From a recently overheard conversation:
Friend 1: Who did you vote for?
Friend 2: How about you?
1: I slightly preferred Obama but I voted for Clinton because I wanted to make my wife happy–she’s really excited about Hillary.
2: I can’t stand Hillary but I don’t know if that’s real or whether I’ve just been manipulated by the media.
1: Hmm . . . what don’t you like about her?
2: Y’know, that $100,000 she made in three hours investing in cattle futures, all those sleazy people they hang out with, they pardoned that guy Marc Rich . . . but, yeah, probably every politician has some sleazy connections.
1: It’s just part of the game. Obama’s younger, maybe he hasn’t made all these contacts yet, but it’ll happen.
2: Yeah, sure. I’m sure McCain has lots of crooked friends too. . . . There’s also the war. That’s a legitimate reason to not want to vote for Hillary–she supported the war. It’s not enough of a reason for me to hate her, though.
1: Especially since you supported the war yourself.
2: No I didn’t.
1: Yeah, I remember having a long conversation with you back in 2003. I opposed the war and you supported it.
2: No way! I was torn about the war but I opposed it.
1: That’s not what I remember.
2: No, I opposed it.
1: There was a study that found that lots of people say now that they opposed the war, lots more than actually opposed the war. I think you’re one of those people.
2: No, you just don’t remember what I said to you back then.
1: I understand what you’re saying, but I think you’re the one who’s misremembering.
P.S. Rebecca adds: thought you might find Matt’s very brief but insightful take on the Hillary electability question interesting. I think he’s right that these results might give us some purchase into how she’d fare in a genral election. . .
On the subject of how Hillary will do in a general election, the following results stood out at me from Super Tuesday:
Alaska – 74 – 25 Obama
Idaho – 80 – 17 Obama
Kansas – 74 – 26 Obama
Colorado – 67 – 32 Obama
Yikes! She is not liked out West. I mean, those were Democrats.