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Paul Takes Jefferson County Straw Poll (The Ron Paul Revolutiion Continues)
lhttp://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/10/paul_takes_jefferson_count ^ | October 13, 2007 | Patrick Hickerson

Posted on 10/13/2007 12:58:04 PM PDT by Captain Kirk

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, won the Jefferson County Republican Party's straw poll for president, held Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo.

Paul took 115 votes of 199 for about 57 percent of total ballots cast.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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Jefferson County is where Birmingham is located and many leading GOP politiicans, Betty Fine Collins (sp?) spoke at the poll. This was a major blow-out for the Paul forces. It is remarkable that native son, Fred Thompson did so poorly.
1 posted on 10/13/2007 12:58:07 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk
At the zoo? How appropriate.
2 posted on 10/13/2007 12:59:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Security * Unity * Prosperity | Fred08.com)
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To: Captain Kirk

A pretty raucus crowd in NYC last night:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/016081.html


3 posted on 10/13/2007 1:01:24 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Captain Kirk

It seems he locked up the jackass, chimp, and ape vote. All the doves voted for him , too.


4 posted on 10/13/2007 1:02:03 PM PDT by Combat_Liberalism
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think you just won the sore loser prize. Do you also overturn checker games when you don’t win?


5 posted on 10/13/2007 1:02:19 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

Ron Paul takes Fred Thompson’s home county? This will hurt the Thompson campaign.


6 posted on 10/13/2007 1:02:41 PM PDT by desherwood7
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To: Captain Kirk

“held Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo.”

The jokes just about write themselves.


7 posted on 10/13/2007 1:03:00 PM PDT by Grunthor (http://franz.org/quiz.htm)
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To: Combat_Liberalism

LoL!


8 posted on 10/13/2007 1:03:23 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Captain Kirk
Ron Turd only won because of the baboon vote. The chimpanzee and orangutan vote were split.
9 posted on 10/13/2007 1:05:16 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Captain Kirk
held Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo.

You would have thought that they would let Ron Paul out of the zoo on weekends, at least.

10 posted on 10/13/2007 1:06:16 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Captain Kirk

Breaking news! Ron Paul wins the straw at the zoo!

Onlookers were hoping he would gather up all the animal droppings when he leaves with his straw....detals at 11


11 posted on 10/13/2007 1:06:36 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Captain Kirk

How does someone that shows as 1% (within -1% or+ 1% error) be said to be “winning”?


12 posted on 10/13/2007 1:07:15 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Captain Kirk

I haven’t been so impressed since Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize.


13 posted on 10/13/2007 1:08:19 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I'm agnostic on evolution, but sit ups are from Hell!)
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To: Libs All For Ron Paul

"at the Birmingham Zoo.. Paul took 115 votes of 199"

That's some revolution. I better go move my car!


14 posted on 10/13/2007 1:08:42 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Captain Kirk

This reminds me of the iced tea socials of Catherine Harris.

She won those too...


15 posted on 10/13/2007 1:08:48 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Captain Kirk

Ru-paul is a surrender monkey no different than a rat,


16 posted on 10/13/2007 1:09:48 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatives live in the truth. Liberals live in lies.)
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To: Captain Kirk; Allegra; jdm; mnehrling
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, won the Jefferson County Republican Party's straw poll for president, held Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo.

Hyenas and feces-tossing Gibbons gave the candidate unanimous support.

17 posted on 10/13/2007 1:09:58 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Captain Kirk

Gosh - I guess everyone should start referring to him as “President Paul’ from now on.


18 posted on 10/13/2007 1:09:59 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Captain Kirk

AP caption: A Ron Paul supporter at today's straw poll at the Birmingham Zoo

19 posted on 10/13/2007 1:10:38 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Captain Kirk

Paulbearers are just grasping at straws!


20 posted on 10/13/2007 1:10:45 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: Captain Kirk

You know the big money is going to start rolling in now.


21 posted on 10/13/2007 1:12:26 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Elected office holds more perks than Elvis' nightstand. " - Dennis Miller)
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To: LdSentinal

I’ve never seen so many sore losers in one place.


22 posted on 10/13/2007 1:17:12 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

Anybody who supports Ron Paul seriously needs to think about seeking mental help. The guy is a loony and if a person can’t see it, they have lost all touch with reality.


23 posted on 10/13/2007 1:17:48 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Captain Kirk

Is the Ron Turd “revolution being televised”?


24 posted on 10/13/2007 1:18:03 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Captain Kirk
I’ve never seen so many sore losers in one place.

So stop hanging out with Paulbearers.

25 posted on 10/13/2007 1:18:34 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Captain Kirk
For $35 you get the works and a ballot.....

The Jefferson County Republican Party will sponsor the 2007 Presidential Preference Straw Poll on Saturday October 13, 2007 from 11am to 1pm. This years event will take place at the Birmingham Zoo Lodge and feature everything from Live Entertainment, Activities for Children of all ages as well as Lunch provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Q.

26 posted on 10/13/2007 1:18:39 PM PDT by deport (>>>--Iowa Caucuses .. 101 days and counting--<<< [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: Captain Kirk

Of all the Republican Nominees, the one I guarantee I cannot vote for is Ron Paul. I’ve got issues with McCain and Guiliani and would really take a lot to vote for them, but I under no circumstances could vote for Mr. Ron Paul.


27 posted on 10/13/2007 1:20:45 PM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: Captain Kirk
I’ve never seen so many sore losers in one place.
No. What you're seeing is so many people doubled over in laughter.
28 posted on 10/13/2007 1:29:44 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08)
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To: StAthanasiustheGreat

I don’t expect Ron Paul to even make it to the New Hampshire primary.


29 posted on 10/13/2007 1:32:50 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: rdl6989

I hope you are right.


30 posted on 10/13/2007 1:33:16 PM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was Paul present? In one of the simian cages? ‘-)


31 posted on 10/13/2007 1:33:46 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: Captain Kirk
poll for president, held Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo

The monkey and wombats caucused with Ron Paul. The eels and slugs liked what they saw in Romney

32 posted on 10/13/2007 1:33:57 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Take the wheel, Fred.)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Anybody who supports Ron Paul seriously needs to think about seeking mental help. The guy is a loony and if a person can’t see it, they have lost all touch with reality.

Bears repeating. Anyone supporting Paul after his statements the past 2 weeks deserve all the derision they get. I use it to judge freeper intelligence.

33 posted on 10/13/2007 1:40:54 PM PDT by packrat35 (PIMP my Senate. They're all a bunch of whores anyway!)
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To: Captain Kirk
"I’ve never seen so many sore losers in one place."

I wasn't aware we had anyone competing with Algor for the Norwegian PeaCe Prize...

34 posted on 10/13/2007 1:41:09 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: rdl6989

you’re right about NH Primary... with all these ALLEGED LANDSLIDES, why is it that in all the Scientific polls, Ron Pauls closest competitor is ... The MARGIN OF ERROR!?


35 posted on 10/13/2007 1:44:12 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (White heterosexual Judeo-Christian RightWing Union Actor ... and unemployed)
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To: whomever

None of this Ron Paul Revolution would be cluttering nationwide blogs if we had a real representative republic.

If numerous political parties (and points of view) were represented in Congress on a proportional basis, the peacenik lefties could hold 3-5% of Congressional seats, peacenik righties could hold 3-5% of Congressional seats, and the rest of the seats could be fought over by the D’s and R’s.

It’s a sign we should heed that a self-described “poor messenger” like Ron Paul has inspired such fierce devotion while other GOP candidates maintain tepid support—hundreds of thousands of Americans feel their government is terribly failing them and the two major parties don’t give a damn. An average speaker who doesn’t promise all the answers is good enough for so many people hungry for a real change in Washington.

With multiple political parties represented in Congress, these radicals for capitalism might be placated—and online polls would cease to be jammed.

Seems like a fair compromise to work toward together... unless we WANT to marginalize the political views of our fellow Americans.


36 posted on 10/13/2007 1:56:55 PM PDT by ironweed
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To: Captain Kirk
The difference between Ron Paul supporters and Duncan Hunter supporters:

Hunter supporters know where their candidate stands.

Paul supporters are like Mr. Big-- blow themselves up through shadow maneuvers to make themselves looks huge.

Please note this graphic. The Thompson supporters are indicated by Bullwinkle, Hunter supporters by Rocky, Paul's fan base by the little speck, and the flashlight is the Internet, text-message, and roving-VW-Microbus-traveling-across-the-country-to-vote-in-small-straw polls.


37 posted on 10/13/2007 2:00:08 PM PDT by jmyrlefuller (The Associated Press: The most dangerous news organization in America.[TM])
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To: Clara Lou
I will hand it to the Paul supporters for organizing and supporting their candidate. They apparently have been organizing this turnout and those for other straw polls for a long time. They coordinate on line and offer to pool transportation and get people to sign up to pay other people’s tickets when they are required. They spread the word through their network. This is more of a Dem kind of organization structure than a typical Republican one, but then most of the Paul support hinges on his antiwar stance which has drawn the left to his campaign. Heaven knows, none of the front running Dems has taken the kind of antiwar stance Ron Paul has and the antiwar crowd knows how to turn out people for "demonstrations" which is in essence what they are doing here.

We all know that 115 warm bodies voting in a straw poll does not necessarily translate into the same percentage of real voters and real votes at the time of the real election. That’s why most voters have come to ignore and not participate in straw polls anymore. Still, this tactic of utilizing the mostly abandoned straw polls has managed to get Ron Paul supporters some of the attention they seek. Those of us who support other candidates might consider doing a little more of this ourselves.

38 posted on 10/13/2007 2:03:25 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - President Fred D. Thompson /"The Constitution means what is says.")
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To: Route66

Agreed.

I don’t know how much of the Ron Paul fan base is “anti-war” or “pro-capitalism” or “anti-Fed” or “anti-NAFTA/WTO/U.N.” or “pro-Constitution”.

Many of these issues overlap with various voting blocs. Some of Ron Paul base are holdovers from the Buchanite wing of the GOP (Pat warned of empire-building in a 1999 book and condemned it in a 2004 book). Others are libertarian purists of the Ayn Rand/Ludwig von Mises persuasion. Still others are musty old John Birch Society conspiracy cranks.

The anti-war group is hardest to read, insofar as the GOP is so wedded to the “world safe for democracy” idea, that most Americans are dubious of any Republican claiming to oppose that vision.

Inasmuch as Ron Paul’s small government agenda is so at odds with almost everything the radical left espouses (save for foreign policy), I have a hard time believing lefty hard-liners are flocking en masse to RP just to monkeywrench the GOP... But I tend to want to be optimistic...

Regardless, while Ron Paul won’t get the GOP nomination, it will be interesting to see in a couple decades if this seeds a movement, or if it is a one-time phenomenon.


39 posted on 10/13/2007 2:30:25 PM PDT by ironweed
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To: Captain Kirk

40 posted on 10/13/2007 2:31:22 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: Captain Kirk
I think you just won the sore loser prize. Do you also overturn checker games when you don’t win?

Snicker! I really have to wonder about you Ron Paul people that actually think this guy has a chance to get out of the single digits when the election comes around. Talk about not knowing who the actual base of the Republican party is!

There are real dynamics you actually have to deal with when running in a party election not little rigged straw polls. This guy can not even begin to find support in the party that supported the war effort and the troops and defending this country. You are in for serious disappointment if you think the Republican base does not support defending this country with everything we have when we have been attacked by outside forces.

41 posted on 10/13/2007 2:49:23 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Captain Kirk

Ron Paul... the Lyndon Larouche for the 21 Century


42 posted on 10/13/2007 2:53:50 PM PDT by tophat9000 (You need to have standards to fail and be a hypocrite, Dem's therefor are never hypocrites)
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To: Clara Lou

:-)

43 posted on 10/13/2007 3:00:02 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Lady Heron

Snicker! I really have to wonder about you Ron Paul people that actually think this guy has a chance to get out of the single digits when the election comes around.


Well he has competition in that Keyes is now in the race. Paul and Keyes will stay in to the bitter end and share the vote opposed to the eventual nominee once all the others have dropped out. Keyes did this in 2000 and won a few delegates by just getting the anti Bush votes. However when it’s all said neither Paul nor Keyes will be a factor.


44 posted on 10/13/2007 3:09:05 PM PDT by deport (>>>--Iowa Caucuses .. 93 days and counting--<<< [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: Route66
This is more of a Dem kind of organization structure than a typical Republican one

I disagree, it is a bottom up, completely individual campaign with no marching orders, no 'strategy', no 'focus group polling', all unpaid, just Ron Paul offering a message of freedom and his supporters doing the rest however they are able, even chipping in to buy radio ads and flyover planes and whoknows what else. It embodies the libertarian and republican philosophy of personal responsibility completely. Someone in our meetup group for instance spent $500 of her own money on a booth and manned it herself with a few other volunteers, they reached thousands of potential voters. A Rudy McRomneyThompsonite campaign would have bought the booth themselves and manned it with paid 'volunteers', paid for in part by lobbyists/washington insiders, who expect something in return, like 'access' or favorable legislation. Paul volunteers belong to no special interest groups and want nothing in return besides their freedom and are willing to work their butts off for it anonymously. So, IMO, I think the reality is actually the opposite from what your previous post suggested.

FYI:

Bringing Politics Back to the People - The Do it Yourself Campaign of Ron Paul
45 posted on 10/13/2007 3:32:56 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Captain Kirk

“It is remarkable that native son, Fred Thompson did so poorly.”

Birmingham is in Alabama. Thompson is from Tennessee. Thompson isn’t a ‘native son’ of Alabama.


46 posted on 10/13/2007 5:27:39 PM PDT by DugwayDuke (Ron Paul is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution either.)
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