John Phillips: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012
April 4, 2011 | 2:22 am
Hillary Clinton Told You So Button 2012If Hillary Clinton's primary voters and President Obama had their relationship status listed on their Facebook pages, it would change from Married to It's complicated.
To be fair, Hillary voters never fell in love with Obama, they just fell in line. Their relationship is less like a Julia Roberts chick flick and more like a Bengali arranged marriage.
Because of their arrangement, Hillary-loving Obama voters are quick to jump ship whenever Mr. Hope-and-Change looks like he's getting played again by his political opponents, is in over his head or is dissing their girl.
Despite Obama's anti-climactic campaign announcement just now, according to all the recent polls, Hillary voters aren't only jumping ship - they're taking their fins, snorkels and pina coladas with them.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows President Obama's approval rating at....
...a pathetic 42% - down four points from early March. The American public isn't impressed with his handling of the crisis in Libya either - with 47% of the public against the war and 58% of registered voters saying the president has not clearly stated U.S. goals for the mission.
Hillary Clinton 2012 button These numbers are bad - really bad - CNN prime time ratings bad.
To put them into context, according to Gallup, 76% of Americans supported military action against Iraq in 2003, 90% gave the A-OK for strikes against Afghanistan in 2001, and 65% approved of putting boots on the ground in Somalia in 1993.
It's also important to state that this isn't part of a "throw all the bums out" mood directed at Washington.
The approval numbers for Hillary are nearing an all-time high - with Gallup showing 66% of Americans giving "Hill the Thrill" a big thumbs up - up from 61% in July.
This leads to the questions: Why are one out of three Hillary lovers giving Obama bad marks? Will they stick with him in November 2012?
And, most importantly, if she senses enough blood in the water, will Hillary quit the administration and launch a primary bid against Obama?