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The CBS News Poll

According to a new CBS News poll, Rudy Giuliani has widened his lead over the Republican field. The former New York Mayor leads with 38% of the vote. His nearest rival, Fred Thompson, dropped from 25% in the previous poll to 18% in this one.

What will be especially good news to supporters of Giuliani is contained in the following excerpt:

"Giuliani, defying conventional wisdom, continues to show strength among groups not expected to be favorable towards his candidacy. He leads the field among conservatives, those who live in the South and West, evangelical Christians, and voters who think that a candidate's personal life should be a factor in deciding whom to support."

It is worth pointing out that there seems to be a move in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina to possibly move up their primaries. As it stands right now, Iowa could holds its caucues the first week of January. With Christmas and New Year's the week preceding that, it is looking better and better for Giuliani.


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Hell, why don't we allow th... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Hell, why don't we allow them to move their primaries up to one year before the main election? That way the candidates will have a FULL YEAR to get everyone so damn sick of their faces that alternative candidates would have a real shot.

Just think of it - a full year for proctologically invasive investigative coverage of their entire career (up to and including that time they went into the wrong restroom when they were in grade school!) - a full year for the media to sieze any gaffs or misstatements and blow them up into massive scandal, a full year for the candidates themselves to try to win our votes through extravagant promises and grandiose pronouncements of what they'll do when they get elected...

God. I can hardly wait for the 24/7/365 coverage to begin. :(

Let's face it folks, what m... (Below threshold)

Let's face it folks, what matters most is national defense, and people know that Rudy burns to destroy the islamo-facists. Also, whether consciosly or not, people also realize that the same kind of judge that will disallow the "al kkkeda bill of rights", the kind of judge that Rudy will most certainly choose, will also be most likely to reject the concept of "abortion rights" through panundrums or otherwise. Add to that the fact that he has "lived a little", but isn't so proud of it and doesn't show an inclination to continue carrying on, like one Bill Clinton, and you have a man for all of the people. Sorry Fred-heads, but you was dead before he got out the shed. Rudy is our only sane hope at the WH in 2008.

Politico's Mike Allen told ... (Below threshold)

Politico's Mike Allen told Hewitt today that his sources in Fred's campaign anticipate a slower pace - two events and one fundraiser per day, mirroring Bush in 2000.

Of course, that was after Bush had virtually clinched the nomination. If that's all Fred can do, he lacks the "fire in the belly" for a real campaign, leaving it between Rudy and Mitt (as Hewitt has said for nearly a year).

> With Christmas and New Ye... (Below threshold)
89:

> With Christmas and New Year's the week preceding that, it is looking better and better for Giuliani.

Yes, because Rudy is a red-nose reindeer or something? I don't get it.

The people who don't expect... (Below threshold)

The people who don't expect Rudy Giuliani to do well with conservatives and evangelical christians are people who are neither conservative nor evangelical christian but figure they understand all about how "those people" think.

They don't.

I'm fine with Rudy. I real... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I'm fine with Rudy. I really, really like Thompson, but I also want to win.

My daughter's future depends on the next election going well. A Prez Clinton is not going to help her. A Prez Rudy will.

"If CBS's polls are so good... (Below threshold)

"If CBS's polls are so good, why didn't sHillary win?"

JLawson:(up to... (Below threshold)
marc:

JLawson:

(up to and including that time they went into the wrong restroom when they were in grade school!)

You shouldn't say such terrible things about Edwards, he was just looking for the hair dryer normally supplied in female bathrooms.

"Shame" on you!

I'm terribly sorry 89. I t... (Below threshold)
Alexander K. McClure:

I'm terribly sorry 89. I thought it was just a name, not your iq. I'll remember that and will state the obvious next time.

I'm referring to the fact that the campaigning will largely cease by mid-December, 4 months away.

Rudy!Rudy!Rudy!... (Below threshold)
madawaskan Author Profile Page:

Rudy!Rudy!Rudy!

CBS can run a poll? I only ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

CBS can run a poll? I only remember Blather Rather and Ape Mapes connection with this brain dead network. Now we have Blank Brain Plante. If it says CBS, ignore it.

Yes, If that's all Fred can... (Below threshold)
Wire:

Yes, If that's all Fred can do, he lacks the "fire in the belly" for a real campaign, leaving it between Rudy and Mitt (as Hewitt has said for nearly a year).

If Guliani is the candidate... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

If Guliani is the candidate, the evangelicals will still vote for him because of his strong stand on national security. Also, Hillary being on the democratic ballot will also drive the Christians to the polls. She is the gift that keeps on giving. ww

Here's a free hint: Just be... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Here's a free hint: Just because someone say's something, in this case Hugh Hewitt, doesn't make it so. Its merely an opinion and should be treated as such. Until Fred! gets into the race and starts campaining all *anyone* can do is assume what Fred! is going to do.

I don't care what any poll say's over a year out from the general election, much less one from See Bu** Sh**, a biased source for information.

Wait'll Snappy Headed Doh u... (Below threshold)
kim:

Wait'll Snappy Headed Doh unloads on NBC and CBS, one barrel for each.
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Seems strange that the cBS ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Seems strange that the cBS news would come up in favor of a republican but maybe its becuase he might be a liberal

Giuliani is the most likely... (Below threshold)

Giuliani is the most likely to grab the GOP nomination, however substantial problems exist for him to win the general election in 2008. Many pro-life voters may bolt the party and support a third party candidate running on a pro-life platform. And while Giuliani takes credit as a terrorism fighter, the honest truth is that he failed to prevent two terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during his term as Mayor and only responded to the incidents after they already happened. In a heated general election this 0 for 2 failure record to prevent 2 terrorists attacks while claiming to be a major terrorist fighter may become a major issue and seriously rock the reputation of Giuliani.

The best thing going for Giuliani is that his opponent will be Hillary Clinton, so his character problems and her character problems will become something of a wash, at least taking that off the table as an issue, with neither having an advantage on that issue. The public has elected character challenged persons before, look at Richard Nixon for example. Many people accepted that he was shifty and liar, but felt that he was competant enough to do the job. This gives both Giuliani and Clinton real hope.

If Thompson really wanted it, then he needed to organize long before now and participate in the debates and the Iowa straw vote. An entry after Labor Day may well be too late to have any real chance. Further, Thompson's fundraising has been dismal so far according to FEC filings, largely from some close friends in Tennessee and other supporters in the South, with little national support of any type so far registered. This suggests that Thompson may only have some regional appeal in the South and may not be a true national candidate able to attract delegates and win primaries nationwide.

Hooson just wrote a serious... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Hooson just wrote a serious contender for the stupidest remark I've seen this week:

And while Giuliani takes credit as a terrorism fighter, the honest truth is that he failed to prevent two terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during his term as Mayor and only responded to the incidents after they already happened.

Giuliani, the Mayor of New York failed to stop a terrorist attack that started with hijackings of aircraft from Boston and other airports. As for the first WTC bombing, Hooson needs to learn to use a calendar.

The mind boggles at the sheer brazenness of this bizarre comment. Please point me at dumber comments for comparison - but of course Barney's comments don't count.

Don't knock ol' Hoopspoon S... (Below threshold)

Don't knock ol' Hoopspoon SPQR, he's a head of the faculty at Havud, or was that Pranceton ?




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