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Monday, March 27, 2006

Having A Pulse Implies You Have A Heart

GOPUSA (the national subsidiary of GOPWORLD- a sister company of Halliburton) took a survey of its grassroots activists about anything and everything GOP. The results of 25 questions are here at the latest edition of the South Texas Republicans newsletter. I'd like to highlight several of these questions:

Question 1 -- How satisfied are you with the job President Bush is doing?

* Very satisfied -- 32%
* Somewhat satisfied -- 48%
* Somewhat unsatisfied -- 14%
* Very unsatisfied -- 6%

Question 2 -- How satisfied are you with the job the Senate is doing?

* Very satisfied -- 1%
* Somewhat satisfied -- 26%
* Somewhat unsatisfied -- 38%
* Very unsatisfied -- 34%

Question 3 -- How satisfied are you with the job the House of Representatives is doing?

* Very satisfied -- 4%
* Somewhat satisfied -- 37%
* Somewhat unsatisfied -- 37%
* Very unsatisfied -- 22%

Question 4 -- If your Senator(s) is/are Republican, how satisfied are you with the job your Senator(s) is/are doing?

* Very satisfied -- 17%
* Somewhat satisfied -- 27%
* Somewhat unsatisfied -- 16%
* Very unsatisfied -- 9%
* My Senator is not a Republican -- 30%

Question 5 -- If your Congressman is a Republican, how satisfied are you with the job your Congressman is doing?

* Very satisfied -- 23%
* Somewhat satisfied -- 30%
* Somewhat unsatisfied -- 13%
* Very unsatisfied -- 7%
* My Congressman is not a Republican -- 27%

Bush has an 80% 'satisfaction' rating. If this number is anywhere indicative of the support Bush has among GOP rank-and-filers, then BushCO has to have something like a 1% 'satisfaction' rating with everyone else to get him down to that magical 34% number.

The Senate on the other hand has a 27% satisfaction rating while the House has a 41% satisfaction rating. In comparions to Bush's numbers, these are amazing. The House loses nearly half of Bush's support, and that's the better of the two chambers. These numbers truly are astounding, anybody have any thoughts on this?

In the "Congress sucks, but my Congressman is AWESOME!!!" category 44% of GOPers are satisfied with their GOP Senator while 53% are satisfied with their GOP Congressperson. Still, quite pathetic. Amazingly enough, less than a third of these respondents in both of these questions are represented by Dems. Nowhere near the actual % split of Dem/Rep representation in Congress.

Question 6 -- Do you believe the Iraqi people are better off today than they were before the ouster of Saddam Hussein?

* Strongly believe -- 82%
* Somewhat believe -- 14%
* Somewhat do not believe -- 1%
* Strongly do not believe -- 1%
* Not sure -- 1%

Question 7 -- Do you believe Iraq will eventually have a stable, democratic government?

* Strongly believe -- 30%
* Somewhat believe -- 52%
* Somewhat do not believe -- 9%
* Strongly do not believe -- 5%
* Not sure -- 5%

Sure Iraq is better off today now that we took out their despot, but, and correct me if I'm wrong here, I didn't think that our pols were elected to represent Iraq. Hows about a question like- "Are we safer today with Saddam out of power?" I don't think this would automatically produce the opposite result, but I do believe the number would be much lower than GOPUSA could tolerate.

And what's with number 7? EVENUALLY?!?!?! Yeah, sure, Iraq will EVENTUALLY have a safe, stable democratic government. Much the way that Mexico will eventually have a safe, non-corrupt, competent government. The over/under on both of those is 2150.

Finally, let's move on to the 2008 Republican Horse race:

Question 9 -- Who is your choice to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2008?

* Sen. George Allen -- 17%
* Sen. Sam Brownback -- 2%
* Sen. Bill Frist -- 6%
* Former Rep. Newt Gingrich -- 13%
* Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- 10%
* Sen. Chuck Hagel -- 0%
* Gov. Mike Huckabee -- 2%
* Sen. John McCain -- 4%
* Gov. George Pataki -- 0%
* Rep. Mike Pence -- 1%
* Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice -- 21%
* Gov. Mitt Romney -- 6%
* Gov. Mark Sanford -- 0%
* Sen. Rick Santorum -- 4%
* Rep. Tom Tancredo -- 7%
* Other-- 6%

Question 10 -- Who is your second choice to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2008?

* Sen. George Allen -- 11%
* Sen. Sam Brownback -- 4%
* Sen. Bill Frist -- 7%
* Former Rep. Newt Gingrich -- 13%
* Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- 12%
* Sen. Chuck Hagel -- 0%
* Gov. Mike Huckabee -- 1%
* Sen. John McCain -- 4%
* Gov. George Pataki -- 1%
* Rep. Mike Pence -- 2%
* Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice -- 16%
* Gov. Mitt Romney -- 6%
* Gov. Mark Sanford -- 1%
* Sen. Rick Santorum -- 7%
* Rep. Tom Tancredo -- 7%
* Other -- 9%

Rice, Gingrich, Guliani, and Allen *yawn*. But Tancredo in fifth?!?! Above Hagel, Frist, McCain, Pataki, and Romney?!?! Can I stop using these things?!?! And who the hell is Mark Sanford?

Two things to take away from these questions. Much like I predicted a short while back, Tancredo is looking like the frontrunner for '08s 'Who is going to be the craziest Republican to run for President' sweepstakes, and, McCain has. no. shot. So please people, get over it.