2008 Hillary Clinton Statewide
posted by October 15 at 17:53 PMon
Howard Dean famously said the Democrats needed to appeal to “the guy with the Confederate flag and his pickup truck.” It was one thing for a New England liberal to say that—to want desperately to do that— and quite another to actually get those votes.
It’s the Howard Deans of the world that want to get the important lumpenprole vote, but can’t. Apparently, it’s the Hillary Clinton’s that can.
I just got around to checking out Freaky Friday Slog. I haven’t seen the poll Comte quoted, but the results (evidently Clinton is beating Barack Obama in Washington state as opposed to just Seattle) make sense. Earlier this year, when I looked at the results of Clinton’s 2006 victory in New York, I found that Clinton scored well with the white working class.
This isn’t particularly surprising given that Clinton is more conservative than progressive Democrats, but it does contradict the more widespread notion about her—that she’s a big turn off with the all-important mainstream and independent voter.
In fact, according to a recent poll by the Washington Post, she’s beating Rudy Giuliani among independent voters 48-44.