A reader responds to this one:
Hillary did not sway or convince many Republicans or Independents to vote for her in 2000 in New York. The evidence: Gore got 60% of the vote to Bush's 35%. Hillary got 55% to Lazio's 43%. Thus, Hillary ran worse than Gore in New York meaning many voters picked Gore and Lazio on their ballots. This type of statistic is often used by political consultants to determine whether a candidate has crossover appeal. She does not.
Hillary is no more favorable today than she was in 2000. In fact, she enjoyed her highest favorability around that time. As for her re-election campaign, Hillary did win impressively but she spent 40 million on her campaign and her opponent spend very little.