January 20, 2006


John McCain Crushes Hillary Clinton in New Poll (NewsMax, 1/20/06)

Sen. John McCain trounces Hillary Clinton in the latest poll on the 2008 presidential race, which gives him a whopping 16-point advantage over the former first lady.

By a margin of 52 to 36 percent, voters preferred the Arizona Republican over Clinton in the Diageo/Hotline survey.

Even Republicans aren't a stupid enough party to not nominate him, especially given how much help such a landslide will offer down ticket.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2006 2:14 PM

Indeed. We mastered the complex "hold nose with one hand, pull lever with other" maneuver in '92.

Posted by: John Resnick at January 20, 2006 2:42 PM

McCain is sitting even prettier now with the Abrahamoff scandal than he was before. Which is a scary thing because he's his own unique kind of egomaniaac...

Posted by: b at January 20, 2006 3:05 PM

Can't nominate him if he doesn't run.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 20, 2006 3:33 PM

He'll run. Probably with ole Lindsey, but maybe Colin or Condi.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 20, 2006 5:17 PM

McCain is a creature of the media; he won't survive the primaries. Especially in the South.

George Allen on the other hand..

Posted by: Gideon at January 20, 2006 6:14 PM

couldn't get 10% in NH

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 6:17 PM

McCain will do very nicely, being rather more conservative than the media make him out to be. He will have to allay some apprehensions about guns and babies to get nominated. This he will do easily, and will be a stronger candidate than someone with a more right-wing image.

One piece of advice for him: whatever you do, never use the word, "kindler. gentler."

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 20, 2006 6:35 PM

George Allen isn't pro-life and he hasn't been acting like a leader. I would like to believe in him, but he's not giving me a lot of reasons.

2008 will be the most disappointing Republican field since 1988, 1992, and 1996.

Posted by: pj at January 20, 2006 6:38 PM

Disappointing? John McCain is more conservative than Reagan or Bush and the first nominee who'll be favored to win since Ike.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 6:45 PM

With Zell Miller as VP even I would vote for him.

Posted by: Genecis at January 20, 2006 8:17 PM

With Zell Miller on the ticket even I would vote for him.

Posted by: Genecis at January 20, 2006 8:18 PM

McCain is more conservative than Bush or Reagan? anti-tax cut, pro-Kyoto, anti-free speech, anti-certains parts of the WOT, so how do you figure that?

Posted by: aww at January 20, 2006 8:38 PM


Reagan signed the most permissive abortion bill in American historry, raised taxes several times, etc. And he and W ran huge deficits.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 10:16 PM

Running deficits is not anti-conservative, given the political context -- we have bigger fish to fry than spending cuts that don't change the structure of spending programs and therefore are soon reversed.

As President, you have to accept some bad things from Congress as you sign budgets and so forth. As a Senator, you're a free agent, able to lead as you wish. McCain didn't have to strip our free speech. McCain is not a conservative, he's his own man, and his interest is not advancing conservative principles but advancing his own power and reputation.

I may well vote for him, as you say, but it will be a least of evils vote.

Posted by: pj at January 21, 2006 10:40 AM

Of course it's anti-conservative, we're just radicals, not conservatives.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2006 10:58 AM

John R.:

Remember, only about 37.8% pulled that lever in 1992. It wasn't that the smell was bad, it was more that it was suddenly stale.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 21, 2006 11:31 AM

Most important paragraph in the story is the last, which says (accurately) that Rudy runs even better against Hillary than McCain. Either guy would beat her, but Rudy hasn't gone out of his way to p.o. GOP primary voters. That's why he'll win the primary and the general...easily.

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 21, 2006 2:29 PM

I'd vote for Rudy because he's not a madman nor a liar something that can't be said about that other fellow.

Posted by: erp at January 21, 2006 4:28 PM

He's pro-abortion and gays--he gets nothing in IA, does well in NH and then doesn't even finish top 3 in SC.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2006 4:34 PM

rudy's a notoriously egomaniac and a serial adulterer, which is lying, no?

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2006 4:39 PM

By the way, Orrin, when's the new date for Cheney's replacement? January 20, 2009?

Rudy will trounce McCain in the GOP primaries by getting to McCain's right on every issue, including abortion. (Since when does McCain have any kind of strong image as a pro-lifer, anyway?)

The basic problem is that McCain is stupid. He thinks the way to win the GOP primaries is to get the NY Times to say nice things about him. This is like trying to win the Dem primaries by cozying up to Fox News.

Rudy, on the other hand, is really, really smart. He'll do what Bush did in 2000 - trounce McCain by getting to his right on taxes, spending, abortion, everything. McCain is so dumb he won't react in time, and he'll lose to Rudy just as he did to Bush.

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 21, 2006 6:30 PM


The date is the same as it's always been, in time for W's choice of successors to run as an incumbent.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2006 7:24 PM