- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Hollywood hero who boosted Republican morale during the 2012 presidential election campaign remains an all-American favorite. Clint Eastwood is the nation’s second-favorite movie star, his popularity eclipsed only by Denzel Washington. So says a Harris Poll released Wednesday.

Denzel Washington played rogue spy and a hero pilot with a few problems in 2012, the latter role earning him his sixth Academy Award nomination. Clint Eastwood had an interesting year and spoke to a now infamous empty chair, but remains at No. 2, and all around nice guy Tom Hanks rises one spot to the No. 3 position,” the poll says, noting that the responses were not prompted. Johnny Depp is in fourth place, followed by Brad Pitt, the ever-admired John Wayne, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon.

Mr. Eastwood, incidentally, is also the favorite movie star among men, Republicans, conservatives and Southerners.

CLINTON IN REVIEW

So how’d she do? A brief review of headlines based on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lengthy appearance before the U.S. Senate regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack:

“Hillary on the hotseat” (Daily Beast)

“Hillary handles hardball.” (Fox News)

“Hillary Clinton’s fiery moment” (ABC News)

“Hillary Clinton storms the Hill (The Washington Post)

“Hillary the Invincible” (National Journal)

“Run, Hillary, run” (The Huffington Post)

“Flat out bull [expletive]” (Rush Limbaugh)

CLINTON RULES BIDEN

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday refused to speculate on a 2016 presidential matchup before the aforementioned Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Pollsters, however, have numbers.

“Of two potential Democratic successors to Barack Obama, one has a clear advantage in personal popularity: Hillary Clinton, whose favorability rating exceeds Joe Biden’s by a hefty 19 percentage points,” says ABC News analyst Greg Holyk, citing an ABC News/Washington Post poll revealing that 67 percent of Americans view Mrs. Clinton favorably and 48 percent feel the same about Mr. Biden.

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