Yup. It didn’t take long for mainstream political journalists to misread the new poll on Rubio/Bush/Walker vs. Clinton.
Clinton is currently running ahead of all her likely Republican opponents, according to RealClearPolitics, but not by much: 4.2 points ahead of Marco Rubio; 5.2 points over Jeb Bush; and 6.8 points over Scott Walker.
These are not impressive numbers for a candidate with universal name recognition against candidates who are much less widely known.
— Can Hillary Clinton Be a Woman of the People?, Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times, today
Might the reason that Rubio, Bush and Walker poll as well as they do be precisely that they—and the policies they espouse—are not widely known?
Edsall’s comment is the second one along those lines that I read this morning. And counting, I’m sure.