In case you haven't noticed, there's a new Clinton Rule now in effect: the weakest area of Hillary's polling will automatically become the most crucial and newsworthy aspect in any news coverage.
She's crushing the Democratic competition nationally and in Iowa? Who cares.
She's leading all Republicans nationally? Boring.
She's even leading the Floridians in Florida? Next.
Nope, here's all that matters right now: the "scandals" over email and her family charity have caused her "honest and trustworthy" numbers to go into negative territory in recent polling. But while this certainly isn't at all desirable and should be addressed soon, it doesn't actually seem to be changing very many votes.
Some people in the know have a good idea about why.
Democrats and Clinton supporters believe that empathy will matter a lot more in the long run, arguing that her low scores on honesty are a reflection of her new status as a partisan political figure.
“People are looking first and foremost for someone who will look out for them, fight for them, and get things done for them,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster who worked on Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
When asked recently about Clinton’s trustworthiness, campaign manager Robby Mook said it’s still early in the election cycle.
“We are just now launching the campaign in earnest and the key question in this campaign as it relates to trust is, who can everyday Americans trust to go to bat for them.” He continued: “I am absolutely confident when she lays out her case it will be very clear to people that she will be that champion to stand up for them every single day.”Something else to keep in mind is that her opponents haven't had nearly the amount of scrutiny and sometimes laughably negative coverage as she's had so far in this race. Indeed, if the misleading NYT series on 'Emailgate' and the general Clinton Cash fiasco are any indication, the press is clearly her biggest adversary. So of course they're going to jump on any indication that their negative stories are having some effect...making the "she's not honest and trustworthy" narrative louder and louder in a feedback loop of their own design.
Yet, despite all that...she still leads. And her campaign has barely even begun to fight.
Do you really think Hillary would like to switch the numbers around so she could be in positive "trustworthiness" territory while also losing to every single Republican in Florida?
I really don't think so.