According to the results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released today, Hillary Clinton may want to put her shrink on speed-dial. She's still leading the Democratic pack, of course. But the trends for her are not good, especially among a base she sorely needs and the votes of which she has largely taken for granted: African-Americans.
In December and January Post-ABC polls, Clinton led Illinois Senator Barack Obama among blacks by a huge margin: she pulled 60 percent, while he came in with 20 percent. Now, however, Obama leads among blacks, with 44 percent to her 33 percent. How the mighty have fallen.
And there's more bad news for Queen Bee: when she announced her candidacy in January, she led Obama by 24 points. Her lead has now fallen to 12 points.
The numbers also show that despite the Iraq war being THE major mobilizing issue for Democrats, Hillary's refusal to apologize for voting to authorize the war does NOT appear to be hurting her among Democrats.
Which means that there is something ELSE going on among Democrats, some other reason they may be starting to turn away from Hillary. Could it be something beyond the issues, something less tangible, something she cannot change? Could it be that Democrats may be turning away from Hillary....because she's Hillary?