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December 11th, 2007
12:52 PM ET

GOP voters looking for inspiration?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like Republicans are searching for a little inspiration.

A new poll shows that with just three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, an overwhelming majority of Republican voters across the country say they haven't made a final decision yet about who to support.

It's ugly out there. The New York Times/CBS News poll suggests that none of the Republican candidates is viewed favorably by even half of Republican voters.

Rudy Giuliani gets a 41% favorable rating. John McCain is viewed favorably by 37%, Mitt Romney by 36%, and Mike Huckabee by 30%.

According to the poll, 76% of Republicans say they could still change their mind about who to support, compared with 23% who say their minds are made up.

The Democrats, on the other hand, appear more satisfied with their candidates, and more settled in their decisions. Hillary Clinton retains a strong lead nationally. Also, Democrats see her as far more electable in the general election than Barack Obama and John Edwards and they think she'd do a better job at bringing the country together than Obama.

Here’s my question to you: What’s the message when no Republican candidate gets a 50% approval rating from his own party?

Watch the Cafferty File video here


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  1. bob klepak

    Well Jack, it simply means that the “Big Tent” isn’t large enough to encompass homophobes, xenophobes, masoginists, racists, war-profiteers, pedophiles, hypocrites and Christain Taliban all at the same time.

    December 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Ann

    In my mind it means they are not listening to the "people" None of them answer questions directly and they still don't care about the working class. Give them the boot, work on paying down the debt. Can you imagine if you owed the $30K + of the national debt to your bank and you had no assets. One word Bankrupt!.
    We only have ONE leader (one who moves us forward and can be held accountable) LOU. Keep up the great reporting

    December 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm |
  3. roger from tahoe

    it shows a demoralized party whose leaders continually let them down. you could say the same of the democrats. the general public is fed up with watching their idealistic young leaders go to washington and become corrupt. not only are they bound immediately to special interests, but it seems several have trouble with their personal lives as well. the public is just tired of business as usual.

    if we have to listen to our president blow smoke at us, at least we should elect someone who can give a good speech.

    December 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Rabka

    Let Ron Paul's voice be heard.

    It's likely he will have raised the most money in this 4th quarter.

    His views are popular with most people who hear his message.
    He's the only candidate without all that ridiculous baggage the other politicians have.

    What has our country turned into ?
    We talk about torture, deleted CIA tapes, secret prisons, loosing Habeus Corpus, we need somebody with a strong voting record to back up what they say and respects individual rights. We have a falling dollar too, a housing bubble that is directly the responsibility of the last fed who kept artificially low interest rates.

    We are in for some major problems, America is a great country and we want it back. We are tired of the ruling class. 70 % of American's don't want the war yet all the ruling class politicans want it. There is a massive disconnect

    December 11, 2007 at 2:06 pm |
  5. MICHAEL WILLIAMS

    Jack,

    I still believe that our country is still based on having experience and someone who has know-how, cause if you hire someone who has none, then you're playing Russian Roulette.

    Here's the rub:

    Most big companies will not hire you cause of insurance purposes. So I consider the White House a company. So, if you have a person with less experience, are we really only taking a chance because they look good on television? Cause if that's the case, I'd love to work for CNN – and I don't have a degree in journalism.

    December 11, 2007 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Jim Hayden

    The message here is very clear. What we want in our candidate the party IS NOT giving us.

    I wish there was a law that says that if a person does not take over 54% of the REGISTERED vote the election is tossed in the trash can and we start all over with all new candidates.

    Bill Clinton was elected by less than 25% of the registered vote. Bush hasn't faired much better either. That means that our President is being elected by a small minority of the voters.

    Voting is every citizens RESPONSIBILITY and these low turnout just proves that the 2 major political parties are unable to field anybody worth voting for.

    December 11, 2007 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Lauren Reese

    Well Jack, I think it's clear that there's a huge rift forming in the Republican party....half of us are sticking to our pro-liberty, pro-small government roots, while another half has become this pro-"security" pro-war monster.

    I would guess the party doesn't have much life left as long as it continues down this road. So far, we've been lucky that the democrats have been having their own problems. Sure, they might be united on their choice, but it hasn't done them any good because they keep nominating people who can't attract any swing votes, and to this point they haven't had the numbers within the party to strong arm the rest of us. If there is a divide in the Republican party though, we may be looking at a long line of socialists.

    But then, is that worse than a long line of Bushes or Rudys?

    December 11, 2007 at 2:18 pm |
  8. chris rehkopf

    It means he should look to hire slick willie clinton or maybe he should look to iraq or mexico for support please send these guys to mexico when and if we deport the illegal immigrants.

    December 11, 2007 at 2:22 pm |
  9. Chad

    Jack! The bottom line is that Republican leaders have let their base down and we're angry about it. Maybe if Ron Paul got the amount of national attention he deserves, frustrated Republicans would see that their party can still stand for lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and a humble and conservative foreign policy.

    The base is shrinking because too many politicians claiming to be Republicans have allowed government to spin out of control domestically and abroad. Ron Paul can get us back on the road!

    -Chad

    December 11, 2007 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Rich, McKinney Texas

    The message is clear that most Americans are not happy with our Government and that goes for both Republicans and Democrats. What one achievement can either party honestly say they have accomplished this year? I can't think of any can you? Illegal aliens are still coming across the border in droves, the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts go on unabated with no end in sight and Americans are having to foot the bill or borrow money from other countries to do it. Gasoline is at 3.00 per gallon on average across this country with no new energy plan in place to reduce the cost. We are importing more into this country then what we are exporting and we can not get 535 congress members with a democratic majority who can not or will not enact or pass legislation just to spite the opposing party. Never mind the American people that elected them that they made all those empty promises to. I see no party doing a bang up job of anything accept drawing a pay check from the American people which they do an outstanding job of even giving themselves raises why our Veterans and troops go with out them because of congresses indecisiveness. But look at the bright side in a week they will all get a month off and can do no more harm during that time. Thank God for Holidays.

    December 11, 2007 at 2:59 pm |
  11. L. Alderman

    When the candidates show they understand the social, economic, and international problems this country faces as the result of the current administration's wildly successful seven years of the deft handling of federal affairs, and can offer rational solutions, they may be attractive. The have neither shown or admitted the Republican fiasco, aided by the current Democratic Congress' or defined he actions they would take, if elected

    Until they show they understand how dire our current condition is, they don't desirve support.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm |
  12. Pam from Virginia Beach

    IT MEANS, I HOPE TO GOD, HILLARY CLINTON DOES'T GET ELECTED!

    December 11, 2007 at 3:10 pm |
  13. Dan H

    Well Jack it means out of 300 million people we are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:13 pm |
  14. Dave

    Jack, it means average Republicans are sick of being given the option of choosing fundamentalist whacko A, B or C to lead the party.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:19 pm |
  15. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Jack the issue is other than Ron Paul I would doubt if any of them have even read the whole Consitiution.
    They have no idea what is going on in peoples lives. The money they spend we don't have we can not carry and any more debt from the Govt.
    Other than Ron Paul it is business as usual, how are you going to fix the economy??

    We could get rid of half of Washinton and nothing would change. I wish I had their benefits I have to pay a 1,000.00 a month for Health care. I pay my Mortgage, I am not asking the Govt. to bail me out. I have taken a hit like everyone.

    The Republicans and the Democrats are the same one spends it on the Military and the other wants to give everything away. "The Washington party " same speech writers. I think they need some new people to run these campaigns they just think we are all stupid.

    My Vote is for Ron Paul and after that, the rest are worthless and weak.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:21 pm |
  16. Christian

    Jack, perhaps it has something to do with the media not giving Ron Paul proper respect and notice...
    Where is he in your poll?
    Ron Paul has continued to support the constitution while all others have failed in their duties...
    Democrats for Ron Paul!

    December 11, 2007 at 3:22 pm |
  17. Joy Paquin

    Republicans don't trust Republicans? Well, thats the most honest anyone has been in this party! After living through Bush's B.S. for the last seven years, I don't know how anyone can trust anyone in politics regardless of which side of the aisle they sit on! Politicians anymore have about as much integrity as a used car salesman. Bush has given us a full menu on corruption, lies, deceit, hypocricy and so has the 109th Congress. Ayone would be a fool to trust the Republican candidates.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:25 pm |
  18. M A Edwards

    People are tired of more of the same. They've been lied into supporting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A constant stream of lies and scandal emanating from the White House and the majority of the GOP candidates represent more of the same. They have no real solutions, they want to expand the war against terror, they want to double Guantanamo and continue to use the politics of fear to promote empire building.

    There is one hope for the GOP and that is in Ron Paul. He clearly has the support of the people that have had the chance to hear his message. He predicted a devastating attack like 9/11 would happen due to our long history of interventionist policy in the Middle East and around the globe. He even predicted the housing bubble and other economic busts back in 1989. Read the transcripts of his speeches in his book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom". For 30 years he has been promoting policies based on common sense and a deep knowledge of American history and the US Constitution. He's been fighting for the US Constitution and the American people for 30 years while the other candidates represent the interests of special interest lobby groups and big corporations. If we had listened to Ron Paul all along we'd live in a safer world with a stronger economy and a stronger national defense.

    The answer to GOP voters inspiration is clear: Ron Paul.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:26 pm |
  19. Dave Brodeur

    I think that Mike Huckabee is the choice for me. Although he acted with compassion and forethought when he was the governor of Arkansas with respect to allowing student of illegal immigrants who excelled in the academic world, I think he had the foresight with his long term plan to let these educated illegal Mexican children to bring skills back to Mexico in an effort to reduce illegal migration of illegal aliens. He is a fresh face and I believe him to have integrity Integrity is something that all the other candidate lack..

    The only way we will reduce illegal migration is to do what Huckabee proposed – cut of the magnets that attract them for the short term. I think the long term would be for the churches who want them to have a better life should send people to Mexico to educate and teach them new skills so that they will be able to do so for themselves.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:30 pm |
  20. Anthony Garritano

    This is a change election and all these Republicans represent is more of the same. They're pretending to be conservative to appeal to their base. Get a clue, America has had enough of Gearge Bush, why pretend to be like him? Instead, Republicans should get smart, take a card from the Democrats, and start pretending to care about the Middle Class for a change.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:30 pm |
  21. Mike Great Falls, VA

    Jack – I think it says two things about the Republicans and their party. One, they are so fractured in terms of what they stand for, such as the growing rift between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives, that no one candidate is able to unite them. And, two, none of the candidates gives them much confidence of winning a general election. But then there is also the "Bush" factor attached to the Republican party right now. He's a drag on the party, and Republicans know next November's election is going to be more of a referendum on him rather than an election. That's not exactly inspiring.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:30 pm |
  22. john

    The message is that there is not one but three Republican parties; Reagan Republicans (no candidates currently running for President), Religious Extremist Neo-Con Republicans, (this is the anti-abortion lets bomb someone war mongering crowd) and the Anti-Democrat Republicans, (traditionally the wealthiest of citizens or most tenured of Congress who find their greatest admirers in a house of mirrors).

    December 11, 2007 at 3:37 pm |
  23. Scott Wagner

    This is simple. The Republican party has become so enamored with itself that it is losing complete touch with its base, but also with potentially new voters. What happened to the Contract with America? What happened to smaller government, individual liberty, personal responsibility?

    The Republican party leadership fails to notice that the strongest support, across the board, is for their candidate Ron Paul. Are they blind?

    The GOP, Jack, is doomed. They have no idea of the nation that exists outside the Beltway, and are content to remain ignorant. It is a sad, sad truth.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm |
  24. Joan Garro

    Jack, please ask "which Republican voters are being polled", and you will probably find that only those Republicans who voted in the last two [Bush] elections are included. That means the Republicans who are NOT Bush supporters, and who are more likely to want a candidate like Ron Paul, are being effectively excluded from the poll. The media is trying to do the same thing. Shame, shame, shame on them. If it were not for you and Lou Dobbs, I would stop watching CNN altogether.

    Joan G.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm |
  25. G. Beckett

    Perhaps it has something to do with the GOP becoming more liberal than us north of the boarder; big government, big spending. There needs to be a return to sensible policy for both parties. As an outsider I don't really see the difference between the GOP and the dems, its just red team versus blue team. At least Ron Paul is conservative, too bad he is being ignored.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm |
  26. Jenny

    It means they still haven't found their new Ronald Reagan. I never understood what was so great about him anyway, but apparently he's unlike any of the Republican candidates now running.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:52 pm |
  27. David A. Morse

    The message is Simple. The GOP candidates for President are NOT listening to the American people on the issues, like Illegal Immigration. The GOP will loose in 2008 if they don't wise up.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:52 pm |
  28. Jon Bjorgaard, Olathe KS

    Our country's problems all begin with money.

    It starts with the media having become an entertainment industry. In order for candidates to get air time they must either be otherwise well known, controversial, or have scandals.

    We as citizens complain about special interest's financial influence in our politics, but the only way national candidates are legitimized by the mainstream media is through raising obscene amounts of cash. The vast majority of candidates do this through catering to powerful donor circles. In turn, a good portion of that obscene amount of money is funneled back into the media through political adds.

    The media has become one of the more powerful tools the wealthy elite use to drive the country in the direction they see fit. Unfortunately in today's society the majority of Americans vote solely on name recognition. The minority that does "follow politics" does so by watching cable-news pundits like Bill O'Rielly whom have no use for the truth unless it just so happens to contribute to raising their ratings.

    It is a sad state when one can get more factual information from the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, than by watching CNN, Faux News, MSNBC etc...

    I would ask all "Journalists" who consider themselves to be true patriots, listen to the people, and given the people back their voice. We The People want real change, real choices, and a real leader.

    Who among you has the courage to go against the grain of the corporate controlled media and give the people's champion the attention he deserves. Is there not one patriot among you who feels what this government and both these parties has become is a disgrace to the principles on which this nation was founded?

    Listen to the cries of revolution...

    "Give me Liberty or give me death!", this is spirit of our history. and there can be no compromise.

    We need Ron Paul. Restore the Republic.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:53 pm |
  29. Independent_me

    It says that the Republicans inadvertently set a trap for themselves from which they now cannot escape. They promoted themselves as the "Christian", "Family Values", "Moral" party and made Bush their savior... God laughed at their arrogance and sent them:
    Rudy – an adulterer, 3 times married
    A Mormon – from a religion that Christians of all denominations have been taught is a cult (did you know that they believe that their bible "overshadows" the Christian bible??)
    McCain – who sold his soul to Bush and lost all credibility with the American people
    Huckabee – probably the best of the lot, but whose past rhetoric toward aids victims makes you want to say "hmmmm...."

    The moral of the story is, God don't like arrogance, and he don't like boasters...He showed them how easily they could be fooled by any fool who talks Godly and hails Jesus as is his hero...but whose actions prove otherwise... Serves them right!!! Get religion outta politics, fools!!!

    December 11, 2007 at 3:54 pm |
  30. Pierre Fortin (Montreal, Canada)

    How can you expect more than 50% when all candidates represent more or less 4 more years of the same thing? From Presbyterian to Anglican to Mormon is meaningless. Even to Druid or agnostic, if you want to throw some in the mix.

    Soon, the undecided will be playing the giant Republican "what if" game. Can McCain make it to number 2 if he trades continuing the surge for same sex marriage? Is Guliani losing ground without Ground Zero? Can Fred be made more... Huckable?

    Six of one is the same as half a dozen of the other – even when there are 8 or more of them.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:54 pm |
  31. Dax Lowery

    It might be that we still have ELEVEN months to go, Jack. Give the people a little time to do their research. The holidays are kind of in the way, too.

    Patience, my friend. Patience.

    P.S. In a better world, you'd already have an answer. But I'm not going to mention a certain candidate who's perfect for the job. You probably hear enough from this supporters already.

    Well, have a great RON PAUL day!

    December 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm |
  32. Pam

    I think the problem is that Guiliani is not conservative enough for a lot of Republicans. Neither he nor Huckabee are tough enough on issues like immigration and taxes and I think that a lot of people are just split on the issues.

    December 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm |
  33. Roy, Texas

    Jack,

    There is a candidate running for president that is inspiring thousands of Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds because of his message of freedom and a return to our constitutional roots of limited government. The Ron Paul revolution is alive and real despite the mainstream media's clear black-out effort. Give this guy a chance to be heard and you will discover what everyone else has. We have only seen the beginning.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:01 pm |
  34. Kit Chase

    It means the party iself has changed too much....But one candidate does remind us of what Real Republicans were....RON PAUL. ...Constitutionalist.....How the young people and the troops are scraping up money to support him speaks volumes! It is amazing to see the enthusiasm. And one thing I know, the so-called spammers who read all the time on their computers sure do know the platforms and histories of the candidates. They love Ron Paul. So do I !!!

    December 11, 2007 at 4:07 pm |
  35. Geri Britt

    I think Republicans, Independents, and Democrats aren't getting any inspiration from the presidential candidates pre-packaged, pre-programmed, pre-recorded telemarketing-like message they are sending us in debates and over the airwaves, because the voters are beginning to realize these presidential candidates are actually LIBERTINES and practice libertinism disguised as liberals, moderates, and conservatives, just as President 41, President 42, and particularly President 43 were so disguised. No bigger Libertine than President 43..

    December 11, 2007 at 4:15 pm |
  36. Ralph

    The problem with Republicans as a whole is credibility. Bush has lied again about the boogie man attacking us (Iran) and the entire Republican Party says amen.
    Thanks to a few people wanting to tell the truth (NIE), he still tells Americans the sky is falling, lets send troops. There's your sign.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:19 pm |
  37. Patricia

    Well, what do ya know!!! Have "real" Republicans figured out that they don't have a candidate that really represents all Americans? As a Democrat, I ask myself 1 question: If it came down to voting for a Republican or voting for someone who's a Communist,(if there were no Democrat running); what would I do? Well, I'd vote for Ron Paul. But, I would vote for a Communist before I'd vote for any of the other Republicans running. Because all of the other Republicans are "religious rightist" & I am soooooooo done with RELIGIOUS RULE!!!! And before you all start coming at me like a ravenous pack of wolves let's take a look at what RELIGIOUS RULE has gotten us shall we.... We're in debt to Communist China (when including the trade deficit); almost $2.Trillion. Yep, we borrowed from Communist China $2Trillion. We borrowed $1Trillion to pay for the war in Iraq & the war in Afghanistan. And remember, just how much the "religious right" hates Communism, yet these very same "religious rightist" borrowed $2Trillion from China. What, you "religious rightist" don't think China will call in the loan?? I'm so angry at the Republican Party I could spit!!!!, because they let their party be high-jacked by Pat Robertson, James Dobson & the late Jerry Falwell. You Republicans deserve the beating you're getting!!!!

    December 11, 2007 at 4:21 pm |
  38. Sifar

    All republican candidates who went to the GOP Spanish debates showed how opportunists they are. They not only double corssed English Amreicans, but they are also double crossing the Spanish Americans. They would stoop so low to get popular. They forgot that popularity comes with strong values and virtues and stand by what is right. Imagine what anyone of them would do to the America if they get a chance to get to the white house. No wonder why republican Americans are still undecided which GOP candidate to support.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:23 pm |
  39. Tom Bulger

    Bush and his Neo-cons have the GOP in disarray. It probably needs rebranding to disassociate itself from Gonzalez, Brownie, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, war criminals, predators, and hypocrites.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:35 pm |
  40. Jes Ambras

    Jack, the approval rating is completely irrelevant. It's in mankind's nature to vote against someone, not for.
    The people will select the candidate who is most likely to win the race for their party. All that because they loathe the other party more!
    Most candidates are campaigning on dirt shoveled up on their contesters.
    Ask yourself this.
    United we stood.
    But what for?

    December 11, 2007 at 4:36 pm |
  41. george johnson

    A good thing will happen soon. Bush will oooch out and get lost. I am always amaized how he butchers the english language. SMU will regret the library if the pres ever pens his book..

    December 11, 2007 at 4:38 pm |
  42. Christopher

    It means the GOP has nothing left... oh wait, there is still Ron Paul, but lets be realistic, the man just makes the party look worse. I do not say that because I think Ron Paul is crazy (I am a RP supporter), but I say it because they are just trying to save their owns skins at this point. With Bush's reign, a "winless" war against a tactic, threats to surrounding countries, and RIGHTS taken away from its citizens; the GOP is just waiting... wait no, wanting a reason to prove they were right but shamefully enough, they also know they will never have that reason. Now insert Ron Paul as the President and I bet we find out a lot more about the republican party then we would nowadays because the party is based (again) on Morals and Values to serve the American People and not ones special interests.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:47 pm |
  43. Independent_me

    Patricia, I agree with you.

    Republicans brought religion into politics and screwed up the world because they really believed that if you shout "Jesus is my Hero" that made you righteous. They have been in power too long.

    They are bad managers, big spenders...but magnificent propagandists in the Machiavellian mode. They know how to baffle people with BS... Democrats have their faults but they are the party that helps the poor and the middle-class most. Its a fact. Plus, Democrats know how to balance budgets!

    Jesus would hang out with the Democrats if he walked the earth (at least America) today. He would call the Republicans "Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites!".

    December 11, 2007 at 4:47 pm |
  44. Lloyd From TX

    Well Jack, The real Republicans will see the light in Ron Paul!

    December 11, 2007 at 4:55 pm |
  45. Curt

    Technically we are not at war with the al kieda terrorist. Classic war is between nations. The normal rules of treatment for captured of combatants do not apply. Think of this as group of thugs who have kidnapped your kid and wants something or they'll kill your kid and the thing that they want is something you can't possibly come up with, but later you captured one of them. What would you do or not do to get your kid back.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:57 pm |
  46. KATHE

    Hi Jack.
    You know Ron Paul makes the most sense out of all these folks running......and Dennis, well if you want a real patroit he is the man but unfortunately don't think he has a chance in ......you know.
    But Ron Paul, Yea. And he is from Texas – see Jack all Texans are not like Bush. A bunch of us are intelligent, honest, can speak the english language correctly, and are for the AMERICAN people not special interests.
    Go Ron Paul. It is time America had some CLASS in the White House again – it has been a long long time comin with all the ClinBush folks.

    Oh the days of John F and Jackie O, even Reagan and Jim Carter – the best all these folks

    December 11, 2007 at 4:58 pm |
  47. KATHE

    Regarding your question Jack.

    Answer is so simple.

    They are all saying, "Oh, Oh its time for Superman," anybody, Mickey Mouse – is he available?????Thank God

    December 11, 2007 at 5:01 pm |
  48. Gary in Nebraska

    The message is implicit – the same voters who are responsible for foisting George W. on this nation – TWICE... are now, rightfully, 'in hiding.' These misguided and misinformed among us ought to have their electoral 'franchise' revoked, until such time they can show in court that they now have a brain.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:09 pm |
  49. Tom

    Where is the clear best choice? There is none. There is no clear cut best choice to be made As a registered Republican, I'm thinking Democratic party has a better selection for President.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:10 pm |
  50. Badhair-Daniel

    It means even the republicans know theyre getting thier tails handed to them.
    GO HILIARY !!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  51. Jason

    It means more and more people are hearing the message of Ron Paul. As a true conservative, not Republican, I can only appreciate those views.

    I think most of us will agree that when Paul talks about abolishing certain parts of government he is talking about an "ideal" solution and not something that will happen his first day in office.

    I also think most of us that are fed up with a president we voted for and a congress that is full of children understand that it really can't hurt to go "out on a limb" and place our confidence in a revolutionary.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  52. Rich, McKinney Texas

    Jack there is a tree in New Mexico called a Pinon tree that produces a nut called a pinion. If you put one Pinon nut in your left hand and close it and two pinion nuts in your right hand and close it when you open both hands up in 5 minutes what will you have. The Answer: A difference of a Pinon. Same with politics when your dealing with a hand full of nuts! Opinions Vary.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  53. James (Former USMC)

    I believe this is because Republicans are still upset with all the things that Bush did most being all the lying, misleading and poor management regarding the economy. Most Republicans are worried that the candidates they have will not be any better than Bush. These Republicans are dividers not uniters, I would say McCain is about the only one who will unite the party and America. Many real good Republicans who would make a good President didn't want to run, because it was right after one of the worst Presidents ever and he was a Republican. They don't want to follow him and then fall out of favor with the American people.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  54. Matt

    These figures don't include the large percentage of voters voting for Ron Paul. Look at the statistics, he's won most of the polls posted by the networks that hosted the debates, yet is still not included as a legitimate candidate.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  55. Craig Pardo

    I think it tells the party as a whole that they are out of step with the American public. If the candidates are side stepping any major position on controversial subjects, entrenched with corruption, or seen as just a bunch of liars then why should we try to elect them?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  56. Brooke

    I think the lack of confidence in the GOP candidates reflects a deep division within the party. There are those conservatives who believe in small government, personal freedom, and strong national defense and then there are the religious and social conservatives.

    Some of the the beliefs held by the social conservatives contradict the traditional Republican value of personal freedom. I expect this division to continue until the party can decide which identity it wants for itself. For our nation's sake, I hope the party will return to its roots and tell the social conservatives that they can't tell others how to live their lives.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Thomas

    The "silent majority" of Repulicans are speaking in a whisper as indicated by the poll responses.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  58. marvin

    Sounds to me like there is a lot of Republicans out there that want to vote Democratic and just can't bring themselves to say so. Perhaps they can just make up their mind in the voting booth. Either way we win RIGHT.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  59. John

    What a sensational and disgusting bit of journalism this question is. How can you lead viewers to believe that only the Republicans are undecided? I notice you carefully chose to omit the percentages for the Democrats. . .are you afraid it might shine an unfavorable light on Hillary?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  60. Jenny Smith

    Hi Jack,
    As a woman who has, for the most part, voted Republican for years now, I can speak with authority about what is wrong with the Republican party: the stronghold of religious fanatics. I am appalled and frightened at the state of this grand ole party today. They wiggle out of difficult situations, they conflate truth with fiction, and then they wonder why they're losing those of us who have traditionally voted for them. I'm looking for a strong independent who will remain independent and hope that the voters of this country will wake up and throw all incumbents out. We desperately need a new president, but we also need a new Congress. Will you or Wolf run.... please???

    December 11, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  61. MW

    It means that people want a stronger candidate, and one that's going to actually stand a chance against Hillary in the elections. Volunteers anyone?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  62. Alex

    Well jack, It is easy to explain! Bush left a bad taste in republicans mouth and Americans do not trust any of the candidates. I can't say that it is going to change. it is what it is.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  63. Sean

    The message is: Get ready to see pant-suits for a least 4 years.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  64. Mary Mikula

    Jack, if the republicans want to win the White House they are going to have to distance themselves from George Bush in every way possible. This president has damaged this country both domestically and in our foreign relations, and so a complete change is in order and the only one I see that can accomplish this is the one that, for some reason, is completely ignored by the media with the exception of the situation room and you Jack And that one candidate would be Ron Paul, the reason I switched from a 32 year democrat to republican.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  65. Annie

    Jack,

    This president is single handedly destroying the republican party and there's only one person, Senator Hagel, who's got the backbone to stand up and say so, and he's bailing. Who wants to back a bunch of spineless yes men without guts and vision enough to take us beyond this mess?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  66. Mark

    There are many good Republicans who have favorable ratings over 50%. Just not any that are running. One only needs to look at the public and private record of these candidates to see why. After the last 7 years, any intelligent Republican won't spend much time to be a footnote in history. It takes a massive ego to run (Guiliani) or a desire for change (Paul) to simply lose in the general election. And lose they should. And we shouldn't wait 8 years if the next group doesn't perform. I'm 61 years old, don't buy green bananas and don't have enough time left to endure another administration like this one.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Ed Thames

    What if you cannot connect with either the Republicans or the Democratic vision for our future? Republicans are chock full of ideas and rhetoric regarding their vision for the future of America, unfortunately they tend to benefit only the upper 10% of Americans. Democrats realize change needs to occur but have no idea what to do; consequently they flounder around like fish out of water. What is the common man to do? Congratulations! You have just realized that no political party serves the common man and it’s our responsibility to take back our country from the soulless political machines. Welcome to the Party of the Common Man!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  68. Brian Nancoo

    Republicans are not accustomed to going past imagery in their candidate for President.Bush was all image,so was Reagan.Reagan worked out,Bush did not.All their candidates are now trying to run on qualifications/substance/etc. Republicans are not used to this and they truly don't know who to support.They are a truly divided party now as there is no clear Republican image now.Can anyone tell me if the Republican Party is the pro-choice,anti-gay marriage,anti-spending,can-beat-Al-Queda party, after what we've seen over the past 8years?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Pat

    If no Republican candidate can garnish 50% or better from their own constituents, then I suggest to any and all Republican supportors; Instead of donating to any Republican candidate, SAVE your money, spend it on your wife, your children, invest on that vacation instead. The Republican candidates are DOOMED for this election! # 1 Reason is LIES, LIES, LIES. LIES!! We American voters DO NOT LIKE TO BE LIED TO!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  70. Carol Simmons

    It means that the pollsters don't add Ron Paul's name when polling. I am a Republican that will only vote for Paul. If he isn't chosen, I will vote for whoever the Democrats pick.

    I think the media is like Custer. They obviously don't realize the true numbers out there. If they would quit forcing the "front runners" down our throats, they might learn something instead of twisting the outcome.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  71. David B.

    Too easy Jack, it means that any Rebulican Canidate who is worth his or her salt knows they are DOA when the voters go to polls with George W Bush and Dick Chaney on their minds and a host of 5 Trillion reasons!

    David B
    Dartmouth Nova Scotia

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  72. Lori Childers

    The answer is a question you asked a few weeks ago, Jack. More Americans should be listening to Ron Paul. Isn't it curious that the one candidate who agrees with 70% of Americans about the war, understands what's happening to our currency, and believes the government should be less involved in our lives is the one candidate who can't get any attention from his own party, or from the mainstream press?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  73. Tim in Dallas

    Hey Jack-
    It means that since the Religious Right has hijacked and ruined the once great Republican Party, there are very few old-school fiscally responsible Goldwater conservatives left in it. It has turned into a party of anit-choice, homophobic, hypocritical, big spending religious wingnuts and it's hard to get ONE candidate that personifies ALL these ideologies.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  74. Tom Valentine

    I would respond as many already have; Ron Paul is obviously exciting millions of Americans; however I don't think you guys are allowed to talk about Ron Paul in the presence of Lew Dobbs; How can he rail about independence and never mention the name of the most independent candidate of all?

    December 11, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Bob Timleten

    When we see heads of our guys and gals rolling down the street ask yourself if water boarding is O.K.?
    We should know by now they are not going to forget it.
    What goes around comes around.
    Do unto others.
    Something to think about.
    If we are going to do it then let's not cry about their rebuttals.

    That is a lot more than they deserve. They are the responders of what we have and still going through now and the past six years.
    I don't feel there is not one Republican that deserves to be in Washington. Think about what came first with them.
    Americans (We The People) or (Bush) by voting for all the screw-ups he has done?
    Don't agree with me? Check out how many are dead and maimed because of their phrase: Republicans First and everything else second.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  76. Andrew Fink

    It's simple Jack. 70% of the American people want out of the Iraq War; even some of us conservatives. Pro-War policies are not going to win the general election! The neo-con base that hijacked "The Big Tent" is looking for "honor", while we old-school disenchanted conservatives know this country can't afford it! While they are trying to figure which one of the five plastic candidates to put up as Hillary's punching bag, we're building the party and trying to let everyone know that Ron Paul is the only Republican that has a chance in 2008.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  77. Will

    I'd agree – all of these candidates have critical problems. Thompson was supposed to be the unifier, but he's failed to deliver for them as a candidate. Bush has messed up phenomenally, and no candidate wants to deal with the weight of that.

    That said, all the success of the '90s didn't make Gore win, so we don't know what will happen.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:28 pm |
  78. Matt

    Well Jack, the message is clear, you don't win this election by flip flopping to appeal Republican base. You win it by telling the truth. I have to words: Ron Paul

    December 11, 2007 at 5:30 pm |
  79. dave

    George Bush had my vote twice. The veil has been lifted. Ron Paul has won my support.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  80. Dan

    Jack,

    Just got done reading your book and I have a thought. I think Bush has done so much damage to the republican party that most people are unsure of the party and therefore unsure of the candidates as well. Jack, I voted for Bush...do you think I should be hung for treason? I think it's worth debating.

    Dan,
    Minneapolis

    December 11, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  81. Jay

    The under message we should see here first, is your efforts to frame your, along with CNN's obvious bias, by the way you presented this question on your show. The "Framing" of your statement and following question is disguisting. The way you and others try to brainwash your audience into hatred of the republican party, is sickening. You give statistics to support your point against the Republicans, but no statistics to support your general claims regarding the democrats. What is the percentage breakdown there?

    Well I will help you out! According to pollingreport.com - ONLY about 40-45% of democratic voters said the would like to support Hillary Clinton in the election! What does that say about the Democrats?

    And To Answer your question, if this statement you are making is generally true, then it might mean there are more realistic choices on the Republican side, and that the votes don't have all the information yet they want to make a decision. If the democrats are that decisive about Hilary, which they are NOT, and your statements are FALSE, but if they WERE true, it would mean they are more impulsive than republicans for making a final decision before having all the facts available.

    Good Day to the CNN Brainwashers and those that have never take a course in statistics to see how TV continues to tell us what to think, and to those who are manipulated by the liberal media types, who are in control of all airwaves except FOX News and ABC radio 770AM.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:31 pm |
  82. Elizabeth

    No matter who we elect, they still need to get past congress and the senate. I don't know if we will ever see universal healthcare (watch "sicko") or stop immigrants from crossing our border or stop the war though I hope for all. Too many big company's want the people of the US to be caught between a rock and a hard place. We as a nation need to forget whether they are Democrat or Republican and think of ourselves as people who are seriously in debt, in a war we have no business in and who have people dying needlessly because our healthcare system is a money-make not a life saver. I am not proud to be a US citizen. I feel as though we are trapped by selfish, corrupt individuals that by our own hands have been allowed to degrade the us. I will vote for my chosen person and hope they will be able to get something done despite the people that will undoubtedly get in their way. Pharamaceuticals, HMO's, Oil...

    December 11, 2007 at 5:32 pm |
  83. Jeff Morris

    Jack, It means that even registered Republicans think it's a weak field of candidates. After seven years of failure after under the Bush administration, the Republicans are a demoralized party in despair. This current White House has not only done incalculable damage to our nation, but to the Republican party as well. The one time majority of more moderate Republicans have had little if any say on anything, since their party was hijacked my a minority of neo-con extremists. Republican House Reps and Senators should have put some distance between themselves and this White House a long time ago. Instead, they backed everything this administration has wanted to do. Including continued funding for this very unpopular war in Iraq, denying health coverage to the poorest and neediest American children, and the trashing of our Constitution and rule of law here in the U.S..... By continually putting "Loyalty to The Party" over "Loyalty to their Country", they have dug their own graves where the 08 elections are concerned. Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  84. Matt

    Jack, it's simple... RON PAUL! Money Talks! Ron Paul has, and continues to generate millions from the "citizens" of our nation, and not Big Business. The silence from mainstream media on Ron Paul's rise is deafening! According to many of the polls CNN and other media sources quote, regarding the issues American’s care most about, Ron Paul is the clearly the candidate who best matches what our nation is asking for: out of Iraq, focus on our economy, immigration and secure borders, tax reform, etc… RON PAUL is the Answer! Thanks Jack!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:38 pm |
  85. Mike- CA

    Hi Jack:

    Can you beat Hilary's drum any louder??? I don't believe NY Times and CBS useless infromation anymore anyway, so you are citing sources that majority of Republicans don't believe in anyway? Even if it were true, do you think these republicans will line up at Hilary Camp? Maybe you need a Reality Check!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:38 pm |
  86. Patrick

    Dear Jack,

    It should be apparent to anyone paying attention that the country, having being mislead into a war in Iraq, having to deal with scandal after scandal within their party. The Conservatives were hijacked by the Neo-cons and so the nation has suffered under that legacy. After sixteen years of Republican rule during the beginning of the 20th century the country was in shambles as the Great Depression nearly brought this country to ruin, and now, after eight years of incompetence, the Republicans have once more led us to near ruin. Good thing I'm a proud Democrat, and it always pains me that when warnings are made about problems that could come in the future but are ignored by the nation in general and no one seems to be outraged at the continued pratices of this President.
    I will be the most delighted man on earth when the Democrats sweep their way back into full power come November 2008.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:39 pm |
  87. Tim Stanford

    No one knows what it means to be a Republican anymore!! The GOP is gonna have to do some real soul searching and develop a refreshing an appealing platform, that isn't all rhetoric and lies!!

    December 11, 2007 at 5:42 pm |
  88. Kyle from Detroit

    When no Republican candidate gets a 50% approval rating from his own party the message is that it's high time that the GOP took another look–a very serious look–at Ron Paul. Republicans may not agree with all of his positions, but the political winds are shifting in this country and the GOP will be caught flat-footed if they fail to recognize it, or lose out-right to the Democrats. I voted for George Bush in the last election, this time around I'm voting for change in America.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:42 pm |
  89. Jeff

    It's simple Jack, they're embarrassed & have no confidence in those who have supported treasonous behavior & dishonesty for the last 7 years.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm |
  90. James

    Hey Jack

    There are so many qualities in the leading candidates that go totally against what most republican voters usaully do. The fact that Guilliani is pro choice is hurting him along with his decision making ability. Romney's religion holds him from running away with the nomination. Gov Huckleby has his past to worry about now concerning words he used in 1992. Flip a coin because the bush administration has made it hard for any of them to win.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:50 pm |
  91. Matt

    There is a man out there, but no one seems to take notice in the big media. He stands for honesty, liberty, and constitutional rights. He's a doctor, and has the largest grassroots campaign I've ever seen. His name is Ron Paul. Just look around and you'll see he has more signs, meetups, and activity than any other GOP candidate but alas, since the media won't give him any attention, he goes nowhere in the polls. I miss the days when the peoples opinions mattered.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:51 pm |
  92. richard

    To me it means that republicans are for once seeing the truth. They are getting more and more independent. My biggest fear is that a republicen will run ind and take the whitehouse. Javk use your influence on Lou Dobbs to truly represent our nation and the people. Thank thats all.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  93. Richard

    My guess would be that it is because the press has focused too much on 2 of the candidates, Rudy (9/11) Giuliani and Mitt Romney, both of whom are turning out to be fairly unlikeable. The rest of the Republican candidates don't seem to get enough air time for people to have a chance to get to to know them well enough to form an opinion.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  94. jw, canadian,ok

    I look at this picture and all I see is a Democratic landslide.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  95. Ken KS

    Just like the Democrats, there are no worthy candidates. This is what we get when only a minority of voters get out to exercise their responsibility: That to vote.

    Maybe if Al Gore would wake up and run for president, he could get started and get a lot accomplished in trying to clean up the mess that Bush has created. However, Gore can only serve eight years and it'll take longer than that to fix the disasters the Republican rubber stamp Congress gave to Bush and Cheney.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  96. John Smiley

    Come on now Jack you should know why working in the Media. Ron Paul clearly has a larger following than any other republican just not with last years voters because the polls are skewed. If the media would give Dr. Paul a fair shot I think you would see his overwhelming support show up in the polls as well.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:54 pm |
  97. Ray

    Because Republicans are more concerned on who they don't like, Clinton.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:57 pm |
  98. Eric Luebbert

    Simply put, Ron Paul !!! He even has a blimp!

    December 11, 2007 at 6:00 pm |
  99. Rich, McKinney Texas

    Republican Candidate CNN CBS NY SC WI
    Rudy Giuliani 24% 22% 48% 13% 25%
    John McCain 13% 7% 15% 10% 15%
    Fred Thompson 10% 7% 7% 18% 30%
    Mitt Romney 16% 16% 7% 19% 5%
    Mike Huckabee 22% 21% 7% 30% 8%
    Ron Paul 6% 4% 3% – 4%
    Tom Tancredo 1% 1% – – –
    Duncan Hunter 2% 3% 1% – –
    Other(vol.) 6% 19% 14% 9% 13%

    Ron paul is not even in the top 5. Ain't gonna happen Ron.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:01 pm |
  100. Anthony

    Voters need no more than to find out who Ron Paul is and discover his message of truth and freedom!

    December 11, 2007 at 6:02 pm |
  101. Anthony

    Let Ron Paul’s voice be heard.

    It’s likely he will have raised the most money in this 4th quarter.

    His views are popular with most people who hear his message.
    He’s the only candidate without all that ridiculous baggage the other politicians have.

    What has our country turned into ?
    We talk about torture, deleted CIA tapes, secret prisons, loosing Habeus Corpus, we need somebody with a strong voting record to back up what they say and respects individual rights. We have a falling dollar too, a housing bubble that is directly the responsibility of the last fed who kept artificially low interest rates.

    We are in for some major problems, America is a great country and we want it back. We are tired of the ruling class. 70 % of American’s don’t want the war yet all the ruling class politicans want it. There is a massive disconnect

    December 11, 2007 at 6:03 pm |
  102. ron from denver

    Jack the message is loud and clear. Happy days are here again. Democrats are going to clean up no matter which Bush and Cheney supporter the republicans choose to run. The lying, cheating, torturous, secret, law breaking, axis of evil is leaving Washington and all his buddies are goin with them. That is a message America is sending, voting, and counting on!! Bank on it Wall Street. Send em all to Iraq to run for office there where Bush can rig the elections.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:05 pm |
  103. Mike, Alaska

    Personally, I see little difference between this lineup of Republican candidates and most of those that the party has historically trotted out for the public to identify as "less unsavory than those in the Democratic lineup." From what I've read and heard so far none of them, Ron Paul included, is a champion of Middle or Lower class interests. As loyal Republicans, all of them will do what is best for the ownership/management side of business and the wealthiest class of Americans. None of them seems to have any sincere concern for American workers and/or consumers other than how both groups affect profit margins. If Ron Paul is truly different, and the "savior" that some of you claim, then perhaps he should run as an independent. If nothing else, this might give voters a better chance to hear his message and a choice of someone other than "the lesser of two evils." For sure, however, his chances of being the Republican candidate are equal to those of Kucinich getting the nod for Democrats – none and less than none.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:06 pm |
  104. Kendy

    It means they have already scraped the barrel to the bottom...time for some new monkeys.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:08 pm |
  105. Ahtram

    It means that there are too many Republicans who want to be President.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:26 pm |
  106. RonPaulForTheLongHaul

    We're like poor defenseless bleating lambs begging for fair media exposure of Ron Paul. It ain't going to happen people. In case you haven't realised it yet, the mainstream media is part of the same machine. We can't rely on the media to get the word out.

    YOU need to get organised and informed, get out there, canvass, inform everybody you know. Eventually the mass media will lose it's grip on public mindshare as internet usage reaches a critical mass but it's not there yet. Ron Paul's campaign has already enlightened many of us to the blatant bias of the media. Let's use that knowledge to our advantage and spread the word the old fashioned way!

    Oh yeah, and turn off your boob tubes and radios!

    December 11, 2007 at 6:27 pm |
  107. Steve Holman

    I think the message is that Republicans don't like the candidates picked by the media. There are candidates such as Ron Paul that if given an equal share in air time, would have a far greater following then at present. Because candidates such as Rudy Giuliani, and Mit Romney aren't true conservatives in the historical sense but have been picked to be the front runners by the media, they have a much greater following then they otherwise would. Anyone who looks at their politics will see they aren't worth voting for but the majority of people get their news from TV and see their names everywhere and assume they are the ones to vote for. Everywhere I go I talk to people who say I like what this candidate has to say or that one but they have no chance of winning and what they mean is the media has counted them out and so they can't be heard by as big a group of people. I really think if the media outlets such as yours spoke more about the candidates that may not have the poll numbers and talked more about their politics you would see a real shift in poll numbers as you have with Mike Huckabee recently.

    December 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm |
  108. Patricia

    Thanks Independent Me: Here's another question I have for Republicans, especially the Republican Governor's: When 9/11 happened why didn't any of you, who were border state Governor's declare a "State of Emergency" & deploy your National Guard Troops around your State's borders to protect US from invasion through those borders. We wouldn't have even 1/2 the illegal immigration that we have now. And when George Bush would have tried to "Federlize" your National Guard Troops to send them to Iraq, you could have stood up to Bush & told him NO!!!! George Pataki, was the 1st Republican Governor to have his state assailed by terrorist & yet HE didn't deploy his own National Guard troops??!!??? What gear of stuck in stupid was Pataki in??
    I understood going into Afghanistan to get OBL, I really did, & had BushCo stuck to doing just that, although I still wouldn't have voted for him for a 2nd term, I as an American would have stayed quiet & not complained when Bush was re-elected. But, the invasion of Iraq without protecting our state's borders 1st PO'D me big time. If Tom Tancrado is right, & I hate admitting that Toerag might be, Al Queada is here again & they got in through the Mexican border, AND THAT IS GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT!!!!
    Idependent Me is correct about something: "Religious Rightist" are bad managers, but, not only of money, but, of resources. You've wasted this country's treasure, & you did it in the name of your God. Question: Do You Really Think God Wanted You To Waste His Son's & Daughter's The Way You Have? You Should Hang Your Heads In Shame!!!!!!

    December 11, 2007 at 6:39 pm |
  109. Nick Altebrando

    It shows that people are smart . Hopefully , they see that the candidates are just trying to be liked and play to special interest groups . Ron Paul is the only candidate that represents what polls show Americans want on most issues ,yet the media gives him little or no attention . On the majority of issues anyone else is just another vote for Bush policy in the future

    December 11, 2007 at 6:39 pm |
  110. Mike- CA

    Ron Paul is a disgrace. He is a politician with no principle. He is no Republican.

    December 11, 2007 at 9:38 pm |
  111. Karl

    The presidential candidates are mostly reruns of Bush with the exception of Ron Paul. Same poop, different faces, and no real hope for change. At the same time , democrats were sent to Congress to change things, but without a clear enough majority to get past the Oval Office. Congressional Republicans are oblivious to the fact that America is fed up with them and aren't going to let the next Congress be the partisan mess it is now. There will be a ruling majority and American will be able to begin to heal from this eight year nightmare.

    December 11, 2007 at 9:53 pm |
  112. John T, Omaha, NE

    Jack-
    The big reasons that Republican voters aren't excited:
    1) Not every candidate has been given as much face time from the start as Rudy and Romney. Since this lengthy race began, those have been the big names that the media in general have gravitated towards. I realize he gets associated with a lot of nut jobs, but frankly, Ron Paul is a great example of this phenomenon. His ideas are wholly Libertarian,yet he is still running as a Republican. However, mainstream media doesn't touch the guy. And his online fundraising success shows SOMEBODY wants him in office. Maybe his ideas are worth reporting on.

    2) The aforementioned nominees have baggage (domestic issues and potential corruption, or 'flip-flopping'). There really isn't a 'first-tier' candidate for the Republicans that seems 'new' or 'exciting'. They all seem like...politicians. Huckabee appears to fly in the face of this due to his personality/charisma, but he tends to have more in common with Democrats than his own party, thus turning off some Conservatives despite the religious angle.

    3) Let's face it- Bush was a disaster. Most of the current crop of nominees don't look as though they will fare much better, many often sharing Bush's ideas and viewpoints on the Iraq war, Immigration, etc. Romney certainly has the intellect, but his flip-flopping reminds me of a Republican John Kerry. Yes, people do change their minds, but for such a man of faith, you'd think abortion would be off the table entirely from the start. Honestly, I don't think his Mormon faith means all that much to potential voters despite his recent uninspired speech. It's a non-issue that was made an issue. To the general public, I don't think religious faith is of paramount importance in a president (much like gender isn't or at least shouldn't be). It's his history and his recent negative ads that hurt him more than what faith he practices.

    4) I'm an independent voter myself, but have typically sided with Conservatives most of my life. However, this time around, the Democrats at least appear to offer a nominee with fresh ideas (Obama). I'm not 100% sold yet on him or anyone, and can go either way to either party. But the Republicans need to really stop fighting each other, and differentiate themselves from Bush. He, in my opinion, is the single biggest obstacle to any Republican capturing office next year. No one wants a repeat of the last 8 years, IMHO. The Bush legacy will probably haunt Republicans for years to come

    That said, good luck to all, and vote your conscience and mind. But for God's sake, VOTE!

    December 12, 2007 at 1:31 am |
  113. Daniel Kane

    Besides the obvious, that it means people are not thrilled with any of the top tier candidates, i think it speaks to a deeper angst. The ruling republicans have gotten so far from where they started (do they even know the definition of republic anymore?) that there is a disconnect between what reality tells them republicans are and what it philosophically and politically means. Half of the major issues facing candidates would be non issues if one grasped the essence of conservatism. Limited government, states rights, individual liberty, free market. Yes, you knew it was coming....Ron Paul has my vote! He made me realize I was a closet republican.

    December 12, 2007 at 3:30 am |
  114. Rick

    It is hard to determine when Dems are given 100 percent of the air time (Clinton and Obama) and are overhyped. The Dems are playing the "first" card, with the idea they should win because they have both the first women and first black man running for Office of the President. I have no problem with Obama other than he is inexperianced and should have never been placed in his current position. Clinton on the other hand is just plain evil. She only has her pet projects in mind and will kill the country to get them into place. That is very hard to run against, especially in this country where the best interest of the country is overlooked when the prospect of a "first" is lingering, America loves first, there always has to be a first. I agree with Nick concerning Ron Paul, I am also in favor of Mike Huckabee. Freedom of the press is the second worst thing to happen to this country, a very biased organization.

    Guiliani will flip every time he has a chance to improve his image. I will not vote for him, he allowed New York to become a haven for illigal immigration.

    December 12, 2007 at 3:56 am |
  115. paddy

    It's an unfair question, Jack.

    1. We're not coming up on an election, we're coming up on the parties picking their candidates.

    2. The media isn't discussing anyone other than hillary or obama on the democratic side, and is actively discussing huckabee, mccain, romney, giulianni, and thompson on the republican side (oh, and ron paul). Why criticize the American people for not having picked a republican candidate when the American media has already clearly narrowed the democratic field down to two?

    December 12, 2007 at 5:06 am |
  116. Old-Man

    To me the message is very clear; the American public no longer believe the lies that have come out of the Republican Party and the White House for the past seven years. Only the fanatically extremist are still defending their actions. These extremist have adopted the attitude “we will destroy the party rather than abandon extremism”. Until both parties give up this extremist approach, we are never going to see a President elected with more than 50.1% to 52%. The voters will be forced to continue electing "the better of two evils".

    December 12, 2007 at 7:10 am |
  117. Ken B

    There are some things about the Republicans that never change whether they are in government or on the campaign trail: "Lie, cheat, steal, deny; lie, cheat, steal, deny; again, and again, over and over, never ending. To be fair, this probably applies to virtually all politicians.

    December 12, 2007 at 8:07 am |
  118. Ralph Grimaldi

    People like me need to see evidence of success at almost anything. All the bipartisan politics is simply not acceptable. Maybe, like me, they are tired of all the nonsense. Some voters are becoming more sophisticated, refusing to fall into a kind of "herd instinct" that the news media's has fostered on us.
    i personaly continue to be angry as hell at the people who would attack our military with the General betryal thing the New York Times made possible. A bunch of us simply want change, change, change. We in the good old USA are capable of so much good; we also have the resources and the talent. It is our leaders and the other bum's who stand in the way who shoud be tossed.

    December 12, 2007 at 8:33 am |
  119. Kevin Wires

    Jack,

    It means perhaps that people are dissatisfied with the entire group and their lack of actual policies. They are campaigning on Who is the toughest Terror and Cultural warrior, with out details of an actual plan. They are talking about keeping the Iraq war going Indefinitely as well as starting a new one with Iran regardless of the current NIE information. At the same time they have hoisted the old tax cuts idea. NONE have volunteered how they plan for pay for these adventures. I am actually surprised that no TV reporters, have thought it appropriate to ask the war hawk/tax cutters how they will be paying for their remote adventures. The price of the war is already beyond comprehension.

    December 12, 2007 at 8:46 am |
  120. Hank K.

    The fact that there is no clear Republican candidate could mean that many moderates and independent minded people who transfered party loyalties during the past couple of decades have begun to have a change of heart. As an independent–who has spent some time "searching" for a party...I've been disheartened by both of the past two Presidents. Every time I voted for someone who said they were for average working men and women–and every time–I see no evidence of those convictions in action coming from Washington. One big reason Mr. Edwards is gaining such support is that he is the only candidate who comes across as "full of heart and desire" and NEVER sounds scripted. His ideals are grounded in desire to "positively affect" working men and women any way he can. Though it has taken me some time to realize this fact–I'm now banking on John Edwards.

    December 12, 2007 at 9:23 am |
  121. Joan Isenberg

    When are grown men running for high office going to stop dragging god along?

    Between all of these "good christian men" what I'm hearing is, my fairy tale is better than yours. A game forcing lunacy.

    December 12, 2007 at 9:55 am |
  122. Robert Forbes

    It appears that Mike Huckabee is hearing voices from above. He's beginning to sound like Joan of Arc. Remind me– how did that story end?

    December 12, 2007 at 10:09 am |
  123. Chuck in New Mexico

    It's simple, Jack, republicans are reserving their opinions until most, if not all, of the facts surface regarding their candidates personal lives and their beliefs. They are searching for as close to perfection as possible. Democrats, on the other hand, are satisfied with mediocrity and will support whomever seems to be the most popular at any given time.

    December 12, 2007 at 10:14 am |
  124. jack

    hey jack – wouldn't it be enlightening and a public service if all of the presidential candidate speach writers and political strategists, of both parties, honored the writer's guild strike for just these next two debates – allowing their candidates, on their own, to actually respond to questions from press, public and most importantly, from one another – to engage in a smoke and mirrorless debate

    December 12, 2007 at 10:30 am |
  125. Mark, Brown Summit NC

    Jack, It means that no Republican candidate is worth any consideration as the clone replacement for our current administration. Why not just declare that the pattern of non support of Americans and our rights as human beings and citizens is the way to a better life for the rich, the hell with the rest.

    December 12, 2007 at 10:44 am |
  126. Rob J

    Your Choices:

    Rudy Giuliani –Adulterer - Didn't work for Clinton
    John McCain - Dictator - For the World
    Fred Thompson - Opportunist - I'm in now vote for me
    Mitt Romney - Oxymoron - Massachusetts Republican
    Mike Huckabee - Minister - Whites get rights, if your the right white
    Tom Tancredo - Status Quo Republican keep it rolling
    Duncan Hunter - Same as above
    Ron Paul - Constitutional Republican, Non- Interventionist

    GOP - Lost in the War for Money and Power
    DEM - Lost in the War for Humanity and Liberalism

    December 12, 2007 at 10:57 am |
  127. Matt Binkowski

    The message is this: All the Republican candidates sound the same and in a comedic sense, try to one-up each other with their stances on issues to an absurd point. The fact is, Republicans really have nothing to say to advance the conversation on a subject. They simply wait to attack each other's positions while having contradictory and hypocritical ideas of their own.

    December 12, 2007 at 10:59 am |
  128. bill

    it means that they are only half asses

    December 12, 2007 at 11:04 am |
  129. Bruce

    It's apparant to me that people know when they're in a bad way. It's one thing to realize when you have an idiot at the wheel. It's another thing when it hits peoples' day-to-day lives. I think the republicans are going to end up going away for some time until people forget about this mess.

    George has managed to make the exact wrong decision on anything and everthing that's been placed in front of him. Ironically, that seems to be the one thing he's been good at. He's been led around by his friends and their special interests with their fingers hooked in his nose for 7 years, and he's managed to remain totally obivious to it. What a guy - and what a party!

    A former Rep.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:05 am |
  130. Howard Smith

    Poll-based decision making is the bane of our system.

    No political party knows how to field an electable candidate without daily (possibly hourly) polls that perportedly measures a true "voter" reaction to the latest sound bites.

    The so-called debates are insulting to the informed voting population and are geared to create media commentary versus informing the voters of how a candidate might run the Office of The President.

    A national presidential election is not the Super Bowl. A media poll that likely does not reflect voter preferences (such as the Iowa caucus is showing) only serves to drive voters away from the process. Polling and campaign financing are not scores and do not reflect candidate potential.

    If candidates are not able to properly inform voters, the danger is 4 years of misdirection of the USA.

    Who cares what about the calculation between a Tuesday poll and a Wednesday poll...except the THOUSANDS of media personnel who cannot develop a real story.

    The process is insanely long and expensive and boring and the attempt to convert voting into sport/entertainment is just plain wrong!

    December 12, 2007 at 11:06 am |
  131. Ellie

    Until there is a Republican candidate who doesn't make you want to take a shower, who can approve of any of them? I mean, really, would you even want to sit down to dinner with them, much less have them as president?

    December 12, 2007 at 11:41 am |
  132. Ellie

    Until there is a serious Republican candidate that doesn't make you want to take a shower, who can be surprised at the lack of approval? I mean, really, would you even want to have any of these guys in your home, much less have them in the White House?

    December 12, 2007 at 11:44 am |
  133. Robert Allen

    It simply means the bottom of the barrel is too close to the top.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:59 am |
  134. John

    It means most declared Republicans (and Democrats) should consider switching to Independent and voting for Lou Dobbs

    December 12, 2007 at 12:13 pm |
  135. Daniel

    Isn't it obvious? Until voters are given the chance to have a fair and equal look at all the candidates and not just those boosted by media attention we'll all be staring at mixed results. What's the difference between a supporter who voices their opinion online and one who does it out on the street? The answer is there is no difference. There is a candidate with a clear majority, at least from what I can see, and I'm just hoping people will wake up to the reality we're all sitting in and start paying attention to Ron Paul. He's the only candidate making sense and telling the truth. He stands alone, apart from his opponents, but in this way we can see what he really represents. It's time to start paying attention to Ron Paul America; he may be your only shot.

    December 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm |
  136. Peter Richardson

    It doesn't mean much at all Jack.
    This party has basically got it wrong for the past 7 years. Why would their opinion count now. They though Bush was great, right?

    December 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm |
  137. wayne

    The message is that " Even the Republicans know they suck."

    December 12, 2007 at 12:27 pm |
  138. Jim Gorman

    Why is it, in a country that supposedly guarantees freedom of religion, that "FAITH" seems to be an issue. Through history, a lot people of faith led nations, like Catherine the Great, Prince Philip of Spain, Pope Gregory, Saladen. Even Hugo Chavez is a practicing Catholic (Christian), and I'm sure we want nobody like him, so what's the deal? I want to hear the candidates point of view on immigration, jobs to China, taxes, national defense, and citizens' rights, and all the other important stuff. I don't much care if they worship budda, babba, babel or beaches. Please, no more on faith; too many examples of bad faith decisions.

    December 12, 2007 at 12:29 pm |
  139. Samuel

    Count me amongst those giving the Republicans less than a stellar rating. Only problem I have is that the Democrats are just as bad. Both are seeking to impose their own moral agenda on this country. The Republicans are turning into a group of evangelical preachers. After eight years of the born again Bush 43, this is not what we need. Where is the focus on answering our own needs in this society for decent health care, a decent education system that does not favor the wealthy and is not cost prohibitive, on rebuilding our infrastructure, on stopping Wall Street bailouts. Where is the leadership to stand up and say to Wall Street, you have made a fortune in suckering Americans into your latest mortgage schemes and now want the taxpayers to bail out the system, just as we did in the S&L crisis, and the junk bond fiasco. Instead of rebuilding Iran to the tune of one billion dollars a day, why not invest in our inner cities and give all schools computers and books ? Why not pay teachers salaries that are least middle class salaries if not higher so that we can recruit the better teachers to teach our students ? Why not focus on these issues instead of prayer, abortion, stem cell research and other issues related to the fundamentalist agenda ?

    December 12, 2007 at 12:38 pm |
  140. Jim

    The Republicans are a political party on the verge of permanent meltdown. A very ultraconservative faction of the party is trying to force the rest of the party to support a candidate that will be totally unelectable to the voters as a whole and no one in the party is brave enough to go against them. There was a time when Republicans were known for their social and fiscal conservatism and their morality. As we have seen lately that party exists no more so far as Republicans are concerned. There is only one candidate, Rudy Giuliani, who has a chance to win against a Democratic candidate and no one in the Republican Party leadership really likes him because of his personal background and his stand on abortion and gun control just to name a few examples. Frankly, the Republican leadership has laid down a pattern for an ideal candidate that no one in the party can fit and unless they modify that pattern drastically they will be handing victory to the Democrats on a silver platter. That is really a shame because none of the Democratic front runners are any better qualified to run the country than are the Republicans. I know a lot of people will blame George W. Bush for the mess we are in, and he has been active, but we mostly have to blame ourselves because we are the ones who voted all of these people into office in the first place.

    December 12, 2007 at 12:46 pm |
  141. Mike Murphy

    I have felt for years that we should have a third choice. Call it "none of the above". If none of the above wins, the parties have one month before the next election day to field a candidate. With the clowns running this year, election day(s) could go on for a very long time.

    December 12, 2007 at 12:51 pm |
  142. mike savage

    JACK,

    I watch from Guatemala and love the show. As to why no Republican gets more than 50%, how about.... Iraq? , ....millions of illegal immigrants who have nothing to fear except failing the driver's licence exam?, ......a 3 day workweek for Congress?, ...... and last but not least, it's STILL the economy, stupid!!

    By the way, I talk to Guatemalans every day and they often tell me they are leaving for Mexico so they can cross the border into the United States. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT BECAUSE THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE FOR THEM. Now if I could just enter Mexico illegally with no fear and get a Mexican driver's license (taking the exam in English of course) , maybe I could better understand their mentality.

    December 12, 2007 at 12:54 pm |
  143. Aaron

    It means your country is screwed, Jack.

    There is only one Republican who can beat Hillary. You know who he is and so do I. The guy who stands out from the other clones. The guy who the media likes to ignore. The champion of the constitution.

    After years of war, skyrocketing debt, and scandal after scandal, can America really afford another 4 years of this? The whole world is watching the United States right now, so do us all a favor and get it right this time.

    Do you know what is going to change if you elect Hillary Clinton?

    Nothing Jack. Nothing.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:09 pm |
  144. Glen Simpson

    Jack, As a former Republican, I am waiting for a better candidate to jump in the race. Just like millions of Independents, I will vote for Lou Dobbs if he runs, and if not then I will pick the lesser of the evils. Likely to be Ron Paul. In the general election I will be voting for anyone other than HillBillery or ImanaObama.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:13 pm |
  145. kelly

    It means America is tired of wealthy white men stuffed in suits robbing the middle class in order to push their own agenda.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:16 pm |
  146. jon thogmartin

    try ron paul

    December 12, 2007 at 1:20 pm |
  147. Paul K

    Jack,
    As much as they may try to distance themselves I believe the shadow of George Bush hangs over these guys like a drapes in a Funeral Home. Rational people everywhere are paranoid that they may unwittingly be following another arrogant gunslinging anti-diplomat and so are very careful about who to support. The sad thing is they may be right.

    Read Rudi G's article in 'Foriegn Affairs' a few months back. Yikes!! he's scary. Same neo-conservative rhetoric, different candidate. These guys better wake up and connect with the electorate, (unlike the Bush administration), or Hillary, Barak, or another Democrat will have them for Breakfast., which would be little better and perhaps worse.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:27 pm |
  148. Tony Apollinaro

    The fragmented Republican support is primarily due to the Rudy factor. In order to be successful in the next election, the GOP must modernize its positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research and other, moralistic, religious and private issues. My goodness it is 2007! To continue to make these 'defining issues' will surely sink the GOP ship. The GOP needs to articulate a resolution or withdrawal from Iraq, address the ever diminishing value of the U.S. dollar, an increasingly faltering economy and Universal Health Care; not Roe V. Wade! Virtually all major Western nations have already undergone this leftward transition, or mainstreaming of their conservative movements. The only Republican that fits this transition is Rudy.

    Although Giuliani could drive this transformation, he is not, to many traditional Bible belt voters, a classic or acceptable conservative candidate. Rudy's got the tough on crime and grandfatherly Churchill like post 9/11 attributes; however from a 50,000 foot view to many voters Giuliani sticks out like a sore thumb and he looks more like a Democratic candidate. What will ultimately sink Rudy's Republican presidential aspirations is that the religious right voting block, the foundation of voter support in Red states is not yet ready to support a pro-choice, gay rights marching, transvestite alleged, three times married New Yorker of Italian descent. Really Rudy's a little to 'centered' and is way too progressive for some of the more, shall we say, 'traditional' voters.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:51 pm |
  149. grant

    Dear Jack,
    The Republicans are not satisfied with their candidates because, while the rest of the country is trying to figure out how to afford a doctor, the Republican candidates are dueling over who is better at reading the bible. There is only one thing that can unite the republicans for a win in 08, and that is Hillary. If she gets the Democratic nomination, not only will she lose the white house, but she'll take the Democrat's edge in congress down with her. Remember who was called to the stump to help win close races in the 06 mid-terms? It was Obama. Hillary was kept underground because everyone knew that she would do more harm than good. That dynamic hasn't changed, and has become even more pronounced with Hillary's increased exposure. Thank God the democrats are starting to wake up in Iowa and New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Her name recognition still provides an edge nationally, but it looks like the democrats are beginning to realize that Hillary is not the furure of their party; and that future begins January 03, 2008.

    December 12, 2007 at 2:46 pm |
  150. grant

    Dear Jack,
    The republicans need Hillary to win her nomination; that is the only chance they have, especially given their propensity to dodge issues by dueling over who is better at reading the bible.

    December 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm |
  151. Fred in NC

    Maybe it means that some of us are very tired of voting for a party run by the American Taliban and the Jack Abramoff clan! (Do you think your Repub. politician spends any time worrying about Joe Sixpack??)

    It’s Twiddle Dumb and Twiddle Dee. Same as the last election, and the one before that, and so on.

    The guy who stands up and says he’ll do something to curtail the influence of the lobbyists, kill earmarks, and ignore the Taliban; that’s the guy that’ll get my attention!
    I voted Republican all my life, up until GWB. Now I just vote against all incumbents.

    I’m pro gun, want the smallest government possible, and don’t think a government has any right to tell a woman what to do with her own uterus. Who do I vote for?

    December 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm |
  152. Bob Sr.

    Republican or Democrat Caucus Night in Iowa or primaries in Vermont or anywhere else mean nothing to none registered voters. Those primeries are for registered Democrats or Republicans who vote for the same tired bunch of both parties that brought us all this mess. So when they say so goes Iowa so goes the nation, in my opinion, what a shame that statement truly is because you now have "the rest of the story". Those who vote will elect who gets to run for their party. The rest of us are on the sidelines. You know the 60% of us who do nothing about voting because we see no reason to vote. So,don't vote and get once again what they give us. Yes, don't complain, don't wonder, just sit home and watch a ball game. But if per chance you are tired of it all, the real count is on Election Day when you get up out of that chair and go and vote that incumbent out, regardless of the party, vote them all out and the bell may finally sound and it isn't the Dow's.

    December 12, 2007 at 4:48 pm |
  153. Walker Wilkins

    Jack,
    Apparently, there are a lot of people who still need to hear about Ron Paul, because he can give America back to the people, _if_ we are ready to take it back.

    One recent issue that has come to light in my mind is the unquestioning support of entitlement programs by most politicians on both sides of the aisle (aside from Ron Paul). While everyone is happy to talk about protecting social security, no one is interested in examining what we get for our money, or how we secure the value of the money being paid through social security. Ron Paul eloquently addresses both and it serves as an example of clear thought and sound logic.

    Who among you imagines that social security will provide for your retirement, or even a significant portion of it? Well, if your hand is up, maybe you should consider that the dollars you are paying in now are worth more than the dollars you are going to receive when you can finally get a social security check! We are being robbed. I am being robbed of my choice to spend and save that money as I see fit.

    We need to accept responsibility for ourselves, individually, as a nation. No politician can / should / would save us, only we can save ourselves! I Believe that national health care can work in other nations, but here, with the influence that business has in politics and the lack of influence we have as citizens, we are only asking for our own collar, from which the leash will run directly to the HMOs, drug companies, and other affluent groups.

    We need to take our money and rights back and accept the responsibility that comes with that.; We need to shift our perspective to ourselves, as individuals, and take responsibility, so that we may reap the rewards.

    If you want Walmart prices and Federal edicts, then we can never come to love our neighbors and pursue life, liberty, and happiness. But if you are prepared to accept the consequences of irresponsibility and responsibility alike - I suggest that you turn yourself to help restore this Nation and vote for whomever you feel will get out of our pockets and personal lives.

    Hey, that sounds like someone I just heard speak in Council Bluffs, Iowa! What was his name? I think it was Ron Paul.

    December 12, 2007 at 7:14 pm |
  154. Virginia Denton

    You could just go to any fundamentalist church in the Bible Belt and hear the same BS our politicians are spewing.

    December 12, 2007 at 8:06 pm |
  155. Larry Copeny

    All are a bunch of Nimrod's who need to learn how to have an understanding and concern with much Love for their fellow American people. God don't like ugly, but he is well pleased with justice, truth, sincerity, integrity, honor and true Love for All people regardless of race.

    December 12, 2007 at 8:38 pm |
  156. Max Scott (NYC)

    My nephew, in college has just sent me an e-mail and one to the whole family asking that instead of gifts for Christmas for him, he is asking us to contribute something to that Ron Paul this Sunday instead.

    Republican's looking for inspiration ? Can't they see past the end of their nose. How on earth could an old Republican from Texas get that request from my nephew ? I am certain he must have been over-studying for his exams or something. I am calling my sister to discuss this, this weekend. As well as my nephew says "Google him" to find out what is going on.

    My nephew has never expressed any interest in politics before and to be frank, no matter what this Ron Paul is saying, I am grateful to him for inspiring my nephew to take an interest in politics and our country.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:58 pm |
  157. Ralph

    Well jack,What BOB said....Bob for prez......!

    December 13, 2007 at 8:52 am |
  158. Klaus Rieper

    Jack Cafferty and London-based Andrea Sanke should, by all means, have a news/opinion show on prime time. Talk about A-team worth watching!
    Are the "suits" listening? I do hope this could take place.

    December 13, 2007 at 7:05 pm |
  159. rob

    Neither party has a message worth hearing! A bankrupt country! Parties which diviide! Massive over consumption with major trade deficits! Global nuclear threats of terrorists no one can find! Borders which can best be discribed as "running water"! With a division in this nation, that 2 minutes after 9/11, it's right back to division; regardless of how the threats of terrorists or nation states need to be understood, which threaten the very nature of Civilization? And on, and on ...

    The republican's running for the nomination have not narrowed their field of choices as the Democrats. Not because of message, but having more to do with who will be the face for the Democrats! And then, the Repubican's can declare their message hoping for a majority, without causing too much hatred from the "Bush Hating" deaf, blind, dumb, ignorants ...

    No, Grandpa Bush, didn't think this all up a hundred years ago!

    December 13, 2007 at 9:23 pm |
  160. Carl Robbins

    YOU'RE the one who needs inspiration, Jack.

    Your over-the-top rant and diatribe vs Al Gore was off-the-wall ridiculous.

    If you're cable of that kind of hot-tempered explosion on air, you should stay in the bush ( not Bush) leagues.

    You've always seemed thoughtful - but wow!

    Just another sputtering, ranting Fox-like ideologue!

    Carl

    December 14, 2007 at 9:54 am |
  161. Rodolfo

    Why Wolf every chucking day tells you «« don't go away »» for whatever reason ???? Would you really run away from him if you could ???? Or is Wolf affected by a strange convoluted "being deserted anxiety syndrome" ????

    Do you know what Hillary told Bill when she decided to run for presidency ????

    December 14, 2007 at 4:43 pm |
  162. MWashnock

    Just for the record, Bill Clinton won the White House 2 times and NEVER had 50 % of the vote.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:51 pm |
  163. b mathews

    when all this started lots of folks were hyped up about rudy..until they actually got a good look at him and heard him lisp..er..i mean speak. he looks and sounds like the weasel he is and would be 1000x worse than bush. he's got so many skeletons in his closet that are just waiting to come out if he wins the primary. god help us all if he wins.

    December 16, 2007 at 3:59 pm |
  164. Ajay Jain

    Jack,

    December 11th 2007 you say GOP "looking for inspiration". Nine days have gone by and now December 20th 2007 the GOP is STILL looking:

    http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/20/a-gop-free-for-all/

    Anyone can see the stark contrast in the two parties. The Democratic nomination is nationally wrapped up if you just ignore the EARLY states which is pre-2007 wisdom!!! SUPER DUPER TUESDAY will decide the nominee.

    The Republicans are still looking. After the 2006 midterm election, I think Hillary couldn’t choose a more perfect year to run for president. The whole country is now leaning toward Democrats. People are just so unhappy and fed up with the Republican Party which has controlled the country for almost 8 years now. Any Democrats (yes even Hillary) has better chance to win 2008 presidency than any republican.

    I don’t see all these unhappy Americans who clearly want a change in direction in 2006 would vote for another republican again over Hillary.

    In 2006, we all saw a lot of good republicans lost their seats to some never-heard-before Democrats because of this effect.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 21, 2007 at 12:49 am |