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An Identity Crisis

April 9th, 2007 by Kevin

Free Republic recently did a poll of preferred presidential candidates. Now, while it\’s not a comprehensive poll, it is a poll of a segment of society that any Republican nominee is going to have to win over in order to conduct a successful race for….well anything. These are the type of people who spread the word, who contribute money and time, etc. This is your base.

So taking a look at the results, I think this tells us more about the overall selection so far than really who is leading the pack.

For example, it\’s probably fairly meaningful that two of the top choices are very conservative candidates who haven\’t even announced they are running yet (Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich).

Also noteworthy, the top four includes the three most conservative candidates, whether they are in the race or not.

And while Giuliani is in the top four, he trails even Duncan Hunter, and trails Thompson by a 4 to 1 margin. And even more, in a head-to-head matchup with any of the other three (Thompson, Hunter, Gingrich), he falls horribly short (3:1 ratio or worse).

And Romney?? He scored below Tancredo if that gives you any idea…so much for the conservative candidate huh? McCain….well, he scored below Other.

Now granted these polls aren\’t scientific and they may not necessarily be the people picking the nominees at the early caucuses, but they are the people the eventual nominee is going to depend on to get their message out. Now while money is important, you need to have a message that resonates with the American people. So considering the appalling performance of our so-called frontrunners, amongst the very people that they will need to help spread that message, anyone else seeing a trainwreck ahead for the 2008 elections?

Although it probably is a boon for Hunter and the two unannounced candidates, I think the poll better demonstrates the lack of energy for any of people that are supposed to be our partys standard bearer. And for a party already licking it\’s wounds from 2006 and the trials of the Bush administration, that\’s not a good sign.

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  1. postpolitical » The Fall of the Three Amigos Says:

    […] at Eckernet checks in with the recent presidential straw on FreeRepublic. FR polls are always worth paying […]

  2. 50¢ Says:

    McCain is below “other.” That is friggin’ awesome.
    “Hey, John. Ed Jones in Nebraska got more votes than you.”

  3. Leo Pusateri Says:

    Well… what about Hagel–the hope for the conservative movement, huh?

    I’m waiting… 😆