Hot Air April primary survey: Polls are now open

posted at 7:30 pm on April 3, 2011 by Patrick Ishmael

As promised last month, I’ve removed Chris Christie and Paul Ryan from the Presidential line due to their stated disinterest in running. I’ve removed Jim Demint, since he’s removed himself from running, as well. Because he has indicated an interest in running, I have added Rand Paul; if Paul supporters try to cheat as they notoriously do for his father Ron, I will remove Rand from subsequent polls.

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if Paul supporters try to cheat as they notoriously do for his father Ron

heh

SouthernGent on April 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Cain/Palin or vice versa

NeoKong on April 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Calling Spathi…

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I’m moving this week. Can I use my new Texas zipcode?
We live Ill-annoyz on Thursday or Friday.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Calling Spathi…

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

SILENCE!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 7:44 PM

So, where’s the “submit” icon?

Khun Joe on April 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

pretty sad field. I guess paul/santorum/cain maybe Palin.

I dunno how much I trust Rand though….

clement on April 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Put Perry up as a VP pick. Sarah likes him best.

Marcus on April 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Put Perry up as a VP pick. Sarah likes him best.

Marcus on April 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Leave my soon-to-be Governor alone please.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Mittens as the screen cap for this post? Yuck.

FRED!!!

(three exclamation points signifies the highest level of FRED! man-love. Do not try to outdo me with more exclamation points as it only shows you don’t know the rules.)

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I hope they keep this up through Monday. Only us uber-junkies here on Sunday.

Palin/Bolton 2012: Morning in America again.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Am I the only Ron Paul supporter here or something?

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Are you actually gonna post the results this time? Last time I filled one of these out nothing came of it.

Just wondering.

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Nope.

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Christie, McDonnell and Perry could all run, despite what they say.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Am I the only Ron Paul supporter here or something?

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Based on his last run, probably.

Ronnie on April 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Romney/ Jindal
Just win baby- screw that Henry Clay ” I’d rather be right than President ” crap.

jjshaka on April 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Am I the only Ron Paul supporter here or something?

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

If only

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Palin/Bolton 2012: Morning in America again.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I like it. There are a lot of things I hope to see recycled from Reagan’s campaigns. Speficically the question “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” Bolton will make a fine veep as well.

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Yeah, right. Loser. You’re an obaka lover.

ladyingray on April 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Ahem, where is the ‘vote’ button?

ladyingray on April 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Is there even another choice besides Rand? The rest of the field is filled with RINOs, neo-cons, and theo-cons. How about an articulate and unashamed capitalist?

Levinite on April 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

if Paul supporters try to cheat as they notoriously do for his father Ron, I will remove Rand from subsequent polls.

Promise? GOOD!

DannoJyd on April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Gawd. Mittens’s mug the day after you all posted, “hey, Obama, WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL MEEEEEEE ON OBAMACARE??????” from Mittens….

Sheeesh. The guy could be attacked by a mob of hungry zombies and his hair wouldn’t move.

victor82 on April 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Palin/Cain still for me.

It’s an easy choice.

SouthernGent on April 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM

How about an articulate and unashamed capitalist?

Levinite on April 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Right about in the middle there, bud.
Her name’s Palin.

massrighty on April 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

attacked by a mob of hungry zombies

victor82 on April 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

If there’s a stronger argument for the 2nd Amendment, I haven’t hear it.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Had to go with Daniels, 1st… as a cheif executive there are few, if any, that can match him save Romney(whom I discount as he has no core convictions)and Barbour, who can’t win at all, MS is last in Ed, health, income and just about anything else you can think of. Barbour, however has the most Pol chits to call in than anybody in today’s GOP, has proven himself as head of the Gov’s assoc. and will a fundraising juggernaught, so should be on anyone’s list as veep.

If Daniels is too toxic to the So-Cons due to his stated “truce”(which I happen to agree with, if we go bankrupt there are no funds for any policy and all social issues are moot, there’ll be no US anyways.. endame.), then I have go with Johnson. He has little record, so not much to use against him and is philosophically(true Randian)fairly close to my own. Bachmann (and the other TEA partiers), whom I like, but will scare off the moderates/indy’s that are needed to win another 4yrs of the Obamanable One which we will not survive. Hell I’m still not sure will survive his 1st 4!

Archimedes on April 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Gee, don’t you want me to tell ya my jock size too?

mockmook on April 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

There was a story today about Mitt Romney stalking his former 08 supporters today. Jim DeMint famously endorsed Romney in 08citing romneycare as his reasoning.

This time he’s not so sure about Romney.

Luckily for Ron Paul, all his supporters are still 100% still on board meaning he is going to build on his base rather than have to fight to maintain it.

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Discouraging list. I hope we have a better batch of candidates from whom to choose in real life.

From that list, Romney/West, but I’d prefer Christie/Rubio or maybe Mike Pence paired with a governor or executive (but not Christie).

Y-not on April 3, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Is there even another choice besides Rand? The rest of the field is filled with RINOs, neo-cons, and theo-cons. How about an articulate and unashamed capitalist?

Levinite on April 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Trump…?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

trigon on April 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Luckily for Ron Paul, all his supporters are still 100% still on board meaning he is going to build on his base rather than have to fight to maintain it.

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

If more conservatives are in the field, RP might lose his “base” members that voted for him simply because they thought he was the only conservative running last time.

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Why is Libertarian the only political party on this poll?

paulsur on April 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Put Perry up as a VP pick. Sarah likes him best.

Marcus on April 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Umm, no. Rick Perry is at least somewhat of a big-government conservative. The Trans-Texas Corridor, 20 million dollars for a useless Film and Video Game Incentive Program, and trying to require a HPV vaccine for pre-teen girls. I would have rather he retired and let someone else run.
Here’s his 2012-2013 Budget as an example: http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/Governor-Budget-2012-13.pdf

NathanG on April 3, 2011 at 8:12 PM

BTW, love Rand Paul… but he needs to stay in the Senate

1) He’s doing a great job
2) Let’s let him keep doing a good job
3) Worried about what the media would do to him
4) If Palin turns off the establishment, imagine what that guy would do.

Still, would vote for him if he ran :D

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:12 PM

NathanG on April 3, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Thanks!

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Why is Libertarian the only political party on this poll?

paulsur on April 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Conservative is, too (if you’re in the right states).

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

if Paul supporters try to cheat as they notoriously do for his father Ron, I will remove Rand from subsequent polls.

I think we call that ‘poisoning the well’. If this was an important poll, it would lead to opponents cheating on Paul’s behalf to get him removed from future polls.

Buddahpundit on April 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Palin/Cain still for me.

It’s an easy choice.

SouthernGent on April 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM

That’s what I’m thinking right now, too.

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Seriously-I’m not voting until I know whether I can vote as a Texan.
Illinois sux.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Put Perry up as a VP pick. Sarah likes him best.
Marcus on April 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Yessiree!

Palin/Perry 2012.

conservative pilgrim on April 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I like Palin as she’s been crapped on for two years by the LSM and still stands tall. I like Rand Paul. The Repubs are dicking around with $61million in cuts. Rand says less than $500 million is a joke. I like the way he thinks. Not running but Thaddeus McCotter is my favorite man in politics. He’s got a big brain and is a true American, unlike Mr Soetoro….

adamsmith on April 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Palin/Perry 2012

A quitter and a corruptocrat. Clearly we learn nothing.

paulsur on April 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Am I the only Ron Paul supporter here or something?

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Ron who?

Never heard of him. Is that the frozen fish sticks guy?

ButterflyDragon on April 3, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Seriously-I’m not voting until I know whether I can vote as a Texan.
Illinois sux.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

We’re all devastated by this development.

darwin-t on April 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Why is Libertarian the only political party on this poll?

paulsur on April 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Because Libertarian is an ideology all it’s own. It’s not just a political party.

ButterflyDragon on April 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I occasionally see people here bemoaning our list of potential candidates. Why? Because Reagan isn’t available to run? Most if not all of these guys are superior to Bush 1 or Bush 2. I think we have a fine field to choose from. I am a Palin supporter, but if she doesn’t run there are other people I could enthusiastically pull the lever for as opposed to just pulling it against Obama.

And remember, even if you think the person who winds up getting the nomination is weak, they will still have the advantage of running against the worst president in U.S. History.

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

We’re all devastated by this development.

darwin-t on April 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

As I knew you would be.
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annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Palin/West 2012 – so awesome it just might trigger the ending of the world.

Rebar on April 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Mike Pence is still my first choice. From the list – Cain & Palin. I’m starting to feel a little uneasy about 2012. I realize Obama is the worst president ever, but I thought he was also an inexperienced and deceptive candidate – and look what happened. God – please – be with us.

redwhiteblue on April 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

God – please – be with us.

redwhiteblue on April 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Amen

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Palin/Jindal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Palin/Jindal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Jindal/Pence.
Bobby needs to be at the top of the ticket.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I went Cain/Rubio.

Leave our Governors in place.
Get real conservatives.
Rip the race card out of the left’s desperate little hands.
Allow minorities the chance to realize that liberal policies have been destroying them for decades.

And imagine the debates! Cain against Obama? The Won will be curled up in the fetal position mumbling for his teleprompter.

Joe will take such a beating by Marco that he’ll melt down and say something so stupid that even the MSM won’t be able to cover it up.

SittingDeadRed on April 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Am I the only Ron Paul supporter here or something?

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I bet your head is exploding that you can only vote once…

… How many friends have you called and told them about the poll?

Seven Percent Solution on April 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Well, my previous pick was Christie, but since he’s off the list now (and likely wouldn’t run anyway), I went with Pawlenty/Cain, with Cain as my 2nd choice.

I concur with those who would like to see Gov. Perry on the list.

I think we need a fresh face this election, not any holdovers from 2008. Of those left after those are removed, I think Pawlenty and Cain are by far the best options to win against Obama.

zauriel on April 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

All that trouble and NO submit button.

Gob on April 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I like these polls, but I hate when I miss the results, because they’re not promoted to the main page. Can we be a little consistent in this area?

Free Constitution on April 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I went for Palin/West. Second was Cain for president. We will see how this poll comes out compaired to the others. I loved the one to vote on how bho is doing in libya.
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letget on April 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Radical Pastor Terry Jones Says He’s Considering ‘A Trial On The Life Of Mohammed’

Spathi on April 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Don’t get why so many are saying there is no submit button. Mine worked fine.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Yah… what’s with the no sub,it button?

katy on April 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

oops. never mind..

scroll

katy on April 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Frankly, I think we need to focus more on widening the majority in the House and retaking the Senate. The Republican field is too weak and Obama has a growing minority population, liberals, and frankly apathetic voters who vote for who gives ‘em the most “goodies.” Obama will re-election.

NathanG on April 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I like Rand Paul, but he’s only 48. Give him a term or two in the Senate and then one or two as governor; then we’ll talk. In the meantime, please, no more presidents without executive experience!

Tzetzes on April 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I like Rand Paul, but he’s only 48. Give him a term or two in the Senate and then one or two as governor; then we’ll talk. In the meantime, please, no more presidents without executive experience!

Tzetzes on April 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Sort of like Palin?

tetriskid on April 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I like these polls, but I hate when I miss the results, because they’re not promoted to the main page. Can we be a little consistent in this area?

Free Constitution on April 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

This.

zauriel on April 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I found a submit button, but there’s no acknowledgement once clicked. I actually clicked a second time because I thought it hadn’t taken (I still don’t know if either attempt was successful, since there was no acknowledgement). Sorry, but previous polls have acknowledged a response.

fabrexe on April 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Pawlenty/Cain perhaps. Pawlenty has experience? Not sure yet. The choices are not inspiring.

Warner Todd Huston on April 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Gotta be SP.

Mirimichi on April 3, 2011 at 8:56 PM

fabrexe on April 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Mine acknowledged, but it took a very long time.

Rebar on April 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Yes I said Palin although I cringe at the thought of the campaign she is the perfect candidate ideologically. Of course the media would love her to be the Republican candidate but the issue is whether she could be managed. She talks straight and has solid conservative beliefs and I have no doubts in her ability to govern; however, George W Bush is an example of what happens when you completely ignore the media* (2005-2008).

*not to mention his perhaps, excessive willingness to compromise on core conservative principles.

If she runs she needs to continue to take the fight to them. She needs the best publicists and people with connections in networks that can get her message to the people un-adulterated by the left. On a level playing field Sarah Palin could beat 2008 Obama (duh). Politics as they stand now (FUBAR)… she could still win but only if she finds another “architect”.

In short: Palin is a near-perfect candidate who will need a near-perfect public relations team to win.

My prediction: I expect to take back congress in 2012. In 2016, Rubio runs a campaign against the previous 4 years of Obama and wins. We will call it “Revenge of the HopenChange

Dumbcollegekid on April 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

First, if you don’t see submit button, be sure and use the separate scroll bar – I didn’t see button at first until I scrolled down. Second, your right Fabrexe, an acknowledgement would be nice…

Bolton – I love the guy and enjoyed his book, just don’t know if he can connect with the masses.

taterblade on April 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Guys, the acknowledgment is at the very very top of the form after you submit, not at the bottom where you press the button. It’s a long form to scroll through, so you’d have to go all the way back up in order to see it. The rest of the form is just a dark gray color.

zauriel on April 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Ehh, I dislike most of the list. My first choice would be Paul Ryan. Despite the kookiness of his father, Rand Paul interests me the most on that list for president.

I just want someone who is crazy enough to tackle entitlement reform.

jhffmn on April 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I bet not one HA reader chooses Huntsman, lol!

I went with Trump and Santorum, however, I love West, Cain, and Bachmann.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on April 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

I just want someone who is crazy enough to tackle entitlement reform.

jhffmn on April 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM

That’s a job for Congress. Presidents sign spending bill.

darwin-t on April 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Palin/Cain still for me.

It’s an easy choice.

SouthernGent on April 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM
That’s what I’m thinking right now, too.

MeatHeadinCA on April 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Same here.

predator on April 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Trump may be useful for the birth certificate drama and other needling of a phony like Zero yet remember that whenever any of Trump’s deals have gone sour it has been everyone else but Trump that was left holding the bag.

What we don’t need may be more important than what we do need. Promote an egomaniac who loses the nomination and they could go Perot / Moocowski which is to become a spoiler working the system and the process to avenge rather than compete. That is how the degenerate Clinton got elected in ’92 and how the degenerate Moocowski played a judge of easy virtue or two to screw Alaska last year.

viking01 on April 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

The likely winner of the HotAir poll can only win in HotAir.

bayview on April 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Palin/Bolton 2012: Morning in America again.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

From your lips to God’s ear.

onlineanalyst on April 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

“He added, ‘Shame on them if they do that.’”
That’s all well and good, but they have no shame.

darwin-t on April 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Unless of course your guy somehow wins, right? Then it would be a case of the rest of us wised up and are now playing ball on your intellectual level? Reminds me of how, according to the MSM, the voters are so “smart” when they vote for Democrats, but are just “angrily throwing tantrums” when they vote for Republicans.

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Why on Earth is Flip Flopney’s smug mug the poster boy for this post?

Kensington on April 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Oops. Cut and paste fail. Should have read:

The likely winner of the HotAir poll can only win in HotAir.

bayview on April 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Unless of course your guy somehow wins, right? Then it would be a case of the rest of us wised up and are now playing ball on your intellectual level? Reminds me of how, according to the MSM, the voters are so “smart” when they vote for Democrats, but are just “angrily throwing tantrums” when they vote for Republicans.

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Most if not all of these guys are superior to Bush 1 or Bush 2.

I disagree. Few of the people on that list would have handled Sept 11th and the war on terror as well as W did.

Y-not on April 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I find Rand Paul interesting but I’m sure I am convinced that he won’t be just like his father.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Why is Romney featured? You could at least put a collection of candidates up.

lonestar1 on April 3, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Hmmmmmmm…..

A bunch of the people on the list are not running. Not sure this is a good indicator of who will get the nomination.

NickDeringer on April 3, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Why on Earth is Flip Flopney’s smug mug the poster boy for this post?

Kensington on April 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I believe it’s standard practice to include a headshot in any obituary, political or otherwise.

steebo77 on April 3, 2011 at 9:42 PM

The Palin/West boosters will be disappointed. She’ll never choose him.

Palin will do what Reagan did — go safe, go politically experienced, go moderate. It’s just what they do, because it works.

West is too raw. Bolton is too abrasive. Jindal maybe, but she doesn’t need the South. Think midwest or northeast.

rrpjr on April 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Palin/Romney 2012

U\Went with the unity ticket.

Ted Torgerson on April 3, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Mitt should play this at all his campaign appearances to really seal the deal.

Kensington on April 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Palin/West/2012!!

canopfor on April 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Are the fighters really civilians? Or are they Al Quaeda?

ANV on April 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

rrpjr on April 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Jindal is going to be reelected gov. of Louisiana.
He will be President someday because he’s easily one of the most brilliant conservatives out there right now.
His talent won’t get wasyed as someone’s veep.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Palin/Romney 2012

U\Went with the unity ticket.

Ted Torgerson on April 3, 2011 at 9:47 PM

If she goes for a unity ticket, I think she will pick T-Paw over Mitt. No need to innoculate Obama against his biggest weakness.

Kataklysmic on April 3, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I’m moving this week. Can I use my new Texas zipcode?
We live Ill-annoyz on Thursday or Friday.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

sure that way TPAw gets 2 votes for sure

unseen on April 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

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