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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Fallout For John McCain: Actions Have Consequences

This story is lighting up the blogosphere and with good reason. After a slow start, and one that had him mired in the single digits amongst straw polls, Mitt romney has pulled ahead of John McCain in a new Rasmussen poll:

The immigration reform debate may be shaking up the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has inched past Arizona Senator John McCain for second place in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll. Just two weeks ago, Romney was in fourth place among GOP hopefuls.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) remains on top with 25% support. That’s essentially unchanged from last week. In fact, Giuliani has been at 25% or 26% in the polls for four straight weeks.

This week, Giuliani is followed by Romney at 16%, McCain at 15%, and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson at 12%. While Romney’s one-point edge over McCain is statistically insignificant, it’s worth noting that McCain had a six-point advantage over Romney just two weeks ago.

McCain, once considered the dominant frontrunner, has been strongly supportive of the immigration reform bill being debated in the Senate. That bill is unpopular with the general public—just 26% of voters favor its passage.

Romney has announced his strong opposition to the immigration bill and Giuliani called it a “hodgepodge… without any central focus.” Thompson said “We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway." Most Americans are willing to support an enforcement-only approach at this time.

John McCain has brought this misery on himself. not only is his past record beginning to created cracks in that armor of his, but his inclusion in this bill has severely hurt him. Additionally, his arrogant handling of the negotiations, which he was not a regular participant in, did not help him in any way.

I believe that the public was thoroughly turned off by his underhanded swipe at Governor Romney last week; a snide comment in reference to the lie that Governor Romney had employed illegal aliens to do his lawn work. But the blow up with Senator Cornyn in those negotiations sticks firmly in my mind. And not for the reasons that many would think. The "F" bomb does not faze me. It is a word I heard fairly often on campus,a nd I am sure I will hear it there again when I return in the fall. No, the arrogant comment regarding Senator McCain telling Senator Cornyn to leave the room so the negotiations could be completed.

Senator Cornyn spent a great deal of time in those negotiations, and stood firm on the security provisions in the bill. And that was while Senator McCain was out campaigning to be the next POTUS. Senator McCain has been notably absent from his position in the Senate for months, and has missed a great deal of votes. (This does warm our hearts. The old adage goes that when Congress is in recess, the nation is safe; similarly, when John McCain is not around, his party is safe.)

Governor Romney's position on the immigration problem has moderated itself just a bit over the years. Like anyone with an opinion, that opinion can evolve over time, taking a much different shape than when it was first formulated. Not everyone comes up with a belief or opinion, and can stick by it their entire lives without moderating themselves a tad. That is what makes us human.

This leap-forgging of John McCain may be a precursor of things yet to come. We have kn own for some time that it was only a matter of time before McCain would see some of his support depart. That is now showing. Worse yet, for him, is that the new Rasmussen poll takes into account former Senator Fred Thompson's affect onthe race without him being in it, and he is polling just slightly behind McCain. That is not a good sign for John McCain's Straight BS Express.

Before any McCain supporters hit us with e-mail, or spam the heck out of our comments with long-winded diatribes and rants, just keep this in mind ....

He brought this on himself. Having the positions he has had, doing the things he has done, and acting like a spoiled, petulant child has brought him to this point in the race. Two bad performances in the two GOP debates has not helped him either. The first time around he was angry, demanding, and seemed bitter. The second time around, while better overall, he seemed lost at times, or unwilling to answer question.

Thomas reminds me of his favorite phrase -- "You reap what you sow." John McCain has reaped a great deal, and sown the seeds of his own failure. this time around, he will have no one but himself to blame.



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