From Howard LaFranchi at the Christian Science Monitor:
Though Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s return to work next week will be brief, given President Obama’s nomination of John Kerry to replace her as secretary of State, it comes amid an aura of national popularity, respect, and even fascination.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in December found that Secretary Clinton and her husband, the former President Clinton, are America’s two most popular politicians. At the same time, a Bloomberg poll found that 70 percent of Americans view Secretary Clinton favorably – an astounding number given the country’s hyperpartisan divide.
What explains the high-flying ratings enjoyed by Bill and Hill, as Washington columnists prefer to call them?
Some pundits speculate that Secretary Clinton’s “relegation” to the relatively noncontroversial global stage of international issues has allowed her to win approving nods from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Others say it’s simply because the Clintons are so ubiquitous, with Secretary Clinton traveling up a storm representing America to the world and Mr. Clinton holding court during this past election cycle – first at the Democratic National Convention, then on the stump – on behalf of Mr. Obama.
But as The Washington Post noted recently as it marveled over the “good year” the Clintons have enjoyed: “[U]biquity usually breeds fatigue from the public, not more excitement.”
So why doesn’t America have Clinton fatigue?
In Secretary Clinton’s case, Americans appear to admire her work ethic and her ability to reinvent herself – and not just to make do with the hand dealt her, but to employ it with a flourish.
You can tell this guy is in the media because there is not one word in there about competence, peace, or prosperity. Not only that but it probably helps that for the past four years the Clintons (for the first time in two decades) have been relatively free from media attacks. I can’t remember the last time that Chris Matthews speculated on the air about the distinguishing characteristics of the presidential penis.
I don’t know if Hillary will ever run for office again. If she does run, I don’t know if I will vote for her. It will all depend on who she is running against. But if she does run again you can count on the knives coming out again as well. We will probably see some preemptive character assassination during the next couple years just in case.
Clinton Derangement Syndrome never dies. It’s just in remission right now.
This should be the Clinton anthem: