Which would you rather have as a candidate? Somebody people think is a elitist or somebody people think is a liar?
Clinton is viewed as “honest and trustworthy” by just 39 percent of Americans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, compared with 52 percent in May 2006. Nearly six in 10 said in the new poll that she is not honest and trustworthy. And now, compared with Obama, Clinton has a deep trust deficit among Democrats, trailing him by 23 points as the more honest, an area on which she once led both Obama and John Edwards.
Among Democrats, 63 percent called her honest, down 18 points from 2006; among independents, her trust level has dropped 13 points, to 37 percent. Republicans held Clinton in low regard on this in the past (23 percent called her honest two years ago), but it is even lower now, at 16 percent. Majorities of men and women now say the phrase does not apply to Clinton; two years ago, narrow majorities of both did.
The biggest issue here is that Hillary’s campaign has said over and over again that she’s been vetted and scrubbed and nobody is going to find out anything new about her. But then there was the Bosnia story, and we found out she was perfectly willing to repeat a lie over and over again to make it seem like she was more qualified for the presidency than she actually was.
And then when confronted with the truth, we get an excuse that she was tired and she misspoke.
And then when confronted with videotape of a couple times when she said it during the morning…well, she just remembered incorrectly and she’s only human.
Long story short, voters ain’t buying Clinton’s explanations, and I think it’s perfectly within reason for Obama to start nailing her on this and saying it’s a reason why she’s unelectable in the Fall.