2008 GOP Primary Straw Poll

posted at 12:48 am on August 25, 2006 by Ian

Last month’s results.

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Is this thing rigged? Newt’s so far out in front with no comments posted yet, it’s gotta be!

SilverStar830 on August 25, 2006 at 1:48 AM

I noticed that, too! Until I realized that it’s not Hot Air exclusive.

Kadnine on August 25, 2006 at 3:08 AM

That result reflects another poll taken earlier this month. I believe it may reflect an inceasing intolerance of RINO’s by conservatives.

And yes, Newt was my #1 choice. :oD

DannoJyd on August 25, 2006 at 3:15 AM

Wait!? Were those the Hot Air results I viewed? It was!

I’m just as shocked as you are, SilverStar.

Kadnine on August 25, 2006 at 3:15 AM

These are all we have to choose from?

Uh oh.

Lehuster on August 25, 2006 at 3:21 AM

Our next president isn’t even on the list. Condi will crush hillary in a landslide and continue the war on the islamopignazis by destroying iran’s nuke plants from the air (a good test run for our shiney new F-22 Raptors.)

Condi ’08!

Tony737 on August 25, 2006 at 3:53 AM

Our next president isn’t even on the list. Condi will crush hillary in a landslide and continue the war on the islamopignazis by destroying iran’s nuke plants from the air (a good test run for our shiney new F-22 Raptors.)

Condi ‘08!

Tony737 on August 25, 2006 at 3:53 AM

Based on what, her track record as Secretary of State? No, thanks. Her handling of the Hizballah fiasco has rendered her damaged goods.

Kid from Brooklyn on August 25, 2006 at 6:34 AM

Interesting results. 74% negatives for both Hagel and McCain. Higher than I would have expected for The Maverick™.

Slublog on August 25, 2006 at 8:23 AM

I realize we have a good idea here but I’m wonderin’ when/if the ‘tards at kos will start/steal their own.

Further, I wonder how hillary will feel when she becomes a bottom-feeder in that poll?

Ahhhhhhh…

tormod on August 25, 2006 at 9:10 AM

Gingrich, Giuliani, Allen and Romney are all palatable to me.

Others aren’t electable (Tancredo, Brownback), while
some are anathema (McCain, Hagel, Pataki).

It’s no coincidence the media is going macaca over some innocuous statment from Allen while fawning over McCain.

Allen poses a real threat to them, so it’s open season on him.

Whoever the nominee is, he’ll be savaged by the media, while Her Thighness never has to answer a question.

JammieWearingFool on August 25, 2006 at 9:24 AM

Everytime I see Hagel on TV, I just want to punch him in the face. It’s good there is no chance of him getting through the primary, because I’d probably vote for most Democrats over him.

And I hates Democrats.

frankj on August 25, 2006 at 10:18 AM

I don’t know, but I’ve been told “a big legged woman aint got no sole” except for Beonce.

Newt has a lot of baggage, but he is smart and action oriented. I have also been told that once you have been an educator, you are good for nothing else. The reality is there are no GOP super stars on the radar screen. Kind of like the dems last year. Newt is the best of the lot, but many people don’t like him. Remember the end of his speaker days?

Shmo on August 25, 2006 at 10:25 AM

I voted for Romney even though he would make a lousy bar buddy. Huckabee? Don’t know much about him but my mind is open…mostly.

pjcomix on August 25, 2006 at 11:00 AM

When you ‘cast your ballot’, the results you see are HotAir’s. However, when you select to see all the results, then you are looking at every ballot.

Ian on August 25, 2006 at 12:16 PM

Newt’s been winning me over with his “Winning the Future” newsletter. Get it here.
It’s presidential caliber, and the best part is the Q&A at the bottom. Although he’s not as tough on illegal immigration as I would like, he’s got good points on the subject and a well-thought-out plan.
Also, having seen him dragged through the mud as a young ‘un, I’d like even more vindication than he’s already had.
He seems to have historical perspective on wars and the ME. I don’t know if he’s hawkish enough to save our country, but he’s a helluva lot better than “hand it over to Mexico” Brownback or The Mentally Unstable Mav’.

Romney is an interesting choice, I like what he’s been able to do in his liberal state. But as far as experience, hard to say.

Allen seems like another good choice, but I need to learn more about him.

Huckabee-don’t know anything about him.

Frist- an Amnesty loving, capitulating jerk IMHO.

Hagel-I thought he was a democrat!

Pataki-eehhh… claim ignorance on that one.

Guiliani- OK, he’d be alright. He’s got the leadership thing going for sure, as well as name recognition and a firm knowledge of the stakes in this war. I don’t like his stance on illegal immigration, and don’t know if he could direct an effective war.

I want Ollie North to run!
Bring back Patton!

NTWR on August 25, 2006 at 1:36 PM

You know you’re wholly given over when you enthusiastically slam the “10” button repeatedly, then see the bell cautiously forming around 8 :) No wonder I never know what all the controversy over Coulter is about.

I still say this field is a serious problem. If this is the field, I think we lose. Allah’s people are all about Guliani, but my people aren’t; it’s not that they would vote against him, they just won’t show up. This is odd, but I think Guliani’s best shot is Hillary. My people will kill each other getting off the Death Star to vote against Hillary.

So, er … (oh God) Go Hillary!

Axe on August 25, 2006 at 2:29 PM

George Allen – Possibly the most thorough resume of the bunch with both legislative and executive experience, plus the right stance on all the big issues. Boring for sure, but I could vote for him.

Sam Brownback – not much to offer and aggressively anti-enforcement on our borders. You’re out.

Bill Frist – As senate majority leader, repeatedly had his a– kicked by Harry Reid … aka Pinky. Absolutely inexcusable. His lack of testicular fortitude as SML disabused me of any notion that he’d ever make an effective president. He’s a nice guy, but you know where they finish.

Newt Gingrich – The smartest guy in the field, hands down. Knows how to win at this game (see 1994). Has ideas. Does have some baggage though. If he can overcome said baggage, he’ll be a formidable presence in the field. I could vote for him.

Rudy Giuliani – Has some upside, but has a couple of problems he needs to deal with – particularly on gun control and border security. On gun control, he simply cannot win the Republican nomination with his past (and present?) stand on the issue. On border security, one cannot simultaneously believe in the broken windows theory (Rudy’s basis for attacking crime in NYC) while also permitting the continued lawlessness on our borders. The two ideas are intellectually compatible.

Also has issues with abortion and the whole gay marraige thing … might be able to negate these problems somewhat by proclaiming them issues that should be decided by the states. Might.

In the end, Rudy you must choose (your positions), and you must choose wisely.

Chuck Hagel – You’re kidding, right?

Mike Huckabee – My blind spot … I really don’t know enough about him. Neither do many others … which might be to his advantage for now.

John McCain – The one I am most motivated to vote against. Thinks he can repeatedly and with impunity stab conservatives in the back, and then we will all just happily fush out to vote for him. With all due respect to your past service to your country … f— you, McVain. I wouldn’t vote for you to be a dog catcher.

George Pataki – Nope. Next!

Mitt Romney – A possibility. I need to hear more about his positions on some of the big issues though. However, contrary to the political ‘experts’ who think his religion will have some bearing on his electability, I can speak at least for myself when I say it will have no bearing at all as to whether or not I vote for him.

Tom Tancredo – We agree almost perfectly on the immigration issue. And I must admit that his proposed response to another terror attack by muslims against America has appeal to me. But he’s unelectable as president. He can do more good in his current position, which is where I recommend he stays.

thirteen28 on August 25, 2006 at 3:57 PM

All I have to say is to be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I cannot envision Gingrich being able to win an election. He has far too much baggage, much of it ethical in nature. I have said it before and will repeat that Romney is the most electable.

Bellicose Muse on August 25, 2006 at 5:03 PM

I have said it before and will repeat that Romney is the most electable.

I’m starting to come to that conclusion myself.

pjcomix on August 25, 2006 at 5:24 PM

All I have to say is to be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I cannot envision Gingrich being able to win an election. He has far too much baggage, much of it ethical in nature.

But then again, what if he faces Hillary in the general election? She’s got enough baggage – much of it ethical in nature – to require a FedEx 747 to carry it all around. And what of the other potential democratic candidates? The electorate might very well overlook Newt’s ethical baggage if they believe the dem nominee is too far to the left. Two elections of Richard Nixon prove that, particularly the second (note: Nixon did have ethical baggage before Watergate broke).

thirteen28 on August 25, 2006 at 6:00 PM

Newt is my #1 choice too. The man is a statesman not a politician. Not only that, ask him about anything, and guess what, he HAS a plan. Newt in 08.

RobertCSampson on August 26, 2006 at 12:08 PM

Newt’s been winning me over with his “Winning the Future” newsletter. Get it here.
It’s presidential caliber, and the best part is the Q&A at the bottom. Although he’s not as tough on illegal immigration as I would like, he’s got good points on the subject and a well-thought-out plan.

Not tough on illegal immigration? Have you read his plan? Its send them home first, then they can apply for a work permit but only from outside the US. I think it makes the most sense and can actually work.

RobertCSampson on August 26, 2006 at 12:11 PM