November 18, 2004

WHAT ABOUT HALLIBURTON?:

11/18/04 FOX Poll: Iraq Top Priority For Second Term (Dana Blanton, 11/18/04, Fox News)

President Bush’s overall job approval rating is up six points since polling conducted just prior to Election Day and currently stands at 53 percent approve and 40 percent disapprove. Vice President Dick Cheney receives somewhat similar ratings: 50 percent approve and 38 percent disapprove. [...]

[National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice has a solidly positive job rating: 57 percent approve and 24 percent disapprove of her job performance as national security advisor. Likewise, 54 percent think Rice will make a good secretary of state, while 27 percent disagree.

As is the case with other administration officials, Rice received her highest approval rating, 61 percent, in the aftermath of 9/11. Her lowest marks came earlier this year (47 percent approve, April 2004) — around the time Rice gave testimony before the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks.

Attorney General John Ashcroft also announced his resignation in the days following Bush’s reelection. Nearly half of voters (49 percent) approve of the job Ashcroft has done, 29 percent disapprove and more than one in five (22 percent) are unsure. [...]

A 59 percent majority of voters say they are either very (39 percent) or somewhat (20 percent) comfortable with President Bush nominating the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

Looking Ahead to 2008

For fun, voters were asked to look ahead and consider some hypothetical matchups for the 2008 race for the White House. The candidates included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Arizona Sen. John McCain, North Carolina Sen., Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards and Massachusetts Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Here are the highlights:


The poll shows both how foolish it was for Democrats to run a campaign on the assumption that all America hates Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft as much as they do and that if John McCain wants it enough to repair relations with the Right he's our next president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2004 6:38 PM
Comments

Those polls probably explain why Hillary is being more quiet about a 2008 bid than her cult of followers would like. If she does run, I just hope National Review doesn't blow it again by begging the Dems to nominate her.

Posted by: Timothy at November 18, 2004 7:14 PM

McCain/Rice in '08? I, for one, don't think that'd be too shabby.

Posted by: H. Ratliff at November 18, 2004 7:39 PM

H. Ratliff:

McCain/Giuliani.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at November 18, 2004 8:56 PM

Let's see. McCain-Ambivelent on abortion at best.
Giuliani-Proabortion. Look beyond the usual suspects neither one of these two will pass muster with the conservative wing of the GOP.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at November 18, 2004 9:21 PM

I like McCain/Rice. So there.

Posted by: H. Ratliff at November 18, 2004 9:37 PM

McCain consistently recieves zeros from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. So, while he's not a bright and shining star of the pro-life movement, he'd probably be the second best President the pro-life movement has ever had.

Posted by: Timothy at November 18, 2004 11:41 PM

McCain has his pluses and minuses... his age and health will probably keep him from running again. But, if the nomination goes to the man whose turn it is, then that man is McCain.

Giuliani certainly has the right kind of executive experience. If Bush can get his judicial appointments through the Senate, Giuliani may be able to finesse his stance on abortion. If the Democrats block pro-life judges, then nominating another pro-life candidate will be essential.

(Forget Pataki, he is always the guy pictured standing behind Giuliani, nodding in agreement.)

I don't think Rice is interested in electoral politics. She could have been appointed to the Senate by Pete Wilson back in 1991. Instead Wilson picked some no-name.

Bush is setting a pretty high standard for any potential candidate to meet. Perhaps he should Cheney to head a presidential selection task force? Maybe not exactly pick an individual, but to weed out the weaker aspirants, so the primary voters can focus on 2 or 3 strong possibities?

Posted by: J Baustian at November 19, 2004 3:30 AM

Weeding out weaker aspirants is what primaries are for.

If McCain gets the nomination, he's going to have to nominate a conservative close to the evangelicals as his VP, unifying the party. A Southerner or a Border Stater like Jim Talent would be a good choice.

Timothy, Hillary was a terrible candidate and had Giuliani not had prostate cancer and been bushwacked by his psychotic bitch wife and her enablers in the MSM, she would have been smashed 2-1. When Giuliani had to step down, they brought in Rick Lazio, who made Dan Quayle look like Albert Einstein, hired the utterly incompetent Michael Murphy to run his campaign, proceded to ignore Upstate, pulled childish stunts, and wasted almost $2000 of my money. I guess he's back working in his daddy's auto parts store in Long Island.

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 6:25 AM

Weeding out weaker aspirants is what primaries are for.

If McCain gets the nomination, he's going to have to nominate a conservative close to the evangelicals as his VP, unifying the party. A Southerner or a Border Stater like Jim Talent would be a good choice.

Timothy, Hillary was a terrible candidate and had Giuliani not had prostate cancer and been bushwacked by his psychotic bitch wife and her enablers in the MSM, she would have been smashed 2-1. When Giuliani had to step down, they brought in Rick Lazio, who made Dan Quayle look like Albert Einstein, hired the utterly incompetent Michael Murphy to run his campaign, proceded to ignore Upstate, pulled childish stunts, and wasted almost $2000 of my money. I guess he's back working in his daddy's auto parts store in Long Island.

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 6:25 AM

Rice/McCain

Rice/Guliani

Rice/Jindal(!)

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 19, 2004 6:29 AM

McCain & Jeb with Jeb taking over in '12.

Posted by: oj at November 19, 2004 8:32 AM

Close. McCain/Giuliani with Rudy taking over in '12 (after a thorough conservative laundering). The religious right may not make those guys their first choice, but just mention "President Hillary", and they'll get to the polls.

Posted by: AC at November 19, 2004 11:25 AM

Jeb\Romney

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 19, 2004 12:36 PM
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