New Poll: Don't Go It Alone

The United Nations Foundation released the results of a major survey of Americans' foreign policy attitudes today. Americans, the poll finds, are virtually unanimous (86% of all voters) in the belief that working with allies and through international organizations is a wiser strategy for achieving America's foreign policy priorities.  

The poll also finds that 73% of all voters are more likely to vote for a candidate for President who understands that "solutions to world problems require international cooperation, whether they are economic problems, environmental problems, or problems of peace and war and that international cooperation is a better way of solving some of the world's key problems."  Voters also show a strong preference for a candidate who can put an end to anti-Americanism and "restore trust in America through strong diplomatic efforts and cooperative partnerships with other nations around the world."

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Politico: Clinton would cream Giuliani

Pew is out with some new polling and Politico has the coverage.  The long and the short of it that is very good news for Democrats and for Hillary Clinton.

We have all seen the polling over the last couple months showing Clinton running ahead or being very competetive in a number of states that went for Bush in '04.  Recently put up an electoral map, based on a conglomeration of recent polling, that showed Clinton winning with over 300 electoral votes.

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Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (r) - one gets the feeling he won't do so well in Missouri

Posted at Show Me Progress.

A sitting governor intervenes in the parole process, setting up the release of an individual who then goes on to commit another horrible crime. Sound familiar? Well, our political media will only cover a story like that if that governor is running for president, right? Think again.

The Kansas City Star's resident political stenographer writes this gem in today's paper [tiny URL]:

....Stick this one in your bonnet: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will win either the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary.

Whaaaat? You've never heard of Huck?

Get him on your radar screen. Huckabee has supplanted John McCain as the hot GOP contender on the circuit these days....

Of course, our political chattering classes can't be bothered to do a little bit of research:

....Suttlar noted that just prior to Huckabee's appearance before the board the board had voted 4-1 against Dumond's parole. After Huckabee's board appearance, her colleagues largely reversed themselves, voting 4-1 for Dumond's release.

"Why did all the votes change?" Suttlar asked. The board members knew the governor's position. And Huckabee knows what influence a governor has over a board. Who's going to turn down a governor?"

A board member, who only agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said, "We are not talking rocket science here. The board jobs are known to some degree [to be] political patronage...

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Al Gore is the most 'electable' at 98%, say the online odds markets

I don't like to bet (esp. with money), except for a rare lottery ticket or two and a rarer slot machine playing for fun.

But, I happened to check the online betting site Intrade for the 2008 election and found something very interesting. Link (click the "2008 US Election" link to the left).

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Republicans debate, and it gets ugly! Not that anyone is surprised...

The GOP was holding a debate on Fox News tonight, while "new candidate" Fred Thompson was busy announcing his candidacy on Jay Leno.

Read my full analysis on Campaign Diaries.

  • Romney and Giuliani went head to head. The two have been increasingly aggressive over the past few weeks, seeking to take advantage of the vacuum left by McCain collapse and Thompson's reluctance to officially start campaign to gain the upper hand. Tonight showcased their opposition. Romney attacked Giuliani on immigration, repeatedly referring to New York as a sanctuary city. Guiliani's reply? "I didn't have the luxury of political rhetoric." But these back-and-forth exchanges can also work at both candidates' advantage. By engaging each other as they are doing, Romney and Giuliani could make the race about them, thereby forcing the media to concentrate on a two-way horserace that would exclude other candidates and deprive Fred Thompson of the space he so desperatly needs right now. We will see in the coming weeks whether this strategy works.

  • McCain has been tring to get back in the top-tier, and he is doing so by hugging the surge very tightly. He has always been identified with Bush's Iraq War policy, and while it might not be the best place to be today, you can bet McCain would rather talk about Iraq than immigration. With Republicans regrouping on the Iraq issue lately, McCain was feeling triumphant - and let everyone know. When Romney dared say that the surge "appeared to be working," McCain jumped in to correct him: "It is working. Not apparently."

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