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Red State Poll

Well, we have an early poll from my little red state.

Among Democratic voters, Hillary and Edwards are tied with 29% of respondents' support. Obama is at 13%.

Republican voters: Giuliani at 32%, McCain at 23%, and Thompson at 15%.

49%, both parties combined, still approve of President Bush.

I knew Obama would have a tough time out here, but I suppose he's still largely unknown. I wonder how other red states are shaping up.

Why not Romney?

As I mentioned last week, a lot of our hate mail comes down to "How can any serious Republican support a Communist jackass like Obama?!? What's wrong with <insert Republican candidate here>, anyway??"

Last week I posted an analysis of Giuliani. This week I'm taking on Romney. Here's my analysis of Romney and his viability as a potential nominee:

 

The GOPs will consider going with Romney because of his:

More fun with Romney

If you missed the latest debate last night, you can watch the clips at FoxNews.

I've gotta give Romney credit: he sure came up with a way to separate himself from the crowd. Get this. When asked a question about an attack on American soil, his response included a plan to double the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility:

Candidates and Wealth

So Romney is expected to report a net worth of $200 million or more. You got that?? That's a two followed by eight - count them - eight zeroes! Holy cow. Now there's something to be said for a self-made millionaire, but Romney got a head start from his dad, who was president of the American Motors Corporation.

Abortion and the GOP candidates

Yesterday news broke that the Giulianis had donated $900 to their local planned parenthood. This was particular damaging as it came right on the heels of Giuliani's statement, "I hate abortion," and his insistence that he is personally pro-life.

Well, today news breaks that the Romneys donated to Planned Parenthood back in 1984. Romney is already known as a flip-flopper on this issue, and I'm not sure how much this hurts him.

Why not Giuliani?

Here at RFO, we get a lot of very pointed mails and posts. About half of them boil down to something along the lines of "Forget that ultra-liberal commie dork Obama. Why don't you support <insert candidate here>?!" So in my next several blogs I'm going to attempt to summarize my thoughts regarding the GOP front-runners. Today I'll start with Giuliani.

Religious Republicans

Religious Republicans (and others, too) will be interested in the profile of Obama in the New York Times. The article discusses his religious upbringing and his adult conversion to Christianity.

Obama and the military

If you missed it, Obama laid out his platform on foreign policy on Monday.

To summarize, here are his five points, excerpted from his remarks:

"The first way America will lead is by bringing a responsible end to this war in Iraq and refocusing on the critical challenges in the broader region...

Obama, social issues, and Republicans

It's been a high-profile week for social issues. Current events have brought both gun control and abortion to the forefront of political discourse.

It is these hot-button issues that I anticipate being the greatest obstacle for Obama as he tries to pull registered Republicans into the fold. Many red-state Republicans are one-issue voters and will not be able to look past the fact that the Senator is pro-choice and pro-gun-control.

Finding Favor

So the latest favorability numbers are out today, 4/18, from the Gallup Poll.

This is the question that was asked:

"We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them."

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