Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has managed an impressive turnaround in her public image. She has gone from being a polarizing figure to the most popular politician in the country. Her favorability rating is 61 – 34 percent. That is noticeably higher than President Obama’s  51 – 46 percent and any other national political figure. From Quinnipiac:

Ms. Clinton’s favorability is higher than those measured for other national figures:
46 – 41 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden;
25 – 29 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 45 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;
20 – 42 percent for House Speaker John Boehner;
27 – 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 57 percent who don’t know enough;
34 – 36 percent for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan;
43 – 33 percent for new Secretary of State John Kerry;
14 – 18 percent for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, with 67 percent who don’t know enough about him.

This is a reminder that at least among Democrats Clinton is basically the sun around which the rest of the political world rotates. Whether or not many top Democrats decide to run in four years will probably depend on Clinton’s decision.

In the short term many top Democrats will likely \make important decisions based merely on rumors about which direction Clinton might be leaning. She is likely already a factor in the political decisions that several Democratic Governors and Senators are currently making.