February 13, 2006

Allen Town

In my latest AmSpec column, I look at how George Allen's undeclared presidential campaign faired at CPAC.

Posted by John Tabin at February 13, 2006 04:59 PM
Two Senators today called for an investigation of Dick Cheney and whether he ordered Libby or others to leak classified information pertaining to the War in Iraq to reporters in an effort to bolster the Administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction......

Sen. George Allen, R-Va., said a full investigation is necessary. "I don't think anybody should be releasing classified information, period, whether in the Congress, executive branch or some underling in some bureaucracy," said Allen, who appeared with Reed on "Fox News Sunday."

I think you can now call him, EX-front runner...

Posted by: PPJakaJim at February 13, 2006 08:53 PM

I'm sure you've seen the new Rasmussen poll on Allen's re-election. While Rasmussen has thrown up some outliers recently (Steele leads Cardin?), and grains of salt are required, he has Allen falling just under the 50% threshold - 48-35 against millionaire Harris Miller, 49-37 against Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb (a newly christened Democrat).

Allen is going to have a big cash lead on these guys (less so on Miller than Webb), but that still means he might have to spend time in Virginia if he wants to keep his seat, or win by a decent margin. The classic example-not-to-follow here is Bill Bradley, who didn't do much campaigning in New Jersey in 1990 and as a result barely beat Christie Whitman, 50-47. That helped kill the buzz Bradley had going as a '92 presidential contender.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at February 14, 2006 06:45 PM