Hillary Rodham Clinton – the Democrat who lost a “sure thing” election and has spent months and millions of dollars blaming a variety of factors – has hit the lowest point ever in her popularity, according to a new Gallup poll that said her unfavorable rating has hit a new high of 61 percent.
Here’s what Gallup said in a blunt assessment:
“In fact, her image has gotten worse in recent months as Democratic leaders, political observers and Clinton herself have attempted to explain how she lost an election that she was expected to win. Meanwhile, controversy continues to swirl around Clinton given continuing questions about the fairness of the 2016 Democratic nomination process and her dealings with Russia while secretary of state. There has also been renewed discussion of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s handling of past sexual harassment charges made against Bill Clinton in light of heightened public concern about workplace behavior.”
Has the public finally tired of Hillary? Once treated like royalty by the far left, there are now those who think she just might be in a bit of trouble. At the very least, all the recent discussion about sexual harassment has dredged up memories of former President Bill Clinton’s so-called “bimbo eruptions” and how the double standard was applied.
According to CNN, “Given how long Clinton has been in public life, it is saying something that she is now at her lowest ebb. It’s also somewhat inexplicable given that Clinton’s past popularity troughs have been directly tied to times she has been in the heat of a campaign.”
But with new allegations regarding how the FBI handled – or mishandled – the investigation of Clinton’s email server fiasco, her ebbing popularity may not be so inexplicable after all. Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s tell-all-from-her-perspective about how Clinton’s campaign took over the DNC certainly didn’t help the former candidate’s image.
Newsweek said her popularity has dropped five points since June.
CNN listed four possible reasons for Clinton’s decline in popularity:
- The 2016 race has never really ended
- Clinton isn’t sorry
- She is the last Republican boogeyman
- We’re still too close to it all
Somewhere in all of this, the dominant media should also acknowledge its own problems in the popularity department. It seems to be accepted fact that the “mainstream press” was in the bag for Clinton. That much was evident in the torrent of tears from news anchors on election night when it became obvious they had all forgotten about the Electoral College, while the Donald Trump campaign didn’t.
The press began that evening, as did Clinton, believing that she would waltz into the Oval Office. Everyone was prepared for a coronation. Instead, they got crow, served cold.
Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for decades. Her behavior, and revelations about the campaign during the past year, have perhaps given her adoring public a long-needed eye exam.