Monday, August 07, 2006

Well, it's very comfortable just to drift here.

Along the same lines of the discussion about the national media and Washington insiders being clueless about what's going on in Connecticut and what it means to national politics there's this Boston Herald opinion piece that I came across via kos.

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Dick Bennett has been polling New Hampshire voters for 30 years. And he’s never seen anything like it.

“Lying b**** . . . shrew . . . Machiavellian . . . evil, power-mad witch . . . the ultimate self-serving politician.”

No prizes for guessing which presidential front-runner drew these remarks in focus groups.

But these weren’t Republicans talking about Hillary Clinton. They weren’t even independents.

These were ordinary, grass-roots Democrats. People who identified themselves as “likely” voters in the pivotal state’s Democratic primary. And, behind closed doors, this is what nearly half of them are saying.

“I was amazed,” says Bennett. “I thought there might be some negatives, but I didn’t know it would be as strong as this. It’s stunning, the similarities between the Republicans and the Democrats, the comments they have about her.”

These are parts of the same puzzle and it's not a difficult one. Democrats are fed up with the leadership of the party cowtailing to Republicans and triangulating themselves into the blandest positions possible.

Hillary may not have her "kiss" with Bush that makes for easy campaign fixin's but she'll still wear the President like an albatross once the primaries start.

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