Run, Hillary, run -- for Senate

New Yorkers love their senator -- no matter what Arthur Finkelstein's meta-tags say -- but they don't want her to run for president.

Published May 5, 2005 11:56AM (EDT)

Memo to Arthur Finkelstein: It's going to take more than meta-tags to beat Hillary Clinton in 2006.

As we noted yesterday, Finkelstein is up with his anti-Hillary site, His first try at the site seemed to be an all-too-obvious copy-and-paste job from another Web campaign: It shared its design and some non sequitur meta-tags with the site of a self-described "Christian-Zionist organization" that aims to "encourage Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to stop the deportation of Jews in the Gaza Strip and the Shomron." Somebody fixed the meta-tags yesterday -- stophernow is now billed as "the largest organization that is dedicated to telling the TRUTH to the American people about Hillary Clinton" rather than as "7,600 independent Baptist churches in America, who are against the deportation of Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza and Northern Samaria."

It's a start, we suppose, but a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows just how far Finkelstein's crew has to go if it wants to derail Clinton's run for re-election: Clinton enjoys a two-to-one lead over each of her potential Republican challengers in the 2006 Senate race, and New Yorkers overwhelmingly (63-28) approve of her job performance.

That having been said, the poll offers some good news for Finkelstein and the hate-Hillary crowd, too. Clinton's approval rating is down two ticks from its all-time high in February. And while the poll suggests that it will be hard to stop Hillary now, Finkelstein can take some comfort in the odds that she'll be stopped later. New Yorkers are much more enthusiastic about Clinton as a candidate for the Senate than they are about Clinton as a candidate for the White House. Respondents said, by a two-to-one-margin, that Clinton should promise to serve a full six-year term if she runs for re-election to the Senate. And, by a margin of 51 to 41 percent, they say she shouldn't run for president.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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