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Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")
Moderate Voice ^ | 4/19/07

Posted on 04/19/2007 7:49:28 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside

Giuliani’s Lead Shrinks

By Michael van der Galien

Bad news for Rudy Giuliani: his lead in the polls is shrinking quite dramatically. The main cause seems to be… (growing) support for Fred Thompson - who still has to announce his candidacy. Where, in February, “44 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents preferred” him for the nomination, “that figure is [now] down to 33 percent.”

McCain, meanwhile, holds steady at 21 percent, Fred Thompson “ran third in this poll, with 9 percent, tying him with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.”

Romney, in other words, is rising in the polls. To be frank, I find it surprising that his numbers are still, relatively, low. Romney is a terrific CEO, became Republican Governor of a Blue state and handled himself well. He saved the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, which made him popular among quite some people (and gave him experience useful for a presidential candidate, to say the least).

Romney is, in my opinion, a good candidate. Better than most.

Support for him rising, and I am sure that it will continue to rise.

That being said, he has one major problem: 44% said they would definitely not vote for him.

44%.

Considering his resumé on the one hand, and the fact that most people don’t know much about him on the other, leads me to believe that these individuals have a problem with Romney… because of his faith. That, I have to say, is something I find quite appalling. He is a Mormon: so what?

McCain has a major problem as well in this regard: where he was first popular among Republican leaning independents and, yes, even among Democrats, that has now changed: 47 percent of those asked said that they would definitely not vote for him.

This means that McCain is now a more-polarizing figure than Hillary Clinton: 45% of Americans said that they would definitely not vote for her.

Talking about Hillary Clinton: as said, she still - easily - leads the pack in the polls. Her numbers remain the same: 37 percent (against 36% in February) of Democratic voters say they intend to vote for the former First Lady. Barack Obama is falling behind with 20% - down from 24%. Al Gore - who has not announced his candidacy yet - received the support of 17% of Democratic (leaning) voters. John Edwards is in fourth place with 14%.


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KEYWORDS: 2008; elections; fred; fredthompson; giuliani; rudy; runfredrun; stoprudy2008
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To: garv
CNN and Amer Res Group 4/10 had Rudy at 27, probably in reaction to the public funding of abortion revelations. Now that this is behind him, both Gallup and Fox have Rudy at 35 this week, evidence that the predicted erosion is not coming. If someone is going to beat Giuliani, he had better put forth something positive rather than counting on attacks.

Thompson's high water mark was LA Times 4/9 at 15. Today Fox News has him at 8.

41 posted on 04/19/2007 9:36:41 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: garv
On top of that, the polls, like yesterday's Gallup, continue to show Republicans are unsatisfied with the current candidates

This is total spin. If you are going to a restaurant and someone asks you if you'd like a bigger menu, are you going to say no? Who doesn't want more choices, in anything? It's a silly game being played by the MSM to try to gin up some controversy.

42 posted on 04/19/2007 9:39:27 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: massadvj
Put simply, I do not let my political ideology cloud my political judgment.

Nor do I. And my political judgement says that long-term it would be more damaging to the issues that are important to me to have those issues become irrelevant to both major US parties.

As far as strategy goes, here's how I see it playing out if Giuliani wins the nomination: a third party emerges on the right and siphons off enough votes to let the donks win. Have you noticed that despite Giuliani's baggage, the NY Times and its ilk have been holding their fire? I haven't seen stories such as "Leading Republican Candidate Has Shady Past" splashed from coast to coast detailing his more, er, unusual proposals such as seizing property from those acquitted of a crime, or collecting DNA from all newborns, or setting his mistress up with taxpayer-funded security from city detectives. Do you think they're just trying to play fair? Or could it be that they're keeping their powder dry until after he's nominated? If they feared Giuliani as a candidate, we'd be hit with wall-to-wall Giuliani scandal to rival the Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

43 posted on 04/19/2007 9:39:59 PM PDT by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
The vast majority of members in this forum are not buying that argument.

The vast majority of scientists believe in man-made global warming. That does not make them correct. And it certainly does not justify shutting down a minority view.

44 posted on 04/19/2007 9:47:07 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: massadvj
"Put simply, I do not let my political ideology cloud my political judgment."

Or, put simply, you do not have any core beliefs that you are not willing to compromise for the sake of winning a political race.

45 posted on 04/19/2007 9:51:54 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Maybe he can find a fat-free frozen yogurt scandal to hitch his wagon to?


46 posted on 04/19/2007 9:52:51 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Or, put simply, you do not have any core beliefs that you are not willing to compromise for the sake of winning a political race.

Amen.

47 posted on 04/19/2007 9:53:31 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: massadvj
The vast majority of scientists believe in man-made global warming.

Do you really believe that?

48 posted on 04/19/2007 9:54:04 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: ellery
I don't see any viable candidate running as a 3rd party candidate. Maybe Ron Paul. But certainly not Hunter or Thompson or anyone else with mainstream credibility. Rudy's Veep will be plenty conservative, as will his stable of supporters.

You cannot change the culture by changing politics. You can only change politics by changing the culture. The culture is not conservative anymore. Period. We can lament it until we are dinosaurs, but it is a fact. All of the data out there, including and especially the 2006 election results, say so.

I am a businessman. As such, I assume the macro environment is something I cannot change. I must operate within the parameters as I find them. Most professional politicians approach their occupation this way, which is why people like Specter and Schwarzenegger have longevity whereas Santorum and Allen did not.

In my heart, I wish it were not so. But it is. The sooner we all figure out how to come to grips with it, the better. If a conservative emerges who can demonstrably beat the Dims in the general, I will rethink it. But I am convinced that will not happen.

And I will support my party's nominee whoever it is, whether I think he can win or not.

49 posted on 04/19/2007 10:03:23 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: Graybeard58
Do you really believe that?

Well, I have a PhD myself in business, but I guess I wouldn't qualify as a scientist. But I have sat in numerous faculty lunchroom discussions with environmental science PhD's, geographers and the like. And I would say based on that, the majority seem to believe in man-made global warming, though they disagree on the severity, time line, effects, etc.

But whether they do or not, the point is that the majority is not always right, in court cases, democracy, or anything else. In fact, I dare say that in my business I thrive because I do not subject my decisions to committee, as many of my competitors do.

Within the framework of whatever is discussed, a minority view should be welcome. My credentials as a conservative are established, and I accept I am in the minority at FR. But that will not stop me from posting my observations.

50 posted on 04/19/2007 10:11:05 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: massadvj

“He will have milk and chocolate chip cookies waiting for you.”

No doubt baked and served by one of the queers he lived with.


51 posted on 04/19/2007 10:12:58 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Or, put simply, you do not have any core beliefs that you are not willing to compromise for the sake of winning a political race.

I did not say that. If this were true, I'd have supported Clinton over Dole. My purpose is simply to get back to the point that the most relevant discussions in politics are occurring within the Republican Party. Once that happens, you will find me vociferously opposed to anything anti-conservative Giuliani proposes, just as I have vociferously opposed much of GWB's agenda including Prescription Drugs for seniors, McCain-Feingold, Ted Kennedy's Education Bill, Harriet Miers, Amnesty for Illegals, and so forth.

None of these political skirmishes would have been relevant without power. Today we have no power and the relevant discussions are at DU. When to surrender, now or next year. Great. We have to get the power back, and Giuliani is the only vessel capable of getting us there.

52 posted on 04/19/2007 10:21:31 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

“If you spin, twist, gloss and lie enough you could make a conservative case for Howard Dean.”

Dean is a leftist nutball, however he is just to the right of Ghouliani.


53 posted on 04/19/2007 10:22:43 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U
No doubt baked and served by one of the queers he lived with.

Hopefully, the person with the, shall we say, alternative lifestyle, will be welcomed into the fold so that we can get to a majority. But we'll have the cookies tested for various communicable diseases just to be on the safe side.

54 posted on 04/19/2007 10:24:33 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: Mr. Brightside

He could make a handsome living modeling women’s clothes?


55 posted on 04/19/2007 10:26:36 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (If the Moon didn't exist, people would have traveled to Mars by now.)
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To: ellery

I think you nailed that one.Pretty obvious when one thinks about it.


56 posted on 04/19/2007 10:27:53 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: AmericanMade1776; bcbuster; Bluestateredman; cardinal4; carton253; cgk; CheyennePress; ...

Ping!


57 posted on 04/19/2007 10:29:48 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: massadvj

Rooty could have caviar, old whiskey and a thousand dollar hooker waiting for me and its still no sale. You nominate him, you elect him, end of story.


58 posted on 04/19/2007 11:04:32 PM PDT by Hatband
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To: massadvj; All
"The culture is not conservative anymore. Period. We can lament it until we are dinosaurs, but it is a fact. All of the data out there, including and especially the 2006 election results, say so."

Come-on, chief. The philosophy of conservatism hasn't dominated the political movement of this country for a long-time. To say we lost 2006 due to conservatism...haha. We lost primarily due to perceived corruption, Iraq, and scores of bad PR.

I could tell you right now had we not went in Iraq, kept our mouths shut a bit more, and threw-out a few bad apples before they turned moldy....ohh, and actually acted conservative *whatever that is!?*....we'd dominate the country! I have no doubt of that. Conservatism isn't the problem, it's the constant comprimising of ideals to 'praticality'. There has to be a boundary.

Ideally it's an even view among the two, but I tend to view our demise as a continual comprimise.
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59 posted on 04/19/2007 11:26:00 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (Fred Thompson)
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To: massadvj
I don't see any viable candidate running as a 3rd party candidate.

I didn't say it would be a viable third party candidate. I said it would be a third party candidate that would siphon off enough votes to throw the election to the donks. Given how close elections are these days, and how energized the dems are (i.e., less likely to vote third-party in '08 than we are), it wouldn't take a whole lot. And there are a LOT of social conservatives who will not vote for a pro-abortion candidate, and a LOT of libertarian conservatives who will not vote for an anti-Constitution authoritarian.

You cannot change the culture by changing politics. You can only change politics by changing the culture. The culture is not conservative anymore. Period. We can lament it until we are dinosaurs, but it is a fact. All of the data out there, including and especially the 2006 election results, say so.

First, I think most culture changes should happen via persuasion, not through government force. That said, I think your assessment is incorrect. Transient polls aside, we know from at least the past 15 years that our culture is very evenly divided. Elections may swing one way or another based on issues of the day (and I agree that many pubbies shot themselves and us in the feet over the past handful of years), but actual cultural change does not occur over the span of two or four years. It happens over generations. If 50% of American voters were culturally conservative enough to vote for W. in 2000; that has not fundamentally changed in six and a half years. People are certainly angry at republicans for their behavior (I know I am), but they're angry because Republicans departed from various conservative ideals, not because they fulfilled those ideals.

60 posted on 04/20/2007 12:00:30 AM PDT by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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