Wednesday, December 06, 2006

One way of putting it

In a contribution to the 'is Hillary electable?' debate (probable answer: not really) the wonderfully named Katrina vanden Heuvel makes this observation.

Then there's the vexing matter of polls, which show Hillary - in general election match-ups - besting every Republican but New York's ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani, and Senator John McCain.

So, the polls are saying that against either of the two galloping front-runners for the Republican nomination, Hillary is coming second. Remarkably, Ms vanden Heuvel appears to be using this data as evidence that Hillary is indeed electable. This is like asking 'is Gordon Brown electable?' and saying "Brown polls ahead of every party leader except Cameron and Menzies Campbell," not exactly a clinching argument anyway.

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