John Podhoretz | How the ‘ick factor’ could doom Clinton’s wife — and her party

John Podhoretz, New York Post:

Drip, drip, drip.

Now, anyone on the right hoping that Hillary’s candidacy will be derailed by these revelations or the results of investigations into the Clinton Foundation is likely to be disappointed.

Good gun controllers like the Clintons would never leave a smoking pistol around, and let’s face it, if there had been one, it went up in virtual flames when those infamous messages were permanently de-pixelated.

And right now, despite the understandable level of befuddled disbelief about the lack of a serious rival to Hillary in an open presidential nominating contest, the Democratic Party would be crazy to panic and ditch her (if it could).

She still polls better than every Republican nationally, she’s the most popular Democrat by a country mile and she’s one of the most famous people on Earth.

Still, the tarnishment problem is very real, and it may be the Republican ace in the hole in the last few weeks of the 2016 election.

At that point, a few million votes either way might be likely to decide the outcome.

That’s when the get-out-the-vote skills of the campaigns will come into play — as well as certain intangibles that play a key role in helping those last few million voters who may or may not go to the polls or have not yet decided make up their minds.

One of those is something you might call “the ick factor.” What kind of association does the candidate’s name conjure up? Is it positive or negative?


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