"...John Edwards might be their toughest opponent"

edwardscloseupI saw this over on John Edwards for President and thought I would give you the story here. A new IBD/TIPP nationwide poll shows that McCain and Guiliani have a lead over the leading Democratic challengers, but that Edwards "might be their toughest opponent". Personally, I could care less which Republican is leading, or about this whole poll to be perfectly frank.

At this stage of the game I think national horserace polls are just silly. How many single issue voters said they would vote for Guiliani over Edwards without knowing their positions on choice and gay marriage are not so different (Guiliani being a social liberal), which negates the Republican lead in that camp and could send many right-wing voters into the arms of the Constitution Party.

However, the reason I am giddy over this poll is that John Edwards has the edge over other Democratic candidates. Given, the same caveats that I listed above hold true, it is still nice to see my guy in first place after the myriad Hillary/Obama front-runner stories. Maybe now we'll have someone actually talk about the huge crowds and activist base that John Edwards has in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

As promised, no automatic frontpaging of John Edwards stories unless I'm live-blogging something.

The poll results:

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So, we have Edwards the closest to McCain, tied with Hillary against Guiliani, and beating Romney by the highest percentage. Of course, this doesn't take into account Brownback, or Harold Ford's darkhorse candidate...Jeb Bush. I will say the same thing here that I said after the 24/7 Obamamania polls, let's wait six months and see where everyone stands. Granted, the coverage of John Edwards lately has been a shadow of the traditional media's coverage of Obama. But, he has gotten nearly as much coverage as Hillary and Obama during his announcement tour, which might provide him with some surge.

Let's see where we are on April 1, or whenever the official first quarter money is announced. Hillary had $10 Million in the bank as of her election - let's see if he can pull in that much. It would be a huge show of power if he can, given that his $7.5 million last time around wowed everyone. This time he is a known quantity, so if the threat is real, then $10 should be viable.

Comments

Johnomania? Naaah.

Who would have thunk that John Edwards wouldn't be "sexy" enough for the traditional media?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

well

there was the whole collection of comments on kos of "is her skirt too short".

sigh.

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

I don't get what you mean...

sorry I'm feeling dense.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

sorry

i forgot to hit the "this post isnt just in your head" button when typing that.

You said, "Who would have thought the Edwards campaign was sexy enough for the mass media." My comment was a response to that.

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

I'm glad to see the poll numbers

but agree they're not yet meaningful. The race has begun but all the runners haven't yet entered the race. I don't focus on the Repug candidates, but if the best they've got is those above the race is truly going to be between the Democratic candidates...with the Repugs serving only as cannon fodder.

Stan Bozarth

Frontrunner, eh?

I guess that means the Edwards has taken the media target off of Obama's back and put it on his own. Chalk it up to novelty.

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

"A" frontrunner then.

I think the important thing here is that the insipid Obama-Hillary/Hillary-Obama media coverage hides the fact that Senator Edwards is well positioned to win the whole thing.

Anyone who enters into this knows they will have a bullseye, so I doubt he is sweating that.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The most meaningless observation...

Every damn politician at some point dons some jeans and a work shirt. I must say Edwards is the only politician I have seen where they look natural on.

Kerry looked like a Disney statue.

But, like I said, totally meaningless observation.

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after Bush, this kind of thing is not meaningless.

it should be, but it's not. How many times did we hear that "have a beer" comment about Bush?



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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

media is funny

depressingly short article on biden declaring that he will run. It is pretty obvious that USA today doesnt consider him worth any coverage. But then, they didnt mention Edwards at all, while talking about how Biden was not named Clinton or Obama, and the author was therefore confused as to why he was running.

(I think the Senator got about 1/5 of a column)

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"Keep the Faith"

The funny thing about that is

Team Biden has been sorta confused about this, until everybody just figured out that the media is expecting a speech from Wilmington (I'm hoping it's better than Wilmington) where Biden lays out his plans after he's filed with the FEC. Biden's going to get a good bit of press time this week, however, when he responds to the Bushit scheduled for Wednesday night.

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