In what looks like an early flurry of worrisome news for Hillary Clinton’s pre-campaign for the presidency in 2016, The Drudge Report index of headlines shows these three in a row:
“Shock Poll: Warren Leads Clinton in Iowa, New Hampshire";
“Emerging Hillary Team Shows Signs of Disquiet...”; and
“Unease Grows as Clinton Stays on Sidelines...”
Is Hillary's pre-campaign getting hit with pre-shocks or is it just growing pains ?
WHAT THE POLLS IN IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE SAIDEarly MoveOn.org and Democracy for America poll shows Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire — even though Warren says that she isn’t running !
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, “...[p]opulist groups cheering ‘Run Warren Run,’ today released [recent] election polls from Iowa and New Hampshire showing Sen. Elizabeth Warren ahead of dominant Democrat Hillary Clinton. *** The YouGov poll of likely Democratic voters for MoveOn.org and Democracy for America also found that 79 percent want Warren [to run] and majorities support her anti-Wall Street positions. *** Warren has said she doesn't plan to challenge Clinton, though several others have indicated that they are looking at a bid, including Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt....” (See “Shock poll: Warren leads Clinton in Iowa, N.H.” by Paul Bedard, 2/11/15, Washington Examiner [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/shock-poll-warren-leads-clinton-in-iowa-n.h./article/2560098]). The article went on to say that “...[t]he poll of 400 conducted Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 put Warren ahead of Clinton in Iowa, 31 percent to 24 percent. In New Hampshire, her lead is 30 percent to 27 percent....”
TIMES TALKS ABOUT QUICK TURF FIGHT AMONG MAJOR CLINTON PAC-MASTERSPerhaps more unsettling to the insiders in the Clinton camp is a New York Times report that says
Hillary Clinton’s campaign organization is getting off to a bit of a rocky start ( See “Emerging Hillary Clinton Team Shows Signs of Disquiet” by Nicholas Confessore & Amy Chozickfeb, 2/10/15, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/us/politics/emerging-clinton-team-shows-signs-of-disquiet.html?_r=0]).
The Times reports, “Lingering tensions between Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loyalists and the strategists who helped President Obama defeat her in 2008 have erupted into an intense public struggle over who will wield money and clout in her emerging 2016 presidential campaign. *** At issue is controlling access to the deep-pocketed donors whose support is critical to sustain the outside organizations that are paving the way for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. It is a competition that has been exacerbated, many Clinton supporters said, by Mrs. Clinton’s reluctance to formally enter the race and establish a campaign organization with clear lines of authority....”
More than anything else this appears to be a turf war between Democrat insider heavyweights David Brock and Jim Messina.
MEANWHILE WSJ REPORTS ABOUT “UNEASE...” AMONG SOME DEMOCRATS ABOUT HILLARY’S EARLY GAME OF HIDE AND SEEKToday’s Wall Street Journal reports that “...[some Clinton] allies and prominent Democrats say she needs to jump in sooner than that and begin raising campaign funds and organizing in states with early contests, even if the payoff means more in the general election than the primaries. *** In Iowa, which holds the nation’s first presidential nominating contest, local Democratic leaders caution that Mrs. Clinton risks a backlash if she postpones her announcement too long. Linda Nelson, who leads the Pottawattamie County Democrats, said: “I’ve heard folks who are disgruntled. They’re starting to think: ‘Well, if she’s not going to announce any time soon, I may just start looking elsewhere.’ ” (See “Unease Grows as Hillary Clinton Stays on Sidelines” by Peter Nicholas, 2/11/15, Wall Street Journal [http://www.wsj.com/articles/unease-grows-as-hillary-clinton-stays-on-sidelines-1423694468]).
The WSJ also noted that “[a]t a comparable point in the 2008 cycle, Mrs. Clinton was already a candidate. Her main rival for the party nomination in that race, then-Sen. Obama, announced his candidacy eight years ago on Tuesday. But Mrs. Clinton’s team doesn’t see the same urgency as in 2008, when Mr. Obama represented a potent threat, people familiar with her thinking said.”