“I Didn’t Like Hillary Clinton”

Always count on Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to speak slightly too candidly. In a conference call just now, he responded to a question about Hillary Clinton’s unfavorability rating, which hovers around 43 percent : “When this started a year ago, I didn’t like Hillary Clinton.”

Rendell went on to speculate that by fall, Clinton’s unfavorables “will be down 8, 10, 12, 14 percent.” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who was also in on the call, agreed, “As people get to know you and know what you’re about, a lot of that stuff goes off to the side.”

Who knows, maybe they’re right. But if eight years as first lady, six years as a U.S. senator, and more than a year on the campaign trail haven’t given people a chance to “get to know” Clinton, why should the next eight months be different?