Why Are the Polls Going Against Hillary?
Things are tightening up leading to Super Tuesday in the Democratic primaries. There's several story lines we can follow, too. California, healthcare, Ann Coulter. Man, those are three disparate issues, aren't they?
The polls are going against Hillary. She's held a national lead in the polls but today those same national polls are showing a statistical dead heat with Barack Obama. Wow! That's a huge gain for Obama in a very short time. In California the same story is being told, a huge Clinton lead melting into a statistical dead heat. Wow! The question here is whether this is an Obama surge or a result of policy and endorsements for Hillary.
There's no question that Barack Obama has a good bit of the big Mo. Obama won in South Carolina, and Obama has those big endorsements from the Kennedys. But I gotta wonder if Hillary's actions and endorsements are moving the electorate both across the country and in California.
The first big thing is that the only contentious issue in the last Democratic debate is starting to play out. On healthcare Barack Obama suggested that Hillary was going to have to punish people if they did not sign on to her plan. Today it looks like she's planning to garnish wages in order to get people to comply. I'm willing to say this is a very difficult issue that's going to have some real sacrifice on the part of some people in this country, but Hillary advocating the garnishing of wages will not help her at all. Here it is from the AP wire: