She smells like a 1976 Ford Pinto and Ben-Gay.
Hillary Clinton has lost the “new car smell” she might need to win the presidency in 2016, said Democratic pollster Doug Schoen on Sunday.
“The president said [last week] that the next president needs … a new car smell, and it’s pretty hard for me to say … that she [Hillary] has a new car smell,” Schoen told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview to air Sunday on New York’s 970 AM.
Schoen, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and is now a Fox News contributor, said he expects Clinton to run, but that she will face challenges having served in Obama’s administration as secretary of State.
“The real question is how does she separate herself from Obama, yet not get so far away from him that she alienates his base constituency?” he said.
Schoen said recent polls suggest 2016 is shaping up to be a tough fight.
A Nov. 26 poll by Quinnipiac University showed Republican Mitt Romney ahead of Hillary Clinton 45% to 44% in a theoretical matchup. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush trails slightly behind, at 41%.
Romney and Jeb Bush also have a used car smell. We need a new model. Meanwhile, another Democrat is tiring Granny Clinton’s so-called inevitability.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is cautioning the Democrats about the downside to Hillary Clinton being an “inevitable” presidential nominee in 2016.
“I think the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters,” the outgoing Democratic governor told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
“The American people want, and ought to want, their candidates to sweat for the job, to actually make a case for why they’re the right person at the right time,” Patrick added.
Patrick is pals with President Obama, who despite beating Clinton in 2008 has taken steps to set the table for Clinton’s possible succession, including granting glowing side-by-side “60 Minutes” interviews in early 2013 when she left her job as his secretary of state.
Patrick said Sunday that voters view “inevitability as entitlement.”
A Democrat feeling entitled? Imagine that.