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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

The Most Popular Pol

Buried in the new NBC-Wall Street Journal national survey is a very interesting finding:

The most popular political figure in the poll? It’s none other than former President Bill Clinton, whose favorable/unfavorable rating is 55-23.
By comparison, Obama’s is 47-41; former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee’s is 26-25; House Minority Leader John Boehner’s is 14-17; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s is 12-18; former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney’s is 21-30; former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s is 24-35; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s is 15-32; former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin’s is 30-48; and current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s is 22-50.

Any wonder that Democratic candidates are avid to get the Big Dog to campaign for them?
And amidst all the comparisons between 1994 and this midterm cycle, it´s worth remembering that the Barack Obama of the former year went on to be comfortably re-elected, and even after a scandal and an impeachment, is now very unpopular. Successful governing matters.

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