Huntsman now second on InTrade as Republican most likely to be nominated

posted at 9:10 pm on January 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

A distant, distant, distant, distant second, but still second. Just think: There’s still a slim chance that instead of Romney we’ll nominate a guy who dreams of the day that the GOP will once again be “sane.”

Two questions for you about the big vote tomorrow night. One: For strategic reasons, shouldn’t the Romney-haters be rooting for Huntsman to do well? JH is the candidate best positioned to pull moderates away from Romney in South Carolina and Florida. The longer he’s in the race, the weaker Mitt is and thus the easier it’ll be for one of the Not Romneys to surprise him down south. On the other hand, if Huntsman flames out tomorrow night and quits, that’s a new pool of moderates up for grabs in South Carolina and beyond — not a big pool, but maybe big enough to give Romney a narrow win when he needs one. The problem for Huntsman (and the rest of the field) is that Romney’s surely benefiting from the perception that he’s the most electable Republican in the field. Check out this data point from the new CBS poll:

Note the trend after Gingrich’s collapse in Iowa. That perception of electability is fragile, but I’ll bet it’s worth its weight in gold to Romney among undecideds. If you’re on the fence in New Hampshire, who would you rather waste a vote on: The guy who a near-majority of Republicans thinks will give The One his toughest race or the guy who’s almost polling an asterisk? Maybe that’ll change as the Bain attacks start circulating and begin to make Romney suddenly look very vulnerable indeed in the general, but it’s probably too late to affect the vote in NH. And if he wins NH, as expected, that’ll give him some extra momentum with which to fight the Bain wars down south.

Second question, then: What would constitute a poor performance for Romney tomorrow? His numbers have slipped the past few days — the new/final ARG poll shows him down three points in just two days — but he’s still leading by 15-25 points consistently. An upset looks impossible but a slimmer-than-expected win could very easily happen. What’s “slimmer than expected,” i.e. slim enough that the big takeaway on Wednesday will be “Romney underperforms” rather than “Romney romps”? A 15-point win? 10 points? Gingrich, understandably, is arguing that anything under 40 percent is a moral defeat for Romney; Rich Lowry thinks 30 percent should be the yardstick. In nearly two years of polling New Hampshire, Romney’s only finished below 30 percent three times, so yeah — if he can’t get there tomorrow, it’s big, big news. He’ll almost certainly get there, though, so what’s the real cut-off? 35 percent? Double-digit margin? Better than expected showing by Gingrich or Santorum? Lay down those benchmarks now!


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Yeah, I think the only one who treats intrade seriously is Jailbreak.

Flapjackmaka on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

It’s his time.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Apparently InTrade now endorsing legalized marijuana. Or, at least they are sampling the weed, in any case.

Warner Todd Huston on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Fail.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Flapjackmaka on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I think Meredith likes to promote them also.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

GOD help us!

katy on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Two questions for you about the big vote tomorrow night. One: For strategic reasons, shouldn’t the Romney-haters be rooting for Huntsman to do well?

No, we’re all waiting for Jeb Bush to come along and sweep the field. Duh.

Anyway, Huntsman. Gosh, what a sorry state the GOP is in. Yeah, the party’s insane, just not in the way Huntsman supposes.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Yeah but, who is first.

Oh that’s right….its MITT ROMNEY.

Thank God.

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Short it!

BuckNutty on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

who is this Josh Huntsman?

t8stlikchkn on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Yeah, I think the only one who treats intrade seriously is Jailbreak.

Flapjackmaka on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Dont criticize what you dont understand. Just say “I don’t understand in-trade duh”. That would be sufficient.

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

What’s up RINO’s. This is apocalypse, aka, if you’re a dude and you take pictures in front of mirrors shirtless with a cell phone don’t read my posts please!

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

How do you say “What? Get the eff out!” in Mandarin?

Bishop on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Second question, then: What would constitute a poor performance for Romney tomorrow?

Winning his usual 25%.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If breaking a beer bottle and threatening someone with the jagged end while telling them to STFU and take that smarmy smile off their face counts as having a beer with someone…..then Jon Huntsman is the candidate I would most like to have a beer with.

ModerateMan on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

January 9, 2012. The day Romneys “electability” died

pamplonajack on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

OT: I was chatting with a new member of Ace’s FB group today. He shares your last name…and didn’t deny when I inquired if you two were…related.
*cocks head*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Huntsman or bust?

mythicknight on January 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

What’s up RINO’s. This is apocalypse, aka, if you’re a dude and you take pictures in front of mirrors shirtless with a cell phone don’t read my posts please!

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

The heck?

McDuck on January 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

O/T: Newt is TEARING APART Romney on Hannity’s show.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Midwestprincesse on January 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Dont criticize what you dont understand. Just say “I don’t understand in-trade duh”. That would be sufficient.

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Hit the nail on the head, didnt I? BTW, Obama is beating Willard on intrade

Flapjackmaka on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Yeah, I think the only one who treats intrade seriously is Jailbreak.

Flapjackmaka on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Romney is at 82% liklihood of winning the nomination.

LMPalinO!!!!!!!!

Its a done deal you Palin cry-babies.

Deal with this term which is in your future:

PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

If T. Voorhees Huntsman were elected, at least PBHO wouldn’t need to show him how to bow.

Bishop on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

New poll by CBS shows Paul and Romney tied with Obama. I think we need to go with Paul because he’s the only electable non-Romney, and he’s actually for small-government unlike Romney. He does even better than Romney among independents too!

NewLiberty on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Midwestprincesse on January 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Great-but he needs to be/should be ‘tearing apart’ ZERO!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I’d still vote for him over Obama, just sayin’

txmomof6 on January 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

OT: A thread on the Boss Emeritus’ headline piece would be quite apt.

TXUS on January 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Yeah but, who is first.

Oh that’s right….its MITT ROMNEY.

Thank God.

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

It’s….RINOFEST!!!!!!

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Rich Lowry thinks 30 percent should be the yardstick.

9 words to perfectly encapsulate why the tea party hates RINOS

Romney has been running since 2006. He was governor of the state next door. He was on NH TV as governor for years. He’s camped out there for 12 months.

But the RINOs at NRO say his Iowa showing + 5% is acceptable

I cannot stand the GOP RINOs!!!!!!

pamplonajack on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

The political elite ruling class sure does love them some Waylan Huntsman…!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

A distant, distant, distant, distant second, but still second. Just think: There’s still a slim chance that instead of Romney we’ll nominate a guy who dreams of the day that the GOP will once again be “sane.”

Allahpundit on Jan 9, 2012 9:10 PM

Snake oil salesman vs Snake oil salesman… who ya got?

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

GopherGrl, don’t look at InTrade, it will ruin your night.

No Perry in sight. : (

herm2416 on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Anyway, Huntsman. Gosh, what a sorry state the GOP is in. Yeah, the party’s insane, just not in the way Huntsman supposes.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

At least Huntsman has a conservative record to run on, however thin, as opposed to a certain frontrunner.

Doomberg on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Deal with this term which is in your future:

PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

He’s going back to Bain?

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s….RINOFEST!!!!!!

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

LMPalinO!!!!!!

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

What’s up RINO’s. This is apocalypse, aka, if you’re a dude and you take pictures in front of mirrors shirtless with a cell phone don’t read my posts please!

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

The heck?

McDuck on January 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I said don’t read my posts.

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Deal with this term which is in your future:

PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY OBOWMA

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Fixed it for ‘ya…!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

herm2416 on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM
So he’ll come home to Texas. Win-win for me.
AG and GG should move to TX too.
More the merrier.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Great-but he needs to be/should be ‘tearing apart’ ZERO!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

No – That’s Mitt’s job. :)

Midwestprincesse on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

LMPalinO!!!!!!

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Leave your P alone for a while and go play with your Mitt.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Isn’t there a game on tonight?

Mr. Arkadin on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

The only way I’d vote for this tool is if he crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress, did a donut right on the floor while screaming “mutha f**kas in the HOUZE b*tches!” and then rode off.

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Huntsmentum!!! Huntsmania lives!!!

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

herm2416 on January 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM
So he’ll come home to Texas. Win-win for me.
AG and GG should move to TX too.
More the merrier.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

: (.
I want him to win!
Well, at least Bill Daley is coming home……/

Snow in the forecast for Thursday, wahooo!

herm2416 on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Cmdr. Swiftboat Potemkin Huntsman/Star Jones 2012!!!111!!1!!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Second question, then: What would constitute a poor performance for Romney tomorrow?

If those Romney votes go to Huntman, I don’t think any number would constitute a poor performance to Romney as long Romney defeats both Huntsman and Paul by five points.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

The only way I’d vote for this tool is if he crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress….

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Huntsman vs Romney head to head though is a tough call. I think I’d have to go with Huntsman. At least as someone mentioned above he was less a Dem Lite than Romney.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Only 4% of republican primary voters believe Ron Paul would beat Obama, yet in the most recent poll he is 1 point behind Obama, statistically no different than Romney who polls 2 points ahead of Obama.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57355518-503544/poll-among-gop-hopefuls-romney-fares-best-against-obama/

thphilli on January 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Days like today I wish I had a SCREAM button on my laptop.

hillsoftx on January 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Isn’t there some kind of animal analogy we could make? I mean it would have to have one horn on its head and like to charge a lot.

Bunsin2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

If those Romney votes go to Huntman, I don’t think any number would constitute a poor performance to Romney as long Romney defeats both Huntsman and Paul by five points.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

As much time and money as Romney’s spent in NH, if he doesn’t win by 20 it’s a failure.

ddrintn on January 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

herm2416 on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM

you move to Texas too!
Snained for a bit today-but nothing stuck.
Got some MAJOR walking tomorrow. Hoping for a nicer day.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Huntsmentum!!! Huntsmania lives!!!

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Where exactly did Igor find the brain for this one I wonder?

Bunsin2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I think Huntsman needs a moment like Bill Clinton had in New Hampshire in 1992.

Expectations are pretty high for Romney, so a 35/ 25 split could be sold as a Huntsman win.

A strong third-place finish could be seen as enough reason for Huntsman to stay in the race until Super Tuesday, if only because Huntsman would benefit from the name recognition, if he wants to boost his political future.

Mister Mets on January 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

newt is doing to mitt what pat buchanan did to ghw bush.

and that helped hand the wh to bj clinton.

reliapundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Heard Huntsman on NPR today (yes I know NPR) and he sounded pretty reasonable.

ArthurMachado on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I wonder if the Bain attacks will backfire for Gingrich et al.

I’m not a huge fan of his liberal tendencies, but those attacks MAKE me want to vote for Romney. Somebody who wants to fire non-performers? Sign me up. Somebody who takes an inefficient company and does what is necessary to make it competitive? Sounds great!

redrockjk on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I want to help good conservatives in bad situations

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Lol…they must be smoking something

Kingme on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

O/T: Newt is TEARING APART Romney on Hannity’s show.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Midwestprincesse on January 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Newt, as it tolls for thee.

VorDaj on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

If breaking a beer bottle and threatening someone with the jagged end while telling them to STFU and take that smarmy smile off their face counts as having a beer with someone…..then Jon Huntsman is the candidate I would most like to have a beer with.

ModerateMan on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Classic!

Tim Zank on January 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You want to get back on your medication so you don’t ramble incoherently on political blogs.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The only way I’d vote for this tool is if he crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress, did a donut right on the floor while screaming “mutha f**kas in the HOUZE b*tches!” and then rode off.

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Ok I would pay to see that.

Bunsin2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Deal with this term which is in your future:

PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY

Jailbreak on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I agree with your hopes. I just think how you express them is in bad taste, and if you were a prominent figure, people would react to make you eat crow.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Only 4% of republican primary voters believe Ron Paul would beat Obama, yet in the most recent poll he is 1 point behind Obama, statistically no different than Romney who polls 2 points ahead of Obama.

By all means, let’s nominate him and see how he does when the Democrats spend six months on his newsletters and his foreign policy and his qualms about the Bin Laden raid. This is what I’ve never understood about some of you Paul guys: It’s one thing to like a candidate, but it’s another thing to think a candidate can win simply because you like him so much. Obama would utterly destroy him. Droves of Republicans would either stay home or cross over and vote for O. It is what it is.

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Biff hasn’t got a snowball’s chance in hell…

d1carter on January 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I love it, the squish flank is advancing on the Squish front.

Huntsman/Garden Gnome 2012! Everyone Loves Jello

Dr Evil on January 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

January 9, 2012. The day Romneys “electability” died

pamplonajack on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

It was the only issue he had to run on, too. :-(

Punchenko on January 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Heard Huntsman on NPR today (yes I know NPR) and he sounded pretty reasonable.

ArthurMachado on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Ban hammer!!!

Ban hammer!!!

Jim Robinson wouldn’t put up with this.

KirknBurker on January 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Thank God most of America doesn’t really start paying attention to politics until it gets closer to the election.

BettyRuth on January 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The only way I’d vote for this tool is if he crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress, did a donut right on the floor while screaming “mutha f**kas in the HOUZE b*tches!” and then rode off.

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

LOL. Get 65 million of your friends to agree to that and I bet you my man Huntsman would do it.

McDuck on January 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Thank God most of America doesn’t really start paying attention to politics until it gets closer to the election.

BettyRuth on January 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I can’t decide if that makes me happy or want to cry…

Bunsin2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Allah, why don’t you go to the dark side and go Dem?

Aren’t you in NYC anyway?

You might score some OWS chicks if you did.

KirknBurker on January 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Sanity. Finally some sanity.

BettyRuth on January 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Heard Huntsman on NPR today (yes I know NPR) and he sounded pretty reasonable.

ArthurMachado on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

He does sound pretty reasonable most of the time. It’s a shame he likes to include little digs here and there.

McDuck on January 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Nooooooooooooooooooooo. Just wake me on election day. Or if

Huntsman crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress, did a donut right on the floor while screaming “mutha f**kas in the HOUZE b*tches!” and then rode off.

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

talkingpoints on January 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

apocalypse on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

You want to get back on your medication so you don’t ramble incoherently on political blogs.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I presumed apocalypse was being amusing, but you are probably right. I am too quick to give everyone (beside Rick Santorum who I honestly make an exception for) the benefit of the doubt. With Santorum, I make no pretense of being fair. Any Republican so terrible that he would make me vote for Obama is my enemy.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

One: For strategic reasons, shouldn’t the Romney-haters be rooting for Huntsman to do well? JH is the candidate best positioned to pull moderates away from Romney in South Carolina and Florida.

Not really. Romney voters are more or less defined by their desire to unite behind the most electable nominee according to the common wisdom a year before the election.

That means Huntsman’s cause is hopeless. He has pulled his NH surge from undecided voters. If he actually became a threat to Gingrich/Santorum, much less Romney, his past comments would slam him back in his hole.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

HitNRun on January 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I, Joan of Huntsman, scion of Pope Chester Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Huntsman, need every New Huntsman voter to come out tomorrow and Huntsman for me. Huntsman very much.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

McDuck on January 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

On Saturday, a few of his foreign policy statements sounded Ron Paul-ish. Before that was my second choice…now I’m reconsidering.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

By all means, let’s nominate him and see how he does when the Democrats spend six months on his newsletters and his foreign policy and his qualms about the Bin Laden raid. This is what I’ve never understood about some of you Paul guys: It’s one thing to like a candidate, but it’s another thing to think a candidate can win simply because you like him so much. Obama would utterly destroy him. Droves of Republicans would either stay home or cross over and vote for O. It is what it is.

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

QFT. And, you Paul supporters need to open your ears and your brains to it. Yes, I hope he gains enough support to influence the party, but that’s it. AP, like a SEAL sniper, has double tapped on the tango here!

TXUS on January 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Ultimate Fighting Championships—Round One!

Rovin on January 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

So are talking about the move to Texas again? This has got to be some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder. Every thread has a mention of that EPIC MOVE TO TEXAS.

Every topic, even a Huntsmann Thread, gets yanked into a segue on the fact that Twerp moved to Texas. She can’t help it. Kind of creepy actually.

Frobenius on January 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

For those of you looking for an electable alternative to Romney:

Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday’s New Hampshire GOP primary running stronger against the president than their fellow Republicans.

Just throwing that out there…

JohnGalt23 on January 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Let’s turn this into a REAL race. Hope Newt wins S. Carolina!!!

terryannonline on January 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The only way I’d vote for this tool is if he crashed into the capitol building on a motorbike during a joint session of Congress, did a donut right on the floor while screaming “mutha f**kas in the HOUZE b*tches!” and then rode off.

somewhatconcerned on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Would that be in Chinese? If so. I’d join you in the vote. If not, it could be Al Sharpton in drag.

they lie on January 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY sounds okay but if it turns out to sound like PRESIDENT MITT R-ØBAM-NEY, there is going to be hell to pay. I put the hyphens in there so you wouldn’t miss it. R Ø B A M N E Y is not gonna cut it.

ExpressoBold on January 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Will the last real conservative to leave this primary please bring the flag with them.

DumboTheAvenger on January 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I am going to rent a bus for a grand tour of Lubbock Texas. Who wants to go?

Now some fish will jump into my boat bus.

Frobenius on January 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

apocalyps called me evil a few days ago because I said that Bachmann was a classless liar. A few days before that flora duh responded to a comment of his and he told her, ‘A man is speaking. Know your place.’.
I ripped him a new one for that crap.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday’s New Hampshire GOP primary running stronger against the president than their fellow Republicans.

Ron Paul is proof that God has a sense of humor and is screwing with us.

BettyRuth on January 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

He does even better than Romney among independents too!

NewLiberty on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

.
LUNATIC !!!!

ExpressoBold on January 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Also, Intrade is a heavily skewed market since credit cards became banned last year, and it’s been filthy with netroots for some time.

Ron Paul ran as a close third place behind Romney and Not Romney for the entire year, which is even more ridiculous than it sounds when you consider the current Not Romney led in polls for the entire campaign. Romney ran at over 70% and approached 80% at times, which sounds like the wisdom of the market, but when you consider that they had know way of knowing Perry would have those epic gaffes or that Cain would have skeletons, is absurdly high.

HitNRun on January 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

terryannonline on January 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

You live in Texas right? I have been there but have never lived there. Its big isn’t it.

Sorry to hijack the thread talking about Texas when we could be talking about Lubbock instead.

/Twerp mode

Frobenius on January 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I’m guessing this is what it must have felt like when Warren Harding was picked.

Bunsin2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Frobenius on January 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

GG lives in Minn. AG and herm live in Illinois.
They HATE it there.
I’m encouraging them to move to a freer place.
They’re my friends.
Now go eff yourself, pissant.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Just throwing that out there…

JohnGalt23 on January 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

like anyone should on garbage day!

Paul has absolutely no chance of being the next president for his view of Iran alone.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

For strategic reasons, shouldn’t the Romney-haters be rooting for Huntsman to do well?

Just a question Allah, what characteristics identifies one as a “Romney hater” in your opinion?

Flora Duh on January 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM

By all means, let’s nominate him and see how he does when the Democrats spend six months on his newsletters and his foreign policy and his qualms about the Bin Laden raid. This is what I’ve never understood about some of you Paul guys: It’s one thing to like a candidate, but it’s another thing to think a candidate can win simply because you like him so much. Obama would utterly destroy him. Droves of Republicans would either stay home or cross over and vote for O. It is what it is.

Allahpundit on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

You get him to the convention. You get him there, and see if he doesn’t throw his support behind someone about whom you don’t have to worry about such things.

Or run the risk of a sizable chunk of the party, in some critical states, bolting.

I have very few political delusions, AP. Very few. The GOP has a serious Ron Paul problem. Romney may be able to solve it by himself, but are you willing to bet on that? Is the GOP rank-and-file willing to bet on that? And are they willing to stomach Mitt Romney in order to do it?

Ron Paul will not sit in the Oval Office. But it is time for the GOP to start thinking about how they can at least keep him seated in the party. And the easiest answer lies in Bowling Green.

JohnGalt23 on January 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

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