Hot Air Survey: July Results

posted at 8:01 am on July 30, 2014 by Patrick Ishmael

Cruz control, indeed. Taking 41% of the vote, Ted Cruz is your new primary leader, taking over from Scott Walker who finished in second at 15%. Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Mitt Romney round out the top 5.

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Cruz also won the second choice vote, although by a much smaller margin, edging Walker and Perry. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson round things out.

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Cruz, Walker, Perry, Jindal and Carson are the most “acceptable” among the candidates posed.

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As to the most important issue, readers believe general election voters will be most interested in the economy, followed by immigration, health care and foreign policy. And yes, readers still view implementation of Obamacare at the state level as being essentially the same as voting for it at the federal level — by very wide margins.

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Two notes. First, in the future I’m going to try to have us use a more neutral “survey image.” Readers have surmised that the blog post’s picture on the front page might pump up supporters of the candidate featured. Better to avoid that.

Second, some readers have suggested that we add Sarah Palin to the list of potential candidates. (A sampling: “That you leave Palin out shows you are a FOOL.” “I know you HATE Her, sut [sic] she has integrity and viability.” Etc.) I welcome Palin supporters to continue to write her in. So far, the “Other” vote breaks all sorts of ways, including votes for Sarah Palin, Gary Johnson, Jeff Sessions, Allen West, Hillary Clinton, Steve King, Trey Gowdy, a camel of some kind, and others. To my surprise, there have been no votes for Zombie Reagan. Yet.

Point being, all of the write-ins combined account for 3% of the total primary vote. I appreciate the vocal nature of her staunchest supporters, but in the absence of credible affirmation of her interest in running for President and in light of the minimal write-in interest we’ve seen so far, Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future. In the meantime I invite Palin supporters to continue their write-in efforts. After all, a lot can change between now and 2016.

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P.S. One hump or two re the camel? It’s important to know.
justltl on July 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Ah, the Bactrian versus Dromedary schism raises it’s ugly head. What day is it???

Cliff by the Ford on July 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I like SP, but the time to start the preparations for an exploratory committee is now. At this point I have seen nothing that indicates a run from her. She seems more interested in working on changing the political culture than running for office.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on July 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

AnnaS:

In the last debate with Obama he refused to even mention Benghazi!

The Obama administration was controlling the information that Romney got for that last debate. Until the last debate, Romney was being denied intelligence briefings.

If you read the left leaning blogs at the time, they thought that “having global money interests” was a reason for denying Romney a security clearance and the administration was dragging their feet about this, and the left wingers thought this was good. But also, Obama himself, has referred to being able to make a speech to the UN, saying that he could Blame the Video, because the security briefings were still saying that is what happened at the time. We all know that wasn’t true now, but it may be what they were putting in the briefings at the behest of the Obama Campaign, or Hilary Clinton, who went on and on for weeks about The Video.

We know the timelines have been jerked around, including messing with General Petraus, sending him to testify, and ultimately OUTING him over an affair; and the media beat Romney down severely for so called, “having the facts incorrect” in the period from September 14 to the 20th, for saying Benghazi was a terror attack on 9-11. In fact, Romney on instinct and with the help of republican advisors was SPOT ON. There was no news of any of this in any major newspaper, we had to listen to Catherine Herrage and Jennifer Griffin for info.

I am sure we can never see the intelligence briefings that Romney received, but I think they were corrupted or absent information, or even containing incorrect info on “arms for rebels,” making everything they sent him “classified” and that he could not repeat, to shut him up. I think the intelligence was meant to confuse, but that is because democrats will do anything including LIE to win, and sorry, Romney is a gentleman. Sorry, that is what I would prefer over the double speaking perversion of justice we have now.

Fleuries on July 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Fleuries on July 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Romney threw the election. He never wanted to be President. He wanted to run for President.

astonerii on July 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I didn’t think of it, but maybe Sen. Sessions should be added to the mix.

He’s a warrior.

BuckeyeSam on July 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Thanks for doing this, Patrick. It’s always fascinating!

Spannerhead on July 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Why thank him for running an extremely biased poll?

huckleberryfriend on July 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I suspect that most people, offered choices in a hypothetical primary on a conservative blog, will chose one of the choices offered. I know I did. Had Palin been on the list, she would have definitely made my “could picture myself voting for” list, and quite possibly have been my second pick.

Patrick, your reasons for not including Palin are refuted by the choices you did make. Don’t make these polls all about you, which is what you did.

Immolate on July 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

If Condi Rice and Joe Scarborough are on the list there’s no good reason to leave off Palin. She’s as viable as they are. I probably wouldn’t vote for her but those who say she should be on are right.

crankyoldlady on July 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

i think cruz would make an amazing president… too bad he isn’t eligible to hold the office.

dbilly76 on July 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

If there was a candidate who promised to cut the budget, start to pay down the debt, force states to have reciprocity to concealed carry permits of other states, would end abortion, would end the federal welfare state programs, allow legalized drugs and was popular enough to likely win the election. Who would be willing to vote for them if they also guaranteed that they would make citizens of all the illegal aliens and open our borders up to tens of millions of immigrants to becoming future citizens?

What I mean here is the following. Who is willing to sell out future generations of Americans for a few years of, other than immigration, conservative government?

To me, it does not matter what a person will do for me as president it it comes with amnesty. No conservative policies will ever remain once you add in tens of millions of super majority socialists from other nations to our voting rolls. It just will not happen.

For the love of this nation, you have to remove from your list of acceptable any politician who shows a modest leaning towards amnesty.

astonerii on July 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

i think cruz would make an amazing president… too bad he isn’t eligible to hold the office.

dbilly76 on July 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

What’s even MORE “too bad” is a lack of research prior to posting…………..

to wit:

Cruz, like a couple of presidential candidates before him, faces a potential hurdle to running for president in that it’s not 100 percent clear that he’s a “natural-born citizen,” as the Constitution requires presidents to be.

Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born, and current U.S. law extends citizenship to anyone born to a U.S. citizen, regardless of where the birth takes place. The question is whether citizenship is the same thing as being a “natural-born citizen.”

Legal scholars generally agree that Cruz meets that requirement, and Cruz’s office agrees. But it also remains somewhat untested in the courts.

While no president-elect has formally tested the “natural-born citizen” requirement, several have run for president with that question hanging over their candidacies.

Can Ted Cruz run for president?

Katfish on July 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

If you want to actually learn something, do a poll where everyone has to be written in. And put Hillary’s pic on it as an incentive.

Meremortal on July 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Why would any of you be dumb enough to give anyone all the information Patrick asked you for?

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

i think cruz would make an amazing president… too bad he isn’t eligible to hold the office.

Reminder – Mark Levin Forever Puts To Rest The Ted Cruz Eligibility Issue

conservativeBC on July 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I do like Sarah Palin and I think that she is taking up the Breitbart proposition that the Right needs their equivalent of an Oprah Winfrey. The concept is to get at the underlying media structure and begin to fracture that from its Leftist atmosphere and do it in an asymmetrical way that concentrates on culture. Fox News can’t do that but individuals on the Right who decide to go into entertainment to provide a basis for conservative programming can do that.

No matter your opinion of someone like Glenn Beck, on his opening day of his network he had more subscribers than Oprah’s network had VIEWERS and on that opening broadcast he got more people at 5PM than MSNBC could get in prime time.

So I don’t think that Sarah Palin is going to run for office but will begin at the start of the process by doing her best to change the cultural appeal of conservatism. We need more people like that and talk radio is NOT enough. The more that this can be shown to attract an audience and drive revenue, the more that these ideas can start to push back against the constant Leftism in all of the MFM. For taking up that task, she deserves credit and applause… you can support her or not as you please, but if you are trying to run her down when she is going after the media’s grip on viewers, then just what is it that you are supporting anyways? Conservatives always welcome different viewpoints on how to implement a better way for all while retaining the moral values of hearth, home and the rights of Man as Individual. If you don’t like the personality, that’s fine, but don’t shoot the message with the messenger, especially if you support the message.

ajacksonian on July 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Romney threw the election. He never wanted to be President. He wanted to run for President.

astonerii on July 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Oh, Romney spoke to you personally and said as much? This comment is simply NOT true. You are deliberately misrepresenting something one of Mitt’s sons said to suit your own perverse hate-Romney narrative.

If you rightwing crazies want to live in an alternate Sarah Palin (and Ted Cruz) universe, please, knock yourselves out. No one with any intelligence takes you seriously. We just laugh at your cult mentality, and the ridiculous assertion that voters are going to fall all over themselves to vote for a “real conservative.” Barry Goldwater ring a bell? And conservatives are held in even lower esteem now than then.

But stop lying. If you can’t make an honest argument, how can you ever expect to bring anyone over to your side?

Meredith on July 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Cruz would make a great President–maybe in 2024. But right now, even though he is eligible, I’m afraid he is unelectable. So, maybe we need a poll that states:

“When we get our rant off our chests and get down to business of actually electing a Conservative President, who do you support (who can actually win)?”

Sadly, we Conservatives are not the voting majority. Unfortunately the Dimocraps are way to the left of us, and the GOPe is pretty much in the same place as the Dims. Reality bites.

NOMOBO on July 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

but in the absence of credible affirmation of her interest in running for President and in light of the minimal write-in interest we’ve seen so far, Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future.

Then why do you include people like Condi Rice and Joe Scarborough, who are equally as unlikely to run?

cat_owner on July 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Katfish on July 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

conservativeBC on July 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM

if cruz is eligible to be POTUS, why did people question whether or not chester arthur was born in ireland or canada? if what you’re saying is correct, then he would have been eligible no matter where he was born.

Democrats claimed that Arthur, a Republican, wasn’t born in Vermont as he maintained, but in Canada, which according to the Constitution made him ineligible for the Oval Office.

btw, mark levin and the washington post aren’t the best sources to refer to on this issue. my personal preference is “the father of the 14th amendment,” john bingham:

Every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural-born citizen; but, sir, I may be allowed to say further that I deny that the Congress of the United States ever had the power, or color of power to say that any man born within the jurisdiction of the United States, not owing a foreign allegiance, is not and shall not be a citizen of the United States.

dbilly76 on July 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I appreciate the vocal nature of her staunchest supporters, but in the absence of credible affirmation of her interest in running for President and in light of the minimal write-in interest we’ve seen so far, Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future.

Patrick, I guess you haven’t yet visited Palin’s thinly veiled Presidential Campaign website (Sarah Palin TV). She is showing as much, if not more, interest in running this cycle.

I don’t support her for President, but in fairness she belongs on the ballot as much or more than the bulk of candidates you present.

NOMOBO on July 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

How about we keep our promising legislators in the legislature, and restore that branch to its intended importance? The White House is better occupied by ex-governors (as long as they realize everybody realizes they only lead one-third of the federal government, not the whole damn country).

PersonFromPorlock on July 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

To Patrick Ishmael:

I appreciate the vocal nature of her staunchest supporters, but in the absence of credible affirmation of her interest in running for President and in light of the minimal write-in interest we’ve seen so far, Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future. In the meantime I invite Palin supporters to continue their write-in efforts.

I view your stubborn refusal to include Sarah Palin as typical GOPe efforts to pretend she’s not in the room – and to attempt to marginalize her. Do you really believe if you don’t include her she doesn’t exist lol?

Many of us, including me, stopped participating in these polls after the first one, where we ‘dutifully’ wrote her in. After you ignored our many protestations and continued to exclude her, I chose NOT to participate – and considered the poll itself to be non-serious – or worse, an attempt to silence Sarah and her supporters.

How many people wrote Palin in as their choice in the first poll this Spring? How many did in the current poll? My failure to participate speaks of my objection to your polling ‘technique’, not my lack of support for Sarah Palin.

Many of those you included as options received 0% support statistically speaking. I’d bet money they’ll be included in your next poll, but Sarah will not.

You can fake reality but I’m not buying it.

Opinionator on July 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’ll go ahead and say it again…

My two votes for Cruz in 2012 (primary/general) are two of the best votes I have ever cast. Right up there with Reagan and Nixon.

Willys on July 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Ignore Palin,it’s okay.You won’t be able to ignore her when she is on the ballot along with your effete GOP candidate(whomever it may be).Buh bye GOP!

redware on July 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Lets have fun with Patrick’s comments and all write in Zombie Reagan not poll.

paulsur on July 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The Palin hate from Patrick is pathetic . Hotair’s straw poll has a whopping 3,100 votes . Just include Sarah Palin unless you’re scared she’ll win it .

Unaffiliated4P on July 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Ishmael’s excuse is total BS, and everyone knows it. Hot Air no longer has any interest in what its readers think – they do their thing, and we do ours.
Pork-Chop on July 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Patrick Ishmael’s classless, dismissive, jackass response really disappoints me.

Ishmael (who apparently doesn’t respond directly to reader feedback) tries to characterize the backlash from readers saying Palin should be included as yells from stupid people, and he quotes one comment (with added “sic”) to further give that impression.

Further, Ishmael ignores the fact that many readers (who said they wouldn’t even vote for Palin) also told him her name should be included, so why is Ishmael saying it’s just “Palin supporters” who disagree with his jackass move to exclude her.

And Ishmael also never explains why Joe Scarborough and Condi Rice are more deserving of being on the list than Palin.

Look, I never heard of Patrick Ishmael before this poll. Who the hell is he? Why is he the one posting polls here? Anyone can set up a Google form and type in a list of names. I would prefer to see Allah or Jazz (both of are a lot more respectful when responding to readers) post these polls from now on.

bluegill on July 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Romney even got a vote?

You people are sick, or simply Mormon bigots.

He’s not even right of center.

KirknBurker on July 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

My, oh my, oh my. I’ve written professional product surveys before and this is the lamest reason for not including an item that I have ever seen.

“We didn’t include item X in the survey because item X didn’t poll well in the last survey (even though item X wasn’t included in the last survey), and therefore we don’t feel its worth polling for item X.”

You are better than this, Patrick…

Ace ODale on July 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“We didn’t include item X in the survey because item X didn’t poll well in the last survey (even though item X wasn’t included in the last survey), and therefore we don’t feel its worth polling for item X.”
You are better than this, Patrick…
Ace ODale on July 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I’m not sure he is.

bluegill on July 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Rick Perry…the 3 candidates that have the most b*lls and don’t remove them before going to work or an interview. Throw in some Rand Paul, Romney, and Jindal, too.
Cruz-Walker, though, be still my heart….

SueZeeQ on July 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

What’s even MORE “too bad” is a lack of research prior to posting…………..

Katfish on July 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

So if Obama WAS born in Kenya, you believe he would have been eligible to be President?

If Obama was born outside the US, I believe he wouldn’t have been eligible. So to be consistent, I also have to believe Cruz is not eligible.

huckleberryfriend on July 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I appreciate the vocal nature of her staunchest supporters, but in the absence of credible affirmation of her interest in running for President and in light of the minimal write-in interest we’ve seen so far, Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future.

But Christie will remain on there no matter what, I presume…

Midas on July 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Fleuries, I too believe Romney to be a gentleman. If he were president today, things would be drastically different! I am sad that I had just one vote to give him, but I gave him that. I am simply saying we have to play by the current rules. If we don’t have the media being truthful and we don’t get FairPlay from the other side, then we must play junk yard dog ourselves! We must stop letting liberals set the rules for the debates, who moderates and where they are held! We must get out in front of the coming sexist and “war on women” albatrosses they will try to hang around our neck. We cannot play nice guy/gal to a bunch of thugs!

AnnaS on July 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Cruz for Senate majority leader.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

YES, Please!!!

wren on July 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

but if you are trying to run her down when she is going after the media’s grip on viewers, then just what is it that you are supporting anyways?

Good question and I’ve wondered that myself after reading various negative comments about Palin.

If you don’t like the personality, that’s fine, but don’t shoot the message with the messenger, especially if you support the message.

ajacksonian on July 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Exactly. I’ve come to the conclusion that many don’t like her message and that is the reason for the negative comments toward her.

Great comments, thanks.

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Opinionator on July 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

{{{{{OP}}}}} So good to see you!!! How have you been? I’ve been on vacation and planting:-)

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Indiana Governor Mike Pence only received 1% of the vote in this survey.

If Gov. Mike Pence wants to be considered a viable Presidential Candidate in 2016, the ILLEGAL immigration issue provides a chance for him to increase his national profile.

I want to see Gov. Mike Pence prove to the American Voters that he has the Leadership Skills necessary to solve complex problems like ILEGAL immigration, by doing absolutely everything he can as Governor to reduce ILLEGAL immigration in his state.

Governor Rick Perry is demonstrating his Leadership skills as he deals with the specific issues related to being Governor of a border state.

As Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence should be working with Gov. Perry and taking the LEAD among Governors of non-border states to help solve this crisis on behalf of the American people.

Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama, urging that the 245 unaccompanied Central American children living in Indiana “be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families.”

Pence also criticized the federal government for not providing more timely information about children being sent to states after they crossed the U.S. border alone and undocumented, a failing Pence called unacceptable.

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/29/pence-obama-reunite-kids-crossing-border-families/13317753/

This is a good start, but I want to see even more LEADERSHIP from Governor Mike Pence on the ILLEGAL immigration issue.

wren on July 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

wren on July 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Hi wren! After reading the following statement by Gov Pence and the article, he would not ever be my selection. Headline:

Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports.

In the 7/29/14 letter to Obama, he said this:
In Indiana last week, we learned from media reports that more than two hundred unaccompanied children had been placed by the federal government with sponsors in our state.”

He is admitting that he, the Governor doesn’t even know what is going on in his own State. Good grief. So afterwards, he’s objecting.

Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/384064/mike-pence-learned-hhs-was-dumping-migrant-children-his-state-press-not-hhs-ryan#!

Another reason I don’t like Pence is his sneaky past plan trying to enact Common Core under another name. Parents had a fit and rightly so. Haven’t followed up to see what he planned to do after being caught following Brewer per Huckabees suggestions.

If you know anything on that, please post. I was on vacation for over 2 weeks and offline:-) Who knows what all I missed, LOL

If you need a source for the Common Core issue, let me know. I didn’t have the link handy, but have it.

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I have missed you so much !!!

Do you perhaps have a throwaway email to provide so I can get a message to you? I’d make sure you know it’s me in the subject line :)

Opinionator on July 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Hi Bluefox! Welcome back from vacation! I hope that 2 weeks offline helped to reduce stress levels that plague us all these days!

I haven’t followed the Common Core issue as closely as other issues. Since I don’t have children of my own, I figure my “political” time is best spent on issues that busy parents may not have time to follow since their focus should rightly be on the issues that have a direct impact on their children. And the parents among us can be more effective at snuffing out Common Core since they have direct access to teachers and school meetings.

But since you have alerted me to Mike Pence’s position on Common Core, I will keep an eye on him related to this issue, if he becomes a viable Presidential candidate in 2016.

Re: ILLEGAL immigration….

I really don’t blame Governor Mike Pence for not knowing in advance about the 245 unaccompanied alien children being snuck into Indiana. A LOT of states were surprised to find out that unaccompanied alien children had been sent to sponsors in their states when a report came out within the past week or so (from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, if I remember correctly)since the previous focus had been on children being sent to facilities that would house them in larger and more visible groups.

As I said above Gov. Mike Pence’s letter was a good (and polite) start and he sent the letter in a timely manner. But now that we all know he is aware of these children in his state, I will be watching to see if he begins to take stronger action on the ILLEGAL immigration issue.

The organizations that I DO blame for sneaking children into states without requests for help or even notification to the state governments is 1) The Obama Administration, 2) Health and Human Services, 3) The Office of Refugee Resettlement and 4) and any “humanitarian” groups that may have assisted with placing the children with “sponsors.” People should be fired and publicly shamed for abusing states in this way!

wren on July 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Like I said in the other topic, there’s no reason for Joe Scaborough to be on this poll. He got a total of 3 joke votes.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Hi again Bluefox,

Here is the link to the list of how many unaccompanied alien children were sent to live with “Sponsors” in each state from January 1, 2014 – July 7, 2014.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/ucs/state-by-state-uc-placed-sponsors

FYI – One question that I haven’t heard answered yet is: How many of these “Sponsors” are ILLEGAL aliens themselves?

I did hear a radio interview with somebody in charge of placing these children who confirmed that Sponsors are not asked about their immigration status before the children are placed with them.

wren on July 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

wow, cruz dominated that. the others weren’t even close. what a lovely poll result =) Cruz 2016, i’m all for it!

also i agree with the decision to not put sarah on the poll. i thought so strongly that she was running in 2012, but she didn’t. so now, i will automatically assume she is not running in 2016 unless she literally says the words “i am running for president.”

Sachiko on July 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

@ wren and OP! Just saw your replies and will respond later this evening, so please check back. Levin and supper is on my agenda at the moment LOL

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I’ll check back after supper time in the Pacific Time Zone.

wren on July 30, 2014 at 6:55 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

My pleasure!

Taking back the culture means that we must be able to distinguish between the message and the messenger…and even if I dislike the messenger, if they are delivering the right message I will cut them some slack. Mostly I just can’t get into the entire personality worship/hatred thing… I just don’t get it and have better things to do with my emotions and my life.

ajacksonian on July 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

The 2016 Hot Gas Primary is as overrated as the 2016 Ames Straw Poll. And about as meaningless.

Toocon on July 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Thank you, Patrick, for these fun and interesting polls.

I like Sarah Palin.

She is not my first choice or second choice, but she would be in my top 8 or so. (I think she would have an uphill battle in the general election. Not impossible, but more difficult than some other conservative candidates. But they all get trashed anyway.)

I do not think she is running. Frankly, I would prefer she supports another conservative that I like. I would only want her to run this time, if none of the other conservatives I like has a chance of winning the nomination.

To all of you who are criticizing Patrick: his point is that (instead of not participating in the poll) do what some of Palin’s supporters are doing and write her in as “other.”

What Patrick is saying is that if a significant number of people do that, then he will put her on the ballot by name in the future.

Elisa on July 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

My pleasure!

Taking back the culture means that we must be able to distinguish between the message and the messenger…and even if I dislike the messenger, if they are delivering the right message I will cut them some slack. Mostly I just can’t get into the entire personality worship/hatred thing… I just don’t get it and have better things to do with my emotions and my life.

ajacksonian on July 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I agree.

This is a perfect example of your first two sentences above. If you haven’t seen this, be sure to read all of what he said.(isn’t long, but so apt!!)

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/24/howard-stern-defends-israel

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I have missed you so much !!!

Do you perhaps have a throwaway email to provide so I can get a message to you? I’d make sure you know it’s me in the subject line :)

Opinionator on July 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I’ve missed all of my friends too!! No, I don’t have a throwaway. However, give me some time and perhaps other arrangements for contact can be made. I’m already O/T here, so will try to check in on QOTD later.

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

And the parents among us can be more effective at snuffing out Common Core since they have direct access to teachers and school meetings.wren on July 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Good points.

Yes the letter Gov. Pence sent was needed and the wording was appropriate. I would have thot that he should have been aware of what was going on without HHS or anyone from D.C. to alert him. Maybe these States need to have their staff out at night with the night vision hardware:-)

This illegal invasion is a disaster & I agree those you listed are to blame, no doubt.

Thanks for the link in your 6:11PM comment. If I heard Andrew McCarthy on Levin correctly tonight, he said many of these illegals are being placed with other illegals(sponsors?) Levin linked to this article by him on his website:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384080/against-premature-impeachment-andrew-c-mccarthy

Oh, yes the vacation was wonderful! Nice to relax & see friends & relatives. We’re ready to do that again, LOL

We can continue this discussion on the QOTD if you like. As I told OP, I am O/T on this thread already; easy to do tho:-)

Thanks for the info.

Here is the link on the Common Core issue with Pence:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/big-government-republicans-like-mike-pence-pushing-a-phony-common-core-rebrand/article/2547894?custom_click=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Hi Bluefox,

Thank you for the links.

- Michelle Malkin has been doing a great job on the Common Core issue! What I know about the issue, largely comes from her. If she is holding Pence’s feet to the fire on Common Core, then he needs to be watched very closely.

- The Andrew McCarthy column is a very good primer on the impeachment issue. I am more than ready for Impeachment, but I admit Andrew McCarthy is right, we still have more work to do to convince more Americans that Impeachment has been earned multiple times over. This whole Border Invasion is the absolute last straw for me.

I’ll check out QOTD, if they post it soon.

Good to have you back at HotAir!

wren on July 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Second, some readers have suggested that we add Sarah Palin to the list of potential candidates.

Can you do a sampling from the comments to see what percentage of the comments are asking about Ms. Palin and let us know if this only equals some (as if there’s not that many asking).

(A sampling: “That you leave Palin out shows you are a FOOL.” “I know you HATE Her, sut [sic] she has integrity and viability.” Etc.) I welcome Palin supporters e comments to get the to continue to write her in.

Nice way to cherry pick the comments and skip over the very reasoned arguments for including Sarah.

So far, the “Other” vote breaks all sorts of ways

We’re not rubes out here. Write in candidates never do as well and after writing her in once, voters are dropping out and not participating. Are you trying to replicate the Republican model for garnering votes?. So will the 9 possible candidates that garnered less than 3% be left off next time?

To my surprise, there have been no votes for Zombie Reagan. Yet.

I’m surprised too. When you have a poll with morning Joe, but not a strong conservative woman like Sarah Palin it is kind of a joke poll. Not sure what you are trying to glean from this poll, unless it’s personal information from readers.

Sarah Palin will not be formally on the ballot for the foreseeable future. In the meantime I invite Palin supporters to continue their write-in efforts.

Of course she won’t. You don’t want to really see how she would do. Besides, you get more comments on where’s Sarah than anything else which ups the thread count. Thanks for the invite, but I think I’ll decline.

Ibanez Lotus on July 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I’ll check out QOTD, if they post it soon.

Good to have you back at HotAir!

wren on July 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I got held up on the phone. Going to check if QOTD is up now.
M.M. has been on the C.C. issue and here on H.A. so is the commenter INC.

Levin had similar opinions as McCarthy was making. In my opinion,
the Dems & the R’s both like to “talk” about it for their own reasons.

See you later!!

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Levin had similar opinions as McCarthy was making. In my opinion,
the Dems & the R’s both like to “talk” about it for their own reasons.

See you later!!

bluefox on July 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Yup, Mark Levin has been providing an excellent education on issues related to impeachment. It is a helpful update for all of us!

wren on July 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

wren on July 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Yes he has and he’s calling out all of the RINOS that are joined at the hip with this Administration/Reid/Dems!!

I saw the letter that invited Boehner to McAllen by families that have been murdered by the illegal aliens. I hope it goes viral. It’s on the QOTD.

bluefox on July 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

For the love of this nation, you have to remove from your list of acceptable any politician who shows a modest leaning towards amnesty.

astonerii on July 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Amnesty is pretty much meaningless. They’re here, no one is sending them back, and they’re still coming. What’s your solution? Mine is to cut the deal and finish the fortified fence. We lose nothing and gain a fence.

cimbri on July 31, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Amnesty is pretty much meaningless. They’re here, no one is sending them back, and they’re still coming. What’s your solution? Mine is to cut the deal and finish the fortified fence. We lose nothing and gain a fence.
cimbri on July 31, 2014 at 12:51 AM

It’s not meaningless at all.

And amnesty only creates a bigger incentive for more to come.

Illegal alien amnesty should never be a requirement for a secure border. Didn’t work in the 80′s either.

A shame you’ve swallowed whole the lie that we have no choice but to surrender.

bluegill on July 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Flange on July 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Cliff by the Ford on July 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Hmmph/hmph.
If Ishmael (call him Patrick?) doesn’t include a camel (one hump or two) in his next poll, he clearly runs the risk of being branded a specist, or at the very least of trying to influence someone to do something or other.

Regardless, I myself love Sarah Palin and would walk a mile for her. She would seriously be a superb president. But, even assuming that the country still exists by then, she will sadly not be a candidate in the next presidential election.

justltl on July 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM

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