Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I don't normally read...

...The Daily Caller, but a piece by James Antle in RealClearPolitics, "Why Jeb Bush Can’t Bypass Conservatives," caught my eye this morning. And I thought, What the heck, let's see what the right wing thinks of the newly-crowned Republican frontrunner. (Turns out, not much.)*

But first this from CNN, "Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner" (my emphasis):

Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.

Wow; that was quick.

But Antle points out:

The poll that so far shows Bush doing the best still has him running well behind his father or brother at a comparable point in the campaign. In fact, his numbers are weaker than Giuliani’s in 2007. Giuliani, who was counting on Florida to carry him through, didn’t win a single primary.

And he's right. Again, from CNN back in March, 2007:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the clear front-runner in the crowded GOP presidential field and has a substantial lead on the closest competition, according to a CNN poll released Monday.

Giuliani is the preferred candidate for 34 percent of likely Republican voters, according to the poll, conducted by Opinion Research Corp.

Giuliani has a double-digit lead over his nearest rival, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is the choice candidate for 18 percent of potential Republican voters, according to the poll, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent.

* Think I'm picking on poor ol' Jeb? Hey, he's the only Republican who's announced so far.

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