Sunday, July 15, 2007



One constant - if not obnoxious - point your Mittiot keeps coming back to is: "Polls do not matter." And then, turn around and cite some cherry-picked poll. You're Mittiot isn't alone in this bombastic venture, but at least I preface the point. Having said this, it is true your Mittiot has taken his knowledge of the political process (which falls somewhere between Henry Kissinger's and Al Sharpton's - but who's doesn't) and offered some savory, sage, tips. Such as:

1. Look at the Polls in Trend

2. Look at the Early Primary (EP) States

3. And, for today's lesson: Listen to the Insiders

Republicans See Giuliani and Romney Neck-And-Neck

July 13, 2007 11:04 p.m. EST- Christopher Rizo, AHN Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. (AHN) -An overwhelming majority of Democratic political insiders believes that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has the best chance to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Republican insiders, meanwhile, see the GOP race was neck-and-neck between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Now, you gotta ask yourselves first, "Who did the polling?" and second, "Who are the 'insiders'?" GREAT QUESTIONS TO ALWAYS ASK. Your Mittiot has the "insiders" below, and the polling was done by the National Journal - a very reputable media source.

Speaking of the National Journal: When your Mittiot was going to Mitt-chigan State University, and on the downside of Nana-Mittiot requesting "Christmas gift ideas," I made mention that I'd like a subscription to the National Journal. Ah, yes, William F. Buckley slunken down in that over stuffed leather chair, muttering the value of a conservative outlet for news, in that melodic, monotone, New England drawl, - I actually imagined myself starting up the practice of pipe smoking as I settled in for a good read. What I ended up with was a subscription to the New Yorker. . . What the hell did I do to deserve that? For the next TWO YEARS, 8 1/2 x 11 inch beer coasters would arrive promptly on the month, and I came to see the internal workings of the liberal mind. Yes, I have stood at the gates of hell, brother, and the gate-keeper is a monocle sporting tabby under a stovepipe hat. NOTE TO NANA-MITTIOT: For the seldom short comings of a wayward son, COAL will suffice.

~ so sayeth the Mittiot.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Wayne Berman, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Danny Carroll, Jim Cicconi, Jake Corman, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Rick Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Steve Duprey, Debi Durham, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Sam Geduldig, David GirarddiCarlo, Bill Greener, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Steve Hart, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bruce Keough, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris Lacivita, Jim Lake, Chuck Larson, Steve Lombardo, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Bill McInturff, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Steve Roberts, David Roederer, Ed Rogers, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Don Sipple, Javier Soto, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Eric Tanenblatt, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Dave Winston, and Ginny Wolfe. GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Lamar Alexander, Jim Bunning, John Cornyn, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Johnny Isakson, Mel Martinez, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, John Sununu, John Thune, David Vitter; Reps. Brian Bilbray, Marsha Blackburn, John Boehner, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Chris Cannon, Eric Cantor, Michael Castle, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, Tom Davis, John Doolittle, David Dreier, Phil English, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Pete Hoekstra, Bob Inglis, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Mark Kirk, John Kline, Ray LaHood, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Jim McCrery, Patrick McHenry, John Mica, Candice Miller, Marilyn Musgrave, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Mike Pence, Tom Price, Deborah Pryce, Adam Putnam, Dave Reichert, Tom Reynolds, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Mike Rogers of Michigan, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, John Shadegg, Christopher Shays, Adrian Smith, Mark Souder, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, Zach Wamp, and Joe Wilson.

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