2008…The Strategy

August 5, 2006

According to multiple polls, John McCain is the best hope for the republicans if they want to retain the presidency. McCain beats Hillary Clinton in most every poll if they are faced against each other but more democrats are united behind Hillary than republicans behind McCain.

"If [see below] runs for president in 2008, would you
    definitely vote for him/her, would you consider voting for him/her, or would
    you definitely not vote for him/her?"

         

    .

 
   


Definitely
Would


Would
Consider

   
    Definitely
    Would Not

   
    Unsure

   
     
        %     %     %     %    
     
 

Hillary Clinton

   


    19

   


    38

   


    42

   


    1

   
     
 

John McCain

   


    9

   


    57

   


    28

   


    6

Looking at this poll, McCain has a much better chance of winning if Republicans would simply support him. He is less polarizing than Hillary seems to be and with the right vice presidential pick, he would be tough to beat.

   
    "Thinking ahead to
    the 2008 presidential election, would you like the next president to be
    similar to George W. Bush in terms of policies and programs, or someone who
    is completely different?"

           

    .

   
    Similar
    To Bush

    Completely
    Different

   
    Unsure

   
     
   
     
        %     %     %    
     
   
     
 

11/29 – 12/1/05


    36

    60

    5

This just further cements Republicans like Guilliani and McCain as the best hopes for the Republican party in 2008 (not to mention 2006.) And this poll was in the end of 2005! Bush has lost ground since then.

2008 is defining. The Republicans need to support more moderate voices to have a chance. This is a game, play it well, do not let pride get in the way of the best choice. Right now, its McCain. As a libertarian, I could disengage from the proceedings, vote LP party and elect Clinton, but I won’t, I accept the game and intend to play it.

JK

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