With less than two weeks to go before New Hampshire votes, and less than four weeks before Maryland votes, polls suggest the formal Democratic candidates are not convincing citizens they are of presidential stature.
In New Hampshire, the latest daily tracking poll by the American Research Group shows Gov. Bill Clinton ahead of the weak field with 37 percent, with "undecided" second at 23. Nationally, according to a Los Angeles Times poll, "undecided" is just ahead of Governor Clinton, 34-31 percent. In Maryland, "undecided" is leading Governor Clinton by a whopping 48 percent to 24 percent, according to the Mason-Dixon poll.
After several weeks of intense campaigning, such a result is a vote of no-confidence in the campaigners. Is it any wonder a search for alternatives has begun, including a serious Draft Cuomo movement? Another polling organization in New Hampshire, the Sawyer-Miller Group, included Governor Cuomo on its latest ballot. He finished in a virtual first-place dead heat with Governor Clinton and former Sen. Paul Tsongas. This is not surprising. He was leading in New Hampshire polls till he announced he wouldn't run.