November 28, 2006


Giuliani, McCain, Obama rank highest with voters, poll finds (Associated Press, November 27, 2006)

The Quinnipiac University poll’s “thermometer reading,” taken the week after Nov. 7 election, asks voters to rate their feelings for 20 leaders on a scale of 0 to 100.

Giuliani, a Republican weighing a presidential bid in 2008, scored the highest at 64.2. Obama and McCain, who are also considering a 2008 campaign, finished next at 58.8 and 57.7.

Another possible Democratic contender, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, scored ninth of the 20 leaders with a score of 49. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who was roundly criticized before this month’s election for suggesting that students who don’t study could end up stuck in Iraq, came in last at 39.6.

The big advantage for Senators McCain and Clinton are that he's run a national campaign and she's been First Lady yet their numbers are still that high. Mr. Obama and the Mayor are ciphers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2006 10:18 AM

Obama's the Great White Hope.

Maverick has too much baggage, and the LA Times had his first hit piece.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 28, 2006 10:56 AM

As the poll demonstrates, not enough baggage to slow him.

Posted by: oj at November 28, 2006 11:00 AM

Obama's a perfect VP candidate for 2008. For the top slot, not so much. He would have been fine in 2004 (as Edwards would have been), when a cipher was exactly what the Dems should have put into the "Anybody But Bush" slot that Kerry had far, far too much baggage to fill.

The dream scenario for BO is to get picked as Hillary's running mate, then when she gets crushed, he can run as "Anybody But McCain" in '12. His biggest nightmare is to have Hillary realize she can't possibly beat McCain now and decide to wait until next time (and give some nonsense speech about how she wants to fulfill her duty to the people of NY). If she were to do so after he says he's in, that would pretty much leave BO as the nominee by default, and his subsequent crushing would end his WH hopes forever.

Posted by: b at November 28, 2006 1:45 PM

They're just getting started. Over the years, there have been so many rumors about McCain's POW years, by primary time the Dems will have a group in place ready and willing to swiftboat him. Then there's his personal life, his bad temper and on and on.

Giuliani may have a lot of negatives, but I don't think there are any surprises and after all these years of being in the media crosshairs, it's doubtful they could get him to lose his temper.

Posted by: erp at November 28, 2006 2:12 PM

erp: Let's not use that nonsensical neologism "swiftboat" please. There was absolutely nothing dishonest or unfair about the criticism of Kerry during the campaign. The MSM would have loved to be able to bury the stories of Kerry's Vietnam activities about which anyone associated with the military for the past 3+ decades was all too familiar, but their monopoly on the news has been shattered (although their power to drive an agenda still remains, unfortunately).

Posted by: b at November 28, 2006 3:27 PM

Mea culpa b.

You are absolutely right that the media has denigrated the term to mean the opposite of my meaning. The Swiftboat veterans were telling the truth about Kerry and were a real factor in his defeat and if there's anything to the rumors about McCain, some of his fellow Hanoi Hilton guests might come forward to tell their story with or without a little help from the media.

Posted by: erp at November 28, 2006 5:34 PM