- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2007

Trouble with the base?

Sen. John McCain performed horribly in this weekend’s presidential straw poll of Maricopa County Republicans, coming in fourth in presidential voting and topping the list for the most “unacceptable” candidate. More than half of the 458 voters in the poll said Mr. McCain was unacceptable.

It is a reminder that those who presumably know Mr. McCain best, Republicans in the Phoenix area, find much to dislike about him.

In a surprise victory, Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, won the straw poll with 96 votes. But former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fared just as well, coming in second with 82 votes, and running at the bottom of the list of those considered “unacceptable.”

— Stephen Dinan, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

Remembering MLK

Capitol Hill staff and most other federal workers have the day off today but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Martin Luther King Day is still a day of service.

“With his total intolerance of intolerance, Martin Luther King brought us closer to the ideal of equality that is America’s heritage and hope,” Mrs. Pelosi said. “Dr. King’s powerful message of justice rings equally true today. Now we must recommit to finishing his work.”

— S.A. Miller, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Bite to the death

Anyone else … well … a little squeamish about Jack Bauer’s going for the jugular on last night’s “24”?

— David Eldridge, managing editor, washingtontimes.com

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