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Obama Turns Hillary's Electability Meme Around

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Personally, I always found Hillary’s argument to be pretty hollow. For somebody so polarizing, did she really think she could credibly make that claim and not get called out for it?

From CNN:

(CNN) — Barack Obama took direct aim Thursday night at Hillary Clinton’s claim that she is the most electable Democrat in the presidential field, telling a New Hampshire crowd that the argument that “is being pushed, by the way, by a candidate who starts off with a 47 percent disapproval ratings.”

The remarks come days after a new Gallup survey found that Obama fared better than Clinton in head-to-head match-ups with the leading Republican candidates.

“I’m not going to mention names, but I mean the notion that a viability or an electability argument is being made by somebody who starts off with almost half the country not being able to vote for them doesn’t make sense,” the Illinois senator told a Portsmouth audience, according to a report in Foster’s Daily Democrat.

One of Hillary’s main problems has been the idea that she ran as an insider who knew enough about Washington to get things done. But as we’ve seen, her version of “getting things done” isn’t really all that impressive. And would Republicans really want to build bridges with somebody who their base despises?

I certainly have my doubts and Obama is giving voice to his.

Smart move.

UPDATE:
Oh, and the latest Zogby poll lends credence to the “Obama is more electable” meme…

New York – Illinois Sen. Barack Obama would defeat all five of the top Republicans in prospective general election contests, performing better than either of his two top rivals, a new Zogby telephone poll shows. His margins of advantage range from a 4 percent edge over Arizona Sen. John McCain and a 5 percent edge over Arkansas’ Mike Huckabee to an 18 percentage point lead over Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the survey shows. Against New York’s Rudy Giuliani he leads by 9%, and against Fred Thompson of Tennessee he holds a 16 point edge.

And Hillary?

Democrat Hillary Clinton of New York would defeat Romney by a narrow 46% to 44% margin and Thompson by a 48% to 42% margin. She would lose to Huckabee 48% to 43%, to Giuliani 46% to 42%, and to McCain by a 49% to 42% margin. The data suggest that Clinton has improved her position slightly. A November Zogby Interactive poll showed her losing by small margins to all five of the top GOP candidates.

5 out of 5 or 2 out of 5? And hell, even Edwards pulls 3 out of 5.

The Hillary electability meme is officially on life support.