Tuesday, July 17, 2007

No "glorious summer" in sight for the right

The conservative winter of discontent is showing up in polls of Republican voters. As I've noted before, Americans still favor Reagan's message of limited government but many elected GOP officials have forgotten this vision, which cleared the way for massive Republican losses in the 2006 midterm elections.

Now there's a new poll from the AP-Ipsos indicates that "none of the above" is the leading choice for president, coming in around 23%, ahead of both Rudy Giuliani* (21%), unannounced Fred Thompson (19%), and John McCain (15%). The poll suggests that none of the GOP candidates are fairing well among evangelicals, a problem that the party needs to be very aware of since poor evangelical turnout nearly cost George W. Bush the election in 2000. The article also noted that "Democrat" candidates have out-raised their GOP counterparts by $80 million to $50 million during the second quarter.

* If Rudy wins the nomination, does that make him the GOP's "sun of (New) York?"



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