New frontrunner: Hot Air’s Mid-November Survey Results

posted at 9:35 pm on November 14, 2011 by Patrick Ishmael

The vote map:

(Hover your cursor over the map and use the “frame with the plus sign” icon to zoom in on a specific region. The plus and minus signs control your zoom.)

The trend:

The new leader of the Hot Air survey, and the full results:

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I don’t trust any survey that shows Ron Paul with less than 112% of the vote.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Newt!!!
CAin????

Electrongod on November 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Romney 2012!

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

I don’t trust any survey that shows Ron Paul with less than 112% of the vote.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Ron Paul…who’s that?
/

Electrongod on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

If a guy who joined the chorus of liberals against Paul Ryan and sat with Pelosi on the bench is now the great conservative hope to defeat Romney then why not Huntsman?

Mark1971 on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

And Newt is off to the races.

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

There is only one to two Bachmann supporters per state. I am so alone :(

astonerii on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Willard won’t be sleeping well tonight.

NEWT!!!

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

It would be interesting to do this again tomorrow after Cain’s self-destruction video today.

windbag on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

You’re all delusional RINOs if you think Lawn Gnome Reagan is better than a Hurricane named Lawn Gnome Reagan.

Oh, and finally Santorum wins something!

Nethicus on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Ok..Who is going to admit voting for Johnson?!?..:)

Dire Straits on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Gingrich won’t last on the top. Once people are reminded why they didn’t consider Newt to begin with, he’ll drop like a rock. People have short memories of Newt’s deeds and statements. Newt has changed the terms of the game (to his credit) from looking at who would make the best debater, rather than who would bring real change to Washington. You don’t get more Washington than Newt Gingrich.

milemarker2020 on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Sadly, Newt may be our least embarrassing candidate. He!l No Romney!!!!

alwaysfiredup on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

**Special note to Jetboy**

Don’t you DARE support Newt.

Go support Romney.

You’re the bad luck guy.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I find it interesting that people accuse Romney of flip-flopping, yet the anti-Romney’s are just as guilty: “Bachmann’s my favorite! No wait, Perry! Scratch that, it’s Cain! Umm, make that Gingrich!”

ookete on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

That map is cool. Not a lot of HA’ers in North/South Dakota

gophergirl on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Ok..Who is going to admit voting for Johnson?!?..:)

Dire Straits on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Translation:

Okay, Who farted???

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Dude! We’e old.

davidk on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

then why not Huntsman?

Mark1971 on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

He worked for Obama, working in China.

They both play for keeps. My thought is that Obama has the goods on him and can make him jump any time he wants. China has the goods on him and can make America jump any time they want. He may not even know it, yet. Better get my tin foil hat back…

astonerii on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Newt!!!..:)

Dire Straits on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

How soon after the Herman Cain brain fart did you close this poll, Patrick?

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Go Newt… we’re all getting on your filthy couch now!

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Newtmentum, baby.

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Newt!

Punchenko on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

How soon after the Herman Cain brain fart did you close this poll, Patrick?

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Great question. I wanted to know this too.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Newt’s never had a better shot at it…

I wonder what they will do to him now?….

Where’s Sarah, btw?

golfmann on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Wait, wait.. wut? Lawn Gnome Reagan beat out a hurricane named Lawn Gnome Reagan?

John the Libertarian on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Once people are reminded why they didn’t consider Newt to begin with, he’ll drop like a rock.

milemarker2020 on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

“Right-wing social engineering” anyone?

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

If a guy who joined the chorus of liberals against Paul Ryan and sat with Pelosi on the bench is now the great conservative hope to defeat Romney then why not Huntsman?

Mark1971 on November 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Because Huntsman is a Meghan McCain Republican. He exists to be the “reasonable” Republican who would love his fellow Republicans if only they were more like Democrats.

Hence his snotty statements about evolution and global warming. He was mocking those silly conservatives he’ll totally make more reasonable, don’t you worry Democrats.

None of them are perfect conservatives. They’ve all taken non-conservative positions or have criticized other conservative plans. But Huntsman doesn’t get anywhere because of his attitude — not because of his policies.

Same with Scott Pelley. People weren’t talking about his actual statement (“rule of law) today. They were talking about his snide attitude that Gingrich smacked down.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Everybody grab a bag and help Newt out. Lorien, you can take the one over in the corner while Knucklehead and I lug the bag with the dead hooker in it.

Punchenko on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Bedlam from a company called Salem!

SouthernGent on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Wow! Cain’s falling like an old Russian space station.

Sorry, Herman, but when you’ve lost the HotAir Hobbits you’ve lost it all.

NickDeringer on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Sadly, Newt may be our least embarrassing candidate. He!l No Romney!!!!

alwaysfiredup on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I’m a Newtonian, and I am really concerned that Newt is about to see the political media storm of the … well ever. The media knows that Newt is probably the only one left that can beat Romney and they’re going to start digging for bodies.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

It would be interesting to do this again tomorrow after Cain’s self-destruction video today.

windbag on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Yeah, even I’m off the Cain Train after that debacle. How the hell is a man who went to Wisconsin to speak in support of Walker not up to speed on collective bargaining?

Doughboy on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I just want to nominate someone who isn’t going to embarrass the party like Cain did today with his Libya debacle.

Romney and Gingrich excel at debates b/c hey, they actually know what the hell they’re talking about. Let’s nominate one of those two, shall we?

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Notice how the number of people participating seems to have dropped a lot since palin backed out? Used to be 7000 or so votes each time, now just 4000. Hope that doesn’t give us a glimpse to November 2012 and participation at the polls.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Who do we take if Gingrich implodes?

Santorum?

I’m re-evaluating him now myself.

Signed,
Former ‘nista and Cainiac

dforston on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

“Right-wing social engineering” anyone?

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Romney 2012!

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

No room to talk.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Great question. I wanted to know this too.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Closed it about an hour ago. Assume Cain would have lost a few voters as they became aware of the interview, but how many I don’t know. Maybe not that many. Wouldn’t change the result much, regardless.

Patrick Ishmael on November 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

No worries, a few of the candidates have not yet been to the top. We might end up with Dario Huntsman after all.

neuquenguy on November 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Wait, wait.. wut? Lawn Gnome Reagan beat out a hurricane named Lawn Gnome Reagan?

John the Libertarian on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Can’t pick the right horse, eh?

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Hope that doesn’t give us a glimpse to November 2012 and participation at the polls.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

If it is Paul, Huntsman, Romney I will be out of the voter pool or on the opposing side.

astonerii on November 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

“Right-wing social engineering” anyone?

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

So the alternative right now is what?

Romney, who inspired ObamaCare and has held multiple positions on abortion, immigration, and other major issues over the last few years?

Cain, who supports public employee unions, can’t quite remember what’s the deal in Libya, held multiple positions on abortion within days, and is cloudy on stuff like whether you should trade terrorists for soldiers?

Perry, who said conservatives who don’t support his pro-illegal immigration policies are heartless?

Each one has problems. People aren’t considering Gingrich because he has problems. They’re considering him because he’s one of the few left besides Romney and actually has some fight in him.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Newt, because he can.

carbon_footprint on November 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

“Right-wing social engineering” anyone?

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

He explained what he meant on FNC w/ Bret Baier when he took the center seat. Also talked about how stupid his couch moment with Nancy was. The guy’s not perfect. Nobody is.

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Everybody grab a bag and help Newt out. Lorien, you can take the one over in the corner while Knucklehead and I lug the bag with the dead hooker in it.

Punchenko on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

You weren’t paying attention this afternoon after the Herman Cain brain fart.

I’m officially in the “I don’t give a sh$t” camp now and I think Patrick needs to add that to the next poll.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I find it interesting that people accuse Romney of flip-flopping, yet the anti-Romney’s are just as guilty: “Bachmann’s my favorite! No wait, Perry! Scratch that, it’s Cain! Umm, make that Gingrich!”

ookete on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Moving to other candidates when the current candidate proves himself incapable of winning an election isn’t quite like holding multiple positions on abortion, immigration, and government-run health care, now is it?

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Closed it about an hour ago. Assume Cain would have lost a few voters as they became aware of the interview, but how many I don’t know. Maybe not that many. Wouldn’t change the result much, regardless.

Patrick Ishmael on November 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Are you saying not a lot of voting was going on the last few hours?

It would have been interesting to see the results before and after the interview was posted. But, hey, what can we do about that :/?

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Who daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

The media knows that Newt is probably the only one left that can beat Romney and they’re going to start digging for bodies.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Then we better hide the bodies pretty darn well… Gonna watch Dexter and take more notes… I’ll get some bleach too…

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

That is a good place to be right now, unless you are in one of the early primary states.

astonerii on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

milemarker2020 on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I won’t speak for the rest, but I remember everything horrible thing Newt’s said and done and vowed I’d never support him – oh how times have changed. Hello Newtopia!

/Palin12whatmighthavebeen

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

LOVE the data! nice work dude.

ted c on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Can we officially rename “Primary Season” to “Silly Season”?

I would have said as usual that this is just a Hot Air poll. Unfortunately, the last few Hot Air polls have been a pretty solid barometer in predicting the next flavor of the week.

A better explanation:

- A recent poll found that ~70% of the GOP primary electorate remains undecided. I would wager that a lot of the polls we are seeing has the respondents being the political junkies like the ones we have here at Hot Air. The political junkies are about 30% of the electorate.

- The key question is when the remaining 70% finally wake up, will they follow the lead of the 30%? Will the 70% be as engaged on primary voting days as the 30%? That will determine who will win.

The field is still influx, my friends. It is still anybody’s game.

However, I still place my bet on Perry. :)

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Mitt Romney 80%
Jim Huntsman 20%

Whoa.

Jaibones on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Are there any adults left running for the GOP ticket?

So far it looks like Gingrich & Romney are left.

I cannot support Romney and still call myself a conservative.

Don’t screw this up, Newt.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Who doesn’t daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Thats my thought on it. heh heh

astonerii on November 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

“Right-wing social engineering” anyone?

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

It’s odd, and telling, that Dede hasn’t called a press conference to endorse him, yet.

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

You weren’t paying attention this afternoon after the Herman Cain brain fart.

I’m officially in the “I don’t give a sh$t” camp now and I think Patrick needs to add that to the next poll.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

:-(

Punchenko on November 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Who daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

*Raises Hand*

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Then we better hide the bodies pretty darn well… Gonna watch Dexter and take more notes… I’ll get some bleach too…

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

You’re gonna need something stronger than bleach!

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I’m officially in the “I don’t give a sh$t” camp now and I think Patrick needs to add that to the next poll.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I second that.

a “Could care less” option is good.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

*Raises Hand*

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

likewise.

ted c on November 14, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Who daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

This guy.

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Who daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I do. Newt’s a lot smarter than Obama.

But note that they have similar career experiences … although Newt’s congressional experience dwarfs the Know-Nothing-President.

No private industry executive experience; academia and legislature.

Jaibones on November 14, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Don’t screw this up, Newt.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Dude, he already has.

Do you suppose he needs anymore long cruises to Greece before the primary?

I’ll vote for him over Romney, I suppose, but I’m not entirely sure why yet.

Perry may still shock the world. And never forget, HA polls don’t ever look anything like the general population. Heck, Perry still has 15% here!

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Who daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I don’t.

The media will proclaim Obama the winner.

All he has to do is wink and they will all go “Aaaahh…sigh…isn’t he dreamy? The pant creases… tingles….”

Wake up from your dreams. We are not voting for the best debater. Never had and never will.

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Aiyyyeeeeeeeee!

There’s just no explaining why Lawn gnome Reagan out-polled Hurricane named lawn gnome Reagan. Coulda used the help of those 71 people who voted for Obama.

You know who you are. I’m coming for you.

SlaveDog on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I’m officially in the “I don’t give a sh$t” camp now and I think Patrick needs to add that to the next poll.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I second that.

a “Could care less” option is good.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

If Newt implodes (a real possibility), then maybe enough of us will start taking that attitude where maybe a 3rd party breaking off from the GOP isn’t so unforeseeable.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Ok..Who is going to admit voting for Johnson?!?..:)

Dire Straits on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I did. It was a protest vote since there is no true Conservative running that has a chance of winning.

Run, Sarah, Run!

huckleberryfriend on November 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Wake up from your dreams. We are not voting for the best debater. Never had and never will.

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Of course not. Newt is also the guy that gets most of the issues the best. He at least understands what he says he’ll push.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

71 people voted for Obama over the Gnome Mafia family? What is wrong with you people?!?

conservative pilgrim on November 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Perry may still shock the world. And never forget, HA polls don’t ever look anything like the general population. Heck, Perry still has 15% here!

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Perry’s still #1 on my list, but I’ll settle for Newt with few reservations if he’s the last man standing…

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Are you saying not a lot of voting was going on the last few hours?

It would have been interesting to see the results before and after the interview was posted. But, hey, what can we do about that :/?

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Very little voting in fact. Couple hundred votes or thereabouts. That’s mostly related to the position of the voting post on the main page as the day goes on, but rarely do evening voters deviate much from morning voters. Having done this upwards of a couple dozen times now, I’ve learned that the early patterns tend to hold (generally.) Half kinda sorta science, half art. But, pretty good as far as temperature taking to date.

Patrick Ishmael on November 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Wake up from your dreams. We are not voting for the best debater. Never had and never will.

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Nixon lost largely because Kennedy looked younger on television. The debates in which McCain looked old and rambling didn’t help him, either.

Like it or not, a significant part of the voting public only pays attention to politics when it comes to debates. Reagan did himself a lot of good by looking and sounding strong in the debates.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Seriously, who are the 34 that prefer Mark Huntsman as the nominee?

csdeven, I am looking at you… (stern look)…

:)

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Who doesn’t daydreams about Newt debating Obama?

jp on November 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Picture this…

Ah…ah…Ah..Tonsils…..Feet…Auto Insurance….
3000%!!!

Electrongod on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Perry may still shock the world. And never forget, HA polls don’t ever look anything like the general population. Heck, Perry still has 15% here!

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Perry’s polling down near Michele Bachmann (a real conservative). So if you feel like getting feisty, write a check to Michele.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

The LSM will begin to describe Newt as an angry extremist…count it.

d1carter on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I wonder who the two liberals voted for?

As for me, I’m going with knowledgeable NEWT!

HellCat on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Go RBNY on November 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

I second that, go Romney!

nswider on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

One thing nobody can deny about Huntsman: He has been poling the most consistently by far – look at that flatline at the base of the chart, kind of hard to distinguish from the X axis.

neuquenguy on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

If Newt implodes (a real possibility), then maybe enough of us will start taking that attitude where maybe a 3rd party breaking off from the GOP isn’t so unforeseeable.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Newt won’t implode, the LSM is going to destroy him. They are looking to even the score.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Looking at the trends, then newtie will flame out around Christmas, leaving who to hold the banner? On the flip side, one could say that this is Newton’s comeback after last summer’s fall, so it could be up to Perry or even Michelle to make the comeback. Or I could just go and write in someone come election time, seeing how I don’t get to vote in the primaries until late spring. Interesting times.

AH_C on November 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I just don’t care about people’s criticism of Newt & Romney anymore.

Either man would be a hell of a lot better than Obama. And both can beat him as well. Anyone still backing Perry, Paul, Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, etc. and trying to smear Romney and Gingrich at the same time are just nuisances at this point. I get they’re not perfect. I get they’ve made mistakes. But they’d both get us out of this horrible economic rut we’re in.

nickj116 on November 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

We are not voting for the best debater. Never had and never will.

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

We are voting for the best debater. We need someone who can convincingly sell our ideas and change public opinion.

Punchenko on November 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Very little voting in fact. Couple hundred votes or thereabouts. That’s mostly related to the position of the voting post on the main page as the day goes on, but rarely do evening voters deviate much from morning voters. Having done this upwards of a couple dozen times now, I’ve learned that the early patterns tend to hold (generally.) Half kinda sorta science, half art. But, pretty good as far as temperature taking to date.

Patrick Ishmael on November 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Interesting. Thanks.

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:59 PM

I’m not exited about any of the candidates at this point. Right now it seems to be a matter of who sucks least this week.

It will be Romney, though, in my opinion.

I’ll hold my nose and vote for him, and hope for a better crop of candidates in 2016.

crosspatch on November 14, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Funniest thing ever seen. Watching Republicans change their pic for President with the wind. The media tells you whom to like and the Big Government Republicans take the bait.
First Pawlenty
Second Michele
Third Cain
Fourth Newt
Fifth… Never the man that supports small limited constitutional government.
I am really hating being a Republican, I’m switching permantley to a small “r” republican and never looking back.

livermush on November 14, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Gingrich won’t last on the top. Once people are reminded why they didn’t consider Newt to begin with, he’ll drop like a rock. People have short memories of Newt’s deeds and statements. Newt has changed the terms of the game (to his credit) from looking at who would make the best debater, rather than who would bring real change to Washington. You don’t get more Washington than Newt Gingrich.

milemarker2020 on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Maybe you’re right. But one thing I would take as counter-evidence is the trajectory of Newt’s ascendency. Unlike the flavor of the months Trump/Bachmann/Perry/Cain, Newt never shot up; he’s never gained more than a couple points week, 3 tops. That indicates a more deliberate process of consideration, and not puppy-love that can easily be dashed.

Plus, it amazes me how anti-Newtsters think they’re telling people something new when they post the vid of Newt on a couch with Pelosi, or talk about his Washington past or his 3 marriages, etc. The demographic putting Newt over the top is age 40+ on average, and more politically aware than average. They factored in this stuff in, and still like Newt.

BCrago66 on November 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I agree with Bob Beckel. Gingrich should run that bit about being a grandfather on Hannity tonight as an ad. It was great to hear.

John the Libertarian on November 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Wet Finger in the Air Edition… you all crack me up running from candidate to candidate… lol

gatorboy on November 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM

1 – Perry
2 – Newt
3 – Bachmann

El_Terrible on November 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I’m not exited about any of the candidates at this point. Right now it seems to be a matter of who sucks least this week.

It will be Romney, though, in my opinion.

I’ll hold my nose and vote for him, and hope for a better crop of candidates in 2016.

crosspatch on November 14, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Maybe you should join me and Portland in the “I don’t give a sh$t anymore” category.

Knucklehead on November 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

If Newt implodes (a real possibility)

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I dunno, MeatHead. Newt’s been in the game too long to make rookie mistakes. He’s even got good answers for the skeletons in his closet.

John the Libertarian on November 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Nixon lost largely because Kennedy looked younger on television. The debates in which McCain looked old and rambling didn’t help him, either.

Like it or not, a significant part of the voting public only pays attention to politics when it comes to debates. Reagan did himself a lot of good by looking and sounding strong in the debates.

amerpundit on November 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

You actually corroborate my point without knowing it.

Substance doesn’t matter in these debates. It is all about looking good.

- Cain rarely says anything of substance in the debates (sorry Cainiacs) – he just repeats nein-nein-nein (9-9-9) to all the questions.

- Romney just rattles points which no one remembers but darn… he does look good doing it.

Unfortunately, in a debate matchup between Obama and Gingrich, the media will play the mean old grandfather vs. the young charismatic leader schtick that they played so well in McCain vs. Obama.

Will Gingrich know more than Obama? Sure! But will it matter? No! He doesn’t look good doing it and that is all that will matter to them in proclaiming the winner.

TheRightMan on November 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM

gatorboy on November 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Its like musical chairs. In the Cain thread they are all going unhinged and wanting Palin to come and save them. I dont even know whats going on anymore, everyones kind of going a bit nuts.

nswider on November 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I’m about to the point I’ll write in Sarah and go ahead and vote for the setup (Romney) in the general election loss like I did for McCain.

Our government has been taken over, and it is now a criminal enterprise that simply can’t be stopped!

I honestly fear that. It’s like getting rid of the mob and casinos….

Get too close and you disappear.

golfmann on November 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Two words why I still have trouble with Newt. DeeDee Scozzafozza

ConservativePartyNow on November 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM

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