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January 14th, 2008
05:05 PM ET

John McCain’s mojo?

 John and Cindy McCain.

John and Cindy McCain.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Although the Republican presidential race could still be anyone's to win, it looks like John McCain is picking up some serious steam.

It's quite remarkable when you think back to last summer when a lot of people, including me, were convinced it was all over for McCain.

An average of three national polls conducted after the New Hampshire primary now show McCain on top with 32%. He's followed by Mike Huckabee at 20%. Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are tied at 14% each, and Fred Thompson has 7%.

McCain is also viewed more favorably than any of his major competitors. A new CBS/New York Times poll shows 57%of Republican primary voters, including more than half of conservatives, like McCain. That's up dramatically from 37% just last month.

Voters give different reasons for jumping on the McCain bandwagon: some think he's more honest than other candidates, while others describe him as more "moderate" and willing to work with the Democrats.

Of course, it's important to remember that nothing's set in stone when it comes to this Republican race. If McCain wins Michigan and South Carolina, that could cement his front-runner status. On the other hand, if he loses either race, all bets are off. But for the moment, the political gods are smiling on the 71-year-old John McCain.

Here’s my question to you: Why has John McCain's popularity among Republicans suddenly skyrocketed?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


James writes:
The word is conviction. McCain is running against the love-child of John Kerry and Ronald Reagan (Romney), the Anti-Clinton of Hope Arkansas (Huckabee), and a mayor who needed taxpayer dollars to protect his mistress (Giuliani). McCain led the charge in advocating the troop surge in Iraq, and stuck to his guns when it was considered political suicide. McCain refused to shy away from his stance on immigration because he refuses to pander. After window shopping for a few months, a splintered Republican Party is realizing that their best bet is the straight-talk express.

Pat from Warner Robins, Georgia writes:
McCain's popularity is soaring because he is being John McCain this time around and people respect him now more than ever. He is a candidate with real heart. And this time Bush's cronies aren't out to bring him down.

Mike writes:
The answer is simple: The Republicans have figured out that the plethora of bigots and hardcore conservative zealots they have to choose from don't have a chance of beating a Democrat. Outside of McCain, the Democrats could put up a lizard and still win the general election against the Republican field. The Republicans may not like McCain but they know he is the only one that gives them an outside chance of winning.

Don writes:
McCain's surge in popularity in recent weeks comes after months of voter exposure to the buffoons that are his Republican competitors. He is the lesser of the Republican buffoons, so his popularity is surging by default.

James from Olathe, Kansas writes:
As an independent, while I do not like all of McCain's positions, I would vote for him over all the others from both parties. He may well be the only honest person of all those running!

J. writes:
John McCain has mojo? Jack, really, you're kidding, right?


Filed under: GOP • John McCain • Republican Party
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Robert

    LOL

    He's not popular with me, anyone who makes a joke out of bombing another country, i.e. "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" is not someone I want running this country. Maybe we should just send him to Iraq for a hundred years.

    I know, maybe he's only popular with the 12 – 30 million illegal aliens he wants to give amnesty to!

    January 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  2. the wizard

    come on Jack, have you seen there field, a mccain/paul ticket might be a democrat upset. nah! why give false hope.

    bowling green, mo.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  3. Rolando DePuy

    Jack:
    Your question has a double edge.
    The Democratic Party as the entire country as a whole, find itself afraid of saying anything, because it would be consider "Racist"
    I know the fear that the Media has to be consider racist, in fact tthe media is letting Obama get away with everything. When Obama said that her husband could not walk to the corner without the posibility of being killed. (on 60 minutes) no one asked her "Why would he want to be President of a country where he is accepted? Everything time she speaks, the rage that she let's out, and yes she is a racist. Obama is a racist. The mayority of the Blacks you have in your station are racist, Why because they favor one race over another. Simple stated. Even you Jacki, have been afraid to speak your mind on this issue. Your question tells me you are afraid to address this issue.
    Why isn't the media asking Obama more questions, the questions that all of you have let him go. His drug use, his past politics. What has he done for this country?Not what is he going to do? He can say like Bush garbage and nothing gets done. What gives him the right to be A President when he can't put his hand over his heart? And you guys call yourself a fair Media?

    January 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  4. Joe Tyrrell

    It remains to seen that McCain is picking-up steam. The national polls are irrelevant. If McCain wins SC, he will have somme montentun. I he loses, he is probably dead.

    Joe in Delware

    January 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Ralph

    Simple, Jack. McCain will always we associated with the quagmire in Iraq that has cost us so many troops and so much money. At the same time, because so many oher Republicans fall short in their promises and future plans as leaders, many are willing to take a chance with him, particularly as issues as the economy take priority among voters.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  6. elaine

    I have listened to John McCain tell the citizens of Michigan and we are not going to get our jobs back that have been lost but will get new jobs. Why doesn't he tell us what kind of jobs and what kind of paying jobs. Right now General Motors is getting rid of $28.00 per hour average jobs and filling them with $14.00 per hour jobs (although I haven't heard that Rick Wagoner and other head honchos are taking a 50% pay cut) . Are we going to get more of the $10.00 per hour jobs that as we all know won't pay all of the bills.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Patricia

    The thing I am praying for is that the Republican Party implodes. I have sooooo had it with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, St. Rudy, the honey tongued preacher Mike Huckabee, Willard "the rat" Mitt Romney & all the rest of the NEO-CONS/Religious Rightists trying to continue their attempts to turn my country into a Theocracy.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  8. douglas gengler

    it doesn't matter why, but with all the other losers in that race one has to float to the top. johnny boy wants to bankrupt this country thru iraq and illegal immigrants. if he wins the primary he will ensure a democrat in the white house because even republicans want out of iraq and illegals deported.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  9. Karen

    I think Americans want to stay at war much more than they are willing to admit, and McCain has made it clear he will keep us at war no matter what.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  10. Don Bezler

    Hack,McCain has proved he's one of the Republicans biggest LIARS said he
    would cut spending his party was in in controt for 4 yrs McCain NEVER tried
    to stop Bush or the Republicans from making our DEBT THE BIGGEST EVER.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  11. Don Bezler

    Jack, McCain thinks Bushs war in Iraq is the thing to do what would he think IF
    his son was sent to Iraq & be WATERBOARDERED McCains two buddys
    Sen Leaberman & Grehman say it is NOT torture.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  12. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    It's skyrocketing among Independents too! It's the straight talk without the BS. If he can stay above the fray he's in like Flint.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  13. LCB

    Come on Jack, have you seen the rest of the candidates? Enough said...

    January 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  14. Jeff, Florida

    McCain's straight talk and bipartisan ideas are what most people are yearning for. This country needs someone that can unite their countrymen and women together and he's the most genuine Republican candidate that has a chance to do this. I'm a registered Democrat, and John McCain is the most appealing candidate if I was to consider voting outside my party.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Jack, I think it is because the Republicans have such polarizing figures to choose from. Huckabee is a religious extremist, Romney is a Capitalist extremist and McCain is a caveman war extremist. They probably figure McCain can do like Bush and ruin the world, while ignoring America.......thereby saving us all. 😉

    Fred Thompson is just too darn old. He already looks deceased. Giuliani is already broke and he hasn't gone anywhere yet.

    This election gets sadder by the day.

    Lynn, WV

    January 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  16. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Because the republican's have no one with any substance or personality. John McCain is just the flavor of the week.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  17. Jenny from New York

    He's the default candidate right now since faults have been found with every other Republican candidate.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  18. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    SENATOR JOHN "SMARTMOUTH" MCCAIN IS PULLING THE OLD JIMMY SWAGGART ROUTINE OF "OH FORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE SINNED." TYING HIS NAME AND SUPPORT TO THE MCCAIN/KENNEDY BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE KISS OF DEATH FOR HIS CAREER, BUT WITH A LITTLE PULLING A DEAD RABBIT OUT OF HIS KEESTER, TADA. LOOK, WE CAN SECURE THE BORDERS, WE CAN WIN THESE WARS, EVERYONE LOVES A WINNER, RIGHT? SORRY, A LOT TOO LITTLE, A LOT TOO LATE. THESE WARS ARE NOT WINNABLE, JUST ANOTHER BLACK HOLE TO THROW MONEY AND LIVES INTO. AS FOR ILLEGALS, WHEN I SEE CONGRESS SHOW ALL ILLEGALS THE EXIT DOOR AND START PRESENTING BILLS FOR SERVICE TO THE COUNTRIES THAT MISPLACED THEIR CITIZENS I'LL START TO BELIEVE WHAT THESE CLOWNS ARE THEN SHOVELING. IN THE MEAN TIME I'LL VOTE FOR RON PAUL.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  19. George

    Jack,

    In realty he is not popular with all Americans just the ones that want to stay at war. If the media would give equal coverage to all the candidates, the presidential race would me much different. But we keep hearing the same old news about the same old candidates all the time, we hear more news about Britney spears than we do about Ron Paul. Change it up a little jack.

    George

    January 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  20. Ron Margheim

    Well my friends, who else do they have? I can tell you this my friends, a vote for McCain will be four more years of the same thing we've had for the past eight years. Listen my friends, I speak the truth.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  21. Bert D

    McCain has about as much enthusiasm as a wet rag. Together with his obvious choice for a running mate, the limp noodle Liebermann, they will only inspire the people to reject them in an overwhelming defeat.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Because you pundits in the news media won't shut up about his one win in N.H. I really hope he looses because in my opinion he's a RINO, (Republican In Name Only)!!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  23. Karen

    Bomb away....

    January 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  24. Patricia

    I've been reading some of those Ron Paul news letters from a ew years back, & I'm sorry, even if he didn't write all the articles, he still let them be printed under his name & that makes me very uncomfortable. He's starting to look like a flake to me. So I am done with him. As I've said before, I hope the Republican Party implodes on itself.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  25. W B in Las Vegas

    probably because the Republicans THINK that McCain can defeat Hillary or Obama BUT when the TRUTH that McCain is just another George Bush perpetual war NeoCon, ship the jobs to China, rich get richer while middle class workers lose their homes, Republican becomes apparent, I don't think he or any of their candidates can win in November.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  26. Greg from PA

    McCain is today's flavor of the week. If Huckabee wins South Carolina, he'll be the darling de jour. If Mitt wins Michigan, he will be the anointed one. You guys in the press are so anxious for news, you forget the influence you have in molding public opinion and effecting voter behavior. Can't you just cover the news without making it?

    January 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  27. Rich , McKinney Texas

    Jack did we not just have a question about polls last week when the pollsters were off by a mile in New Hampshire? The nice thing about being a polling company is no matter how far off the mark you are you will still have a job tomorrow. Polls are like opinions, everybody has one. Their value is equal to an opinion, worthless. Polls are a static example of what may happen. Voting is a dynamic response by the American people. I will go with dynamic over static every time.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  28. Bruce

    A more direct question would be, why Bill and Hilary opened this can of race, the answer, Bill and Hilary saw losing and determined they will win at all cost, Bill called in his markers, “what I’ve done for black folks, remember, (give me a break,) black folks” and Hilary, fouled the pitch a, then fumble the ball for an error in the field, Walla’ Mr. Johnson, got caught with sand paper in his mouth and Hilary stood in the dugout and did come out, the black folks and a lot of white folks are starting to boo, go figure.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  29. Bruce

    He’s not Bush, but he’s the closes, to not feeling guilty about Bush’s f-ing up there support for him, McCain is a not feeling guilty support thing, for most die hard Republicans.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  30. Tyler N

    McCain has seen this recent boost in the polls based on all of the positive free press that he has received after winning in New Hampshire. Mitt Romney's failure to capture either Iowa or New Hampshire, even though he greatly outspent his opponents, has proven that in 2008, candidates will be hard pressed to buy the American people's votes. If Romney can pull out a victory in his home state of Michigan, I would not be surprised to see him receive the that same boost, which is why it is so important for a candidate to be able to win back to back primaries, especially before Super Tuesday. If, as I suspect, none of the Republicans can string together two or three consecutive primary victories prior to the later stages of the primary season, I look forward to sitting back and watching the Republicans rip each other to shreds through negative campaigning, and drive the party into the ground.

    Tyler N.
    St. Louis

    January 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  31. Ryan Farrar

    His popularity has indeed skyrocketed... amongst the pollsters! And as a result the media as well. Sooner or later the rest of the country must wake up and smell the Ron Paul, or we're doomed to the same old establishment b.s. that we've been getting, and what anyone else (except Dennis Kucinich too) can provide. VOTE PAUL!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  32. Allen L Wenger

    They are afraid they may be in for another Goldwater disaster. At this point they are not even trying to win, they just want to remain viable. Instead of becoming a strong minority party, they may split up and become 2 ineffective minority parties.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  33. john

    What a joke. How does the press determine or measure when someone suddenly skyrockets. You certainly aren’t relying on some pollster are you? It must be when the candidate “buys” a lot of commercials and in appreciation the media gives them a little shout out like “suddenly skyrocket” as a freebee for the business. Let’s be real, if McCain couldn’t beat Bush last time around (and look how Bush worked out !!) why would I vote for him now.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  34. Peter Johnon

    I don't understand why McCain is rising everyone seems to be forgetting amnesty, campaign finance reform and his interest in becoming part of the ICC. How can he be for not enforcing our rule of law at home but be for participating in the International Criminal Court and international laws that undermine out sovereignty. How can people want a 100 years commitment to Iraq? What are these people thinking? The Republican Party is over we are going down in flames. I don't know what will rise in its place but I hope it throws out the ugly (phobia, interventionism, fear) and reaffirms the good (low taxes, small government, diplomacy).

    p.s. Jack please talk about the REAL ID please this is ridiculous.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  35. Evan

    Jack, I think that many think that the Bush Presidency as been bad for Republicans. They want someone like Reagan to lead the nation, not another Bush. Many Reagan Republicans like McCain and they also feel that he is the most electable Republican.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  36. bluepunk

    Why is it that John McCain is not ask about his horrid involvement in the Savings
    and Loan scam? It cost us tax payers 2.6 BILLION dollars. It also cost hundreds of seniors millions of dollars in their life savings. How is it that he can go around talking about trust and "straight" talk when he has this kind of crime all over his hands. WOW! Note: Charles Keating is his close friend who gave him thousands of dollars for many of McCain's elections. John even jokes that the S&L scam will be on his tombstone! Double WOW!!

    Bluepunk

    January 14, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  37. Annie, Atlanta GA

    Jack,

    He doesn't have a crazy look in his eyes, he's not telling us we need to own guns to protect ourselves against our own government, or ignoring folks in some states in order to win over those in others (that can't be going over well), he doesn't look as fake as a Ken doll, and he's not coming off as disinterested. He seems to geniuinely give a damn. I think we're better able to spot genuine after the last 7 years.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  38. Margaret

    McCain's popularity is high again because there isn't the horrible slanderous Bush inventing lies about him this time around.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  39. Charlie

    Jack

    It should be obvious, the Republicans are afraid of "change". Then again I'm so sick of that word I'm considering voting for him too.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  40. Donald, Butte Montana

    I don't like ANY of the Repubican candidates!!

    However, McCain's rise in polls can best be attributed to his experience in the Senate, ability to cross party lines to get legislation passed, etc.

    The other candidates: Giuliani is nothing but an opportunist.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  41. Ben

    All the other candidates have been in the news for the wrong reasons. Many of them loosing. McCain has only been in the news for winning a New Hampshire. People wonder why Giuliani is loosing in the polls. He isn't campaigning in the early states so there is no media attention on him. So Jack, you have no one to look at but yourself.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  42. Lee

    Maybe because all of his peers look...not so great...

    January 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  43. John Lambrechts

    The John McCain surge in my opinion can be attributed to the media's focus on two particular candidates for the past month, John McCain and Mitt Romney. When Republicans view these two candidates as the only people with a chance of winning the nomination, the people will choose the better of the two, unfortunately.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  44. Cheryl Bynum

    John McCain is someone that people feel they can trust. You trust your daddy/granddaddy, don't you? He is a straight talker–and we all appreciate that!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  45. Don

    McCain's surge in popularity in recent weeks comes after months of voter exposure to the baffoons that are his Republican competitors. He is the lessor of the Republican baffoons, so his popularity is surging by default.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  46. Donald, Butte Montana

    Romney is a consistent flip-flopper and liar
    Huckebee can do nothing but cater to the evangelical right
    Thompson has long been asleep at the wheel much like Reagan - he needs to go back to acting with his scripts.
    Ron Paul is the only sensible one out there, but the national media is ignoring him

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  47. Chris

    I'm sick of the media in this country making predictions for the majority of voters. Can't you people just shut up about your opinions and wait til the primaries?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  48. Prasad

    Hi, thats no surprising... Even a hardcore democrat I am, I may vote for McCain if its against Obama, as I can not imagine voting for Obama agaist McCain in these troubled times outside and inside the country...

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  49. You Know Me

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Why has John McCain’s popularity among Republicans suddenly skyrocketed?

    Romney, Guilini, Thompson, Huckabee, and Paul.

    If you were inclined to vote republican, who would you favor?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  50. Brian

    What I like about McCain is that he is a Republican who is willing to work with the Democrats. While I will still most likely vote for a democrat, if I had to vote for a Republican it would be him for sure.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  51. Pat Sanders

    McCain's popularity is soaring because he is being John McCain this time round and people respect him now more than ever. He is a candidate with real heart. And this time Bush's cronies aren't out to bring him down.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  52. Mike from PEI

    The answer is simple.
    The republicans have figured out that the plethora of bigots and hardcore conservative zealots they have to choose from don't have a chance of beating a democrat.
    Outside of McCain the Democrats could put up a lizard and still win the general election against the Republican field.
    The Republicans may not like McCain but they know he is the only one that gives them an outside chance of winning.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  53. Will

    McCain is on the rise because he has managed to avoid the issues and questions of his liberal record by giving motivational speeches. Obama is doing the same thing on the democratic side.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  54. Kevin

    So let me get this straight. One polls says, this....which contradicts the other poll, which says, that.....which contradicts the other poll which says, the other thing. When all of you media folks had that "very honest" 10 seconds of introspection last week did you not find the answer. Stop reporting polls, please?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  55. James

    The word is conviction. McCain is running against the love-child of John Kerry and Ronald Reagan, the Anti-Clinton of Hope Arkansas, and a mayor who needed taxpayer dollars to protect his mistress. McCain led the charge in advocating the troop surge in Iraq, and stuck to his guns when it was considered political suicide. McCain refused to shy away from his stance on immigration because he refuses to pander. After window shopping for a few months, a splintered Republican Party is realizing that their best bet is the straight-talk express.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  56. Vince Flango

    Simple. They have run out of candidates. Guiliani's rise was toppled by the religious right, Huckabee's rise was stopped by the conservative tax cutter wing, and Romney was stopped by his incessant pandering that no one likes.

    They hate McCain but realize, there is no one left.

    Greetings from warm Winter Springs, FL, Jack

    January 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  57. James Richard

    What has caused McCain's surge? Maybe it's media covering him like he's the only GOP candidate in the race. Give every candidate equal coverage, and the numbers will change dramatically. But equal coverage is something unheard of by the media. I guess they figure the people can't decide for themselves.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  58. Vince Lewis

    John McCain is skyrocketing because he is the Republicans best hope for retaining the White House. Although the "main street" Republicans have come to this realization, much of the GOP elite are still to working to paint MItt Romney as the GOP poster child. The party needs to change, if it doesn't it will be relegated to 8 to 10 years in the political wilderness. Romney is not change, he is more of the same. McCain represents a new direction the party needs.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  59. Roger Teekell Las Vegas

    With Hillary And Barack beating each other up,they look more like politics as usual than anyone out there.McCain seems like the only level headed voice in the field.He's a gentleman and a Patriot.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  60. G. Croswell

    John McCain is the only Republican candidate that has a good chance of overcoming the negativity of the Bush administration and winning the presidency. The main reason his popularity waned to begin with is that he seemed to be supportive of President Bush for several months. Since that has begun fading in the memory of the public, his popularity is back on the rise. Hopefully more Republicans will begin the realize he is the only hope they have of winning the Oval Office this time around. As a Democrat, I would seriously consider voting for McCain, depending on who received the Democratic nomination.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  61. Pete

    Come on Jack, do you really believe the "Polls" after what happen in NH?! These "Polls" mean nothing except show how feeble minded we are to believe in polls in the first place.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  62. Julian Chan

    McCain is the only republican who is telling it as it is and is being honest. And I think he is often misrepresented by others but in person his real opinions are clear.
    I think it is clear he thinks the war was not the best idea, but now that we are there, we have an obligation to see it finish correctly. This is not a warhawk, but a responsible person stuff with the bad Bush policies (and we all know he disagreed with Bush on nearly everything).

    This is a man with integrity, a) saying Bush should stop torture, b) being up front about jobs in Michigan rather than lying to them, c) realistically looking at the immigration issue at the risk of being misrepresented, rather than be willing just to put up sound bites

    McCain is the only person who seems to be running because he cares about the country and not for earning a "place in history books".

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  63. phil

    because his wife is a hottie

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  64. Rob in Chicago

    As a former Guiliani supporter who now backs John McCain, it is all about electability. Guiliani's dramatic decline comes because he made the tactical error of sitting out the early primaries. McCain now energizes the growing portion of Republicans who are willing to check their idealogy at the door on specific issues in order to get a candidate who can beat Hillary or Obama. The only group that can derail McCain will be the right wing evangelicals, who would be well served to choose the "devil they know" than either Democrat.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  65. John

    Why has John McCain’s popularity among Republicans suddenly skyrocketed?

    Primarily due to the overly intense and misleading coverage from the media, CNN in particular. To call NH democratic results a major comeback for Clinton, or even a win is ridiculous - she and Obama tied at 8 committed votes each. Sure, McCain "won" the Republican side in NH, but that was to be expected. The over-coverage of these results skews the viewers and, in turn, the polls. These should be background coverage, secondary to the candidate MESSAGES yet the media is making things like this (and the polls) the primary focus.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  66. Ken from Jersey

    Could his popularity possibly be associated with the fact that the media creates its own polls to define leaders in the political contests and then apportions its coverage in direct proportion to the poll results ?? Cover the issues - provide balanced coverage - and stop trying to make news instead of reporting on the facts !!!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  67. Don Haggerty

    I don't think he is that popular. He is still a hot-headed Senator who still has plans for amnesty for the illegals. The only thing different now is that he said he will seal the border, but after that is done, he will hop back with Ted on amnesty.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  68. Stan Schwartz

    McCain is the only candidate who is saying exactly today what he has been saying for years. Perceived as a man who means what he says, and that certainly seems to be true. The question is, "do you agree with what he says?"

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  69. Sneh

    Well Jack let's say the old man is wise. McCain has stuck with his decision for a surge in Iraq and as far as he is concerned it is working. I believe that has won him some points....He is probably the most consistent and with that more electable that Mrs. Experience (Clinton).

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  70. joe

    I don't know if he has skyrocketed or all the others have plunged. The republicans are holding their noses now as the answer poll, but who ever the eventual nominee is, they will swoon over him like a love sick puppy and talk about what strong morals he has just like they did with Bush.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  71. Filipino monkey

    The gop voters believe everything their politicians spew along with the corporate media who are embedded with our corporate government.

    For example:

    "Those threatening messages allegedly from Iran to a US Naval ship in the Persian Gulf now appear to be the work of Filipino Monkey, a notorious ham radio heckler who has been pestering ships in the Persian Gulf for 25 years."

    It is just like the show "Punked".

    Geez.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  72. Richard Pennell

    Dear Jack,
    MCCain's popularity among Repuplicans has skyrocketed because they realize he is Bush incarnate. Watch his face when talks about military action and the war. His left eye twitches visably-he reminds me of Humphry Bogart as Captin Qweeg in the movie "The Caine Mutany." I believe his insanity is deep and all-consuming. The old man should fold his tent and check into Walter Reed!
    Richard

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  73. Bob

    Not really sure Jack...maybe because they have such a lame lot in the running! One thing I have noticed that bothers me about McCain, remember the Pink Panther movies with Chief Inspector Dreyfus you know the one that developed the twitching eye and went insane? Well, McCain has developed this twitching left eye whenever he gets a little angry or perturbed...check it out next time he makes an emotional or confrontational remark. A little scary! I think he is too old, and a little too unbalanced to be the leader of the free world!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  74. George

    McCain's popularity is growing because people will go wth "The Person you know" vs "The Person you don't".

    McCain's record is out ther for examination. The others........ ?

    George
    Orange Park, FL

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  75. stephen

    out of the choices available john mccain is who i would pick , because he is the only one i can believe, democrats included.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  76. Mike

    Jack if Mickey Mouse had won the New Hampshire primary then, you guessed it, Mickey Mouse would be leading the Republican race.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  77. Pete Jacobs

    John McCain is moving up because he's real and is seen as mainstream American. McCain is strong on National Defense and he's demonstrated that he's also sensative to the declining economy. The religous extremists represented by Huckabee don't represent the GOP as I know it.

    Pete

    Fresno Ca.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  78. Dawn Kucera

    I wonder if it's so much that McCain's popularity is skyrocketing, or is it that everybody else is just falling so hard? Romney looks like a flip-flopper, Huckabee is painting himself into a very smaller corner courting the Evangelicals, Thompson is sinking like a rock that was never very bouyant anyway, and now it apprears Giulani has run out of money before seriously contesting even one primary.
    Maybe McCain is just the least damaged candidate left standing.

    Dawn in Hawaii

    January 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Gene

    John McCain has been around politics for so long,that I'm sure many Republicans owe him big favors.
    Just like the George W. Bush campaign(when he got the support of so many Republicans because they owed the old man so many favors)that he got the nomination.
    So why is anyone surprised that an old "insider" like McCain can muster up Favors.
    After all ,they all know that if he is elected President, he won't make waves.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  80. Dan in NC

    Jack,

    Maybe because Republicans like the some old "Scare me with Terrorism" rants.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  81. A. Bauer

    John McCain's version of being a prisoner is humorous since the Japanese were very aware of the Admiral in his family so they were easy on him. Besides we have had enough liars in the White House so who wants an OLD liar. He's 71.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  82. ken darnell

    It's simple. The public has finally caught on to Guiliani's one-note samba, Romney's plasticity, Thompson's inertia and the unease of a non-Darwinian advocate for less separation of church and state. Who's left? Ron Paul?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  83. JEM1165

    John McCain has mojo?
    Jack, really, you're kidding right?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Debbie

    I can't define why or confirm whether John McCain is popular. I am a MI independant voter who is going to vote for Mitt Romeny b/c I know that he really does care about MI AND I am really concerned about electing someone who goes on national television and sings "bomb, bomb bomb, bomb, bomb Iran." I find that really alarming!! I remember Ronald Regan and the White House dementia years. I don't want to see another old guy in the White House who may get dementia and is trigger happy to boot. OMG!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  85. Lauren

    John McCain may be hip now, but so were Huckabee, Giuliani, and Romney once. The Republicans seem to be suffering from political schizophrenia. By my calculations, a different Republican will win a different state. At this point, why nominate Larry Craig or Ronald McDonald or my dog? It may not even make a difference...

    January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  86. Noah

    Simple,

    Huckabee is a religious zealot (good) but he has some crazy idea to abolish the IRS (bad)

    Romney is a smooth talking flip flopper who cannot be trusted.

    Guliani is a nut who married his cousin and cheated on his wife and believes in pro choice.

    Thompson is an actor who has yet to really show he is even really interested in winning.

    Ron Paul is some crazy guy who believes in civil liberties and th constitution and thinks we should shrink our government and not blow everybody up for the fun of it.

    That leaves only McCain, a patriot who has been in Washington long enough to not scare any of the old guard. He's still willing to keep the ole boy's club open and blow up the occasional rable rouser. Especially if there is some money to be made.

    There's your winner!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  87. b.lee bellow

    I aggreed with you on Macain 's being in trouble , He has problems with the wishy washy stance on a number of issues. has no progwms as far as his stance on education, the economy, he has no mojo with the people that do vote. His chance
    to get elected, on the scale 1-10 I give him 2. Thanks Love your show, Korean Vet , 75 year old in Florida

    January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  88. Brad

    What other choices due real Republicans have? You and the rest of the "none biased" media have totally forgotten about Dr. Ron Paul. I thought you of all people where a real American. Dr. Paul is a mordern day Thomas Jefferson. He stands for what real Americans believe. However, you and Wolf have forsaken him. Remember the first ammendment? Bring back America let Dr. Paul be heard and not written out of this election by the media.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  89. dan

    Jack:
    I wish that all your questions were this easy.
    John McCain's popularity is soaring because of the nature of his competition. If McCain were not in the Republican race and was replaced by, let's say, Bozo the Clown, Bozo's popularity ratings would be going through the roof.
    If this is the best the Republicans can do, they are going to disappear from the political scene.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  90. A. Bauer

    Iran is no threat to the US. The last thing that they need is war with the US. HELLO!!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  91. ali

    jack why not u run for presindent and wolf could be the vice p

    January 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  92. Mitchell

    Jack, I am a Democratic/Indpendent. I have always admired John McCain, although I do not agree with him on all the issues. He is an honorable man. I like that he is an independent thinking. In fact, I think he stands head and shoulders above the other Republican candidates, especially in experience. It's a no-brainer to me that Republicans should nominate him. If they do, I think he can beat Clinton or Obama in the general election. If we have a Democratic Congress, I like the idea of having a Republican President, especially one who, like McCain, would really seek to work with the Congress. This balance of power was a pretty good idea that it's time to try again.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  93. nora shafer

    Jack, The republicans don't care who they elect, as long as it's a republican.
    john mccain has a famous name. As long as they keep their homes, SUV's and sudo life style, nothing will change.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  94. Jim

    McCain's popularity? It's all relative. The candidates with whom he is competing are all flawed much more conspicuously than he. Romney's slick presentation and Mormon affiliation works against him. Huckabee, despite his affable folksy qualities, lacks (quoting Chris Matthews) curiosity about the world; he is uninformed. The "9/11" king has forgotten Florida has 49 sister states and Fred Thompson should stick to television. And Ron Paul? Nobody that honest could get elected to anything. McCain–the lesser of many evils.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  95. janet

    Jack'
    When will both sides realize that we the american people do not give a damn about race.We want to hear about the issues and what each one would do about them if they were elected to the presidency.Issues like health care for all,immigration.some tax breaks for the poor and middles class instead of for the rich and large corporations.Mccain seems to think that taxes are too high for corporations and that is why they are moveing out of places such as Michigan.What kind of a fool does he think we the people are.They are moveing out because they don't want to pay the kind of wages needed for the working class to survive in this economy that they the republicans have created.What kind of government takes disipline away from parents and dictates what we can do and can't do.Since disipline has been taken away from the parents in this country we have children that takes guns to school and that threaten each other with unheard of violence.WHAT WILL GOVERNMENT DO ABOUT THIS?I would like to hear about how they are going to stop stealing from social security with their I.O.U's and start putting back what they have stolen.But Why should they after all they get big fat pensions plus social security which I think should not happen.They should get one or the other not both!I could go on and on,but I guess my real message is cut the crap and stick to what really counts.
    janet, wisconsin

    January 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  96. Dana

    Jack, Let's see, Does anyone remember that before his candidacy for Presdent; he was hand and hand with our current President? I think Hucklebee has lost points because he is a preacher and our world "politicians & lobbiest in Washington" can't deal with such an honest man. Mc Cain is also gaining votes from Mitt Romney because he takes stabs at Romney every chance he gets. Does no one remember George Bush bashing John Kerry with being a "Flip flopper" Mc Cain is well liked, but so was Bush. They both know alot of people in Washington.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  97. david hornfischer

    McCain represents honesty. The rest speak for themselves. Rather they speak for others and try to make it look like they speak for themsleves.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  98. Diania

    McCain, has the American people hogwashed, you know that if he gets the Presidency, as soon as sworn in, he will push his amnesty bill, I don't care what he says.

    I mean along with Obama and Clinton he sign the bill to give the illegals immigrates the right to collect social security. And they are crying that the social security is going broke. They don't think about the American people, they don't have to worry, as they don't need any social security, I mean for heaven's sake they get their full salary when they retire.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the average American when he retired was able to get his full salary?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  99. Ray

    There is nothing amusing about McCain Mojo or no mojo, the fact is that the GOP is in dire strait now in search of a rallying point. Most of their candidates from Gulliani to Romney are phoney guys. There is no amount mojo that can save them. Remember they have all been collaborators of GWB for the past 7yrs. including McCain.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Barb

    As a Michigan resident, I'm so unimpressed by the horses that are running and angry that most of the Democratic nominees didn't bother to even get on the Michigan ballot, I've decided to go to the polls tomorow, indicate my party prference as republican (God forgive me!), then vote for Hackabee. I know he doesn't have a chance of winning, but I love to see the pollsters sputter when the election is over.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  101. Greg

    McCain is up in the polls for now. that could change, but maybe it is because he is a true conservative. he has made a conservative vote every single time. just look at his voting record. Also, he has the best chance against the democrats. lets hope the republicans stay true to their idiotic nature and elect the least likely to win against the Dem's. go huckabee!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  102. A. Bauer

    The ONLY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE worth trusting is Ron Paul. The Media hides him.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  103. don juhl

    Why can,t we have a primary for indepentant voters and assign percntage of deligates to vote either republican, democrats or third party.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Don

    I don't think this love for McCain is new. I think that it is just becoming more defined. I had/have been trying to figure whom I like more. Some very big aspects of conservatism are faith and trust Though, we might not all be extremely happy with everything that McCain has done. We, at least, know where we stand with him. And he IS knowledgeable. I trust and like Thompson. But I feel like McCain has a better shot at winning.

    Another thing for me is bang for my buck! We pay these jerks to get stuff done. McCain, at least, TRIES do get something done! Same reason I liked Newt Gingrich and the contract with America. That might involve actually working WITH people you disagree with! I do that every day to get my job done. It is only practical! If we have to sit here any longer while these politicians get paid to sit on their brains, I am going to run for office myself!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  105. bluepunk

    Jack, why are we talking about front runners when we have not even had a real
    primary, yet? How is it that an Open or Spoiler primary can be considered a fair and honest election process. I say let all of those who are real voters declare their party and vote for their OWN candidate. I know that no matter how much I don't like
    republicans, I would never even consider to raid their primary with a spoiler vote and distort their true desire of who they wish to have as their candidate of choice.

    We need "Secure" or Safe primaries and nothing less. As it is, we just have a corrupt election process that rewards the candidates with lots of money, no issues, and all personality.

    bluepunk
    PS. I cant wait for the first primary to start. Is that Feb. 5?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  106. Robyn of AZ

    If you like Bush's foreign policy, then vote for McCain. We'll be in Iran in
    a matter of days.

    McCain was involved in the Keating affair regarding the Savings and
    Loan scandal several years ago. He's really a wolf wearing horns and
    a long tail. He doesn't care what the people want; he's been in bed with
    Bush from day one and will continue on with his policies. If you don't
    want change, then vote for McCain.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  107. shawn murphy

    Its simple jack,after getting to see more and here more of everyone else these past few weeks,mcain doesnt seem so bad after all!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Lisa from Virginia

    Because evangelicals will not vote for Romney, and Giuliani's use of city police to drive his official mistress around - not to mention his pro-choice, pro-gay rights positions - meant that Republican primary voters won't vote for him, either. Remember, the Republican primaries are dominated by Republican extremists. If you don't pray in their church, they want no part of you.

    Lisa
    Fairfax VA

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  109. Susan

    Because he is the least creepy, kind of, somewhat, cat barf, who knows, maybe he is the most creepy...and the media has decided they like him. Let's see how you boobs do with this guy.
    This campaign is so disturbing why not save time and money? Get a dart board,
    put on a blind fold, toss a small minded dart and pick out the next fool that will add to the ruination of this country, and end the misery.
    At this point, does it matter?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  110. Rich

    Because it actually hasn't Jack Its just another media lie. You know like the poll you showed 5 min ago that adds up to 87% omitting
    the 13 % for THE MISSING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE JACK!! THATS RONPAULS 13% YOU LIE JACK JUST LIKE FOX NEWS. John McWar has no support Jack. Everyone knows he is a nuke happy border erasing waste of government paycheck

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  111. Ray Columbus Ohio

    John McCain has no popularity with anyone who has any sense or integrity. He tries to make jokes about everything and doesn't even realize that he looks like a fumbling fool every time he opens his mouth.

    What's even worse than him looking like a fool is the fact that the entire media population is complicit in John McCain's clearly undeserving coverage. Come on Jack, you seem to be a real guy, don't be part of the problem like John McCain.

    Anyone with any sense and integrity can see what is happening with the media's covert downplaying of the real man of substance who is RON PAUL! The continued twisted coverage of this political season is evident to even those whom the media feels it can decieve and fool!

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  112. Bashar Alhassan

    he is a real GENTELMAN it took americans a while to discover that . Americans needs to be soooo thankfull to have such a wonderfull, straight forward, honest,strong and a diplomatic personality like Mr. McCain "the golden boy"

    January 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  113. martin wiesler

    Well first look at the choices and you question answers itself. While republicans traditonaly are associated with wealth no one is going to be so blatten at this stage of the american economy to just let someone buy it. John Mccain is not a choice it's one of limited options who else can beat any democrate maybe huckabee but he's not finding the roots of support

    January 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  114. CHARLOTTE

    Look at the field, not much to choose from. Why do you guys keep refering to his age 71. Trying to bring age discrimination into the picture.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  115. Danny Shepherd

    The American people are moving toward John McCain for the simple reason of ECONOMICS. Look at his opponents that are getting the most publicity. You will see men with big bankrolls. No matter how they got their money, the common middle class (and below) person does not trust them. We see them, as we see a lot of the present administration, as people that are influenced way too much by GREED. They do not dispell any of these thoughts with their rhetoric either. Sen. McCain seems to have some fiscal responsibility and doesn't mind talking about it.
    Greed is what got us to where we are today. Now, President Bush is in the middle east giving away billions to people that have much deeper pockets than the rest of us.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Anita

    You asked why John McCain's popularity has skyrocketed lately. Actually, I'm kind of baffled myself considering his stance on illegal immigration. Although he's said he has finally heard the American people and intends to secure the border first, he still insists that when that's done he'll push for a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal aliens in this country. Polls show that many folks are against that. So, how is his popularity rising in the polls? They must be polling the illegal aliens..

    January 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  117. Doug

    John McCain's popularity is not skyrocketing Jack.......it is simply defying the gravity of the ugly mess he helped dump America into.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  118. PJ42YLP

    The idea of a religious zealot in the White House has pushed me towards John McCain as being someone with common sense. Huckabee, Thompson and Romney scare me. Ron Paul seems to be smoking something. We're left with John McCain if we're going to have a strong Republican candidate in November.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  119. Don Ortin

    I JUST HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT THE RACE CARD WITH OBAMA AND CLINTON AND HOW STUPID IT WAS TO WASTE TIME TALKING ABOUT THIS. AFTER YOU FINISHED WOLF STARTED COVERING THIS STORY FOR THE NEXT HALF HOUR. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME THIS HAPPENED. WHY DON'T THE TWO OF
    YOU GET ON THE SAME PAGE.
    THANKS DON.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Lee

    John McCain's popularity has "sky rocketed" because his peers that are also running for the Republican ticket are mediocre...at best.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  121. Gerry

    He was offered his freedom by the Viet Cong and he said "no"'. Show me one other person who is running in either party who has shown anywhere near this much character. While we may not all agree with Senator McCain on all of the issues, we cannot overlook what he has already done for our country. Experience and charachter, those two together will give change a chance. Change cannot be made from without, it must come from within. He is the only one, on either ticket, with the ability to make change. We have two choices, Obama who has character or McCain who has character and experience.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  122. w.e.wade

    someone needs to tell bob johnson and the clintons that the days of the massa are over. Lindon johnson was probably the first black president, but that doesn't matter. it's time for the black man(women) to stand on our own two feet and Obama is the symbol of that. bob is a new day uncle tom and should be dealt with the same way the south africans dealt with their traitors. he' s a billoinare tell him to go way and get out of the way.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  123. Angela

    John MCCain is a moderate Republican that is more likely to beat a Clinton or Obama. I think MCCain's stand on the War on Terror is the most reasonable candidate out of the other Presidential runners. MCCain has knowledge that no other candidate has about war. I think a good ticket would be MCCain and Huckabee.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  124. muad' dib

    Because Ron Paul is taking all the support from the rest of the republican candidates..... Do your own research. For crying out loud think for yourself!

    -I doubt Jack's producers will let him even ead this on the air........

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  125. howie

    Mac is the lesser (evil) of 8 or 9 bad contenders.no one talks about Taxes. "The IRS Waterboard". The Flat Tax is the real fair tax. Everyone pays a % over cost of life's needs. what ever you earn is with the support of everyone in the USA., only the smart or rich find loop holes to cheat, I don't and won't prostitute my self.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  126. walter jones

    Jack, it's really quite simple. Some Republicans see McCain as an honest straight-talking public servant. To others, he is a default candidate as

    (1) Giuliani and Romney have spent scores of millions of dollars demonstrating that they are shameless re-inventors and re-re-inventors;
    (2) the power of the evangelical right has been grossly overrated;
    (3) the leadership of the evangelical right has been driven into silence by one legal, moral and sexual scandal after another;
    (4) Thompson has sleep-walked through the campaign; and
    (5) Huckabee has proven himself unquialified for the presidency by rejecting evolution and advancing the gates of Hell as an instrument of foreign policy.

    Where else but to McCain can a Republican turn, as the rest of the field is patently unfit for this office.

    Walter
    Naples, FL

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  127. Mary

    For some reason the Republicans have forgotten about the war they were supposedly against based on polls of just a few months ago. The war is the 800 pound gorilla in the room and they are now talking all around it. What good is a candidate who can be trusted or who gets along with Democrats if he pushes for a war that divides the Congress and the American people?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  128. joe m

    mccain is probably the strongest candidate against a clinton or obama. he does not fit the damaged republican image. he historically has been able to work beyond the party, but at the same time he remains the standard bearer for many of the key republican issues.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  129. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Simple, Republicans have realized the McCain is their best bet for keeping the White House. But even he won't be able to overcome the damage done by George W. Bush.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  130. L. D. Seitz, Arizona

    McCain has knowlege, experience, common sense and integrity. He works well with anyone who is working for the best interests of the country, Republican or Democrat. He won't lie to us and he can't be bought. He is the kind of man I would like to see leading our country during any time period, but especially during this time when we are at war and facing a faultering economy. I don't just want to see him in the White House. I think our country desperately needs him there. He is the only candidate who is both prepared and committed to lead effectively.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  131. Larry

    Jack, whats all the fuss about John McCain,how many times can this guy be recycled ?. Anyway shouldn't he be running for president of AARP ?.
    Larry

    January 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  132. Gene Baker

    The news media and the Democrats are promoting McCain. Once the voters know that McCain was last in his class at the Academy, a boozer, a womanizer. a show off and smart mouth in the military and sides with liberal Democrats (Kennedy and Clinton) in supporting liberal issues and opposing Republican tax cuts. A former POW told me he would not vote for McCain if he were the only person on the ballot because of his conduct as a POW and his maverick attitude.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  133. glen from LA

    McCain has skyrocketed because the former frontrunners, Romney, Guiliani failed to convince or inspire the public the way Obama or even Clinton has done. Therefore, Republicans feel they have to settle with the candidate they already know and can all go for, especially when it appears the Republican field looks more wide open than the Democrats. Republicans will eventually feel the need for a consensus frontrunner to be established. McCain once convinced and inspired people in 2000. Romney and Guiliani haven't yet.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  134. Z from Alpharetta, Ga.

    Jack,

    Lou Dobbs coined the term that I think is the answer to your question; in a word:
    Authenticity. McCain not only is authentic, but he gives the impression that he would have a difficult time being anything but authentic. Indeed, McCain's frankness has given rise to his maverick reputation which has heretore been unappreciated by the public. But in the age of contrived candidates who find it difficult to fess up to statements and positions made in the past, McCain's seeming inability to speak anything but his mind is finally, but gratefully, being viewed as a refreshing contrast by American voters.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  135. michelle C

    His huge increase in popularity was initiated with his win in NH. The publicity he got out of NH gave him the ability to prove to the voters what he has to offer: His experience as the number one thing. He is more qualified than any other candidate, republican or democrat. The fact that he is a long time senator should not hurt him in providing change to the American people. It just gives him the ability to make the RIGHT change. He is and honest, man who if is elected will be a great president and I think people are beginning to realize this.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  136. Roger Teekell Las Vegas

    Jack,don'tyou think it,s strange that allll these racial shots coming from her campaign at Barack Obama seem to all happen without her knowlege?how can she expect us to trust her to lead if she doesn't even know what's going on in her own house?And why does it matter what happened with Barack 25 yrs. ago when some pretty wild stuff went on in her house a.k.a the white house in much more recent times?

    January 14, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  137. jose

    i dont know why obama and clinton are fighting they forgotten about the issues that americans are sufferin like economy,war and us here in the u.s,instead they are trowing punches at each other about race while the republicans are sitting back watching everything happening and laughing out loud,while democrats poll are slipping into republicans hands , i dont think that the way things are going are in favor of dems. if not favoring the republicans to win this elections, i dont think neither obama or hillary will win the whitehouse,remember why you think they call it whitehouse ,it dont think it takes a rocket scientist to figure that out,good luck dems. shame/shame/shame Jose/florida

    January 14, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  138. Jimmie King

    The smart move as Bush was informed of before hand, would have been to Nuke the mountains of Afghanistan, turned Iran into glas, and told the rest of the World we had more where those came from. So they better shut-up and back off, or lets get it on and bring it all to a head, which we are headed fore anyway soon.

    Therefore we wouldn't be at War in Iraq with our Armed Forces that will be wiped out one day soon ( see teh repeating verses in Daniels 11:25-27), for we are the King of the South over there, for there was no King of the West when this was written). We Had Saddam and our Oil interrests under control at that time, and Israel could have kept Saddam in check or took him out. But no, the New Order World Plan had to go back into play to set-up the One Order World's coming Leader for his short time lived great, great , great death and destruction coming upon all the Wrold.

    But to those who want to put our Troops out of the Middle-East who are there because they WANTED and WANT TO BE there, I ask. What are you going to do with that loss of 1/3 of our Oil suppy from over there, and what are you going to do then when the wack'o in South America stops selling us his 1/3 of the Oil we are using. What are you going to use for TP, use for gas to go to work, go to doctor or hospitals, and to emplty Food Stores-??? You better run far from anyone wanting to pull our Troops out at this late date.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  139. jose

    cafferty you should run for president,you got my vote
    Jose/florida

    January 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  140. Keith Mann

    Jack, you know McCann is biggest flip-flop. He's a war monger is a power-hungry little troll all the things he's been through psychological I say I wouldn't want that guy on the button of anything sure he has a lot of pent up resentment towards a lot of people out there in the world. He will further destroyer economy by keeping us in senseless wars. If McCann gets elected, which I doubt it will be another four years of the same thing we are going through now. We might as well keep Bush in office for another four years or will make Cheney the president. Let's Really screw things up.

    January 15, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  141. RAMON

    Yeah, thats' why he is crashing. He is copying theReagan mojo, but thesoothsayer he is using is not to good. We don't care if he slept in a lucky room or not. He is not convincing as a winner, just hot OLD AIR..

    January 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm |