An Insider Advantage Poll for your Monday morning.

Hat Tip: David Shafer

Republican presidential primary:

(Fred) Thompson: 36%
Giuliani: 22%
McCain: 10%
Romney: 9%
Huckabee: 7%
Gilmore*: 2%
Brownback: 1%
Others: 1%
Undecided: 12%

* Poll conducted prior to Gilmore announcement of leaving the race.

Democratic presidential primary:

Clinton: 35%
Obama: 27%
Edwards: 16%
Biden: 3%
Richardson: 3%
Kucinich: 1%
Others: 1%
Undecided: 15%

Complete press release here.


  1. Doug Deal says:

    Considering the source, reputed pollster Matt Towery, isn’t it equally likely that Brownback and Biden are actually leading the two races?

  2. saltynuts says:

    Does anybody actually believe Matt Towery and company have any business passing themselves off as pollsters, or is it recognized as a sham by everyone except IA-owned websites like Bill Shipp?

    Given Towery & Co’s less-than-stellar past performance, doesn’t this ensure Fred Thompson’s place in history as an asterisk to the 2008 GOP Presidential Primaries?

    Just asking.

  3. Doug Deal says:


    Not exactly bombshell material. Most of what is mentioned is not inconsistant, and the things that are are minor.

    The point that some would cling to is also a non-starter. No conservative should want the federal government to make abortion illegal, otherwise they are for the US government assuming more of state power.

  4. IndyInjun says:

    Hail to the Chief – President Hillary!

    This is mindful of the GOP nominating the Tax Collector of the Middle Class, Bob Dole, except that his debacle was not accompanied by a GOP wipe out that made it a powerless party.

    The GOP must shatter all connections to Iraq and the current corrupt administration to save itself.

    After 2006, one would think that this lesson would have been learned.

    It’s a shame too, for it would have been better to come to grips with reality now, instead of going into political exile, perhaps for decades.

    The independents control who wins and the indies won’t accept anything short of a clean break with the Bush Administration.

  5. CHelf says:

    But there is a difference between the conservatives who say “states’ rights” thus just pushing the issue to the states and those who want constitutional amendments and federal government authority to protect life. Fred looks as if he wants to pass this off to the states and let them decide. This doesn’t necessarily ‘protect life’ but just shuffles the issue to states and thus allows abortion to continue. This will be the fine print those focusing on this issue will have to decide on.

  6. Doug Deal says:


    Then states should just have the federal government adopt laws regarding murder, armed robbery, traffic cameras and blue laws, because to do otherwise is “..just pushing the issue to the states…”

    Why even have states? Just let the federal government tell us all how each state should livce it’s life. Also, since people in other countries will have legal abortions, perhaps we can declare a pre-emptive ware on them, since more people died from abortion than terrorism.

    The Federal government needs to stay out of this issue, as it has nothing to do with it’s scope and purpose.

  7. CHelf says:

    I’m only pointing out what some Pro-Life groups are saying. Tell that to them not me. This will be their argument when looking at Fred’s previous quotes on the subject. When asked if he would vote for a protection of life amendment what would his response be?

    You point out the dilemma within conservatism. Social conservatives are not so ‘conservative’ when it comes to federal power and influence. But mark my words – if there is a claim for him to be Pro-Life he will be scrutinized by groups on just how ‘pro-life’ he is according to their standards.

  8. Doug Deal says:

    Sorry CHelf, I must have misread your post, thinking it was your opinion, and not just the arguments that would be put up by R2L groups.

    I agree with you. Roe v. Wade would have probably been overturned by a friendly supreme court a long time ago, if they would not work so hard to push abortion as a national issue. Pushing abortion as the ONLY reason to vote for candidates turns off a lot of voters, who end up voting for Democrats.

    If they just worked to keep abortion as a state matter, more conservative Senators could be elected, Presidential elections would be more Republican, and therefor the courts would be more favorable.

    Instead they want to use the power and might of the federal government to force their will on other states.

    The only proper place for the fight is in the state legislature.

  9. Harry says:

    “I’ve heard there have been some rumblings in the McCain camp and wonder if Bull Moose could give us an update.”

  10. Icarus says:

    Bull Moose is currently under anesthesia awaiting a hope-ectomy. He’ll be fine, and will look good as new, as they will give him a prosthetic sense of realism to compensate.

  11. Doug Deal says:

    I am curious who Bull will support when he finally bows out.

    Also, when that happens, does that person automatically get the “one true conservative” moniker?

  12. John Konop says:

    I do not fully support Ron Paul on his Iraq plan. Yet it is interesting he got over 50% of all military donations to republicans.


    Military support for the republican candidates (in dollars) (Source: Finance Reports for the 2007 July Quarterly)
    RON PAUL: $23,465 (52.53%)
    McCain: 15,825 (35.4%) – plus $1,600 from Marines?
    Romney: 3,551 (7.9%)
    Giuliani: 2,320 (5.2%
    Hunter: 1,000 (2.2%)
    All others: 1,171 (2.6%)

  13. joe says:


    I spent over twenty years in the US Army. I can answer why Ron Paul would get the majority of military donations. I had/got to swear (on eight different ocassions) to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America” .

    Who else besides Paul?

  14. John Konop says:


    You better keep that down around here because Erick Erickson thinks all the Ron Paul supporters are insane.

    I wonder if Erick ever read the Constitution?

    What do you think?

    God Bless you Joe!

  15. GOPeach says:

    Clearly Republicans are the ONLY party that would support a candidate who is not even running for president…

    And instead of electing someone who truly stands for the AMERICAN — The are with whomever can beat Hillary….pitiful.

    What a motivation!!! The GOP is really starting to embarrass me more and more.

  16. GOPeach says:

    I am leaning toward Ron Paul…

    Been watching him on YouTube and WOW~
    He is really amazing actually.

    If you’ve not taken the time to hear him out –
    Do not make a judgement…

    I frankly would trust a Physician at President before I would an Actor/Trial Lawyer….
    Think about it.

    Hummmm –

    What do Hillary, Obama, and Fred all have in
    common???? They are all trial lawyers!

  17. jsm says:

    “Hail to the Chief – President Hillary!”

    When, according to a Harris poll, half of voting-age Americans say they would not vote for Hillary? The only way she wins is Rudy getting the GOP nod, so that the other half don’t bother to come out and vote.

  18. IndyInjun says:

    Hill has the same formula for victory as Bill – both parties are despised by the people. Enough people will stay home or vote indy to deny a majority.

    There is a LONG time to November 2008, and I suspect that attitudes toward the Clinton’s may very well soften by comparison to the economic and foreign policy disasters wrought under GOP control.

    I won’t vote for her, just as I never voted for her husband, but I won’t vote for any of the (now) likely GOP nominees either.

    Actually the folks who ignore politics and just enjoy life is the group that I aspire to join.

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