Monday, January 22, 2007

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Vote early and (reasonably) often

Pajamas Media is conducting a thoroughly unscientific but nevertheless intriguing online Presidential straw poll. You are allowed to vote once a week.

Vote here -- and the ongoing results can be viewed here.

Again, Rudy Giuliani is showing surprising strength (as is Barack Obama). The names that intrigue, however, are the ones in second place -- Dennis Kucinich and Newt Gingrich.

As I said, onlinew straw polls like this one don't have a lot of scientific value -- but I have to wonder if the first thing the nascent campaign staffs of all the candidates do in the morning is go to sites like this to boost their candidates' standing. Typical early morning list:

1) Make coffee
2) Check e-mail
3) Vote in every online straw poll imaginable
Of course, at this stage of the campaign there's another competition that matters greatly. The New York Times' Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny do a good job of covering the money race among the Dems.

posted by Dan on 01.22.07 at 09:23 AM


dude. "Barack"

posted by: anon on 01.22.07 at 09:23 AM [permalink]

Since this is Pajamas Media, isn't it likely that most of the Dennis Kucinich votes came from right-wingers who wanted to pick the kookiest candidate on the list?

posted by: Hei Lun Chan on 01.22.07 at 09:23 AM [permalink]

Giuliani's ace cards are a) proven leadership ability, b) public recognition, and c) personality. All the others except for one lack b). McCain has b), but that's not an asset; his chief claims to fame - BCRA and the "Gang of 14" - will keep him from the nomination.

Gingrich hasn't thrown his hat in the ring. He's definitely got b), has a) for the most part (he botched the PR battle during the "government shutdown" debacle that Clinton masterfully engineered) and more of c) than he used to. His biggest PR obstacle may be his marriages. I could see him on the ticket in the #1 or #2 slot - and if not, I wouldn't mind seeing him direct the Office of Management and Budget.

posted by: Alan K. Henderson on 01.22.07 at 09:23 AM [permalink]

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