Daily Revolt

December 12, 2007

Wash. Post Poll: Hillary has 30-Point Lead Nationally

Despite her drop in Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton maintains a massive 30-point lead nationally. All the negative publicity she's received lately has had no effect, at least according to this poll. Other polls show Obama making up ground:

Then again that same poll shows the job approval rating of Congress has grown to a spectacular 32 percent. That number is ironic given that Americans voted out the Republicans from power last year. The job approval of Congress is effectively the same as it was then. The Democrats are no better than the Republicans in running Congress.

One issue that has predictably changed, the drop in violence in Iraq means that the war there is no longer the top issue, the economy is.

George Bush is consistent. His job approval has not changed since the summer. It remains at 33 percent.

The more we learn about Huckabee the more he seems less the statesman that he likes to portray himself as. He has a history of extremism that should concern even Republicans. Here we have survey filled out by Huckabee while he was running for Governor in 1992:

Asked about gays in the military, for example, he didn't just reject the idea but added: "I believe to try to legitimize that which is inherently illegitimate would be a disgraceful act of government. I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk."

[...]- Called for the elimination of political action committees and campaign contributions from lobbyists. He also said candidates should not be allowed to receive contributions until one year before an election and said there should be limits on the amount of out-of-state money they could accept.

As Arkansas governor, Huckabee formed a political action committee based in Virginia to raise money for non-federal candidates that allowed him to travel and raise his profile for a potential presidential run. The Hope for America PAC shut down earlier this year as Huckabee entered the White House race.

[...]- When asked whether the U.S. should take any action to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Huckabee replied: "The U.S. should not kill Saddam Hussein or anyone else." The U.S. military captured Saddam, an Iraqi court convicted him and he was hanged last December.

[...]- Said living together out of wedlock "is demeaning to the highest expression of human love and commitment. I reject it as an alternate lifestyle, because it robs people of the highest possible relationship one can experience: marriage."

[...]Huckabee's vocal opposition to gay marriage and abortion have attracted evangelical Christians' support and vaulted him to the top of the field in Iowa.

[...]Huckabee's 1992 comments on isolating AIDS patients run counter to a statement he released last month calling for increased federal funds to find a cure. Huckabee says the earlier remarks came at a time when there was confusion about how AIDS could be transmitted.

He said Tuesday he would be willing to speak with the family of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who died of AIDS in the 1980s and whose mother has objected to the 1992 Huckabee comments.

[...]- Opposed passing a law that would give workers time off to care for an ailing family member. In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a close relative with a serious health condition or if the employee could not work due to health problems.

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