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“Then there is Hillary Clinton. When last she left the White House the polls indicated that she was the most unpopular first lady in history. Next to Hillary, Mrs. Warren Harding was pulchritudinous and agreeable. Facts are facts. Yet in 2008 her friends in the media made Hillary the inevitable nominee until the Democrats had another candidate,” the editor declared.

“Now she is again the inevitable nominee. Yet the pollsters are still polling and most recently the Rasmussen Poll found her the least desirable Democratic candidate. She even out-polled Joe Biden. Presented with the choice of Hillary or Joe, the voters chose an ashtray.”

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES

All that pesky Obamacare turmoil must be on the mend, or on hold , or something — so why not fire up Air Force One? Here comes eight assorted Democratic fundraisers in six weeks. Beginning Friday, President Obama journeys to New York, followed by a trips to Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas in the immediate future.

Consider that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alone has raised $58 million so far this year, while Organizing for America — the grass-roots group that grew out of Mr. Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign — has raised $21 million.

Also consider that 2014 dawns in just over nine weeks.

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POLL DU JOUR

77 percent of U.S. voters say term limits should be established in Congress; 83 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

72 percent overall are ready to vote their lawmakers out of office for “a fresh start in Washington;” 75 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Democrats agree.

64 percent overall would consider voting for a third party candidate in the next election; 69 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats agree.

62 percent overall would “fire every lawmaker on Capitol Hill right now;” 69 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

55 percent overall say the “two-party system is broken”; 55 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats agree.

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