RLC straw poll produces “interesting” result UPDATE: Payola?

posted at 4:31 pm on June 18, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The Republican Leadership Conference is winding to a close this weekend and the straw poll results are popping up on the media machine already. It will come as no surprise that Ron Paul came in first, as he does in pretty much every straw poll held anywhere in the nation. (Where do these guys get the money to fly out and attend all these conferences?) But, as usual, the buzz that gets generated comes from who comes in second, and I’ll confess this one caught me by surprise. Though, as Greta described it, it may prove to be “Interesting… not binding or even instructive.”

  • Paul 612
  • Huntsman 382
  • Bachmann 191
  • Cain 104
  • Romney 74
  • Gingrich 69
  • Palin 41
  • Santorum 30
  • Pawlenty 18
  • Johnson 10
  • Roemer 9
  • McCotter 2

You can all make what you will of this, obviously. Straw polls in a limited, highly energized and partisan audience are precisely what the name implies… straw polls. But the Huntsman finish is certainly an eye opener. We can always assume that the Ron Paul army will show up anywhere such an event takes place and flood the ballot box, but does Huntsman have that sort of a well organized army which nobody knew about?

Bachmann and Cain being the only other ones to come in at triple digits are no surprise of course, and Palin ‘s numbers may be somewhat hindered by her lack of actually … err… you know… running. Mitt is highest among the sub-100 crowd, but that would probably be a reflection of the reactions of the base (who show up at such events) to the GOP voters across the nation as a whole, including indies and moderates.

Then again, as part of your discussion, is there something more to this tiny sample? Let’s face it, every time we run a poll here at Hot Air, Romney is admired only slightly more than the nail you find in your flat tire during a rain storm. And yet he’s leading in the national polls. Huntsman (*cough* RINO! *cough*) doesn’t receive much more in the way of accolades, but does he have some juice nationally?

Discuss.

UPDATE: Rumor is already leaking out, originally floated at Politico, that Team Huntsman was laying out some cash to fly people in and vote for Jon.

Rumors circulated here that Huntsman campaign had paid for supporters to attend the conference and a spokesman for the candidate, Tim MIller, didn’t deny that they had.

“Not commenting on internal strategy,” said Miller, adding: “The result demonstrates that young conservatives are responding to his record of success in Utah, willingness to take the debt problem seriously, and foreign policy message,”

Don’t take this as any sort of endorsement that it happened, but it is being talked about. All Politico has to go on thus far is “rumors” but Miller’s non-denial was certainly a strange response. I’ve been poking my own contacts on Team Huntsman on this question and have not gotten a response, so we’ll toss this out there as is for your consideration. If we get anything firm in either direction, updates will be forthcoming.

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The GOP will betray you

True_King on June 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It may be interesting if we were interested in it.

darwin-t on June 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

(Where do these guys get the money to fly out and attend all these conferences?)

See: http://www.dailypaul.com/168139/srlc-need-more-people-here-asap

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

huntsman in 2nd????

i guess all the morning joe/msdnc fans followed the ron paul fans to the conference….

cmsinaz on June 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

teh suck

RedNewEnglander on June 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

aha! thanks steebo

cmsinaz on June 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I feel so….moderate.
I think I’ll lie down.

NeoKong on June 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Why do groups even have these straw polls? It only goes to show just how fringe and out of touch they really are.

meci on June 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Huntsman for Obama 2012~!

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

It’s a straw poll, Alan Keyes used to win these things and so did Romney back in 2008. Huntsman is such a flippin’ RINO he will be taken down once the southern primaries kick in.

Not good news for Romney if Huntsman picks up any early momentum though.

Daemonocracy on June 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

So we now subscribe to conspiracy theories that Ron Paul has a secret army of well-to-do robots who fly around the country to vote for him in straw polls? C’mon, leave that kind of nonsense to the Rosie O’Donnells on MSNBC. Why not accept the reality that more and more people on the right are realizing that fiscal issues are the main problem right now and extreme problems require extreme solutions.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

“Discuss”…Poll worked…produced result…produced headline.
Mean anything,,,at all? NOPE.

winston on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Mildly amusing:

SRLC results in

https://twitter.com/#!/foxdavebriggs/status/82163527460204544

Ron Paul wins!

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Huntsman paid people to vote for him in straw poll:

jmartpolitico jmartpolitico
Huntsman camp doesn’t deny paying for supporters to get 2nd place at #RLC straw poll http://politi.co/jPuTEh
17 minutes ago

the guy is shameless

commodore on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

meci on June 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Indeed. Like the series of H/A polls. They do help to ID the bias and fringe nature of such groups. They’re also fun to track and discuss.

MJBrutus on June 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Sounds like the morons and the rinos showed up in force.

xplodeit on June 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Well then…

… I’m glad the political elite ruling class have weighed in on this.

I was just going to have to kick myself if I was only going to let the media tell me who to vote for…

… Now I can relax and start enjoying this Summer of recovery.

/

Seven Percent Solution on June 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Huntsman paid people to vote for him in straw poll:

jmartpolitico jmartpolitico
Huntsman camp doesn’t deny paying for supporters to get 2nd place at #RLC straw poll http://politi.co/jPuTEh
17 minutes ago

the guy is shameless

commodore on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Exactly, this is how the GOP is going to betray you

True_King on June 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Looking up the agenda, Joseph Cao was a speaker… Republican leadership!

theperfecteconomist on June 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

It looks like RINOs like a RINO.

Slowburn on June 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Someone’s working hard behind the scenes to make this guy look more important than he really is.

Connie on June 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Four More Years of Hope and Change

Thanks GOP!

Kini on June 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Paul/Huntsman ’12 — The GOP’s presidential straw men.

jon1979 on June 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

SRLC results in

https://twitter.com/#!/foxdavebriggs/status/82163527460204544

Ron Paul wins!

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Am I the only one who can see Spathi flogging its self with a cat-o-nine-tails whilst standing naked in front of a giant picture of Ron Paul saying “I’m not worthy” with every strike to the back…?

… I didn’t think so.

Seven Percent Solution on June 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Alternate headline – “Huntsman decimates PaulNut Army”.

Under normal circumstances, Paul would have had about 900 votes. Given he and Huntsman draw from basically the same bowl of nuts,….

Steve Eggleston on June 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Paul increased his numbers by 50% this year.

Even if Romney had put in an effort like last year, he would have been embarrassed so he is refusing to even compete.

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Why not accept the reality that more and more people on the right are realizing that fiscal issues are the main problem right now and extreme problems require extreme solutions.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

LOL. So when Palin wins HA polls, its immediatley pointed out that the reults don’t match national polls, so we can dismiss her win as meaningless. When Ron Paul wins straw polls by 10 times the margin he does in national polls, we are supposed to beleive that everyone suddenly woke up to the fiscal crises?

Thanks for the unintentional comic relief.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

lol

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

So the Huntsbaby people figured out the APauling people’s trick. Big WFD.

AshleyTKing on June 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

huntsman=rino; huntsman=rino; huntsman=rino

Please be aware that msm is promoting him because they win either way huntsman=obama; huntsman=obama etc., etc.

He’s quit everything he did – school; governor; ambasador.
So let’s go after him like the lsm went after Pallin for quitting as governor of Alaska!

Bambi on June 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

This will be forgotten in 5 minutes

Obama impersonator crosses the line at RLC

faraway on June 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Ron Paul / Jon Huntsman 2012

Brilliant!!

PappyD61 on June 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

You can all make what you will of this, obviously.

Here’s what I make of it: Nothing.

SlaveDog on June 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Rumors circulated here that Huntsman campaign had paid for supporters to attend the conference and a spokesman for the candidate, Tim MIller, didn’t deny that they had.

“Not commenting on internal strategy,” said Miller, adding: “The result demonstrates that young conservatives are responding to his record of success in Utah, willingness to take the debt problem seriously, and foreign policy message…”

ROFL. In-friggin’-credible. Now get ready for a lot of phony Huntsman buzz in the media.

. Why not accept the reality that more and more people on the right are realizing that fiscal issues are the main problem right now and extreme problems require extreme solutions.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Oh, come on. How could a conservative hop on the Huntsman bandwagon? Romney’s bad enough.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Huntsman is a bag full of d!ck. He won’t get nominated, but his entire purpose is to serve the Libtard agenda of trying to break-off Mormons and the GOP. If GOP voters refuse to vote for this Trojan horse, the libtards will screech like banshees about the “evangelicals” of the GOP hates Mormons, and ergo, Utah is in play.

Apologetic California on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM

A HA poll represents those who frequent a website. lol. And a sarah palin-friendly website at that.

Straw polls are just a tad more relevant. They actually take place in the real world.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Sheesh. Now I’m wondering how well Dede Scozzafava would would have done in this poll.

Aitch748 on June 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

1542 votes cast. Yeah it’s all over 17 months before the actual election takes place. President Paul and Vice President Huntsman need to start fitting the oval office for curtains. How manny different threads do I have to write this in, “Ron Paul was the guy who got less than MARGIN OF ERROR in almost all the polls in 2008.” My real question is, “Who are the Democrats going to run for president?” Obama is talking like he doesn’t want the job, and the Democrats are eventually going to wake up to the fact that he extremely vulnerable.

Tommy_G on June 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

amazing what a billion dollars can buy isn’t it..

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Palin is who I want!

Winebabe on June 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

This means nothing other than Huntsman got or paid for ~300 people to attend this conference and vote on his behalf.

That’s why these straw polls have become stupid endeavors. They mean nothing.

ramrants on June 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

A HA poll represents those who frequent a website. lol. And a sarah palin-friendly website at that.

Straw polls are just a tad more relevant. They actually take place in the real world.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

LOL…by paying to have supporters show up and vote for you. Really scientific there.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Huntsman paid people to vote for him in straw poll:

jmartpolitico jmartpolitico
Huntsman camp doesn’t deny paying for supporters to get 2nd place at #RLC straw poll http://politi.co/jPuTEh
17 minutes ago

the guy is shameless

commodore on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Exactly, this is how the GOP is going to betray you

And Ron Paul did not? As others have said this polls mean nothing re: CPAC poll. Regardless, I would rather have Huntsman over Obama, Romney over Obama or anyone else for that matter. Besides the fringe candidates– if then I would rather have Obama!

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

The Spathi are a cowardly race of “meta-mollusks”, self-described as possessing the “best qualities of both the clam and the Dravatz”. They have a colorful exoskeleton (possibly adopted by the Spathi due to their desire for safety1), a single jiggling eye, jointed pinching claws, and a single abalone-like foot, specialised for high-speed locomotion.2 As a race, the Spathi are absolute cowards and paranoid. According to Fwiffo, the Spathi live in constant fear of an undetectable phantom called the Ultimate Evil, which they are convinced lives just beyond the reaches of their most powerful long-range sensors.

Count to 10 on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Huntsman looks weasely.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Paul got over a million votes in the 08 primary out of 20 million cast. The truth is very few republicans bothered to even vote in the primary including Paul supporters.

1/20 was 5%.

The margin of error was 5%?

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The cellar dwellers in the GOP field come out on top in this straw poll. LOL

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

07′ primary

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

So we now subscribe to conspiracy theories that Ron Paul has a secret army of well-to-do robots who fly around the country to vote for him in straw polls? — keepthechange

Apparently you must have missed the link that Steebo posted, above?

http://www.dailypaul.com/168139/srlc-need-more-people-here-asap

If you aren’t aware that Ronulans are notorious for SPAMMING these types of polls, then you must have been living in a cave somewhere for quite awhile. That the Ronulans organize themselves for these purposes is no conspiracy. It’s well-known fact.

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

A HA poll represents those who frequent a website. lol. And a sarah palin-friendly website at that.

Straw polls are just a tad more relevant. They actually take place in the real world.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

No one is offering to pay people for their votes in the HA poll:

Huntsman paid people to vote for him in straw poll:

jmartpolitico jmartpolitico
Huntsman camp doesn’t deny paying for supporters to get 2nd place at #RLC straw poll http://politi.co/jPuTEh
17 minutes ago

the guy is shameless

commodore on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

You tell me what is more real world and relevant.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Oh, for G-d’s sake, this poll is absolutely meaningless. Huntsman is just another pretty face, vacuous as the day is long.

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Regardless, I would rather have Huntsman over Obama…

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

What’s the essential difference? A statist is a statist. One wants to go over the cliff at 50 mph, the other at 140 mph. Both take you over the cliff, and we’re supposed to be oh-so-grateful that at least the GOP isn’t like Obama. Those days are over.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:59 PM

A HA poll represents those who frequent a website. lol. And a sarah palin-friendly website at that.

Straw polls are just a tad more relevant. They actually take place in the real world.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

And these straw polls aren’t taken of a group of like-minded people gathering for a specific purpose? They are no more real world than any website.

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I should add that registering to Republican conventions via Ron Paul groups is a cheap way for poor college students to attend. That is how I attended CPAC for like 5 bucks or so. And no I did not vote for him in the straw poll.

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

LOL…by paying to have supporters show up and vote for you. Really scientific there.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

No!!! Paul is for REAL!!! I need the address of his website so I can money bomb his campaign.

(They’re going to need the cash after paying for all those votes.)

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Romney won by one vote last year, and this year we increased our numbers so he couldn’t win at CPAC or SRLC nor will he be able to win at Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

He knows he can’t win a single grass roots events.

That’s why he wants the Establishment to carry him.

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Paul 612
Huntsman 382
===============

Madness me thinks!!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Straw polls are just a tad more relevant. They actually take place in the real world.

keep the change on June 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Any place frequented by Paulines is not the real world.

darwin-t on June 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Hunstman probably just paid his close and distant relatives to go. he is a mormon. That reproduce like rabbits. I’m not anti-mormon, they’re good people… it’s just a fact.

dforston on June 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Quick Spathi, what’s the address?

Must … send … money

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

About intelligence – keep focused.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I’m not sure I’d rather have Huntsman over Obama.

It’s much easier to oppose bad stuff when it’s not coming from your own guy.

And while Obama’s working on making himself visibly the most corrupt statist President since Nixon, there’s a danger that Huntsman might actually look polished and reasonable at doing bad stuff.

JEM on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I figured out how Huntsman came in 2nd.

This is the South and they picked the name with HUNT in it.

huckleberryfriend on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

LOL…by paying to have supporters show up and vote for you. Really scientific there.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM
=======================================

No!!! Paul is for REAL!!! I need the address of his website so I can money bomb his campaign.

(They’re going to need the cash after paying for all those votes.)

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

hawkdriver:Tee-hee….love yur stealthy sarc:)

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Apparently former Governor Huntsman does ride motocross. Why they had to fake a rider on a commercial is beyond me.

I don’r curse anyone at this point but who is behind this man?

Unless the phantoms who sent all the donations to the Dems late last year and appeared to vote help him, he will not go anywhere.

I’m kidding…

IlikedAUH2O on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Paul got over a million votes in the 08 primary out of 20 million cast. The truth is very few republicans bothered to even vote in the primary including Paul supporters.

1/20 was 5%.

The margin of error was 5%?

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The margin of error is 5%

Ron Paul got 5%

Ron Paul is therefore an error.

darwin-t on June 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Romney won by one vote last year, and this year we increased our numbers so he couldn’t win at CPAC or SRLC nor will he be able to win at Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

The problem with that is that it leads to a phony result.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Paul got over a million votes in the 08 primary out of 20 million cast. The truth is very few republicans bothered to even vote in the primary including Paul supporters.

1/20 was 5%.

The margin of error was 5%?

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The primary was basically already “closed” before I got a chance to vote in it. By then, McCain had already been declared the nominee. That was true of a lot of states, besides my own state of Arizona. Your main point is that a lot of people didn’t vote in the primary. Paul lost. A lot of people voted for him, knowing he’d already lost.

So, your point is valid, but you reach the wrong conclusion with it. That 5% means exactly diddly squat.

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Huntsman is just another long pretty face, vacuous as the day is pretty long.

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

That motocross video really convinced me.

AshleyTKing on June 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Any place frequented by Paulines is not the real world.

darwin-t on June 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

5%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The margin of error is 5%

Ron Paul got 5%

Ron Paul is therefore an error.

darwin-t on June 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Now, that is the funniest thing I’ve read today! LMAO

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Regardless, I would rather have Huntsman over Obama…

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

What’s the essential difference? A statist is a statist. One wants to go over the cliff at 50 mph, the other at 140 mph. Both take you over the cliff, and we’re supposed to be oh-so-grateful that at least the GOP isn’t like Obama. Those days are over.

To believe that Michele Bachmann, Paul, can win the gop nomination and win the general against Obama is like believing you can stop paying your taxes and the IRS wont pay you a visit. Neither will happen. Going on your analogy if its 50/140 I would rather go 50, more time to jump out alive or avert going off the cliff. So if it was Huntsman v Obama or Mitt vs Obama you would vote Obama? =/

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Oh, for G-d’s sake, this poll is absolutely meaningless. Huntsman is just another pretty face, vacuous as the day is long.

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

He was a Governor. He was Deputy U.S. Trade Rep. He was an Ambassador to both China and Singapore. Oh, and he was a staff assistant to Reagan. He also knows a thing or two about the Chi-Coms, too, and he can peal off establishment types from Romney as well as make the Wall Street crowd happy. Huntsman and Palin are the only two who can beat Obama.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

This poll can only give one a headache trying to figure it out, but it does point out a major problem with open primaries.

The Democrats are going to be pouring in to vote for the Rinos, just like in 2008 — except worse since they won’t have anything better to do. I sincerely hope that the GOP has taken some measures to prevent that, or we’ll be stuck with another McCain.

Aardvark on June 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

oh I love it. huntsman out paid Mitt for the win. Mitt is in trouble he can’t compete against huntsman’s money…

huntsman will be the lead rino and Mitt will fade away….

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 4:59 PM


Huntsman in 2007
:

I mentioned yesterday to somebody asking a question that I wouldn’t shy away from mandates. I think if you’re going to get it done and get it done right, [a] mandate has to be part of it in some way, shape, or form whether it’s the college age population or whether it’s something beyond, it’s got to be a serious attempt, and I’m not sure you get to the point of serious attempt without some sort of mandate associated with what you’re trying to do. Certainly a market-based approach is part of the solution as well. We forget that. If a tax credit is something that the federal government ultimately works out, then you’ve got some market solutions tossed in and nobody likes the word mandate, but without that kind of insistence — that directness, I don’t know that you can achieve something this challenging in a short period of time, which is what I think we need to do as a nation.

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Romney won by one vote last year, and this year we increased our numbers so he couldn’t win at CPAC or SRLC nor will he be able to win at Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

Spathi on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

The problem with that is that it leads to a phony result.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I am NOT making a Godwinian one-to-one comparison here, but that sort of thing is eerily like the Nazis in early-30s Germany trying desperately to make themselves seem to have much more popular support than they really had.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Hunstman probably just paid his close and distant relatives to go. he is a mormon. That reproduce like rabbits. I’m not anti-mormon, they’re good people… it’s just a fact.

dforston on June 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

If he was a Hasidic Jew ( who mass produce to), I wonder what your joke would be lol. The results do not matter, its just feeder for blogs .But seriously, why all the hatin’ on the guy, do we have anyone else better who is going to jump in? Gov Bush-no ( hes not), Dirty Jerz Gov( hes not).

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

does Huntsman have that sort of a well organized army which nobody knew about?

The MSM and the Democrat Party.

These stupid straw polls should be discontinued. All they do is discredit the organization that held the event and provide the MSM with bogus memes.

forest on June 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Huntsman served the enemy, then betrayed the enemy. Traitors should not be trusted.

Plus, the son is a spoile whiner and a squish.

The father is a great man but the apple fell far from the tree, in this case.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Proves the RLC is neither conservative nor involved in leadership… more like the Republican Establishment Lobbyists Patsys RELP

georgealbert on June 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

It i wnated to vote for a rino. I would vote for huntsman. Huntsman is the better moderate in the race. You can’t trust Mitt he might flipflop and become a conservative with huntsman you KNOW you will get a moderate. Yeap huntsman would be my vote if I were a moderate. Mitt is so overexposed and stale. Mitt= old news. huntsman has more money, is liked better by the incorwd and he will not be laughed at like Mitt. so moderates unite and vote for huntsman leave Mitt behind….he can’t be trusted as a conservative nor as a moderate.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Oh, for G-d’s sake, this poll is absolutely meaningless. Huntsman is just another pretty face, vacuous as the day is long.

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

He is not vacuous. He has deep international experience beyond his appointment to China and is well respected by business. Say what you want about the nature of the poll and its unlikely reflection of reality but Huntsman is the kind of candidate who can appeal to broader set of voters than just the far right.

lexhamfox on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Huntsman the moderate you can trust…

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

jmartpolitico jmartpolitico
Huntsman camp doesn’t deny paying for supporters to get 2nd place at #RLC straw poll http://politi.co/jPuTEh
17 minutes ago

the guy is shameless

commodore on June 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

It would have been funny if Romney had done the same thing and he and Huntsman kept outbidding each other until the conference attendees all ended up walking away millionaires.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

About intelligence – keep focused.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Schadenfreude:Thank-You for that linky,everyone needs to
watch the Hopey/Changey greatest Hits,and
SarahCuda Dispicable MSM description of her
in BeSmirchment OverLoad!!:)

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Huntsman is the kind of candidate who can appeal to broader set of voters than just the far right.

lexhamfox on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Signed,

John McCain, 44th President of the United States.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Mitt was outspent and out organized by huntsman. It’s clear the antipalin people need to unite behind huntsman. He is your only chance.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

lexhamfox on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Zero about Huntsman impresses me. Empty suit. More liberal than Republican. Not even close to being Conservative.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Huntsman served the enemy, then betrayed the enemy. Traitors should not be trusted.

Plus, the son is a spoile whiner and a squish.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I suppose you voted for Gore and Kerry. I guess General Petraeus can forget about a Republican political career as well, too. All the folks at DoD with political aspirations can hang it up as well since they work for “the enemy”. Ugh.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

huntsman the one true moderate in the race! huntsman 2012…….can you feel the blandness?!!!!

moderate Huntsman is the man. He can unite the liberal and moderate wing of the gop. He can stop Palin. Don’t trust Mitt. huntsman is your man. vote for huntsman…plus is is riher than Mitt and don’t you elites place status on money?

So abandon Mitt and go with huntsman he came in second at this straw poll what more do you want?

huntsman 2012!!!!!

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Huntsman is the kind of candidate who can appeal to broader set of voters than just the far right.

lexhamfox on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I don’t think so. Far right progressive candidates like Romney and Huntsman are a relic of the past. Even McCain was past expiration. Nobody want’s big government authoritarian nanny staters to micromanage the economy and our lives. We want the far right to stay out of our lives. We want centrist candidates that believe in small, limited Constitutional government, not control freaks that only seek more power for themselves and their cronies.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Signed,

John McCain, 44th President of the United States.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Made me snort.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

You logic is incredibly flawed/wanting.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Plus, the son is a spoiled whiner and a squish.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

(Where do these guys get the money to fly out and attend all these conferences?)

The Fed?

trigon on June 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

It is hard to tell which establishment RINO the GOP gatekeepers will select and polish his image this time around.

Watching the attacks on Sarah tell me she’s the target of both right and left in their frantic attempts to keep a quality outsider in line. The media has exposed their fear,chasing her everywhere, telling the inside story of whom they fear in Washington -the one who most threatens their cushy castle on the Delaware. Sarah -the only one who might be capable of returning america to its rightful owners -the people.

Don L on June 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

lexhamfox on June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

What are his policies or principles? Otherwise, I could care less that he was an ambassador. Or rides a motocross.

AshleyTKing on June 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

huntsman the one true moderate in the race! huntsman 2012…….can you feel the blandness?!!!!

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I can feel the experience and competence. He certainly beats the pizza guy who likes “deep dish”, that’s for sure.

I am impressed by Huntsman due to his resume but will wait to see what he believes and how well he runs his campaign before I totally sign on. I know he has some spots on his record — especially with regard to illegal immigration, AGW, and his flirtation with mandates. With that said, I am certainly not going the bash him right off the cuff before he announces and his record is discussed, nor will I accuse him of treason because he served his country as a U.S. representative to China under Obama.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

With that said, I am certainly not going the bash him right off the cuff before he announces and his record is discussed

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

How about people who already know what his record is? Okay for them to weigh in? Or do we all need to hold our fire until the Johnny-come-latelys get off the couch and do their own homework?

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM

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