THE MAC IS BACK!

John McCain wins in New Hampshire!  

I STRONGLY disagree with the negative campaign that Mitt Romney ran against both McCain and Huckabee, but thank him for his contribution toward our democratic process.  Rudy too should be thanked for his contribution, but currently he is in 4th place in FL (where apprently was going to be his firewall).  He took bad advice. 

And dear Fred Thompson.  What an Attorney General he is going to make! 

On another note, WOW, Hillary is showing that she is the comeback kid x 2 tonight against Obama… 

38 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    Dear God Bull, don’t do that to me.

    I read the headline and thought Collins wanted another recount.

    Congrats to you and the McCain team for tonights victory.

  2. I loved his speech. It showed a keen sense of reverence for the political process. In my opinion, it was one of the best political speeches I’ve ever heard.

    I’m actually glad he’s in this race.

  3. Jason Pye says:

    Rudy too should be thanked for his contribution, but currently he is in 4th place in FL (where apprently was going to be his firewall). He took bad advice.

    What polls have you been reading? RCP has him ahead in almost every poll in Florida.

  4. Still Looking says:

    Thompson has to to really question continuing. If lightening strikes, the best he could do is third place in SC. Then he goes to Florida where he’ll probably finish behind Ron Paul. I bet he’s out by Friday.

  5. Still Looking says:

    Rudy needs to get realistic too. According to ABC News, he had more events in NH than every Republican except Romney from neighboring Mass next door. And his TV budget was third highest. Rudy claims a big state strategy, but he spent a fair amount of time and money in Iowa and NH and has nothing to show for it. He’s another Dead Man Walking.

  6. GodHatesTrash says:

    The hillbilly charlatans – Fred and the Huckleberry – did poorly in New Hampshire, as did Mr. 9/11,9/11,9/11 chickenlittle Rudi.

    Chalk that up to a literate electorate.

    Fortunately for these three clowns, there are a lot of primaries on Super Tuesday in the red states, where uneducated simpletons get their ideas not from newspapers, but from hate radio and huckster evangelikkkal preachers.

    Should be interesting, if you like train wrecks.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    If Thompson does not win South Carolina or finish a very high second, I think he will withdraw.

    I would much rather see McCain as the nominee than the Huckster.

    Hillary’s victory shows polls are not always right.

    It is foolish to count out Rudy at this point. Rudy will carry Florida, then New York, New Jersey, California and others. There are a lot of snowbirds there , they vote and like Rudy…

  8. Jas says:

    Oh how ironic it was watching the scumbag Ralph Reed break down the McCain win on CNN last night and then go on to talk about South Carolina. Yep, you guessed it, the same South Carolina that the uber-Christian Reed spearheaded probably the most viscous dirty campaigning of the last 20 years. Irony, you are a fickle beast.

  9. waterboy says:

    So Huckabee, Romney and McCain have each won a primary/caucus. Three very different political environments….this whole thing is still very much up for grabs.

  10. shep1975 says:

    I don’t think Thompson is out by Friday, but I think he’s out after SC.

    I know Rudy is counting on the big states, but everyone who has tried this strategy has failed. I hate to use the term “fair weather fans” with politics, but it’s true, people want to be part of the winning team.

    It will be 4 weeks of Rudy in 4th or worse by the time we get to FL. He will be perceived as a loser by the time we get to FL giving most voters the chance to switch to one of the three who’ve they’ve been seeing winning on their TV for a month.

    Wes Clark tried this strategy in 2004 and so did Lieberman. Perception is reality in politics. If voters see you can’t even win little states like NH and IA, how can you win the US?

    My bet is Rudy places no better than 3rd in FL.

    On the Democrat side, I think Edwards is out after SC. Obama wins in the South which Edwards needed. The question is Edwards VP again or Attorney General in a Barak Obama administration? Sorry, cold chill just ran down my spine.

  11. drjay says:

    not one mention in ither nh post about the actual ga related news out of the granite state??? ga’s own neal “cap” fendig was on the ballot in nh-and he did receive 13 votes allowing the glynn cunty commissioner to claim last place on the gop ballot…on to sc for cap which may be the only other stae where he has managed to get on the ballot…

  12. Still Looking says:

    What’s the point of Thompson continuing if the best you can do in your firewall state is 3rd or 4th place? McCain and Huckabee battle for 1st, Romney’s polling better than Fred, and Rudy is about even with Fred.

  13. Romegaguy says:

    Can you hear that? That’s the sound of Ralph’s autodialers warming up for some calls about McCcain’s children again…

  14. drjay says:

    what about he actual ga related news out of the granite state–our own neal “cap” fendig was on the ballot and managed to get 13 votes and sew up last place on the gop side. the glynn county commisioner now moves to sc–the only other state that he has obtained ballot access if i recall correctly…

  15. debbie0040 says:

    I think if Thompson does not win SC, he is out. With the unpredictibility of the race, anything can happen. Who would have thought McCain would be leading now?

    Interesting…
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/rasmussen_markets/market_update_what_a_difference_new_hampshire_makes

    On the Republican side, at 7:00 a.m ., McCain was given a 36% chance of winning while Giuliani’s prospects were at 29%. Mike Huckabee was given a 17% chance and Mitt Romney 11% (current prices McCain 38.0%, Giuliani 28.2% Huckabee 16.5%, Romney 10.8%). These figures are little changed following New Hampshire.

  16. Bill Simon says:

    What’s the point of Thompson continuing? Because there will be no clear winner of the presidential primary process and Thompson has a chance to have an impact on the outcome of the GOP National convention.

    Still Looking…you appear to be a 1st-quarter man/woman: That is, you have to win the first quarter in order to be determined to be the winner after the 4th quarter.

    Political races are a LOT like football games, and it ain’t over in the 1st quarter, or even the 1st half.

  17. debbie0040 says:

    As far as the GOP and Democratic nominees, the fat lady has not even taken the stage to sing.

    What twist and turn will happen next?

    All you that have declared Thompson dead may have a lot of crow to eat ..

    We have had just had three state primaries and many of you are already declaring who should get out and stay in. Fred, Rudy, Mitt, Ron, have been declared dead by some of you. That is ridiculous!!

    Fred is a fighter. Mitt has money. Rudy has money and name recognition. Ron Paul has money and he has dedicated supporters. Do you really think they will just drop out?

    There are 50 states in the union. I guess many of you believe three states should decide who gets out and who stays in until the end…

    New Hampshire proves once and for all that polls mean nothing…

  18. Still Looking says:

    For Thompson to have an impact at the convention assumes he controls delegates, or has some other lever of power (organization, access to money). He doesn’t seem to have any.

    Fred may continue into SC, but he might decide to stop wasting his friends’ money. Hard to imagine him taking a 3rd or 4th place in SC and parlaying it into anything in Florida. Huckabee has stolen any southern base Thompson thought he might have. And Fred is a fighter? I guess he is holding back till it counts? Dennis Kucinich drew more votes than Fred! Ouch.

    New Hampshire polling was accurate and within margin for GOP. It might be a bit premature to write-off polling.

  19. CHelf says:

    Debbie, I’d say the polls were only wrong about Hillary and chalk that up to a massive swaying of the undecideds. The GOP side was pretty accurate and Obama and Edwards numbers were pretty accurate. I don’t see where the polls were wrong. They just did not indicate the undecideds would largely go to Hillary. Seeing as how NH is a Clinton state, more people were inclined to go with the one they knew. I still think quite a few Republicans breathed a sigh of relief seeing her still in the race. She provides more favorable a target than Obama. But it’s still far from over.

  20. debbie0040 says:

    http://www.alipac.us/article-2853-thread-1-0.html

    ALIPAC Note: Jim Gilchrist is caught lying to America about Huckabee’s immigration stances. Huckabee lies to the public on CNN claiming he was not contacted by the Washington times. Two liars desperate to conceal Mike Huckabee’s pro amnesty advocacy for illegal aliens! The original article with the false information ran all across America. ALIPAC activists are asked to circulate this corrected article to get the truth to American voters.

    Huckabee retreats on birthright citizenship

    By Stephen Dinan
    The Washington Times
    January 9, 2008

    Mike Huckabee yesterday contradicted his own top immigration surrogate, announcing he will not support a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal aliens.

    It was a stark reversal after The Washington Times reported that James Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, said Mr. Huckabee promised to pursue an amendment to the Constitution. In an article in yesterday’s editions, Mr. Huckabee’s spokeswoman did not challenge the former Arkansas governor’s statements to Mr. Gilchrist and said the two men shared the same goals on immigration.

    But by yesterday afternoon, Mr. Huckabee had backed away from that position.

  21. Bull Moose says:

    I think Thompson gets out fairly soon and endorses McCain.

    I’m not sure what happens to Rudy. I think he took some bad staff advice personally. He could have done better in New Hampshire and that hurts him in both SC and FL.

    If McCain wins in Michigan against Romney, I’m not sure what happens. Romney has pulled all of his adds in FL and SC, so he too is betting on all or nothing in Michigan.

    As for Huckabee, I think he’d make such an excellent balance to the ticket with McCain.

  22. John Konop says:

    Jason,

    From what I heard the reason Rudy keeps pulling out the more he campaigns his numbers fall apart. He is hoping it is Iowa and NH not him. The strange part is you would think he would do better in moderate States like a Iowa and NH.

  23. GOPeach says:

    Last applause for Freddie

    Hay Hay

    My My

    Oo Weee

    Yeah Yeah

    Why Why ??

    Everybody’s used him..
    But Fred is on the corner now…

    Don’t Go!!

    If you don’t try….

    Don’t be misled… just think of Fred.

  24. Jason Pye says:

    From what I heard the reason Rudy keeps pulling out the more he campaigns his numbers fall apart.

    The strategy all along has been Florida. I know people in the campaign and that’s what they’ve said since May or June.

    The strange part is you would think he would do better in moderate States like a Iowa and NH.

    Not at all.

    Iowa proved to be dominated by evangelicals, who voted more on a candidate’s religion than anything else. Giuliani’s campaign knew that it would be a bad starting place.

    Giuliani has also banked a lot of his campaign on Iraq and 9/11. He knew he wouldn’t do well there because the war is unpopular, even among Republicans.

    The strategy has been Super Tuesday. Whether it was a gamble or not, I don’t know. I read the other day is has decent leads in many of those states.

    At this point all we can do is sit back and wonder what the hell is going to happen. It’s unpredictable.

    Clint, you need to edit your post. Giuliani is not in fourth place in any poll in Florida. He leads in almost everyone.

  25. Still Looking says:

    I don’t think Rudy’s slingshot strategy is working. His Florida and national lead has steadily fallen as Huckabee has emerged. Romney’s number have gone up slightly and McCain has gained strength. Sure Rudy has name recognition in FL from NY retirees, but many will vote Democratic. I think when the other candidates start campaigning in Florida, Rudy’s vote will further erode.

    It will be interesting to see how Huckabee plays the fair tax in Florida. I don’t think those retirees are going to be interested in a 30% increase in goods and services.

  26. debbie0040 says:

    It is still far too early to start saying who will win the nomination or which strategy will not work.

    This year has been far too unpredictible.

    Fred could win SC, You just never know.

    Rudy is still in good shape despite what some of you say.

    I think most Thompson supporters second choice would be either Rudy or Mitt. That is the concensus I get in talking to them. I think most Romney supporters second choice would be Rudy or Fred. With either one, the choice would be anybody but Huckabee..

    Huckabee has peaked at his share of support. If other candidates drop out, the lion’s share of their support will not go to the Huckster.

    Just look at the numbers..

    Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008

    Thompson Hopes for Big Surge in the South
    By Joe Follick
    Ledger TALLAHASSEE BUREAU
    Write an email to Joe FollickJoe Follick
    Tallahassee Reporter
    Dept.: Tallahassee Bureau

    TALLAHASSEE | After a miserable showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, GOP candidate Fred Thompson is clearly banking on a surge in the South to revive what was once the most spirited of conservative campaigns.

    About a dozen state lawmakers joined U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Lakeland, in the Capital Press Center in Tallahassee for an odd Wednesday morning press conference.

    http://media.www.thesantaclara.com/media/storage/paper946/news/2008/01/10/Opinion/Thompson.Strong.Values-3148691.shtml

    Thompson: Strong values
    By Morgan Hunter
    Issue date: 1/10/08 Section: Opinion
    Originally published: 1/9/08 at 9:55 PM PST
    Last update: 1/9/08 at 9:53 PM PST
    I have been searching for a Republican candidate that I can support for president.

  27. debbie0040 says:

    From ALIPAC:

    Mike Huckabee Touchback Amnesty illegal aliens back in days! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jKeWIrlzLw#GU5U2spHI_4

    Friends of ALIPAC,

    We now have our own copy of the Dec. 9, 2007 video where Mike Huckabee leaks the part of his plan you won’t find on his website, in his campaign material, or repeated on his lips. You won’t find his Minuteman spokesman mentioning the contents of this video either.

    Under the Huckabee plan, the illegals return within days. They will not be giving up their jobs or leases. They will not be packing their bags.

    And when they return, they will be immune from immigration enforcement and on the “path to citizenship” giving America 15-20 million new voters who were previously illegal aliens.

    What do you think your lives will be like when they are turned into voters?

    Please view this video and if you do not understand what is being said, view it again.

    Please forward this video to everyone you know and ask them to do the same.

  28. debbie0040 says:

    Now this is funny. Someone named Nora posted it on the AJC Political Insider Blog:

    By Nora

    January 10, 2008 10:46 AM | Link to this

    Please join the new Huckabee 527 group.

    Fundamentalist Americans Reclaiming Tomorrow. Details at your local Southern Baptist coven. (FART)

  29. John Konop says:

    Jason,

    FROM ABC NEWS

    Rudy Focused on N.H., Despite Claims

    Giuliani’s Poor Showing in N.H. Comes after Considerable Effort

    Though former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has generally attributed his fourth place finish in New Hampshire to a campaign strategy that focuses on larger, delegate-rich states holding later contests, statistics compiled by ABC News indicate that he was clearly competing to win in the Granite State as hard — if not harder — than many of his rivals.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=4105498&page=1

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