Carol Platt Liebau: Warning Sign for McCain

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Warning Sign for McCain

A recent Gallup poll, reported on here, has some rather disturbing news for Senator McCain.

Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain typically vie for the lead in Republican preference polls, but a greater percentage of Republicans say they would find Giuliani acceptable than say this about McCain (73% to 55%).

Given that by almost any measure (abortion, gun rights, gay marriage) John McCain is far more conservative than Rudy Giuliani, this figure would suggest that voters are objecting to something personally about John McCain. And that's got to be troubling, because when voters object to a politician's positions, he may be able to "tweak" them (as we may yet see Giuliani do). But if they object to someone personally, that's a lot more difficult to fix.

Note that other potential Republican nominees likewise have even higher "unacceptable" rates, but as the article points out, this is because people don't know them (except, sadly, for Newt Gingrich, a brilliant guy who was raked over the coals by the press during his time in power). But everybody knows Giuliani and McCain.


Blogger wile e coyote said...

What's so great about McCain n the first place?

8:33 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Mark my words, George Allen
will be the next president!

8:53 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

George Allen is going to lose his senate race and that will be the end of him.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...


10:46 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

Yeap, little confederate flag hugging George lost his 20 point lead in a month and a half.

11:59 PM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Carol - The problem with Newt is not his ideas. To be blunt, he has a bad grasp of the human condition. He does not understand when something is funny or not (that I have seen), and he does not appear humble nearly as often as he should.

He would be an excellent analyst at a think-tank. But as one to rise up and inspire a nation, he falls flat. And I'm a Republican!

6:27 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

HouseOfSin, McCain is a RINO!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Given the Republican candidates, it looks like they'll throw the 08 election, so they can blame Democrats for trying to clean up Bush's mess.

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Ayatollah said...

George Allen will roll over that little turn-coat Jim Webb, a man so unusually strong on the homosexual agenda that he gives the impression he might have a weekend condo on Christopher Street.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Again, George Allen WILL
be our next president! Don't you just love my confidence!

10:30 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...


Jiminy Cricket has a gift for you at:

11:06 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

JillMartin, I thought you didn't like us anymore. Didn't you say,"There is nothing to learn from this group of morons?"

1:16 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

Here is our next Republican president

7:48 PM  
Blogger Roy Lofquist said...

I lived in Arizona for many years. McCain married into the liquor fortune there. There are many dark stories (the murder of a newspaper columnist, Don Bolles, is but one), that have led me to be wary of McCain. Arizona, like most states, has an aristocracy that has enormous influence. This is not a value judgement. It is an observation. On the whole, as one who voted for Barry Morris Goldwater, I just don't think that McCain would be a good president. On the other hand Jon Kyl, the other Arizona Senator, would.

8:14 PM  

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