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Who Do Liberals See As Liberal?

Posted by Mike on January 3, 2008

Earlier tonight, CNN’s Bill Schneider made the asinine claim that Democrat voters in Iowa were mostly “moderate and that the Republican voters in Iowa were “very conservative.”   What was his source?  Entrance polls in which Democrats described themselves as moderate and Republicans admitted they were conservative.  Somehow it never even occurred to Schneider that liberals rarely admit the fact that they are liberal.  Then again, he never has either.

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Mike Huckabee Wins Iowa

Posted by Mike on January 3, 2008

Mike Huckabee has won the Iowa caucuses, easily defeating second place finisher Mitt Romney. Right now, at 9:30pm eastern time, third place is still up in the air. At this point, the fight for third is among Fred Thompson, John McCain, and the sometimes entertaining but always nutty Ron Paul.

As a Thompson supporter, I won’t know if I’ll be happy with the results until much later in the night. If Thompson can hang on to third place, the Senator will have a plausible path to the nomination thanks to Huckabee.  I’ll explain my thoughts on this later. Right now, I’ll be watching, hoping, and praying that Thompson can hold off McCain and Paul. I’ll check in later tonight, or maybe tomorrow.

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Iowa Caucus Early Night Results

Posted by Ryan on January 3, 2008

The major news outlets are calling the Republican caucus in Iowa for Huckabee, while it seems that O’Bama is likely to win on the Democrat side.

The Dems are bunched much closer together with O’Bama followed closely by Edwards, with She Who Must Not Be Named bringing up the rear of the top three.

Huckabee is 8 points higher than Romney, who is currently 10 points higher than Thompson.

These trends are fluid at this point and a more in depth analysis will come soon.

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Iowa Iowa Iowa

Posted by Ryan on January 3, 2008

It’s the only thing happening in the American political universe at the moment!  Michelle Malkin has a great summary of what’s going on today and what the projections of various folks in the blogosphere are.  Also, Drudge has been on top of things all as usual.  As I told my students today:  January 3rd is the day when the first actual votes for 2008 get cast!

The polls are apparently so very close that I have a hard time picking a winner with any logic or method that may pan out accurately as “conventional wisdom” can truly produce multiple scenarios.  So, let me just tell you who will be in hot water in my opinion no matter what happens:

  • She Who Must Not Be Named.  If she loses, her reaction will be telling and analyzed by the press every moment until New Hampshire, keeping the idea of her loss on everyone’s mind.: Is she cracking up? to What’s with the nonchalant attitude?  If she wins, O’Bama and Edwards will have to smear her or face the quick end of their respective campaigns, giving Republicans tons of ammo for the rest of the year.
  • Mike Huckabee.  If he wins, the MSM and blogosphere will dig even more things up about him since he seems to be putting down everyone who doesn’t like him.  This will eventually force Huckabee to go negative, despite his recent prognostications.  If he wins or even loses by a little, the pressure will be on to stymie Huckabee’s mo’ as a newly aggressive rival, Rudy, begins his assault on Huckabee in states that Rudy is actually competing in:  the Huckster gets a new enemy!  If Huckabee gets trounced, then perhaps he was just a media sensation that flopped in the end, which will affect New Hampshire voters, who love McCain and are familiar with Romney. 

On another note, this is the first election since 1952 when neither an incumbent President or Veep is on the ballot.  Perhaps the American people are a bit cautious and unsure of who to vote for because a logical alternative is not in front of them: you could always accept or reject the policies of the incumbent, and despite the Dems best effort to give us this impression, George W. Bush is not, in fact, running. 

Whatever ends up happening in Iowa, the delegate count will be pretty well dispersed, making Iowa not consequential in lieu of Super Tuesday, February 5.

Picture from “The Trail,” a Washington Post blog.

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Salinger’s Endorsement: Mitt Romney

Posted by Sal on January 3, 2008

I have been struggling with who to support in race for the Republican Nomination for some months now.  It is only in sitting down to write this post that I actually made up my mind (in fact, the original headline I had written for this post was “Salinger:  Undecided”).  However, as I was writing and thinking about the various candidates, I made the decision to support Mitt Romney.  The decision did not come easily, and I still have reservations, but it is who I think will most help advance the Conservative movement over the next decade. 

Romney is not the perfect candidate.  On policy, he has done some things I am troubled by (the health-care mess in MA that I am now living under), and his consistency worries me.  However, he is running on conservative ideas on the major issues such as the war, abortion, taxes, and spending  While I may be more aligned on issues with one or two other candidates, two things draw me specifically to endorse Romney.  First, his ability to communicate is the best in a presidential candidate we’ve had since Ronald Reagan.  True, Romney is far from Reagan’s ability to speak, but he uses the bully pulpit well.  After 8 years of George W. Bush, who was not the best communicator, we need a spokesman for the Conservative vision of the world.  His speech on religious freedom and the American vision showcased this ability to speak as a leader and visionary. 

While Governor of my state of residence, he fought the Democrat-controlled legislature and won many a victory.  His ability to take unpopular decisions and force the Democrat-dominated legislature to adapt them (or at least some portion) is encouraging.  Overall, while not the ideal candidate, Mitt is Conservative enough on most major issues while at the same time being extremely electable and the best shot at defeating SWMNBN without compromising core principles. 

 On the other candidates: 

  •  Fred Thompson:  I really like him.  He is definitely runner-up to Romney.  My biggest reservation with Thompson is that I don’t feel he has been able to effectively communicate Conservatism as well as I think he can.  I saw him on Fox News Sunday a few weeks ago, and he struggled to explain some conservative principles on Abortion, SCHIP, and other issues.  If he could prove me wrong and go out there with all guns blazing, I would reconsider my support for Romney.  By far the closest to me in ideology, his non-ability to inspire me and the possibility that he can’t beat SWMNBN causes me to very reluctantly pass him by for my endorsement. 
  • John McCain:  He has taken us for granted, beat up on us too many times, and doesn’t support free speech.  He also, however, is a big pork buster (which we need), extremely strong on Iraq and national defense, and he doesn’t support killing babies.  In an interesting discussion I had with Mike, he posed the scenario of Mitt losing both Iowa and New Hampshire, with Fred coming in fourth, and the race being down to Huckabee, McCain, and Giuliani.  In that case, and in that case only, I would back McCain. 
  • Mike Huckabee:  I actually liked him at first.  The more I learned about him, however, the more I came to realize that he is a liberal in conservative clothing.  Huckabee actually posed and passed more tax increases in Arkansas in his 10 years as governor than Bill Clinton did in his 12. 
  • Rudy Giuliani:  Ditto the sentiments of Mike and Ryan. 
  • Duncan Hunter:  Great conservative, but no chance in hell.  Potential VP? 
  • Ron Paul:  Great on domestic issues and the right to life, but his isolationist foreign policy would be disastrous. 

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