In an odd CNN poll that asks Americans how they'd vote (or not vote) in 2008, Hillary Clinton gets the predictable cold shoulder from nearly half of respondents. According to CNN.com, "Respondents were asked whether they would 'definitely vote for,' 'consider voting for,' or 'definitely not vote for' three Democrats and three Republicans who might run for president in 2008."
It's the choice of candidates, and the lack of solid support for any, that's odd since none of them have announced their intention to run.
For the GOP:
John McCain. The perennial presidential candidate? Is that what he'll do now is just run and run and run? His Republican "maverick" cache with independents has been seriously damaged by entreaties to the religious right and public displays of affection for George W. Bush, who (through surrogates) besmirched his reputation as a veteran and shamefully attacked his family in the 1999 primaries.
Rudy Guiliani. The 9/11 hero mayor of New York is a big money name and fundraiser for the party but most forget that he was a severely divisive figure as mayor before the attacks. His ability to appeal to southern voters is unknown and his moderate stance on GOP hot button issues like abortion may very well sink him before he even gets out of port.
Jeb Bush. The Prez's little brother is unfortunately saddled with the same last name as two seriously unpopular recent Presidents. They may have aspirations for a political dynasty but the Bush name is not really the brand you want to run with when 60% of the buying public has decided your product is crap.
For the Dems:
Hillary Clinton, who has not announced her intention to run, but has built up a war chest that all but clinches her standing as the "front runner," which is funny (in a not so funny way) given her standing in this poll.
John Kerry. The also-ran candidate of 2004 who has also not said he was running, but his acknowledgement of having made a mistake in his support of the Iraq War resolution has a lot of people saying he's going for it again.
Al Gore. Another also-ran who was clearly crushed when the Supreme Court handed his 2000 presidential victory to George W. Bush has gone so far as to unequivocally state that he is NOT running for President in 2008.
Who is NOT mentioned in this poll? Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, Mark Warner, Bill Frist, Bill Richardson, Bill Owens, Mitt Romney, Condi Rice...