ANYBODY THAT WATCHES THE SUNDAY MORNING NEWS SHOWS NOW KNOWS ABOUT THE “SHOCKER POLL” OR THE “SHOCKING NEWS” OUT OF IOWA — AND IT’S THAT BERNIE SANDERS IS CLOSING IN ON HILLARY CLINTON THERE
CBS NEWS/ FACE THE NATION ASKS, “IS HILLARY CLINTON IN TROUBLE IN IOWA” — THE SANDERS’ VOTERS LOOK LIKE THE OBAMA VOTERS THAT BEAT HILLARY IN IOWA IN 2008 — IF THIS WERE ONLY ONE MONTH OUT FROM THE IOWA PRIMARY, IT WOULD MEAN THAT BERNIE WOULD BE LIKELY TO WIN AND HILLARY LOSE
THE GOOD NEWS FOR HILLARY RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE IOWA PRIMARY IS SEVERAL MONTHS AWAY & SHE HAS A CHANCE TO STOP THE BLEEDING, AND MAYBE EVEN TURN THINGS AROUND
FOR HILLARY THIS IS THE END OF THE BEGINNING — AND THE BEGINNING HAS GONE VERY BADLY FOR HER
All of the Sunday morning network news programs opened with the news of the “SHOCKER” Des Moines Register – Bloomberg News Poll that Hillary Clinton has crashed below 50% voter support at 37%, while Bernie Sanders has climbed to 30% among Iowa Democratic voters..
FACE THE NATIONFor example, here’s how the folks at CBS’ “Face The Nation” put it: “A new Iowa poll out Saturday showed Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont's independent Senator, coming within seven points of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. But pollster Ann Selzer, the president of Selzer & Company, said it's not motivated by anti-Clinton sentiment.... ‘Her support is going a little bit into the not-sure category with people being sort of waiting there. But the Bernie Sanders vote it certainly getting stronger,’ Selzer said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. ‘It isn't just that there's an anti-Clinton sentiment...When we ask Bernie Sander supporters is this because you align with Bernie Sanders, the person and his views, 96 percent say yes. Overwhelmingly, that's what they're up to.’...” ( See “Why Bernie Sanders is gaining on Hillary Clinton in Iowa” by Rebecca Kaplan, 8/30/15, CBS News/ Face the Nation [http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-hillary-clinton-in-trouble-in-iowa/]). It’s buried in the link, but the “Face The Nation” crowd clearly is asking the question, “Is Hillary Clinton in trouble in Iowa ?”
According to Ann Selzer, the pollster interviewed by CBS for “Face the Nation” this might be more important than the headline story: “.... [Even though] Sanders might still be losing to Clinton overall, but he's up among people who say they will participate in the Iowa caucus for the first time, those who consider themselves independent, and people under 45.... ‘That's the Obama coalition. Those are the groups that he put together that surprised Hillary Clinton in 2008,’ she said....”
ABC THIS WEEK WITH .... [MARTHA RADDATZ]The coverage on ABC was little different. Here’s how Martha Raddatz introduced the first segment of “This Week”: “.... We begin with that shake-up in the 2016 race. A brand new poll coming in overnight from the critical state of Iowa, showing Senator Bernie Sanders closing in on Hillary Clinton.... It's your voice, your vote. And let's take a look at those numbers....
The biggest surprise is among Democrats. Clinton's lead now down to single digits, just 7 points ahead of Sanders. It's the first time she's dropped below 50 percent in "The Des Moines Register"/Bloomberg Poll this year.... We're taking on every twist and turn in the 2016 race this morning....” (See “'This Week' Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders...” 8/30/15, ABC News/ This Week With [Martha Raddatz] [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-sen-bernie-sanders-gov-bobby-jindal/story?id=33383476]).
What followed was an interview with candidate Bernie Sanders, “One on One.” Of course, the questions to Sanders immediately turned to the most recent Iowa poll — “Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said today he does not know whether new poll numbers putting him within 7 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa mean her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is in trouble, but his campaign is ‘doing great.’... ‘You know, it’s not just in Iowa. It’s in New Hampshire. It’s all across this country....I think people are responding to our message.’... Sanders admitted that Clinton was ‘way ahead’ of him in terms of her support among Democratic Party and institutional leaders, but argued that many of them might still support him in the end.... ‘Democratic leaders are not dumb,’ said Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress. ‘What they want and what I want is to make sure that we do not see a Republican gain control over the White House.... And I think as these look around the country and see the kind of energy and see the kind of huge turnouts we're getting, seeing the kind of young people who, for the first time, are getting involved in the political process ... I think what these leaders -- maybe not today but in a couple months -- will say, 'You know, we want to win.'...” ( See “Bernie Sanders: ‘People Are Responding to Our Message’” by Mary Alice Parks, 8/30/15, ABC News/ This Week
Ms. Parks made this significant observation: “.... In the Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night, an overwhelming percentage of Sanders' supporters –- 96 percent -- said they support him and his ideas, while just 2 percent said they were supporting him out of opposition to Clinton.... ‘They want a candidate who is not dependent upon super PACs, a candidate who is prepared to take on and overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision,’ Sanders said....”
NBC – MEET THE PRESS – CHUCK TODD — THEY DID’NT BURY THE LEAD, BUT THEY DID BURY THE STORY — BUT SO DID FOXHillary was given a little cover for her poor Iowa polling by NBC’s “Meet The Press”; and , oddly enough "Fox News Sunday."
At the top of the “Meet The Press” show, Chuck Todd introduced the news about the latest Iowa poll with this: “.... Plus the latest polls out of Iowa, where things stand this morning will surprise you....” He came back to it shortly after a break, saying this: “Good Sunday morning. I've got a couple of shock poll results out of Iowa to start us off, from The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg. Check this out. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has polled to within seven points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa. It is now 37-30, Clinton over Sanders, throw in Joe Biden, he sits at 14. Back in May, the same poll had Clinton leading Sanders by 41 points....” (See “Meet the Press Transcript” 8/30/15, NBC News/ Meet the Press [http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-august-30-2015-n418466]). Todd then quickly shifted to a discussion of the Republicans in the same poll; he never returned to the story that was a top item on all the Sunday news shows — more important, he didn’t leave it open for commentary by the “Meet The Press” panel of reporters.
“Meet The Press” did several segments covering Republican candidates; and when it shifted back to the Democrats, it was a meandering comparison of the various positions of Clinton, O’Malley, Biden and Sanders.... Then there was a complete detour down memory lane for a retrospective about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina; and lastly, a very wonky discussion of the adequacy of field intelligence in the fight against ISIS/ISIL.
It wasn’t much different at Fox. The show opened normally with this: “CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace. Donald Trump keeps rising in the polls as Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush slip and fight back....” Then there was a taped segment showing Donald Trump, Jeb & Hillary on the campaign trail, followed by Chris Wallace’s description of the various segments on the show.
After the commercial break there was this: “WALLACE: And hello again from Fox News in Washington.... Well, breaking news in the race for the White House, a new poll shows self-described socialist Bernie Sanders closing the gap on Hillary Clinton in Iowa. The Des Moines Register poll shows Sanders now within seven points of Clinton among likely Iowa caucus goers. Clinton has lost one-third of her support since May....” (See “Exclusive: Gov. Christie talks 2016 campaign, calls Clinton a 'disgrace' [transcript]” 8/30/15, Fox News/ Transcript [http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/08/30/exclusive-gov-christie-talks-2016-campaign-calls-clinton-disgrace/]). The details of the Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll were not discussed further by Wallace or by the Fox panel.
IF THE RECENT IOWA POLL NUMBERS HOLD UP FOR BERNIE SANDERS, EVEN FOR A LITTLE WHILE — EXPECT AN URGENT CALL FROM HILLARY’S IOWA OPERATIVES TO HILLARY’S CADMAN PLAZA HEADQUARTERS: “BROOKLYN, WE HAVE A PROBLEM” — CERTAINLY, THE 2015-2016 CAMPAIGN LOOKS LIKE IT HAS REACHED A NEW PHASEAs Churchill said after British forces first held and then were victorious at El Alamein, and the successful Allied invasions of Western North Africa in World War II — “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning....”
Hillary Clinton has time to stop the bleeding, rally the troops and press on.
She should be happy that this is the end of the beginning. She seemed to have begun her campaign reluctantly with a series of failed roll-outs — then there’s been this six-months-long multi-faceted crisis for her and her campaign that’s been all about the official and private E-mails, on a private server and containing at least SOME very classified information, whether marked “CLASSIFIED” or not.
One way or another, this has not been a very good “BEGINNING” for Hillary or her 2015-2016 campaign for the presidency — she’ll be better off being done with it.