Thursday | January 09, 2003
Cattle Call Update
OK, the votes are in and have been carefully tabulated and certified by our accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers&LybrandGrantThorton, and they show the runaway favorite for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination is . . . Harvey Pitt!
But seriously folks. We had a total of 15 participants who went to the trouble of actually ranking the candidates in numerical order, although one respondent put Florida Senator Bob Graham in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place. I have some doubts about his/her objectivity.
That said, the results are as follows:
Sorry about the lines and the cruddy spacing, but I ain't got no stinkin' HTML skills, and it's the best I could do. As you can see, the average/median thing doesn't matter much; the median slightly favors Graham and Dean over Gephardt, big whoop-di-do.
Now that's 15 out of, what, 15 or 20 million Democratic primary voters? Most pollsters probably wouldn't consider that a statistically valid sample, unless of course they're Frank Lutz (badaBOOM).
But I think it's reasonable to conclude that John Edwards had a very strong week, and that John Kerry, who was practically invisible, still has momentum, at least among the cognisceti (I'm going to Rome later in the month, and I gotta work on my Italian).
Here's a summary of some of the comments. Some people didn't follow the instructions (I'm looking in your direction, Idaho) and talked about where they thought each candidate stood overall, not how they fared last week. Tsk. Tsk. Generally, I'm sticking to the weekly chatter:
Gephardt Hair transplant fails; asks Joe Biden if they make eyebrow toupees. (the sponsors of this blog would like to apologize, etc. etc.) Some media coverage; slightly more sympathetic media coverage. Daschle's departure helps in Iowa, but odor of damaged goods still lingers.
Lieberman Tops Zogby poll, but only barely. Late announcing candidacy. Daschle exit helps, in some undefined way. Ability to raise truly massive quantities of soft and hard cash (editor's note: But is that enough to offset the Cadell endorsement?) Looks like a "Lieberman sock puppet." Despised by base, despite reasonably liberal voting record. No chance in Iowa.
Sharpton The Democratic Gary Bauer. Has a little problem with the FEC. (editor's note: Aren't all problems with the FEC little problems?) Could probably outpoll Louis Farrakhan.
Well, that about wraps it.
Unfortunately, Billmon's got a day job, and he's gotta get back to it, so I'm signing off. You've been a wunnerful audience, and I really mean that. Really.
OK, so I don't. I mean, the death threats and the killing my cat and the firebombing my car were all just a little over the top. But other than that, it's been a gas. One of these days, maybe I'll buy myself one of these blog thingies.
Ciao, baby.Posted January 09, 2003 10:16 AM | Comments (37)