I have never seen anyone whip up this much excitement and attention while in hibernation. Mark Finkelstein clearly suffers from Clinton Derangement Syndrome since he published this entry a few days ago.
by Mark Finkelstein| February 16, 2013
If Good Morning America’s giddiness over the prospect that Hillary Clinton might run for president is any indication of how the MSM will treat the story, it’s gonna be a long-g-g-g four years.
… listen to the sheer giddiness in the voices of the GMAers as they discuss Clinton’s presidential prospects, and brace yourself for four years of slobbering MSM coverage of Hillary’s possible run.
DAN HARRIS: On another note, we’re hearing these reports overnight that a supposed insider is saying that he knows for sure that it’s a done deal that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president. Any truth to this at all?
REENA NINAN: We are looking for any sort of tea leaves. Meteorites hitting Russia, anything that might suggest that Hillary Clinton is running. [Ed. you really have to listen and hear the breathless excitement in Ninan's voice]. I think we’re going to have a date every Saturday to talk about this, Dan. You know, what’s interesting, a source close to Hillary says she is very seriously considering her options, and is interested in a potential run. But what I am also hearing is that they are looking to see who her Republican challenger might be. Someone like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey might be a tougher candidate to try and defeat, Dan.
As if in response to Ninan, Quinnipiac published a new poll today pitting Christie against our girl in NJ, his home state and thus probably his strongest one where he is polling higher than any governor since Quinnipiac has been doing this poll.
February 20, 2013 – New Jersey Gov Flies High, Buries Unknown Dem, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Close To Clinton, Leads Cuomo In ’16 Pres Race New Jersey voters today continue Gov. Christopher Christie’s record-breaking 74 – 22 percent approval rating, the highest of any New Jersey governor in 17 years of Quinnipiac University surveys. Voters also say 71 – 23 percent that Gov. Christie deserves reelection this year. Christie’s job score is currently the highest of any governor in the seven states surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk Clinton 49% 7% 86% 44% 35% 60% 37% 88% Christie 45 90 8 48 58 34 56 6 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - - - 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 2 1 1 1 1 - DK/NA 5 3 5 7 5 5 4 6 COLLEGE DEG AGE IN YRS....... ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME Yes No 18-34 35-54 55+ <50K 50-100 >100K Clinton 51% 47% 51% 51% 46% 54% 51% 46% Christie 43 46 41 44 47 38 44 50 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1 1 - - - - 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) - 2 2 1 1 3 - - DK/NA 5 5 5 4 6 6 4 3 Philly Urban SbUrbn ExUrbn land Shore Clinton 61% 55% 40% 53% 32% Christie 31 40 57 39 57 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1 - - - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) - 1 - 3 2 DK/NA 7 3 3 5 9
First a disclaimer from me: I do not put any credence in any “insider” info. So many people claim to *know* what Hillary Clinton will do. Right now all we really know is that she will be doing some public speaking and writing her memoirs of her Secretary of State years. If she is looking at the Republican field, given the 2012 pool, it appears there is no one stronger than Christie.