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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Oppo Round-up

Updates on the Iowa Competition:

Money quote: "As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons"
Money quotes: "Mike Huckabee's candidacy rests on serial non sequiturs: I am a Christian, therefore I am a conservative, therefore whatever I have done or propose to do with "compassionate," meaning enlarged, government is conservatism. And by the way, anything I denote as a "moral" issue is beyond debate other than by the uncaring forces of greed." . . . "Huckabee combines pure moralism with incoherent populism"
  • Immigration group: Huckabee a ‘disaster’
    Money quote: "there’s little doubt which Republican scares them most — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “He was an absolute disaster on immigration as governor,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that played a major role in rallying the phone calls that helped defeat this year’s Senate immigration bill. “Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens.”
Money quote: "Fred Thompson is conservative enough but he has never been a conservative leader. When I hear him speak I think, "Nice enough guy, probably was a decent senator." . . . the argument that Iowa socons should rally around Thompson doesn't make any sense."


Big Jay said...

I'm a Romney supporter who lives in Davenport. Romney supporters seem to be freaking out a little bit, and I don't think they need to. I like Huckabee, but not as a presidential candidate. He's VP material at best, and I think values voters are savvy enough to see that.

Big Jay said...

Oh yeah. One more thing. I think Romney is hitting Immigration so hard especially on the news, and in the debates (although he hits a full spectrum of other subjects as well) is because immigration is one of those issues where the fundamental points can be distilled down to 90 second sound bites. Where Romney is strongest (stronger than anyone in his generation) is in fiscal areas. It's impossible to explain why Romney is better than everyone running from Hillary on down to Biden, and including Rudy, Huckabee, Thompson, Tancredo, and Ron Paul, in a 60 second sound bite. Romney blows them all out of the water so hard that there is no contest, but he blows them out of the water for different reasons. You can talk about it in a 60 minute interview/conversation, but not in a soundbite. Iowans have said in polls that Immigration is the number one issue, Romney happens to be better on that issue than Rudy, or Huckabee, so he's hitting that issue. There is a certain defensiveness in Rudy's ridiculous attack on Romney's 'sanctuary mansion' and Huckabee's stance on tuition for children of illegal immigrants. My opinion - Iowa voters are smart enough to see through the baloney and see that Romney is strong on issues important to them.

Jeff Fuller said...

I agree Big Jay.

I'm not among those "freaking out".

(heck, I convinced myself long before Romney rose to 1st place in Iowa that he didn't need to win here if he could win NH, NV, and MI and gain momentum leading into SC and FL. Then the IA lead came and it seemed more like "inevitability" than a horserace.)

I think Romney will pull out the win and that Huckabee's surge was a couple of weeks too early.