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More ‘electability’

By on 5.1.08 | 3:08PM

Hillary's favorite meme keeps rolling. The New York Times:

[S]ome party leaders and superdelegates said the Wright controversy has given them pause, raising questions about Mr. Obama's electability in the general election next fall.

"From what I am seeing out there, it is creating a backlash," said Bill George, the head of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. in Pennsylvania, who announced his endorsement of Mrs. Clinton on Wednesday. "It's unfortunate. If more of that happens going into the fall, it could create a problem."

Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics:

In a new memo addressed to "automatic delegates," Clinton guru/strategist/consigliere Harold Ickes presses the electability argument for Hillary using a barrage of stats from recent public polls. . . .

"A spate of new public polls out this week confirms what we have been arguing for some time: Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to beat John McCain in November."

The clearest sign that Hillary's "electability" argument may be making headway? Rush Limbaugh has to reassure his "Operation Chaos" troops, who are beginning to worry that she may actually come back to win the nomination:
CALLER: But, Rush, don't you think . . . I understood yesterday . . . I'm not sure which cable news I was watching, that Clinton's getting awful close and that she can overtake Obama?
RUSH: She can't, neither of them can win. See, this is our insurance, safety, or whatever. Neither of them can win via pledged delegates. Neither of them can win via the primary process.
RUSH: This is ideal. It is going to take the superdelegates committing political murder against one of them.
It's a lose-lose proposition for Democrats, and Rush is loving it.

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