The Gingrich Will Not Steal Christmas

After months of on-again, off-again speculation, and just before what was billed as a major fund raising effort, Newt has (wisely) pulled the plug on his presidential bid: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) decided Saturday morning not to run for president just as his staff was preparing to launch a website to seek $30 [...]

New AP/Ipsos Poll: Thompson Cutting Into Rudy’s Lead

It’s still Rudy in front, but Thompson has cut his lead down in the latest 2008 poll. Indeed, Thompson has also cut into McCain and Gingrich, but it’s Rudy who has lost the most ground. Thompson is running a strong third in this one, with 17% support, behind Rudy’s 27 and McCain’s 19. The question [...]

New Poll, Same Results

When the smoke clears from all the Fred Thompson hype and the anti-Rudy backlash over his position on abortion, it’s a tiny bit surprising to see that Giuliani is still the Republican front runner by a large margin. Rudy has 32 percent support in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, compared to 19 for McCain, [...]

Gallup: Hillary Surging, Rudy Holds Steady

Some news sure to calm the nerves of Rudy supporters who haven’t had much to cheer about over the last couple of weeks, and further confirmation that Hillary is widening her lead over Obama, comes from Gallup today: A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Hillary Clinton solidifying her lead over Barack Obama and the rest [...]

CNN Poll: Surge For McCain?

Hard to believe the results of this poll, as it seems to be an outlier from all the others, but nevertheless, the latest from CNN/Opinion Dynamics shows Rudy with a mere three-point lead over McCain, 27-24, with Fred Thompson at 11 and Romney at 10.  Thompson’s possible entry seems to have marginalized Gingrich to some [...]

Parsing The Gallup Poll – The Republicans

Okay, what morsels can we dig out of the latest polling data for the elephants? Rudy is at 38%, McCain at 16%, Gingrich and Thompson at 10%, and Romney at 6%. First off, and quite obviously, McCain is in deep trouble, as is well known and acknowledged even by the Senator and his campaign staff. [...]

No Newts

A new Zogby poll asks responsdents which candidate would NEVER get their votes, and the dubious honor for #1 goes to Newt: With the actual voting still a long way into the future, more than half of the American electorate has already made up its mind about who they won’t be casting ballots for in [...]

Rudy And The Republican Purity Test

Roger Simon looks at the conventional wisdom surrounding Rudy’s candidacy and sounds like he’s trying out for a guest-blogger spot here (oh, he should be so lucky!): We wise heads in the Washington press corps have pretty much decided that Rudy Giuliani is leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination because of ignorance. [...]

I Don’t Believe You – Or You, Either

Robert Novak says Bill Richardson’s star is rising: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is viewed by Democratic insiders as rising to the top of the party’s second-tier presidential candidates, becoming a leading vice-presidential prospect and an increasingly possible nominee for president. Richardson’s past service as a member of Congress, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations [...]

TIME Poll: Rudy By 14

Read all about it: According to the new TIME poll, Giuliani now leads his closest rival for the Republican nomination, Senator John McCain of Arizona, by 14 points (38% to 24%) among registered Republicans and those who are leaning toward the G.O.P. In January, a TIME poll showed McCain ahead by 4 points — a [...]

WaPo/ABC: Rudy Up – BIG

Whoa, now THIS is a lead: In the Republican race, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who recently made clear his intentions to seek the presidency, has expanded his lead over Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Giuliani holds a 2 to 1 advantage over McCain among Republicans, according to the poll, more than tripling [...]

Hillary Still Has Some Work Left To Do

Iowa is not enamored of the frontrunner, according to the latest Strategic Visions poll: John Edwards 25% Barack Obama 17% Tom Vilsack 16% Hillary Clinton 15% Wow, Vilsack running ahead? That’s lame…but guess who is leading the Republicans? Yep, you knew it already: Rudy Giuliani 25% John McCain 21% Newt Gingrich 13% Mitt Romney 8% Gingrich [...]

Clinton Widens Lead Over Obama…

…while Rudy Giuliani remains the public favorite for the GOP: On the day that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton officially entered the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey shows her with a wide lead over her potential Democratic rivals. Clinton took 41 percent in a hypothetical primary field against 12 other Democrats, far ahead of [...]

How Do We Love Thee, Rudy G.? Let Us Count The Ways…

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows – guess who – Rudy G. leading the way among Republican candidates.  At some point, the Rudy G. naysayers are going to have to start paying attention, because there are very few polls he hasn’t led in, and John McCain is not a nobody – i.e., it’s not [...]

A Quick 2008 Snapshot

It’s clear to me that my old candidate profiles and odds are no longer operative, given the recent activity in the 2008 race.  We’ve had some declare, some withdraw, and the odds have shifted.  From where I sit, the quick view is this. Two candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, hold the keys to this election.  [...]

Gingrich’s Eleven Tests For The Iraq Study Group

I’m going to focus on three, and leave it up to you to read the rest.  The three I’m highlighting deal with the increasingly troubling idea that we will ask for Iran and Syria’s help in dealing with Iraq: (8) Any proposal to ask Iran and Syria to help is a sign of defeat. Does [...]

More Evidence That The Country Is In A Centrist Mood

Some very interesting results from a post-election poll by Newsweek: Just about everyone believes the Republicans lost the 2006 midterms more than the Democrats won it. Presented with a list of factors that may have contributed to the Democrats’ success, 85 percent of Americans said the “major reason” was disapproval of the administration’s handling of [...]

Gingrich: Learn From Lincoln

Always a wise policy, that: Five years have passed since the horrific attack on our American homeland, and, still, there is one serious, undeniable fact we have yet to confront: We are, today, not where we wanted to be and nowhere near where we need to be. In April of 1861, in response to the [...]

They’re So European

William Kristol on the Democrats and Israel: Last week, in a national poll, the Los Angeles Times asked the following (tendentious) question: “As you may know, Israel has responded to rocket attacks from the Lebanese group Hezbollah by bombing Beirut and other cities in Lebanon. Do you think Israel’s actions are justified or not justified?” [...]

Hawkish Hillary Solid On Israel

Tom Bevan, he of RealClearPolitics fame, notes the difference (or rather the surprising lack thereof) between Newt Gingrich and HRC on Israel: At a rally in support of Israel in New York City on Monday afternoon, Sen. Hillary Clinton asked the crowd: “Imagine if extremist terrorists were launching rockets across the Mexican or Canadian borders. [...]