By Dave Andrusko
It’s often said that timing is everything. Stung by criticism she had not sufficiently prostrated herself, pro-abortion Hillary Clinton released a two-minute video on You Tube celebrating the wonderfulness of Planned Parenthood.
Her sin for which she was seeking secular absolution? Referring to the undercover videos which recorded the abominable comments of leading Planned Parenthood, Clinton told the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, “I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing.” Can’t leave that moment of truth uncorrected.
The problem is that Clinton’s paean to her old friends at PPFA came out just before the Center for Medical Progress released its fifth video. It is even more telling, more revealing, and more unsettling than the first four. (See here.)
Clinton’s video was timed to precede Monday’s Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood. S. 1881, we’re told, is a “full-on assault on women’s health,” which endangered the provision of “life-saving preventive care,” etc., etc., etc.
(The video pulled double duty, serving also as an opportunity to slam three pro-life Republicans also running for President: Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Jeb Bush of Florida, and Rick Perry of Texas.)
Speaking of timing, while Mrs. Clinton was busy defending PPFA as the be-all and end-all of women’s health, a disastrous new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed her standing among women has taken a precipitous fall. The numbers are truly stunning. Here’s the lead from the Wall Street Journal article about the poll:
Many Democrats have long hoped that Hillary Clinton might expand Barack Obama‘s electoral coalition by drawing in more white women voters.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests she may have a tough time pulling it off. Mrs. Clinton is losing ground with white women and many other important slices of the electorate, the poll shows, amid a spate of reports about her email practices, speaking fees and foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
In the poll taken at the end of July, only 34% of white women saw her in a positive light, compared to 53% unfavorably. “In June, 44% of white women had a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, compared to 43% who didn’t,” the Journal writes.
The “best” way to spin the results might be that Clinton is losing her luster among well-educated suburban women. But it’s actually far worse than that.
Writing at Hotair.com, Ed Morrissey explained how Clinton was plummeting among all the core constituencies of the Democratic coalition.
In just one month, Hillary has lost nearly 10 points among all women, and is now underwater. Her negatives have jumped significantly among independents to a majority (27/52), and close to a plurality among younger voters. In all three cases, the number of neutrals declined at the same time, which means less opportunity to correct the trend. Even among black voters, a constituency that Democrats must have both engaged and enthusiastic in order to win, a significant drop in favorability has taken place. She went from 81/3 to 66/15 in thirty days.
It’s not just the suburban-mom vote. It’s across the board in almost every demo that matters.”
Morrissey concludes with this telling observation:
And this collapse is happening fast, suggesting once again that the more people see Hillary Clinton, the less they like her.