The EFM Feature

Lots of folks are talking about these Gallup poll results. Some quick observations:
1. The headline is “Four in 10 Republicans Would Not Find McCain an ‘Acceptable’ Nominee.” It is news only to the MSM that Republicans, unlike Washington Post writers, don’t like McCain.
2. If you actually read the stats, roughly 4 in 10 Republicans disapprove of virtually every real would-be candidate. The only exceptions are Allen (whose 35 percent number is nothing to write home about), Rice (who is not running), and Rudy (whose social liberalism is not widely known). Suffice it to say our party is not in a genial mood.
3. Yes, 42 percent of Republicans say Gov. Romney would be an “unacceptable” candidate. However, the reality is that most Republicans still do not know him. And if you don’t know him, all the polls tell you is that he is the governor of Taxachusetts. The automatic assumption is that he’s a liberal.
4. The other candidates with similar levels of national name recognition (Brownback and Huckabee) have similar “disapprove” numbers.
As the true agendas of both Mayor Guiliani and Gov. Romney become more widely known, the former’s numbers will tank and the latter’s will soar.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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