Looking at the “front runners” in Gopperdom, it is hard to imagine that the dems could find someone worse to run against them-although we all know the dems are masters at putting their turds front and center.

In the Gopper field are running Rudy “Foxy Lady” Giuliani, who will never be forgiven by the Jesusistan base of the Goppers for (1) being from New York, (2) being the ex-Mayor of Sodom on the Hudson, (3) not arranging the stoning of gays back when he was Mayor of Sodom, (4) saying that (gasp!) women should be allowed a choice. No matter what his other positions may be, like them or hate them, the 4 conditions I cite doom his candidacy.

Then we’ve got John McCavein, who thought that becoming a Chimpy ass parasite would make Jesusistan forget a lot of his former positions. Jesusistan never forgets, Johnny-unless you are a completely non-human piece of hypocritical scum who has always said one thing and done another. Then, they adore you. Actually, I could explain it better this way-Newt Gingrich, you ain’t.

Mitt “Hunter” Romney also shares some of those same incorrect political views of the past-but he’s learned from Newt and has gone the extra mile or two to outdo himself in hypocrisy.  His warmongering talk and his spews of hatred towards gays, the poor, and women are music to the Jesusistani ear. Since even McCavein and Giuliani can’t bring themselves (yet) to get that deep in the muck, Romney has emerged as the “favorite” candidate by default. But how long will it last? As I said, Jesusistan never forgets-so they are practically begging that good-old-boy hypocrite from Dixie (and Sodom resident of the present) Fred Thompson to enter the race so they can abandon Hunter too. When Thompson enters, Hunter is toast.

Now if Newt enters, the Grand Wizard of Wingnuts will have stepped onto the platform. Newt’s racism, hostility to the poor, and lousy treatment of his former wives (indicating a hatred of women in general) will make him the favorite boy of Jesusistan the day he announces his candidacy. Goppers in the rest of the country will cling to Thompson as some kind of a salvation device, figuring they’ll be better off with Fred (a mistaken notion.) THEN, we’ll finally have us a horse race.

This is bound to get more interesting. Stay tuned…

The former governor of Massachusetts is now consistently running first in most polls of two key early nomination races, Iowa and New Hamsphire – states where the voters are paying closest attention. Mr. Romney, the top Republican fundraiser in the first quarter of 2007, is generally expected to match or exceed that total ($20.6 million) in the second quarter and maintain his status as No. 1 in GOP presidential finances.

More money means more TV ads and organization, two other areas where Romney is already ahead in the early states, enhancing a sense of momentum. Of course, before any actual votes are cast, nothing is certain. In previous cycles, leaders in polling and fundraising have fallen flat come caucus and primary day. And in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, the front-loading of the primaries makes the role of Iowa and New Hampshire less predictable.

But by playing the traditional Iowa-New Hampshire game, and so far doing well at it, Romney is putting the other top-tier Republican candidates on the defensive.

“Nationally, if his second-quarter fundraising numbers build on his first, then it becomes increasingly difficult to dismiss him as flavor-of-the-month,” says Dante Scala, a political scientist at the University of New Hampshire.

He and other political observers in both Iowa and New Hampshire credit Romney with being the best-organized GOP candidate in both states. Romney has also gone on the air first with TV ads in those states – plus South Carolina, another early-primary state – boosting his profile and poll numbers.

The latest CNN/WMUR NH Primary Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, puts Romney at 28 percent among likely Republican voters, with Mr. Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona tied at 20 percent each.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who formed an exploratory campaign committee on June 1, came in at 11 percent in the CNN/WMUR poll. Early predictions that Mr. Thompson would hurt Romney proved unfounded, says survey center director Andy Smith, who credits Romney’s early TV ad campaign with his rise in the polls. In the last CNN/WMUR poll, conducted in April, Giuliani and Senator McCain tied for the lead in New Hampshire with 29 percent each, and Romney had 17 percent.

“He’s been here a lot; he’s using his time here pretty well, in that he’s going to multiple places whenever he comes to the state,” says Mr. Smith. “He has pretty decent favorability numbers, because he was known from Massachusetts.”

Smith also says the debates have helped Romney, putting him on the same stage with the better-known candidates. In a comparison of the April and June polls, Romney gained the lead by winning the support of conservative voters. Romney also came in first on “likability” – winning 32 percent of GOP voters on that score, versus 28 percent for Giuliani, 12 percent for McCain, and 10 percent for Thompson.

But there is plenty in the latest poll to give Romney’s rivals hope. One big factor is that few voters have firmly decided whom they will support on primary day in January. Among Republicans in New Hampshire, only 6 percent say they have definitely decided, 37 percent say they are “leaning” toward a particular candidate, and 57 percent have “no idea.”


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