There's a new Quinnipiac poll out today showing the same old results in the 2016 presidential contest that isn't.
Clinton swamps her scattered non-opposition (Warren, Biden, Cuomo) with a 58 percent preference among Democratic primary voters. Only 15 percent are undecided, hence the primaries are not. So much for that side of this thrilling competition to come.
On the other side, virtually undifferentiated chaos reigns. All leading within the margin of error are Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan. Each of them pitiably registers between 8 and 11 percent of the Republican primary vote. (Only Marco Rubio falls below the cluster, at 6 percent. Mitt Romney was not polled.) Twenty percent are undecided.
So there's our entertainment--not the presidential contest itself, but the Republican primary scramble (assuming Romney decides to stay out, about which I have my doubts). In just a few short months the starting gun will blast and off will sprint a neo-isolationist in a hawkish sewer, two precariously unindicted governors, a Protestant Torquemada, a sleepwalker, a bomb-thrower and a witless wonk.
... all of whom Hillary leads by at least 7 points.
I'm conflicted. In a way, I'm rooting for Romney's re-entry, because nobody can befoul a presidential campaign like the extravagantly feckless former governor can. I rather miss his impromptu incompetence. Still, all the others show promise--see, again, paragraph four--excepting J. Bush, whose general thoughtfulness is woefully out of sync with Republican and U.S. entertainment demands.
For those entertainment dollars, the ideal alternative to Romney's fecklessness is of course Cruz's piercing offensiveness, but even the GOP primary base isn't that crazy. So Paul is looking pretty good--I'm shocked to find myself saying--and naturally Paul, in the entertainment arena, would get bonus points for swinging the Republican neocon base to the Democratic nominee.
But that would be OK, because it was never going to be a contest anyway.