a 3 point difference.

But for the same question asked back in December, Hillary has come down more than a notch or two. Against Cruz, the balance has shifted from 60/35 to 52/43. That's Hillary falling 8 points and Cruz rising 8 points to lower the gap from 25 points down to 9 points. In Scott Walker's case, Hillary's down 6 and he's up 6. Rand is up 7 and Hillary down 6 in the same period (December to May) and Rubio is up 10 while Hillary is down 8.

In other words, the moving parts in such a lop-sided nomination contrast are spinning and grinding away and Jeb, Rand, Marco, Scott, Ted and the rest of the GOP field have to worry about each other as well as how they'd do against Hillary. Or is it way too early? Or just wrong to worry about Hillary? Shouldn't the ideal GOP candidate show why he, or she, is the right person to lead the party to victory in 2016 whether Hillary, Bernie, or anyone else is the Democratic candidate? Hillary is falling in the polls and as the campaign enters it's more robust phases she will have to show some grace under klieg lights and think about how to demonstrate she's executive material in the debates. By then, the GOP race will be well defined with a few less contenders and, at that point, worrying about Hillary can be excused as a reasonable.

Posted by Keeley at June 9, 2015 6:42 PM
Comment #395863

“Shouldn’t the ideal GOP candidate show why he, or she, is the right person to lead the party to victory in 2016 whether Hillary, Bernie, or anyone else is the Democratic candidate?”

Shouldn’t the ideal candidate be the candidate that can lead the whole country, whether they be GOP, Democratic, or independent.

IMHO there is entirely too much focus on “party”, and far too little focus on country.


Posted by: Rocky Marks at June 11, 2015 8:21 PM
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Rocky, we are in the end stages of transitioning from a Constitutional Republic into a European style democracy. We have people who believe holding on to those Constitutional principles should be the focus of the country, and people who believe progressing past those principles should be the focus of the country. We have people using government in hopes of preserving our way of life, versus people using government to forcefully change our way of life.

Its become personal and I think that is why the focus nowadays is on party, rather than country.

Posted by: kctim at June 12, 2015 9:23 AM
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Ultimately only half of us have to quit paying federal taxes. The other half will just have to find out how to deal with it.

Eventually that will solve more problems than it will create because the states will fill the void and be much more responsive to their citizen’s needs than the one-size-fits-all federal government mentality.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 12, 2015 3:55 PM
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