CPAC, Day 3: Straw poll, Ted Cruz; Update: Rand Paul wins

posted at 4:01 pm on March 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Jeb Bush asked to be left off of the ballot of CPAC’s final-afternoon straw poll, and really, who can blame the guy? This is not the meager Republican bench of yesteryear, my friends:

1. NH Senator Kelly Ayotte

2. AZ Governor Jan Brewer

3. KS Governor Sam Brownback

4. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson

5. NJ Governor Chris Christie

6. TX Senator Ted Cruz

7. Former IN Governor Mitch Daniels

8. SC Governor Nikki Haley

9. LA Governor Bobby Jindal

10. OH Governor John Kasich

11. NM Governor Susana Martinez

12. VA Governor Bob McDonnell

13. Former AK Governor Sarah Palin

14. KY Senator Rand Paul

15. IN Governor Mike Pence

16. TX Governor Rick Perry

17. OH Senator Rob Portman

18. FL Senator Marco Rubio

19. WI Congressman Paul Ryan

20. Former PA Senator Rick Santorum

21. SC Senator Tim Scott

22. SD Senator John Thune

23. WI Governor Scott Walker

24. Other _______________________

25. Undecided

And CPAC picked what we might consider one of the lead guitarists of the rising band of young conservative rock stars, fresh off of royally aggravating the heck out of a few senior senators earlier this week, to give the conference’s keynote speech a little after 5 PM — follow along here, and I’ll update with the straw-poll results when they’re available.

Update: No surprises there — there was no majority, but Rand Paul followed by Marco Rubio together took nearly 50 percent of the overall vote:  photo Screenshot2013-03-16at54534PM_zps6a9aaea5.png


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Listening to Eric Metaxus speaking about Freedom of Religion. Very good info on that and some history in addition.

bluefox on March 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Could be. How can one vote before all of the Speakers are heard?

Hmmmmm.

bluefox on March 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

ACORN?

DannoJyd on March 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Could be. How can one vote before all of the Speakers are heard?

Hmmmmm.

bluefox on March 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

ACORN?

DannoJyd on March 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

LOL, ballot manipulation? Hard to tell.

I’m not familiar with what the procedures of the Straw Poll Vote are.
What I found interesting is the applause of Dr. Carson, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz for example, didn’t translate into votes.

bluefox on March 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Let me guess, “Other” was mostly made up of “Sarah Palin”……..

williamg on March 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

OH – my bad – she was actually ON the Ballot!

williamg on March 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Despite some on the evangelical right, libertarianism is the future of the GOP.

Tater Salad on March 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Despite some on the evangelical right, libertarianism is the future of the GOP.

Tater Salad on March 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Since you’re a drive-by troll, by “libertarianism” you mean “legalized pot, prostitution, and any number of people of any gender can get ‘married’ “.

Gosh, isn’t progress awesome?

MelonCollie on March 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Despite some on the evangelical right, libertarianism is the future of the GOP.

Tater Salad on March 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Since you’re a drive-by troll, by “libertarianism” you mean “legalized pot, prostitution, and any number of people of any gender can get ‘married’ “.

Gosh, isn’t progress awesome?

MelonCollie on March 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

tell me another way to ease back into freedom

zosophil on March 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

MelonCollie on March 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

tell me another way to ease back into freedom

/mulligan post

zosophil on March 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

MelonCollie on March 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

tell me another way to ease back into freedom

/mulligan post

zosophil on March 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

There will be no way to ease back into freedom. Resorting American freedom will require maturity and responsibility and self reliance. It will require well functioning traditional families, rather than selfish disconnected “individuals”. We will need to work hard. Fostering a generation of American stoners ain’t the way to do it.

Undermining the civil foundations of democratic society, especially further undermining the institution of traditional marriage will likely undermine any effort to resort American freedom for generations.

Too many American Libertarians are shallow thinking self-indulgent virtual political allies of the Progressive-Left. In a real sense too many American Libertarians are but putty in Antonio Gramsci’s hands.

Mike OMalley on March 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

ULTIMATE HUMILIATION: Palin comes in last place behind even Christie who wasn’t invited.

idesign on suicide watch. Ddrintn unavailable for comment. Renalin continuing to be his slithery greasy self. Bmore, like a grownup lady, managed to hold back her tears.

bluegill on March 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

After her excellent response to Obama’s pathetic SOTU address, I was expecting something more substantive from Palin. She was quite at ease before the adoring crowd and the BIG GULP was great theatre but I didn’t think she was up to par. She didn’t explain why her and her supporters are the genuine common folk, but that the people who voted for Obama are not. And the skewering of Obama lacked its usual punch.

She is obviously in great physical shape and she will no doubt continue to gin up enthusiasm among the faithful but I think it’s clear there are too many formidable opponents who want the job and she’s not going to run for the presidency. Once this sinks in the reaction of the palinistas is going to be a big gulp.

Basilsbest on March 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

What I found interesting is the applause of Dr. Carson, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz for example, didn’t translate into votes.

bluefox on March 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Which takes us back to the voting happening BEFORE ALL SPEECHES WERE MADE. Stupid way to run any poll.

Once this sinks in the reaction of the palinistas is going to be a big gulp.

Basilsbest on March 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

So solly, but right now we are concentrating on the 2014 election cycle where we hope Sarah will again lend her support to our TEA Party grass roots activism.

IF she AGAIN proves herself to be THE KINGmaker she could easily continue on to run for POTUS, but at this point who would blame her for deciding to keep out of the Washington muck?

NEVER FORGET the shelf life of any Washington politician. They seem to go liberal within 6 short years. It has to be something in the water over there.

DannoJyd on March 18, 2013 at 4:08 AM

After her excellent response to Obama’s pathetic SOTU address, I was expecting something more substantive from Palin. She was quite at ease before the adoring crowd and the BIG GULP was great theatre but I didn’t think she was up to par. She didn’t explain why her and her supporters are the genuine common folk, but that the people who voted for Obama are not. And the skewering of Obama lacked its usual punch.
She is obviously in great physical shape and she will no doubt continue to gin up enthusiasm among the faithful but I think it’s clear there are too many formidable opponents who want the job and she’s not going to run for the presidency. Once this sinks in the reaction of the palinistas is going to be a big gulp.
Basilsbest on March 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Well said.

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

So solly, but right now we are concentrating on the 2014 election cycle where we hope Sarah will again lend her support to our TEA Party grass roots activism.
IF she AGAIN proves herself to be THE KINGmaker she could easily continue on to run for POTUS…
DannoJyd on March 18, 2013 at 4:08 AM

“Solly,” but endorsing primary candidates in 2014 isn’t going to suddenly make Palin significantly any more likely to run, win the nomination or the general.

A majority of Republicans 1) don’t want her to run, and 2) think she’s FAR from the most qualified choice. And that’s a majority of Republicans, not even a majority of the voting population. She has zero chance at winning the general, but I wish her the best in speaking out against Obama. I just wish she’d do it in a classier and more effective way that doesn’t make it so easy for people to dismiss her as some goofy kook.

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

And the obsessed fish continues to prattle on uncontrollably because Palin is still around.

Aitch748 on March 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

ULTIMATE HUMILIATION: Palin comes in last place behind even Christie who wasn’t invited.

idesign on suicide watch. Ddrintn unavailable for comment. Renalin continuing to be his slithery greasy self. Bmore, like a grownup lady, managed to hold back her tears.

bluegill on March 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Bwaaahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa

Meow on March 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I’m very delighted Blue Buddha did this well. Well deserved in my opinion. Kinda surprised that Rubio was 2nd. I would have put Cruz first or second. Having watched all the speeches, I don’t think there is any doubt who the favorites are. The Cruz speech should have come earlier on imho. Sarah did what Sarah always does and was a huge crowd pleaser. The gulp sent shock waves around the world and garnered several thousands of hit for my take on it. Congratulations to all!!!

Bmore on March 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Oh, I see the regular two nut jobs weighed in above me here. Let me lend you both a dollar to buy a freaking clue with. I don’t want Sarah to run for anything, well AZ senate if she wants to, otherwise I love having her do what she wants to do. They way she wants to do things. She is very successful and does more in one day for the Conservative movement than either of you will do in a lifetime. Really it should be embarrassing for you to have her hold up in the space left over in your skull do to lack of brain. Get over it. She will do what she will do. I couldn’t be happier about that. You two sure aren’t very bright, just green. Well St Patty’s day is over. Get over her! She’s bad for your mental health. You can’t. You just can’t let her go. She’s all you have left. Lol! Pathetic.

Bmore on March 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

do=due

Bmore on March 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

gillbilly

Bmore on March 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

“Solly,” but endorsing primary candidates in 2014 isn’t going to suddenly make Palin significantly any more likely to run, win the nomination or the general.

bluegill on March 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Fishy girl, you really don’t know SQUAT about politics. You need to attend TEA Party meetings more than most of the Romneycare Willard supporters, and that is not a compliment at all.

I can only imagine what goes through your little mind when you look in the mirror, and I’m sure none of that is good.

Why not admit that you hate her because she did more than most American women when she decided to get involved in politics. We all know how much your type hates being shown up.

DannoJyd on March 19, 2013 at 4:59 AM

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