Know Who Else Is Ready for Hillary? Republicans

By Garance Franke-Ruta
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Ready for Hillary, a super PAC, is getting the infrastructure for a potential 2016 Hillary Clinton bid prepared in the eventuality that she makes a second try for the presidential nomination. But as adored as she is within the Democratic Party, she continues to rankle the other side deeply. That was the case in 2007-2008, and it will be the case again if she again runs—especially in the kick-off caucus state of Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported the results of its first Iowa poll over the weekend, and they show that Clinton remains a highly polarizing figure:

... the overwhelming affinity Iowa Democrats have for Hillary Clinton, with 89 percent saying they have a positive opinion of her. Just 7 percent of voting-age Democrats have a negative impression the former U.S. secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York.

“Clinton’s score is eye-popping and shows she is viewed more favorably than any Democrat or Republican by a big margin,” said Jeff Link, an Iowa Democratic operative.

But the poll brings to light another reality: Clinton would likely face a firestorm of opposition from Republicans in Iowa if she runs for president again—a majority of Republicans, 59 percent, have a “very unfavorable” view of her, the most negative rating possible. “That’s a monster number,” pollster J. Ann Selzer said. “Were she to be nominated, there would be a resurgence of this ‘we hate Hillary’ faction that has been dormant.”

When it comes to her position within the party, Clinton is one of the strongest non-incumbents ever. But she would likely be among the most polarizing nominees ever, too.

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