He says that Dem insiders don’t consider it a big deal.

Me neither…

Democratic insiders who are not neutral in the presidential race do not take seriously the USA Today/Gallup poll of Democratic voters showing Sen. Hillary Clinton 23 percentage points ahead of Sen. Barack Obama. They contend national surveys are meaningless because outcomes of the early state contests are still critical.

State polls show a virtual three-way tie among Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in Iowa’s early caucuses. Clinton has only a narrow lead over Obama in New Hampshire’s opening primary. Obama has moved slightly ahead in the latest survey for South Carolina, the next primary state.

Indeed. Just look to 2004. Or 2000. Oh, and every other election year where there was an open field, meaning no VP running on a prez’s coattails, and an “heir apparent.” Polls this time of year mean very little…but they’re amazing for fundraising!

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