Thursday, December 27, 2007

Nothing to cheer for here


If Republican voters were hoping for a wide open presidential race this holiday season, they are clearly getting their wish. A new FOX News poll shows that Rudy Giuliani (20 percent), John McCain (19 percent) and the surging Mike Huckabee (19 percent) are clustered together at the top of the GOP hill—with Mitt Romney (11 percent) and Fred Thompson (10 percent) still within striking distance. Since a large share of Republican voters are still undecided (13 percent), this race is about as "up for grabs" as any in recent memory.

Giuliani suffered the biggest drop in support since November, losing a full 13 points. On the other hand, Huckabee has shot up from 8 percent in November to 19 percent in the current poll. Romney (up 3 percent) and McCain (up 2 percent) scored small gains in the last month.

As has been widely reported, the overall character of the Republican race has changed dramatically over the last several months. In fact, as late as September, Huckabee registered only 2 percent in a FOX News poll. Barely three months later he is a now co-front-runner.

Click here to view full results of the poll. (pdf)

I have to admit that there have been times of late when I found myself thinking that a McCain presidency wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. After all with Fred Thompson seeming to be stalled and all the other candidates looking so horrid . . .

Then I remember that McCain is a betrayer and almost certainly clinically insane and I want to start looking into who the Constitution Party is running.