Chad Dotson stokes the Allen '08 fires a little more with his post on this new National Journal poll that again has Senator George Allen out in front among the GOP hopefuls. The big question seems to be "Is Allen too much like Bush?"
Some of the comments of those polled are interesting. They seem to indicate that Allen is focusing far more on New Hampshire than Iowa at this stage in the game. Some Presidential candidates have ignored Iowa altogether in the past, but they usually wind up getting steamrolled by the Big Mo'. It's still early, so there's plenty of time to build an organization there, but Allen would be wise not to forget the Hawkeye State.
Anyone remember what happened to Dan Quayle's Presidential hopes after that Iowa straw poll in August of '99?
Update: One interesting thing I noticed over at the National Journal (there's lots of good stuff there, by the way) was the CNN/USA Today Poll of registered Republicans that puts Allen #4 with 7%, behind Giuliani (30%), McCain (22%) and Rice (18%), and ahead of Frist (3%) and Romney (2%). That is by far Allen's best performance in any poll I have seen of voters and may indicate that the grassroots are starting to learn more about him. Incidentally, I don't think Rice will run and Giuliani and McCain will be battling for the moderates, leaving the conservative mantle wide-open. Interesting stuff.