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> GOP Holds First Straw Poll For 2008, Too early to tell?
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post Mar 12 2006, 09:06 AM
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Maybe this isn't particularly meaningful, but it may be of some interest.

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The climax of a three-day gathering of Republican activists from 37 states came Saturday evening in Memphis as Frist won an early test of strength for 2008 GOP presidential contenders.

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The shocker of the evening was that Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney placed second, besting far better-known rivals Arizona Sen. John McCain and Virginia Sen. George Allen. Romney finished with 14 percent of the vote.


Third place was shared by Allen and President Bush, each of whom won 10.3 percent of the ballots cast. Bush, who of course is not eligible to run again for president, was the write-in candidate that McCain was pushing through the weekend.


Some questions for debate:

1. How much, if anything, does this "beauty contest" mean for the 2008 elections?

2. Is Frist the "heir apparent" to the 2008 GOP Presidential race?

3. Is Romney a rising star to watch?

4. What was McCain's reason for promoting writing in the President's name as a symbolic gesture? Will he benefit from this "show of loyalty"?


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post Mar 12 2006, 04:27 PM
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John McCain (D, AZ) wink.gif is a media hound, and he seems to have adopted the media's view of the situation. He probably thinks that the constant media references to Bush's job approval numbers indicates that Bush will be on the '08 ballot. The antique media is acting that way, as are most Democrat leaders. Just more party affiliation confusion from Senator McCain.
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post Mar 12 2006, 04:48 PM
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QUOTE(BornInZion @ Mar 12 2006, 11:27 AM)
John McCain (D, AZ) wink.gif  is a media hound, and he seems to have adopted the media's view of the situation. He probably thinks that the constant media references to Bush's job approval numbers indicates that Bush will be on the '08 ballot. The antique media is acting that way, as are most Democrat leaders. Just more party affiliation confusion from Senator McCain.
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What a hodge podge of candidates!

Frist wins as a right-wing-christian fanatic, Mitt wins 2nd as a near-liberal, conservative, Maassachussetts governor.

I think it isn't relevant for the election but shows that the Republicans are really 2 parties in one. If we actually had true democracy in this country and not tyranny of two parties, these two candidates would face each other in the general election.
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post Mar 20 2006, 03:20 PM
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1. How much, if anything, does this "beauty contest" mean for the 2008 elections?
I am not quite sure what you mean by "beauty contest" however there is data that shows that a certain look most often gets voted in as president. People trust people that have a pleasing look. Bush had it, Kerry did NOT. Frist definitely has it too. He is the prototypical politician.

2. Is Frist the "heir apparent" to the 2008 GOP Presidential race?
It is hard to tell, but if you remember the excellent speech that he gave at the GOP Convention and his place on the speaking roster for that event, it looks like he has the party pushing for him.


4. What was McCain's reason for promoting writing in the President's name as a symbolic gesture? Will he benefit from this "show of loyalty"?

The Republican Party knows that McCain is a pretty unstable guy and can't be trusted. While he has many loyal followers, he has bashed to party one too many times. McCain is out for McCain.
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post Mar 21 2006, 04:24 AM
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QUOTE(Politaca @ Mar 20 2006, 10:20 AM)
1. How much, if anything, does this "beauty contest" mean for the 2008 elections?
I am not quite sure what you mean by "beauty contest" however there is data that shows that a certain look most often gets voted in as president.† People trust people that have a pleasing look.† Bush had it, Kerry did NOT.† Frist definitely has it too.† He is the prototypical politician.†

2. Is Frist the "heir apparent" to the 2008 GOP Presidential race?
It is hard to tell, but if you remember the excellent speech that he gave at the GOP Convention and his place on the speaking roster for that event, it looks like he has the party pushing for him.


4. What was McCain's reason for promoting writing in the President's name as a symbolic gesture? Will he benefit from this "show of loyalty"?

The Republican Party knows that McCain is a pretty unstable guy and can't be trusted.† While he has many loyal followers, he has bashed to party one too many times.† McCain is out for McCain.



MSNBC has its own straw poll. Frist isnít doing well. I think he ripped his pants with his Terri Schiavo stance. McCain is doing very well--34%.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11765003/

I am curious about your claim that McCain is unstable. What is your definition of unstable? Did you simply buy into accusations made by the Bush/Rove machine in the 2000 South Carolina Republican Primary?

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íSome of George W. Bush's supporters have questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain's fitness for the White House, suggesting that his five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam drove him insane at the time.í


http://www.bartcopnation.com/dc/dcboard.ph...=8&topic_id=522

Note: I will vote for a Democrat over McCain, but I think he's been slandered enough and I will speak up for him when I think someone is treating him unfairly. dry.gif

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