Senator Hillary Clinton has been widely viewed as a front-runner for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. But I have long held the view that however much she is loved among Democrats, she lacks the appeal necessary to win the general election.
A new report in the Associated Press agrees with this analysis, saying that many Democrats are now acknowledging that Senator Clinton may not be able to win a general election.
While Hillary Rodham Clinton tops every national poll of likely 2008 Democratic presidential contenders, the New York senator is dogged by questions of â€œelectabilityâ€ â€” political code for whether she can win enough swing states to prevail in a general election. . . And for activists eager to recapture the White House after eight years of George W. Bush, electability remains a crucial yardstick by which Clinton, especially, seems to be measured.
We’ll have to wait and see whether she can improve her prospects by 2008. I am doubtful. I have a hunch that she’ll be standing in the shadow of another senator, one from Illinois.