Monday, July 11, 2005

Poll Results, Hillary and the Republican South

With 201 entries received, the results are in for what was possibly the most un-scientific presidential poll ever taken.

Who will be the next President of the United States?

George Allen 18%
Other 17%
Hillary Clinton 16%
Bill Frist 12%
Condoleezza Rice 10%
Jeb Bush 6%
Rudy Guiliani 5%
John McCain 5%
Mark Warner 3%
Joseph Biden 3%
Evan Bayh 1%
John Kerry 1%
Dick Cheney 0%

I am assuming ‘Other’ must be Barack Obama and John Edwards. Let me know if there was some other significant figure that I missed.

In other political news, I think I found the Quote of the Year courtesy of WSJ Opinion Journal's Best of the Web. The story is about Hillary Clinton’s silly Alfred E. Newman joke, but this nugget is buried inside.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton attacks President Bush, comparing him to Alfred E. Neuman

She (Hillary) said the United States should remain in Iraq until peace can be maintained by the Iraqi people, saying the mission was part of the "long struggle against terrorism" by the U.S.

Well, that ought to put the Iraq/Terrorism question to bed.

And finally, at the risk of sounding like a bad bumper sticker, it looks like the South will rise again, bringing the Republicans with it.

Sunny days ahead for GOP as population shifts south

Migration from liberal bastions in the Northeast and Midwest to the Sun Belt states will boost Republican electoral strength in the coming decade, making it tougher than ever for Democrats to win the presidency without carrying states in the South or Southwest.

Heavily Democratic states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan will go on losing congressional seats and thus electoral strength in presidential elections, political analysts say. At the same time, they say, Republican states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada likely will gain congressional and electoral clout.

One might think that this migration will lead to a softening of Republican support in the South but:

"If you look at younger white voters in the South, they are even more Republican than the older white voters," he says. "As these younger white voters age, they are going to be even more cohesively Republican than their predecessors.

"So you could have more Democrats moving in from outside, but if the native population in the South becomes even more Republican, that may not lead to the diminishment of the GOP in the South."

I don’t have too much to add to that, but I would like to thank Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and Dick Durbin for hastening the process.

Please check below as I have offered a rare double post today. I will be taking tomorrow off. The real world has taken it upon itself to wipe out my Tuesday evenings.