Bad News for Hillary Clinton

The New York Times reports that the surprisingly strong showing of Barack Obama’s campaign has radically eroded Hillary Clinton’s support among the black establishment. They warn “that could signal trouble for Mrs. Clinton, forcing her to devote precious attention to her home state, where blacks made up 20 percent of the Democratic primary vote in 2004, just as she has had to scramble to keep black support nationwide.”

Moreover, her poll numbers are dropping overall in her “home” state of New York, where she has had a steady drop in favorable ratings in the Sienna College poll, from 60 percent in January to 56 percent in March to 50 percent in April.

Finally, Bob Woodward’s Watergate sidekick, Carl Bernstein, has a 640-page biography of Clinton coming out in June.

They say bad news comes in threes . . . .

Hat tips to Political Wire and Political Insider.

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  1. graywolf says:

    How much you want to bet that Bernstein’s bio is a big wet kiss on the lips.?

  2. William d'Inger says:

    This is a dog-bites-man story. It is not news that a popular black candidate is drawing black support from a white opponent.

    It’s obvious the Democrats are going to nominate Clinton. Obama’s only role in all this is to keep the process from being so boring that people fall asleep. The media’s only role in all this is to publish faux news stories in an effort to stave off mass snoring.

  3. Bandit says:

    The media’s only role in all this is to publish faux news stories in an effort to stave off mass snoring.

    followed up by the transition to Clinton campaign mode

  4. TheHat says:

    Clinton will get the nod. She has a ‘chip’. She didn’t throw Billy-Boy out when she had the chance. So good old boy politics will prevail. Obama knows his time is coming and its not his turn. She gets the nod, Obama will get a ‘chip’ or the VP spot and will support her. Hugs and kisses all around. Everything she and Obama do now (regardless of perceived angst) is fluff designed to get media attention.