May 4, 2007


Forceful McCain talks his way straight to top of field (DAVID YEPSEN, May 3, 2007, Des Moines Register)

John McCain was his old self in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate: Feisty, pointed and a straight-talker who wasn’t afraid to tell Republican activists things they didn’t want to hear.

It made him the big winner of the night.

Q-Poll: Giuliani Tumbles, Thompson Explodes, McCain Tastes Hope (Ryan Sager, 3 May 2007, NY Sun)
Quinnipiac polled 1,166 American voters between April 25 and May 1.

Compared to Quinnipiac's last national poll in February, Mr. Giuliani fell to 27% from 40% — a huge tumble. Mr. Romney barely budged, going to 8% from 7%. Mr. McCain also barely budged, going to 19% from 18%. And Mr. Thompson burst onto the scene, coming in at 14%, having not been included in the last poll (and, as usual, stealing third place from Mr. Romney, despite not having lifted a finger).

As the ship rights beneath him, Senator McCain would be better advised to blow off these dog and pony shows, which are not only starting far too early but put him on stage with the junior varsity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2007 7:48 AM

Good for you OJ, finding one of the few bloggers who feel McCain did well last night. General consensus seems to be that Romney did very well, Guiliani did horribly, and McCain did ok. Another general theme on McCain was that he came across as a cranky grandfather. Lesser candidates were good and bad but as minor characters they should leave the stage soon.

Posted by: AWW at May 4, 2007 8:06 AM

McEgo needs to avoid being seen in public from now until the election. Not aging well. By October 08 they'll be wheeling a coffin onstage and he'll emerge Grandpa Munster style.

He's almost old enough to play for the Red Sawx.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 4, 2007 8:22 AM

How typical. A newspaper reporter praises McCain for telling Rpublican activists what they don't want to hear. Typical for the reporter, typical for McCain.

Posted by: Lisa at May 4, 2007 8:30 AM

Liberals love it when Republicans are telling "Republican activists things they didn’t want to hear".

Yep that's the ticket. For instance I know I always get the best results from my wife when I wag my finger at her and give it to her straight. Tell her the way it will be. Clear the deck so to speak, so there won't be any confusion.

Posted by: h-man at May 4, 2007 8:36 AM

I heard him and his joined-at-the-hip dummy Graham yesterday on Medved.

No way.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 4, 2007 9:17 AM

Blogger? Yepsen is the leading presidentiual campaign reporter in America. From whatI've seen of the blogs though even the whacko Right is grudgingly admitting that McCain won and Rudy is toast.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 10:17 AM

"Senator McCain would be better advised to blow off these dog and pony shows"

Let's not mess around with skipping debates--if McCain were serious about eliminating money from politics, he'd be pushing to end the presidential primary process and go back to the selection of nominees by party members at conventions, so that there'd be no need to raise the necessary cash for 2 years of national campaigning.

Posted by: b at May 4, 2007 11:12 AM

Hissy Chrissy did his job well.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 4, 2007 11:54 AM

b - you're right. It's just another thing for which we have to thank the Kennedy mafia.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2007 11:58 AM

Didn't see the debate, but the Survey USA poll said Giuliani was the big winner. He got 30% with nobody else even close.

The fact that the right-wing blogosphere thought Rudy did badly makes me believe this poll is pretty accurate. Endless details are here:

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 4, 2007 12:01 PM

No one saw it, which is why viewer polls are insignificant. The audience is pundits and activists. McCain won the former, Giuliani lost the latter.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 12:23 PM

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, OJ. Over at NRO they are also spinning desperately against this poll. Only John Hood is willing to let a little reality into the fever swamp:

Rudy's the frontrunner by a mile and did nothing to hurt himself last night.

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 4, 2007 12:35 PM

National Review is the perfect example of the deranged Right being forced back to McCain by revelations of who Rudy actually is. He can't withstand exposure.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 1:25 PM

That may be the most deranged analysis I've seen, even from Orrin. Rudy has never had any support at NRO except Podhoretz. They've done everything they can to build up every possible alternative to Giuliani. Hey, for a while they were talking up Thompson as the second coming of Reagan.

Hasn't worked. Rudy's still way in front.

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 4, 2007 2:09 PM

Casey - it is being pointed out now that the SurveyUSA poll that showed Rudy clobbering everyone was of California voters only who polled 53% Dem, 45% GOP, and mostly pro-choice. In other words the poll is meaningless for a GOP primary.

Posted by: AWW at May 4, 2007 2:46 PM

Yes, no one actually supports Rudy, but the Right was desperate for an alternative to McCain. Now they're all crawling back after peering into the abyss that is the Mayor. Entirely predictable, but amusing nonetheless.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 2:46 PM

A poll of people who viewed that debate excludes all of normal Americans.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 2:53 PM

In fact, look who really won!:

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 5:10 PM

Dems really don't want to vote for Hillary so are searching high and low for an alternative. Similarly GOP realy don't want to vote for McCain so are searching high and low for an alternative. Unfortunately for McCain there are better alternatives on the GOP side.

Posted by: AWW at May 4, 2007 9:14 PM

Not running.

Posted by: oj at May 4, 2007 10:32 PM

The poll broke 45-30 Repub-Dem, and Rudy won big among pro-lifers and pro-choicers, and among conservatives. Keep spinning, guys. Rudy's winning, anyway.

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 5, 2007 7:26 AM

Except in IA, NH, and SC.

He's not going to run.

Posted by: oj at May 5, 2007 10:48 AM