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The most influential player of the GOP is...

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 07 January 2010

Cue the drum roll...

Izzy: John McCain.

RFO Members: Sorry, did you say Sarah Palin? Or Rush Limbaugh? I thought I heard John McCain. Can you repeat that?


RFO Members: (scratching heads)

Anyone else find that a little surprising? A part of me is relieved that Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin did not come out on top (although they were up there when you look only at Republican responses.)  But if John McCain is seen as the most influential player in the Republican party, the GOP will sure need more than Michael Steele to dig them them out of their troubles. Nothing against McCain. Hey, I respect him (well the Pre-Palin, pre-partisan John McCain) but leader he is not.  Then again, the wording is "most influential player" so maybe one could argue he has had a little "player" experience.

From Politico:

Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the most influential player in the Republican Party, according to a new Harris Poll out Thursday.

Sixty-four percent of the 2,276 adults surveyed nationwide said McCain is influential in steering the direction of the Republican Party, a 14-percentage-point edge over his closest rivals: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio host Rush Limbaugh, both of whom were rated as influential by 50 percent all of those polled.

Even among just the Republican polled, McCain ran away from the field, getting picked by 68 percent. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was also picked as influential by at least 60 percent of Republicans.

Among just Republicans, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was selected as the third most influential, getting picked by 59 percent. Gingrich placed fourth with 57 percent, while Limbaugh and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tied for fifth with 56 percent.



A lot of us may be so-so on McCain as a pick, but it does put them in a better light to have him as a 'leader' than Limbaugh, Cheney or Palin. We'd all take McCain over those three, so in terms of "It could have been a hell of a lot worse with the direction of the party" this is something to not be so disappointed in. Sure, McCain has gone off the deep end a bit since mid-campaign season but he's still better than the alternatives considering the direction and spokespeople of the party as of late. 
Steele told the GOP to "Shut up", an get out of his way. They are not happy that micheal steele said that the GOP would not regains the house in 2010. Donors to the RNC, are so mad, they refuse to donate directly to them an are by passing them to give directly to indivitual campagnes an agencies related to the GOP. Republicans are explodeing with in. If that isn't bad enough The RNC doesn't have enough enough money on hand to fight for seats that are open, an they are loseing as many as the Dems are. Both parties are in a bad way, but the Att: General , a Dem with take Dobbs place so the polls says. They Dems do have a lot of money in the cofer compared to last time.
If or when Gingrich wants to kick it up a notch he could overtake McCain, but he seems to be laying low (at least for now).  He is by far the best of the bunch on television. He avoids coming off as angry or vindictive. He is very good at rephrasing tired old ideas so that they sound vibrant and dynamic (even if they are dredged up from  the old 1994 Contract w/ America pitch).  Some of Palin's people won't like him because he can frame sentences and can sustain a genuine train of thought.  He has a lot of baggage, but he is genuinely talented.

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