Friday, March 30, 2007

Decision 2008: Presidential Power Rankings Week #17

Here are the end of the month rankings. If you remember here we include every main presidential candidate. Poly Awards will be announced next Friday and I have yet to continue Our candidate of the week section, because of how busy I have been. I will continue with Jim Gilmore soon!

1st Tied: John McCain (rising) McCain is climbing back in new polls and some now show him performing better against Hillary Clinton than Giuliani is. His strength is really showing in early states: NH, IA, FL, MI, and SC. His fundraising is lagging however. He needs to improve here.

1st Tied: Rudolph Giuliani (steady) Giuliani is at a stand still really in supoort. He remains strong in polls, however Thompson is taking support away from him. Giuliani and McCain could remain in a tie for awhile unless McCain falls really behind in money or Thompson comes out of nowhere and makes it a 3 way.

2nd: Fred Thompson (rising) The first week of being a potential presidential candidate has been great for this former senator. Heavy media attention and Polls have really made this story of him running a buzz. New Polls show him in 3rd or 4th and only 9-12 points behind Sen. McCain. Could he get in the way of McCain and Romney's comeback?

3rd: Mitt Romney (falling) With Thompson's entrance comes Romney's fall. Now that he passes and old challenge (Gingrich) he faces another huge one. Can he take this rising giant down too or will he lose his spot among top tier candidates.

4th: Newt Gingrich (steady) Newt's back in the game. Well he has been there for awhiel. Gingrich, despite fallen media atteantion remains in the top 5 among polls and sometimes in the top 3! Look for him to drop soon.

5th: Mike Huckabee (steady) After learning that Huckabee would carry his homestate by 20 points, we gave Huckabee a little bounce, since many candidates are losing their homestates to top tier candidates. His national numbers, and fundraising are slowly raising, and he could be a possible darkhorse.

6th: Chuck Hagel (falling) Hagel has lost the media attention after not announcing whne many thought he would. His appearence in the fourm that was held a week ago gave him little buzz. He could continue dropping spots if he doesn't get the media's attention back.

7th: Sam Brownback (falling) Brownback use to be in the top 5 in support, but he has had a bit of a dryspell. Everyone has forgotten about him. I dont expect him to rebound soon.

8th: Tommy Thompson (steady) Having another Thompson (unrelated) in the race may hurt his canddiacy, but its not likely. He is rising in Iowa so that may help him.

9th: Jim Gilmore (steady) Gilmore or Gilmore who? has many have called him, is another victim to the spotlight staying on Top Tier candidates. His conservatism has been forgotten about since Thompson's entrance into the race. He no longer threatens Romney's conservative support.

10th: Tom Tancredo (steady) Tancredo remains barely in the top 10. Some numbers have him at 3% and he is calling himself David in the David and Goliath story. Boy is he right, but I don't think he will find the weakness to the Goliaths he is running against.

11th: George Pataki (falling) Pataki has done almost everything short of just coming out and saying he isn't running so we will put him near the bottom.

12th: Duncan Hunter (steady) Hunter still doesn't realize he is near the bottom, however he still campaigns vigoursly in IA, and NH.

13th: Ron Paul (steady) The highest number of support I have seen for Paul is 3%. his average is either to small to show or just 1%. He really is at the end of the list of GOP's running in 2008.


1st: Hillary Clinton (steady) Hillary's fundraising base is impressive as many expected, with the former president and her husband campaigning with her, but her support continues to drop as her main challengers Obama and Edwards continue to rise.

2nd: Barack Obama (steady) Obama is now gaining on Clinton nationally and in key states. A new poll in Iowa showed Obama right in the game only a few points behind Hillary and Edwards.

3rd: John Edwards (rising) With the news of his wife's cancer return, comes newfound support in such states as Iowa. His lead has increased, but experts predict his support will take a huge dip in polls, maybe even costing him his top tier status.

4th: Bill Richardson (steady) Well now I think Richardson knows he has it lost, and is now trying everything but kissing Hillary's feet to become her running mate. I dont think he will get that either. A woman and a hispanic on the same ticket may be risky. Don't expect a Clinton-Richardson ticket in 2008.

5th: Wesley Clark (steady) Clark will probably not run since he stated he would be quick about announcing a run for the White House again. His numbers are starting to show how waiting is hurting his chances.

6th: Joe Biden (steady) Biden hasn't rebounded yet from his announcing mistake yet, but if a major candidate like Edwards loses steam, and Gore doesn't decide to jump in he could get into the running.

7th: Dennis Kucinich (steady) The congressman moved a slot since his peace candidate status has separated him from the other minor candidates in the Democratic race.

8th: Christopher Dodd (steady) Sen. Dodd continues to remain at the bottom of polls. You would think a senator with so much experience would perform better, but with the biggest names in Democratic politics running, its hard to compete.

9th: Al Sharpton (falling) Sharpton was considered to be a candidate already when he stated he didn't why he shouldn't run again in 2008, but he still remains reutral on the subject of his running.

10th: Mike Gravel (steady) Gravel has only be included in 2 polls and both showed his high at 1%. Gravel isn't going anywhere and everyone knows it.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Decision 2008: Presidential Power Rankings Week #16 McCain coming back?

Here are this weeks Presidential Power Rankings:


1st (Tied): John McCain (rising) McCain comes out on top in Iowa and New Hampshire. He also comes out on top in MI, SC, and FL which are expected to have primaries after NH. With 5 wins in those states that is enogh to put him back in the #1 spot for the first time in 2 months. Even though he trails in Nationwide polls these states are enough to take the nomination.

1st (Tied): Rudolph Giuliani (steady) Giuliani still remains ahead by double digits in nationwide polls, however he is falling in key states. Giuliani's is lagging from Fred Thompson's entrance and McCain's campaign start.

2nd: Mitt Romney (steady) New polls out of New Hampshire show Romney within striking distance of winning there. Only 6 points behind McCain there if his numbers improve in New Hampshire he could become a serious threat to frontrunners: McCain and Giuliani.

3rd: Fred Thompson (rising) Thompson enters the race with hight poll ratings in key states and is within striking distance of Top-Tier candidates. Should he decide to run this Actor who played the president could actually become president.

4th: Newt Gingrich (falling) Romney and Thompson are starting to pass Gingirch in polls and in support. His delay in running will end his chances. I dont see him running.

5th: Chuck Hagel (falling) Hagel is falling in polls and we stillaren't sure he will even run. Hagel I think is killing his chances by waiting.


1st: Hillary Clinton (steady) Hillary has finally stopped falling in support, however the damage has been done. Nationwide polls now find her main challengers at least 5 points higher and her 15-20 points lower. can Hillary rebound?

2nd: Barack Obama (rising) With Edwards slum in polls we will continue to rate Obama as rising. Obama now is within striking distance of the #1 spot.

3rd: John Edwards (falling) Edwards's wife's new probably doesn't help his recent slip in numbers. Obama and Clinton continue to slip away as he loses his top tier status.

4th: Wesley Clark (steady) It still seems unlikely that he will run, however he remains a strong 2nd tier candidate.

5th: Bill Richardson (steady) No real changes from ast week. Same old same old.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Decision 2007: Blanco's out!

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, has announced she will not run for a 2nd term in 2007, facing tough competition from the opposing GOP party. Blanco had been plaqued by her viewed poor handling of Hurricane Katrina. Her approval numbers averaged around the low 40's and 30's and her main challenger GOP Congressman Bobby Jindal currently holds a comfortable lead over Blanco. Look for the Democrats to rally support around State Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu who has yet to state whether he will run for governor in 20077, but has stated interest in the race. Fmr. Sen. John Breaux is expected not to run and Democrats and other political leaders feel he cant run since he resides in Maryland. With Blanco out I do see a little hope for Democrats to keep this seat, but I still see Jindal as the next governor of Louisiana.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Decision 2008: Presidential Power Rankings week #15


1st: Rudolph Giuliani (falling) Giuliani is beginning is small, but expected dip in polls and support. New recent polls have shown his gigantic lead cut in half. Key states are also moving away from Giuliani's collum.

2nd: John McCain (rising) Finally McCain's support is moving on up. A Fox poll has him only down by 2 and American Research only has him down by 4. FL, MI, and SC have swung his direction lately and he has begun to increase his lead in NH and almost tie with Giuliani in Iowa.
The McCain Train is back on track.

3rd: Mitt Romney (rising) Romney now comes in close 3rds or even 2nds in NH and in MI he is gaining. Utah, an easy win for Romney is also moving up in primary dates so this might increase his momentum.

4th: Fred Thompson (rising) The buzz has just arrived about a possible Thompson run. After acting as the president he wants to become one and he is the top of political news this week. Should he decide to jump into the 2008 race he would really shake up the playing field.

5th Tied: Newt Gingirch (steady) Gingrich still remains 3rd or 4th in most polls and that is enough to get back into the race.

5th Tied: Chuck Hagel (steady) Still deciding whether to run or not, Hagel, being the strongest GOP opponent of the President would really skae up the field.


1st: Hillary Clinton (falling) Clinton's numbers continue to plummet as the first roud of the primaries comes to an end. Cand she rebound? We will say this race is still hers to lose.

2nd: Barack Obama (rising) NH, IA, MI, FL numbers for Obama are rising along with rising national support. Can a rockstar defeat the Queen of Democratic Politics?

3rd: John Edwards (steady) The only place Edwards is performing well in is Iowa and that is enough to keep him alive. If Florida and Michigan become scheduled the same week as South Carolina, I think Edwards will have a hard time stealing the momentum.

4th: Bill Richardson (steady) Richardson's experience in politics has yet to help his presidential ambitions. he has alot of work to do.

5th: Joe Biden (steady) Biden still has between 2-5% in some Super Tuesday states. This might revive an already dead campaign.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Nominees are in!

Here are the nominees for the following Politics-Central Poly Awards:

Best Presidential Candidate in the Field of Trust:
Illionis U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D)
Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain (R)
Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R)
Fmr. N. Carolina U.S. Senator John Edwards (D)

Best Presidential Candidate in the Field of Experience
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D)
Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain (R)
Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R)

Best Overall Presidential Candidate
Illionis U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R)
Fmr. MA Governor Mitt Romney (R)
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (R)

Best Political Blog covering the 2008 Presidential Election
Our very own

Friday, March 09, 2007

1st Annual Politics-Central Poly Awards!

We here at Politics Central started the first annual Poly Awards.

For the first round we will only have 4 categories but in the April we will add more categories. The TOP 5 selected in every category will become the nominees and in 2 weeks the winners will be revealed.

The Categories

Best Presidential Candidate in the Field of Trust

Best Presidential Candidate in the Field of experience

Best Presidential Candidate overall

Best Political Blog covering the 2008 Presidential Election

Coming soon!

Best Politcal Blog Publisher and Editor

Best Political Blog covering the 2007 National Elections

Best Political Blog covering Political News Overall

Nex Friday the nominees will be revealed and voting will begin!

Decision 2008: Presidential Power Rankings #15

Here are this weeks rankings.


1st: Rudolph Giuliani (steady) Giuliani's lead has stopped growing, but it remains wide. Giuliani is surprisingly remaining strong. I still expect Giuliani's numbers to decrease and for him to lose his frontrunner status to either McCain or Romney.

2nd: John McCain (steady) McCain, to my surprise is falling in suport, but I would never count him out. he is a strong candidate and along with Romney, the most presidential candidate running. His immense experience could also help him rebound.

3rd: Mitt Romney (rising) His endorsement and financial support continues to be impressive and is cotinuing to slowly rise in polls. I expect Romney to rise even more with Newt's slip.

4th: Chuck Hagel (rising) This Monday could be the start or the end of the Hagel momentum train to the nomination. I expect Hagel to gain in support if he decides to run for president.

5th: Newt Gingrich (falling) Gingrich's slip about his affair could really hurt his presidential chances. Gingirch continues to ruin his chances. gingrich did have high numbers awhile ago, but he continues to slip in polls while Mitt Romney strengthens in numbers.


1st: Hillary Clinton (falling) A new American Research Poll has Obama only 3 point behind Hillary. Hillary's lead has fallen and Obama continues to grow in support. I think Hillary has a fight on her hands.

2nd: Barack Obama (rising) Obama continues to griw by almost 5 points every week if this continues he could for the first time take the lead away from Hillary.

3rd: John Edwards (falling) New national polls and polls in South Carolina show Edwards in a distant third. The only factor Edwards can rely on is that he is the most electable Democrat.

4th: Bill Richardson (steady) His experience has yet to help his poor numbers. he may drop soon and lead the way for maybe a Clark or Biden rebound.

5th: Joe Biden (steady) Biden has poor national numbers but averages between 2-5% in key states. These numbers show a possible rebound after his announcement slum.

New American Research Polls
(R)Rudy Giuliani 48%
(D)Hillary Clinton 42%

(R)Rudy Giuliani 46%
(D)Barack Obama 41%

(R)John McCain 45%
(D)Hillary Clinton 42%

(R)John McCain 46%
(D)Barack Obama 42%

GOP Preference National
(R)Rudy Giuliani 34%
(R)John McCain 30%
(R)Newt Gingrich 12%
(R)Mitt Romney 7%
(R)Sam Brownback 1%
(R)Mike Huckabee 1%
(R)Tommy Thompson 1%
(R)Chuck Hagel 1%
(R)George Pataki 1%
(R)Jim Gilmore 1%
(R)Tom Tancredo 1%
(R)Ron Paul 1%
(R)Duncan Hunter -%
Undecided 9%

Dem. Preference National
(D)Hillary Clinton 34%
(D)Barack Obama 31%
(D)John Edwards 15%
(D)Bill Richardson 2%
(D)Joe Biden 1%
(D)Wesley Clark 1%
(D)Chris Dodd 1%
(D)Dennis Kucinich 1%
Undecided 14%

Florida GOP Preference
(R)John McCain 38%
(R)Rudy Giuliani 28%
(R)Newt Gingrich 8%
(R)Mitt Romney 7%
(R)Chuck Hagel 1%
(R)Mike Huckabee 1%
(R)George Pataki 1%
(R)Jim Gilmore 1%
(R)Tom Tancredo 1%
(R)Duncan Hunter 1%

Michigan GOP Preference
(R)John McCain 35%
(R)Rudy Giuliani 30%
(R)Newt Gingrich 9%
(R)Mitt Romney 8%
(R)Chuck Hagel 1%
(R)Mike Huckabee 1%
(R)Tom Tancredo 1%
(R)Tommy Thompson 1%

South Carolina GOP Preference
(R)John McCain 35%
(R)Rudy Giuliani 29%
(R)Newt Gingrich 10%
(R)Mitt Romney 5%
(R)Mike Huckabee 1%
(R)Jim Gilmore 1%
(R)Tom Tancredo 1%
(R)Duncan Hunter 1%

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Decision 2008: Hagel to announce 2008 plans.....

Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel announced Wedensday that he will announce his plans for 2008 monday. Hagel has been suggested as a possible presidential candidate, so he could announce his canddiacy monday, however he could even announce he will not run for president and not even for reelection in 2008. Hagel is a strong opponent of the troop surge in Iraq and has often been the GOP leader of attacks on the president. He co-sponsored that non-binding resolution last week against the trrop surge. Hagel is likely going to be the last to decide among the GOP except for of course Newt Gingrich. Hagel's candidacy shouldn't be underestimated, because it is expected that he will perform well in key early states. I guess we will all have to tune in on Monday and see if Hagel will make a run for the White House or step out of the political spotlight.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

McCain announces on Letterman!

Last week on Letterman Politics-Central's endorsed candidate, Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain announced on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he will run for president in 2008! McCain enters the race near the top og GOP contenders and could very well become our next president. He is set to formally announce in April. So far McCain's only serious challengers are Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. We well learn soon how this closely contested GOP race will turn out.

Decision 2008: Presidential Power Rankings Week #14

Here are this weeks rankings. sorry this is so late. I will continue my Candidate of the Week section next week.


1st: Rudolph Giuliani (rising) Giuliani's lead has grown to the double digits in most polls, but Giuliani's lead could be upset when he loses key states, because he is still in a dead heat in most states. I will say Giuliani has a good fundraising base.

2nd: John McCain (steady) McCain's support nationwide is falling apart, but His lead has grown in NH and SC. Giuliani's lead remains strong in Iowa, but isn't rising there. McCain could easily catch up when his campaign gets in full swing.

3rd: Mitt Romney (rising) Romney remains strong in polls and is gaining. He has officially pasted Gingrich in most polls and is in the double digits in NH. His fundraising base is impressive as well.

4th: Newt Gingrich (falling) gingrich is majorally falling, becuase many don't think he will even run.

5th: Mike Huckabee (rising) Huckabee, is in our opinion, the strongest darkhorse candidate. Being Governor gives him mor eleadership skills that that of Hagel and Brownback. He could easily jumpinto the top 3 if Gingrich doesn't run.


1st: Hillary Clinton (falling) Hillary's lead is diminishing. About 2 weeks ago Hillary had a 30 point lead not it is only 10! Rasmussen has Obama only 8 points behind. It is still hers to lose, and she is doing a great job at losing it.

2nd: Barack Obama (rising) Obama is now only a few points behind Hillary and is moving up fast. His rockstar appearence and Hillary's attacks have helped him gain in strength.

3rd: John Edwards (steady) Edwards's numbers in IA and SC remain strong so he is still a strong competitor. I wouldn't count him out yet.

4th: Bill Richardson (falling) Richardson's campaign appears so far to be a lost cause. He isn't going up or down in polls. Richardson shouldn't be counted out yet though.

5th: Joe Biden (falling) Polls out of Delaware show Biden in 3rd! If you cant be a favorite son in your homestate you shouldn't even try.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sorry no rankings today!

Sorry about not posting for awhile. My time has been preoccupied. I will try to give my rankings by monday!