A national poll conducted for TIME on Oct. 9 and 10 found that if Clinton were the Democratic nominee for President in 2012, she would best Mitt Romney 55% to 38%, Rick Perry 58% to 32% and Herman Cain 56% to 34% among likely voters in a general election. The same poll found that President Obama would edge Romney by just 46% to 43%, Perry by 50% to 38% and Cain by 49% to 37% among likely voters.This speaks well of the new image that Clinton has created for herself after her years as First Lady, when she was seen as a polarizing figure.
Not so much for Obama.
But, of course, I've heard Clinton say multiple times in interviews that she is not interested in running for any political office once this term is up.
And I certainly cannot see her challenging Obama for the 2012 Dem ticket. (She's too classy for that.)
But is there a lesson that Obama can learn from this?