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Posted by on Dec 11, 2006 in At TMV | 12 comments

The GOP and Giuliani


Is he America’s next President?
Ed Morrissey has quite an interesting post up: GOP Bloggers has their monthly Presidential Straw Poll running again, square in the middle of voting season here on the blogs. Once again, blog readers can cast their votes from their favorite blogs in order to allow analysis from each blog about their readers’ choices. It looks like the latest entrants into the race have been added this time:

2008 GOP Primary Straw Poll

Which candidates would you accept as the 2008 GOP nominee and which would you find unacceptable, and who is your first choice?
(Make sure to pick BOTH who you find acceptable and who is your first choice.)

The results, regarding the choice of Ed’s readers, so far?

1306 ballots cast from captainsquartersblog.com (View Blogosphere-wide Results)

First Choice:
Giuliani 430 32.9%
Gingrich 322 24.7%
Romney 282 21.6%

And in general?

4468 ballots cast

First Choice:
Gingrich 1302 29.1%
Giuliani 1069 23.9%
Romney 893 20%

[candidate acceptability, Giuliani third (2767), right behind Romney (3021) and Gingrich (2980)

Obviously, one has to be very careful to conclude anything serious from this… nonetheless: quite some people argue that it’s close to impossible for Giuliani to win the nomination of the Republican party in 08. If we are willing to interpret these polls as a sign, life doesn’t seem all that bad for Giuliani and his supporters.

As should be obvious by now to everyone who reads TMV on a regular basis, I am one of the more conservative co-bloggers here. However, I am not a social conservative. Economically yes, foreign policy yes, socially no. In other words, I have a lot of sympathy for Giuliani and what he stands for. McCain is, in my opinion, drifting too far to the right nowadays… so, if I were American, I would seriously consider voting for and actively supporting Giuliani. He’s as moderate as Republicans come these days. He will be able to unite America, he will most likely be better at diplomacy than certain other potential candidates and he will not limit certain basic freedoms and he will not persue legislation that might hurt the economy, etc. All in all, not a bad choice.

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  • Pyst

    Looks like a mental evaluation is needed for about 25% of the people polled. Gingrich polling that high? LMAO

  • Paul in Austin

    On the staff of Giuliani is John Avlon the Author of “Independent Nation”

    I would be comfortable with Giuliani or Romney as president. I think their instincts are more pragmatic than ideological.

    I enjoy the organization of Newt’s thinking. I would be comfortable with him as VP.

  • Kevin H

    I think Gingrich would do for the left something like what Hillary would do for the right. The name just plucks a nerve more than any policy either of them support.

  • Kim Ritter

    I agree with Kevin H. Gingrich is a polarizing figure, who already believes we are in the middle of WWIII. His nomination would ensure a high Democratic turnout, and turn off even more moderates to the GOP. Gingrich against Clinton would get even uglier than Bush against Kerry.

  • GreenDreams

    “Rudy Giuliani. Hero. 9/11. Time person of the year. Member of the comb over club.

    But also a member of the New York, divorced, pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-stem cell research, gay-friendly wing of the Republican Party.

    I’m sorry, did I say wing? I meant room.
    Did I say room? I meant corner.
    Did I say corner? I meant table… for one.�

    Jon Stewart

  • People who are voting for Giuliani in straw polls apparently are then packing their pipes with the stuff and smoking it.

    The Giuliani honeymoon will last only as long as the lack of intense media scrutiny lasts.

    Given the state of the Republican Party, I find it unbelievable that a divorced, philandering, crook coddling (ie., Bernard Keric) New Yorker with an anger management problem and history of saying stoopid things is going to pass muster. When all is said and done, the GOP’s “big tent” is much too small for Giuliani.

  • Krous

    Prediction: The next President will be a Democrat.

  • Kim Ritter

    I find it interesting that Giuliani’s personal history is raising so many questions, but Newt’s is being ignored. He also was married three times, and had to resign from the House due to ethics problems. Would that be the candidate the Republicans would want to run in ’08? Imo, the GOP’s only chance is to run McCain.

  • Kim:

    If there is a difference between the Newtster and Rudy, it is that Gingrich’s dirty linen has been thoroughly aired.

  • Gwen

    I’d pretty much bet the bank that the darlings of the left blogosphere and the right blogosphere won’t make it past the primaries – that means people like Guliani and Gingrich on the right and folks like Clark and Edwards on the left. As passionate as online political bloggers and commenters are, we rarely get these things right, especially this far out.

  • Nick

    Shaun: As far as I can tell, Rudy’s dirty laundry was fully aired, at least as much as Gingrich’s. (Maybe only locally; I lived in the NYC area while he was mayor and contemplating a senate run.) September 11th seemingly had the effect of wiping the slate clean for him, and giving him a positive legacy that completely overwhelmed the assorted personal indiscretions.

  • Kim Ritter

    Shaun- I just can’t see that that story of Newt handing his wife divorce papers to sign, while she lay in her hospital bed with cancer, is going to go over too well with female voters, LOL! Also, he was having an affair right about the time he was leading the moral inquisition on Bill Clinton for HIS affair. I think I’d rather take my chances on Rudi.

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