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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You logic is incredibly flawed/wanting.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

So you voted for the spoiled son and would be open to vote for a general who works for Obama and is his new CIA chief? Why is Huntsman a spoiled traitor, again?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:31 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

My niece went with a Young Republican group from the college
she attends. They took a bus from Austin to New Orleans-hopefully she wasn’t sitting next to a Paulbot. Pretty sure she voted for Michele Bachmann, but now I’m a little worried.

redridinghood on June 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I know he has some spots on his record — especially with regard to illegal immigration, AGW, and his flirtation with mandates.

LOL! Spots?

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I agree. better than Cain better than Mitt. ALL YOUliberal/moderate GOpers should vote for huntsman. if you all want any chance of stopping Palin huntsman is your guy….he is just the bee’s knees of moderation…..

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

When have these “straw polls” at conferences ever actually mirrored the actual voting in an election? They are absolutely worthless and I wish they would stop doing them but the conference organizers know that it generates attendance (i.e. ca$h) as the various candidates jockey to get their name at the top even though they might have no chance at all of winning the primary.

Actually, if people would stop reporting on them, they would probably go away.

crosspatch on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Rick Perry would crush Huntsman in the South.

Perry was a Captain in the Air Force. This guy?

Marcus on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

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.

Maybe if you bring more intelligent voters the problem will be solved.

Falz on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on June 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Who is this “you”. There are differing opinions within the GOP. Apparently, you have nearly always found your opinion to be in the miniority.

That is not a betrayal. That is democracy. My first choice has never won either. I don’t consider that betrayal, although is is sometimes horse trading ugly politicking. That is how our system of government works.

And it works better than any other system designed by mankind in all the history of the Earth.

Majority opinion wins the vote. Deal with it.

You want to dictate how others vote? Go join the Democrats and vote the names off headstones. You are not conservative, if you can not accept the free choice of your fellow Americans, and Republicans.

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

and just think huntsman is a two time quitter. So take that Mitt. huntsman is the toal package quitter!!!

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Sorry but this doesn’t make sense. I’m giving a lot of credence to the update.

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Maybe if you bring more intelligent voters the problem will be solved.

Falz on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

The Palinistas ran off the intelligent ones long ago. It’s sad.

This is still a favorite, and I am hopeful that it will regain the smart ones, but I rarely come here first anymore.

It is still the easiest to post on and the Bloggers themselves are usually still good.

But it isn’t worth it, much of the time.

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Americans are realistic enough to understand that the breakdown of the blue social model is a messy process and that perhaps no president can deliver a pain free transition to the next stage. But what they aren’t hearing from President Obama is a compelling description of what has gone wrong, how it can be fixed, and how the policies he proposes will take us to the next level.

Messy indeed.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I agree. better than Cain better than Mitt. ALL YOUliberal/moderate GOpers should vote for huntsman. if you all want any chance of stopping Palin huntsman is your guy….he is just the bee’s knees of moderation…..

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

You’re actually giving them good advice but so far it seems that they’re committed to Romney. Now we know why the Republican Party didn’t want to defund Obamacare. They are just going to tinker with it. The vote to “repeal Obamacare” was just a sham vote they knew would go nowhere because we don’t have the Senate. In reality they’re just going to “fix” Obamacare and call it Romneycare by another name.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

If you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, as they say.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Again who cares if Huntsman is paying people, is it news to anyone that politicians PAY PEOPLE TO attend conferences. Why are people not making a splash about Ron Paul paying supporters to attend these conferences? Paul subsidized my ticket to CPAC but I would never vote for him nor did I vote for him in the straw poll. I voted for Huntsman or “none of the above” If I remember correctly. Slow News Day?

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Perry was a Captain in the Air Force. This guy?

Huntsman was captain of the polo team.

Emperor Norton on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

and just think huntsman is a two time quitter. … huntsman is the toal package quitter!!!

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I’m not a Huntsman fan, but aren’t you a Palin supporter, unseen?

It would be pretty ironic…

scotash on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Four More Years of Hope and Change

Thanks GOP!

Kini on June 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Kini:Yup,shapeing up nicely for a 2008 Deja Vu Reduex!:)

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

O.T. Breaking News: Anthony Weiner’s mother in law is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tommy_G on June 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM

They are just going to tinker with it. The vote to “repeal Obamacare” was just a sham vote they knew would go nowhere because we don’t have the Senate. In reality they’re just going to “fix” Obamacare and call it Romneycare by another name.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

yeap….the gop elites love obamacare. it gives them unlimited power and all blame goes to Obama and the dems. win win for them….

as far as good advice. I want a race between moderates with the primary. right now we have the conservative vote split about 3 or 4 ways and only one liberal/moderate

place two strong moderate/liberals in there and let them split the vote. rudy should get in too.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Huntsman was captain of the polo team.

Emperor Norton on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

So was Dick “Martha Coakley in Pants” Blumenthal…allegedly,

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

It would be pretty ironic…

scotash on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

just like mitt takes obamacare off the table if huntsman is Palin’s main opposition well guess what gets taken off the table in the primary race…..

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Nice argument. So people are smart if they agree with you but they couldn’t possibly be smart if they disagree with you. Typically it is liberals that argue that way.

chemman on June 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Free tickets to Ron Paul supporters to stack RLC straw poll Sat, 2011-06-18 04:08
*********************

June 18th that finds the ever hyper-vigilant Ron Paul supporters providing free tickets to the event in order to skew the results — which will be posted at the RLC website http://www.RLC2011.com Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
An attendee who hails from Memphis Tennessee, Charlotte Bergmann, reports via MobileWeb that she was excited to arrive yesterday at the venue until she encountered two grads who told her that “Ron Paul had purchased [their] tickets, along with their friends [tickets].”
And, here at the Daily Paul, free tickets for Ron Paul supporters to attend the event and cast their vote in the straw poll were also generously offered in an effort, no doubt, to make Ron Paul the winner of the only Presidential poll that will ever find him ahead.
So much for straw polls. Particularly when Ron Paul is present.

http://mail.dailypaul.com/166027/free-tickets-to-republican-leadership-conference-strawpoll
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http://www.israelated.net/node/109306

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM

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

Wise speculation in the metals and mineral markets.

JohnGalt23 on June 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

If you’re going to buy votes, it sure helps if your daddy is a billionaire, like Hunstman’s. What else is the money for, other than to buy Junior an elective office?

Emperor Norton on June 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I’m not a Huntsman fan, but aren’t you a Palin supporter, unseen?

It would be pretty ironic…

scotash on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

It’s a shame Romney didn’t resign at the same point in his governorship that Palin did. If he had, Romneycare would have never been signed and Obama would have been robbed of his template.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I agree. better than Cain better than Mitt. ALL YOUliberal/moderate GOpers should vote for huntsman. if you all want any chance of stopping Palin huntsman is your guy….he is just the bee’s knees of moderation…..

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

It’s not about moderation — it’s about seriousness, competence, and experience. I like Palin and would vote for her despite the rest of the country hating her.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I find it funny that the mittbuttboys are complaining about huntsman paying for his sceond place finish since Mitt did the same thing last year…..the mittbutt boys are really examples of human slime. the very worse our great nation have to offer.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:52 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

I think Allahpundit was marveling at how risky it was to skip the Iowa Straw poll.

From your words, it sounds like it’s not so risky after all.

scotash on June 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

O.T. Breaking News: Anthony Weiner’s mother in law is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tommy_G on June 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Wow, it’s like instead of the Manchurian Candidate we have an entire Manchurian Democrat Party, only instead of Manchurian they are multiculturian. They are the Multiculturian Party.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:53 PM

It’s not about moderation — it’s about seriousness, competence, and experience
Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

to me its the total package conservative, seriousness, competence and experience. So too me the only logical choice is Palin. For those that would rather have moderation than conservativism with the other factors than hunt6sman might be a good choice. much better than Mitt.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

The Multiculturian Party is not controlled by one nation but by many.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I find it funny that the mittbuttboys are complaining about huntsman paying for his sceond place finish since Mitt did the same thing last year…..the mittbutt boys are really examples of human slime. the very worse our great nation have to offer.

unseen on June 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

See! We can agree on something.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Huntsman, who?

Dandapani on June 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

http://jonhuntsman.com

tetriskid on June 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

cute. lol

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

aebloo on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

So you took Ron Paul’s money but voted for somebody else?

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I think Allahpundit was marveling at how risky it was to skip the Iowa Straw poll.

From your words, it sounds like it’s not so risky after all.

scotash on June 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Iowa is becoming less and less relevant. Everyone knows Obama won Iowa because he bussed people in from Chicago and Huckabee won, only to drop out later. The winner of the Iowa caucus has only won the republican nomination twice.

But my main point is, when you have a system that allows for rampant cheating, where candidates can pay to bus people in to stuff the ballot box…it is an irrelevant system.

ramrants on June 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

From Behind Enemy Lines,at Progressive
HQ!
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I see a HOT Rumour on GOOGLY,that the impersonator
at the event was pulled,I dunno?!
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VIDEO: At Republican Leadership Conference, Obama Impersonator Tells Racist Jokes; Audience Laughs
Jun 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm
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The nation’s GOP elite gathered in New Orleans this weekend for the Republican Leadership Conference. In attendance were presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and potential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Prior to a speech by RNC Chair Reince Preibus, an Obama impersonator took the stage and told a series of racist jokes. A summary from Arron Blake:

• On Black History Month: “Michelle celebrates the full month. I celebrate half.”

• “My mother loved a black man,” but “she was not a Kardashian.”

• A picture was shown of Obama and the first lady when he took office. The impersonator then showed a picture of what the Obamas will look like when the president leaves office, and it was the characters of Fred Sanford and his sister-in-law, Ethel, from the show “Sanford and Son.”

Video
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Doug Heye, the RNC’s communication director in 2010 tweeted: “Wonder why many minorities have problems with GOP? Hiring Obama impersonator to tell ‘black jokes’ at SRLC, for starters.”

UPDATE: RLC President Charlie Davis said that the Obama impersonator was “funny the first 10 or 15 minutes.” That’s when the racial jokes were told.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/18/248057/obama-impersonator-srlc/

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

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

Supporters of a candidate organizing on his behalf?

The Horror!!

Lord knows we wouldn’t want someone with followers willing to contribute to their victory as the nominee of our party!

/yougottabekiddingme

JohnGalt23 on June 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

These straw polls are weaker than the first pig’s house that the wolf blew down.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 6:03 PM

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

So having a black comedian telling black jokes in front of a white crowd is racist now, huh? Does Chris Rock know about this?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

But my main point is, when you have a system that allows for rampant cheating, where candidates can pay to bus people in to stuff the ballot box…it is an irrelevant system.

ramrants on June 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Unquestionably irrelevant.

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

So having a black comedian telling black jokes in front of a white crowd is racist now, huh? Does Chris Rock know about this?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

At least they didn’t headline Michael Richards.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Jackass’s……..

George Washington joke,by said impersonator of Obama,
says,before and after photo of Washington,do to aging
on the job,morphs into Barbara Bush…..UGH!

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:07 PM

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.

He’ll be Obama lite. He’s learned all his tricks. SCHUMCK!

katy on June 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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So having a black comedian telling black jokes in front of a white crowd is racist now, huh? Does Chris Rock know about this?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Punchenko:Don’t forget,thats a PROGRESSIVE SITE,and I watch
ed the video,so far,I SEE NO RACISM..PERIOD!

Getting bent over Michelle celebrates Black Histor
y Month,and Hopey saying he celebrates half,is a
real mental leap….to connect that,as RACIST!!!!

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM

No one will vote for a RINO

No one

Roy Rogers on June 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Love to see Cain stomping Romney…..bet those Cain numbers are genuine.

Reassuring.

Tim_CA on June 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I know he has some spots on his record — especially with regard to illegal immigration, AGW, and his flirtation with mandates.

LOL! Spots?

FloatingRock on June 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

As every rabbit hunter knows, spots on the liver equate to a deadly contagious disease called tularemia.

He has soft spots-don’t approach him -even with rubber gloves.

Don L on June 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Just shows how out of touch the Republican Leadership is. I trust the Hot Air results so much more. :) ;)

Mutnodjmet on June 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

From the Kansas City Star!

Organizers then cut off Brown’s microphone and turned on music.
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Sat, Jun. 18, 2011 02:23 PM
Impersonator mocks Obama, Gingrich at GOP forum
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A Barack Obama impersonator mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about the real president’s biracial roots to a room full of conservative activists Saturday.

The Republican Leadership Conference turned the podium over to impersonator Reggie Brown, who drew raucous applause from the GOP’s supporters when he projected lewd photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who just resigned after the furor over his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.

Brown later played up the mass exodus of advisers to candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign and said Gingrich’s supporters “are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants.”

The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown turned to the candidates who are looking to make Obama a one-term president.

The impersonator took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty missed the conference because “he’s having his foot surgically removed from his mouth.”

“Don’t worry: it’s covered under Obamneycare. Along with spinal transplants,” Brown said.

Pawlenty has struggled this week after previewing his criticism of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts that was a model for Democrats’ national plan. Pawlenty first called it “Obamneycare,” a hybrid of “Romneycare” and “Obamacare.” But when given the opportunity to use the term while sharing the stage with Romney during a debate Monday night in New Hampshire, he balked.

Pawlenty later said it was a mistake not to offer a stronger criticism.

The impersonator joked about Romney’s Mormon faith and about polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tea party support.

Organizers then cut off Brown’s microphone and turned on music.

The jokes came a day after former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged Republicans not to be distracted from a message honed solely on jobs and the economy.

“If we let people in the Obama campaign take America’s eye off the ball, then that’s their only chance to win,” Barbour said.

Brown opened his routine with jokes about Obama’s biography as the son a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya.

“My mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a Kardashian,” the actor said, referring to the reality television family. Khloe Kardashian is married to basketball player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other family members have had black romantic interests on the E! television series.

Brown also joked about rumors of the president’s birthplace. Obama was born in Hawaii, “or as the tea partyers call it, Kenya,” he said.

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/18/2959165/impersonator-mocks-obama-gingrich.html

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

We need to boycott any news items pertaining to Huntsman. He is part of the Obama campaign; nothing more. Ignore him, his alleged polls and all news items pertaining to him.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Sorry but I haven’t followed this guy (Huntsman) so am not up to speed. Is it just coincidence that he accepted an Ambassadorship from Obama and is now running for the Republican slot? He’d come closer to keeping me away from the polls or going third party than even Ron Paul.

TugboatPhil on June 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Huntsman’s man can’t say with CERTITUDE whether they used payola.

faraway on June 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Supporters of a candidate organizing on his behalf?

The Horror!!

Lord knows we wouldn’t want someone with followers willing to contribute to their victory as the nominee of our party!

/yougottabekiddingme

JohnGalt23 on June 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Um. You do realize that I was responding to someone who DENIED that is the case, right? Nice job of completely mischaracterizing the point of my post, there, Mr. Galt23.

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

huntsman if you spend gobs of your money trying to get elected, I hope you spend lots! No way are you gonna get our vote. Spend baby, spend!
L

letget on June 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

When are people going to finally start ignoring this boring little parrot, anyway?

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 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

Is that feckless Rockefeller Wing EVER going to die?

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

He is part of the Obama campaign; nothing more

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

How? Because he was an Ambassador and wrote a nice note to the President of the United States thanking him for a job and the opportunity to serve?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

When are people going to finally start ignoring this boring little parrot, anyway?

JannyMae on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I already have, along with csdeven, MJBrutus and a few others. This site needs an “ignore” feature.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Jon Huntsman… making a vote for Mitt seem respectable…

phreshone on June 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Jon Huntsman… making a vote for Mitt seem respectable…

phreshone on June 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

I wouldn’t go that far.

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I wonder what this works out to as far as dollars per vote.

How utterly pathetic that you see a need to pay to fly people in to vote in a meaningless straw poll.

DOUCHE

deadrody on June 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Jon Huntsman… making a vote for Mitt seem respectable…

phreshone on June 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Yeah, quite a feat.

deadrody on June 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Amnong the real candidates, Bachmann’s strength compared to Romney is mildly interesting.

That’s about it.

mankai on June 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Oh come on sweetie…I’m sure everyone will do better in the future for ya….. now that everyone’s sure how smart petunia is…and knows exactly what she wants to hear.

So many people mistake this place as a conservative blog and want to discuss their candidate during what will be a hotly contested, historic election cycle.

They sometimes forget that it’s all about you!

Tim_CA on June 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

but Bush Dole McCain 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’ve seen this movie before.

mankai on June 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Doug Heye, the RNC’s communication director in 2010 tweeted: “Wonder why many minorities have problems with GOP? Hiring Obama impersonator to tell ‘black jokes’ at SRLC, for starters.”

Stupid. Some of the funniest jokes told by black comedians revolve around race and racial/cultural stereotypes almost exclusively–they have a knack for it. Dave Chapelle was one of the best at this. What’s with this nazi BS, trying to dictate what’s acceptable humor or not now? Oh, right–Obama’s sinking poll numbers and a looming election. Race card to the rescue. I didn’t see anyone issuing hysterical APB’s when Sikes wished Limbaugh to drop dead at the correspondence dinner.

And Huntsman sucks as a politician already. Money could buy name recognition as a philanthropist, but the voters will never respect you if you don’t do the yoeman’s work of introducing yourself the proper way–that’s hitting the pavement and shaking their sweaty hands. Tired of the gimmicks.

RepubChica on June 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

hmmm huntsman flying out people? This sounds like a Ron Paul and Obama rerun.

Where there some dead zombie’s in the mix too?

upinak on June 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Huntsman would be doing the same thing that Ron Paul does at every conference.

Kermit on June 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Where there some dead zombie’s in the mix too?

upinak on June 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

upniak:Just call Jon the Wizard!:)
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QUOTE from:
Jon Huntsman was a keyboard wizard, but is a presidential run a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy?
June 18 2011
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http://themes.thestar.com/quote/03Rwbnu5Nr2S4

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Also from RLC, ‘VIDEO: Actor Reggie Brown, Obama Impersonator, Pulled From Stage at Republican Leadership Conference’.

Stupid all around.

Donald Douglas on June 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Donald Douglas:Yup,distracting from the message,and the MSM
now has a theme,to vent!!

canopfor on June 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Sorry Jon, but RICK PERRY is the lead on Drudge…

Thank you for playing, and here’s a home edition of our game as a parting gift…

phreshone on June 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Of course, people here look down on Mitt. What else would you expect from an audience who he has always ignored, now ignores and plans to ignore in the future? After all, conservatives dislike Obama so much they will vote for anyone whose name doesn’t begin with a “O,” so Mitt feels safe in disregarding the right and running towards the center. Let’s just hope he, at least, stops running in that direction once he actually gets there. I’ve a feeling, myself, he plans to stop somewhere left-of-center.

Fred 2 on June 18, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I don’t think I’ve seen such hysteria here before. Huntsman is the enemy? Part of the Obama campaign. I.don’t.think.so.

I WILL say that from what I’ve heard, lots of journalists like him—not for his policies, but because he isn’t scary and many of them would vote for him! (I know that sounds like the kiss of death). I’ve suspected for a while that many of the smarter journalists who used to support Obama realize what’s happening to the country and want an out. They would NEVER EVER admit it.

Yeah, I know, who cares. But it certainly gives me hope. And that does NOT mean I want Huntsman as the candidate! If our guy/gal seems too scary for these guys, they’ll just have to stay home on election day. But because of Huntsman I’m really beginning to feel that some of the elites WANT TO ABANDON OBAMA.

I can at least thank him for that.

MaggiePoo on June 18, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Mitt plans to stop moving left only when a sizable group of conservatives say he’s gone so far in that direction that there is no difference between him and another 4 years of Obama. Until that point Mitt thinks he will pick up more moderates moving towards the center than he could ever possibly lose from an upset right.

Fred 2 on June 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Flying people in to vote for him is just plain scuzzy. If true, it gives us the measure of this man, and he comes up way short and covered in snake oil.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Re: The Update, isn’t that what Ron Paul routinely does? Does anyone call it “Payola” when Paul does it?

Note: This is not an endorsement of Huntsman, just an observation…

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

A just for the halibut OT:
A Lefty friend sent me the video and message below. Be advised that it came from moveon.orgy and that Robert Reiccccchhhhh offers the lesson. (Did he steal the whiteboard presentation technique from Glenn Beck?)

I sent some rebuttals to this nonsense with factual links and statistics from Heritage.org, but I don’t know if this info will sink in.

This is the nonsense we are working against in educating the general population voter. Neither Hunstman nor Romney have the ‘nads to refute it with any vigor.

Interesting: Robert Reich explains his view of the current economic situation and how we got here in two minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTzMqm2TwgE

Watch it and barf.

onlineanalyst on June 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Re: The Update, isn’t that what Ron Paul routinely does? Does anyone call it “Payola” when Paul does it?

Note: This is not an endorsement of Huntsman, just an observation…

Exactly. Huntsman did it this year, Romney did it last time. It’s what Ron Paul does everywhere, all the time. These straw polls are fundraising mechanisms for the hosting organization or state party. Duh.

BocaJuniors on June 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Mitt plans to stop moving left only when a sizable group of conservatives say he’s gone so far in that direction that there is no difference between him and another 4 years of Obama. Until that point Mitt thinks he will pick up more moderates moving towards the center than he could ever possibly lose from an upset right.

Fred 2 on June 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Maybe, but I’d prefer a candidate who has some core principles and runs on them, polls and focus groups and pandering to this or that section be damned.

pseudoforce on June 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

There is no way Huntsman got 2nd place. He’s a RINO!!!!

taney71 on June 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Dave Chapelle was one of the best at this.

RepubChica on June 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

The first season of his show had to be one of the best in TV history.

That sh!t was fall-down-makes-everyone-laugh funny (and EVERY joke was race-based).

The man has talent.

Tim_CA on June 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Are you saying that Paul doesn’t use his money to get people to these things?

This is why the straw polls are meaningless. Other than showing an organization.

Mitt plans to stop moving left only when a sizable group of conservatives say he’s gone so far in that direction that there is no difference between him and another 4 years of Obama. Until that point Mitt thinks he will pick up more moderates moving towards the center than he could ever possibly lose from an upset right.

Fred 2 on June 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

In 2008, Mitt was the conservative answer to McCain. Every conservative in the country was praising Romneycare as the conservative way. Every conservative supported either Romney or Huckabee as the anti-establishment, outside of Washingtion, savior to beat McCain. Romney hasn’t changed his stripes, but conservatives have.

Conservatives have flip-flopped!!! Mitt has stayed the course, he is saying the same consistent, Federalist, small national government message, government get out of the way of the economy message he always has.

“Conservatives” like you have no core. They blow with the political winds. Obama says jump, you jump!

Romney is the steady and sure one this time around.

As far as I can tell the TEA Party stands for absolutely nothing anymore. It’s been usurped by lobbyists and Washington insiders.

Why should Romney wait around trusting the people who stabbed him in the back the minute the political wind changes?

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Not many takers for Mitt’s book this time around, eh?…

Gohawgs on June 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Romney hasn’t changed his stripes, but conservatives have.

Conservatives have flip-flopped!!! Mitt has stayed the course, he is saying the same consistent, Federalist, small national government message, government get out of the way of the economy message he always has.

“Conservatives” like you have no core. They blow with the political winds. Obama says jump, you jump!

Romney is the steady and sure one this time around.

As far as I can tell the TEA Party stands for absolutely nothing anymore. It’s been usurped by lobbyists and Washington insiders.

Why should Romney wait around trusting the people who stabbed him in the back the minute the political wind changes?

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Hey, petunia, am I correct in assuming that this diatribe of yours was specifically directed at all of those disgruntled, Walmart-employed divorcées hell-bent on getting revenge and free goodies from the Mama Grizz? You know…the religious warriors under the command of their Queen, Bloody Mary?

steebo77 on June 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

How? Because he was an Ambassador and wrote a nice note to the President of the United States thanking him for a job and the opportunity to serve?

Punchenko on June 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Because he is part of the Obama campaign. We’ve been waiting for him to emerge. Let Obama waste his money, we don’t care.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Grease that Mitt!!!!!
ROFL!!!

Roy Rogers on June 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Please don’t underestimate the Tea Party. You’d be foolish to to so.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Huntsman is catalytic baby.

20 microliters of Huntsman added to a super-tanker is enough to start a chain-reaction for a THIRD PARTY RUN.

At least with Mitt you need a heaping teaspoon to have the same effect.

Geochelone on June 18, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Not many takers for Mitt’s book this time around, eh?…

Gohawgs on June 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Just think how many trees were created or saved cause no one bought Mitt’s pulp-fiction. After all Mitt is concerned about Global Warming.

I prefer to call him a Hot-Earther. Rhymes with Birther and has a loose association with Flat-Earther.

Geochelone on June 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Who is this “you”. There are differing opinions within the GOP. Apparently, you have nearly always found your opinion to be in the miniority.

That is not a betrayal. That is democracy. My first choice has never won either. I don’t consider that betrayal, although is is sometimes horse trading ugly politicking. That is how our system of government works.

And it works better than any other system designed by mankind in all the history of the Earth.

Majority opinion wins the vote. Deal with it.

You want to dictate how others vote? Go join the Democrats and vote the names off headstones. You are not conservative, if you can not accept the free choice of your fellow Americans, and Republicans.

petunia on June 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

The “you” is you. You’ve voted for the GOP to reduce government for years. They’ve promised to do so, only to betray you in the end.

They will continue to do so.

The GOP will betray you.

Not that hard is it?

This time they will do everything to get their establishment candidate in.

True_King on June 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Huntsman will drain Romney votes, so I’m all for him to get in the primary and stay to the end.

Paul will get his ususal votes from potheads who cant’ face reality and details

Only a actual conservative can win. They have to be staunchly against Obama’s policies and sane.

Perry/Palin

LeeSeneca on June 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Geochelone on June 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

JtL could use your alliteration skills…

Gohawgs on June 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Key West Reader has Huntsman’s number.

Well done.

Roy Rogers on June 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

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