Top Poll Firm: Hillary Has Lost
Posted on: 2008-05-09 16:59:01
Rasmussen no longer will poll on Hillary
Recognizing the mathematically obvious, top US polling company Rasmussen Reports announced today that it will no longer poll voters about Hillary Clinton. The news comes in the wake of Clinton's primary loss in North Carolina and widespread recognititon that, with the support of about 90% of black voters, Obama has a lock on that key Democratic constituency. That fact, along with Clinton now being unable to catch up to Obama in pledged delegates, has led her to launch a renewed push to score "superdelegate" support to flout the verdict of the caucuses and primaries and steal the nomination in Denver. Such a coup would lead to widespread social upheavel, something the Democratic hierarchy wants to avoid at all costs.
Immediately after her North Carolina loss, Clinton rolled out a desperate appeal for superdelegates, a corps of Democratic insiders who control about twenty percent of the convention vote, to support her because Obama, as a black man affiliated with radical black racists and leftists, will not be able to win the White House in November. Her desperate move, echoed by her close aide Paul Begala, unleashed the specter of the nomination race, which has already wreaked massive damage to the party, dragging on even longer without even the pretense of Hillary being able to win on pledged delegates.
Top Democrats and the Establishment alike have swung into action to stop the bleeding now and finally derail Clinton. It was announced that Obama would "declare victory" before the end of May, while news of Clinton's loss has been blasted across the old media. Ted Kennedy, a Democratic greybeard and Obama backer, punished Clinton by saying she would not be allowed on Obama's ticket as Vice President, sinking plans of a move than many Democrat centrists had hoped would bring back the appearance of "unity" atop the delicate Democratic special interest coalition.
Rasmussen's announcement appears to be part of the Establishment strategy to end the Hillary campaign. The Clintons are notoriously dependant on polling data, and the withdrawal of her name from national polls will hasten her exit.
Michael Boniello, an exective for Rasmussen, made the announcement in an email:
"The most remarkable feature of the race has been its consistency and stability. Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both running historic campaigns and both have captured the votes and hearts of distinct and important constituencies within the Democratic Party. Obama has won Primaries in states where the demographics favor his campaign and Clinton has won in the states that favor her campaign.
"However, while Senator Clinton has remained close and competitive in every meaningful measure, she is a close second and the race is over. It has become clear that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee.
"Even if every single Superdelegate was convinced that the former First Lady is somewhat more electable than Obama, that is not enough of a reason to deny him the nomination.
With this in mind, Rasmussen Reports will soon end our daily tracking of the Democratic race and focus exclusively on the general election competition between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama."