The most influential player of the GOP is...
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?
Izzy: JOHN MCCAIN.
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.
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.