Democrats are are gleeful over Hillary Clinton’s performance at the Benghazi hearing on Friday. Her fundraising is up, she’s received a big labor union endorsement and two of her Democratic rivals have dropped out of the race.
Even so, their enthusiasm smacks of overconfidence.
Jordain Carney of The Hill:
Senate Dems rally around Clinton after Benghazi hearing
Senate Democrats are rallying behind Hillary Clinton after her marathon appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, suggesting Republicans have only helped bolster the former secretary of State’s presidential bid.
“I had somebody come to my home this morning and say, ‘You know, I think that put her in the White House,'” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters Friday.
The California Democrat — who led the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya —added that “those [committee] rooms get hot. The lights get bright. I think she showed drive and a staying power and a motivation. … I could see her across the table from [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”
Clinton has won wide praise from the media and Democrats for her hours-long testimony, capping off a positive few weeks for a campaign that was embattled for months by questions over Clinton’s private email server.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) added that House Republicans “certainly didn’t do any damage to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, and since that was their goal, they get an F.”
Bret Baier covered the ongoing “crowning” on Special Report last night.
Things are looking better for Mrs. Clinton but here’s a reality check:
Poll: NRA more popular than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
A new poll shows The National Rifle Association is more popular than the Democratic party’s two most prominent members, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
According to the Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the gun rights group, while 35 percent said they have an unfavorable view…
Compare this to recent approval ratings for the president and former secretary of state, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, and recently announced that she would support tougher gun laws once in office.
According to a Gallup Poll between Oct.19-21, just under 50 percent approve of Obama’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, in a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey of Americans taken Oct. 15-18, 39 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.
It’s rather telling that one of Hillary’s self-proclaimed enemies is more popular than she is.
Maybe Democrats shouldn’t start measuring for new drapes just yet.
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