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Straw Poll: Who do you want in 2012?
Ace of Spades ^ | 1/28/2011 | Gabriel Malor

Posted on 01/28/2011 4:50:51 PM PST by unseen1

I'm not convinced any of the people on this list can beat the President, partially because of previous stumbles and partially because of the math.

Still, primaries are all about persuading your fellows to vote for your candidate, unlike the general election which is about holding your nose and voting for the idiot your fellows chose instead. So who's it going to be?


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Poll at link. Palin is way ahead at the moment and this from a center-right blog.
1 posted on 01/28/2011 4:50:53 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Palin /Cain 2012...That way we can all live in harmony here on FR. But I don’t know if DeMint will actually run. If he does that will be a factor.


2 posted on 01/28/2011 4:58:03 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: toddausauras
i like Demint but I think the establishment is using him to try to make the Sc primary NH and IA meaningless. they want to get to super tuesday without anyone getting ahead of the big money interests.
3 posted on 01/28/2011 4:59:47 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Do you think he’s running?


4 posted on 01/28/2011 5:00:55 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: unseen1

Cain seems to be running second at the moment. Agree, Palin/Cain would be a great team.


5 posted on 01/28/2011 5:02:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: unseen1

Pubbies or Rats, the all hate our Sarah. No one loves her but us people. She is one of us and not one of them.


6 posted on 01/28/2011 5:02:38 PM PST by barb-tex (What else did you expect from the likes of 0? BTW, What ever happened to Rhodesia?, Oh, yes, Zimbabw)
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To: Cicero

3 to one. Not close enough to see the finish line


7 posted on 01/28/2011 5:07:45 PM PST by barb-tex (What else did you expect from the likes of 0? BTW, What ever happened to Rhodesia?, Oh, yes, Zimbabw)
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To: unseen1

Any of the following in any combination:

Bolton, Cain, Keyes, Palin


8 posted on 01/28/2011 5:09:15 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 738 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: unseen1

I didn’t vote. They missed two key people.


9 posted on 01/28/2011 5:11:09 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: unseen1
I don't care.

I want the gov't subdued, the economy roaring, unemployment below 5%, ,no inflation and smoke rising in Qom, Mecca and Medina.

10 posted on 01/28/2011 5:12:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: unseen1
How can I vote?
John Bolton isn't an option...
11 posted on 01/28/2011 5:13:38 PM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: toddausauras

Demint? I don’t know. I do know he supported mitt in 2008 and I can think of no greater support that Demint could give to Mitt than enter the race stay in it until after super tuesday and then drop out. think Fred/McCain’s tag team effort.


12 posted on 01/28/2011 5:15:22 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

I’m in for Palin. Here are the latest results:

Mitt Romney 7.72% (547 votes)

Sarah Palin 43.42% (3,078 votes)

Mike Huckabee 1.17% (83 votes)

Newt Gingrich 2.76% (196 votes)

Mitch Daniels 10.11% (717 votes)

Tim Pawlenty 6.97% (494 votes)

Ron Paul 3.12% (221 votes)

Herman Cain 13.92% (987 votes)

John Thune 4.12% (292 votes)

Haley Barbour 2.98% (211 votes)

Rudy Giuliani 3.71% (263 votes)

Total Votes: 7,089


13 posted on 01/28/2011 5:15:31 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: unseen1

ANYONE but a Rhino or Demorat!


14 posted on 01/28/2011 5:15:54 PM PST by Renegade
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To: FunkyZero

As much as I like John Bolton, I just don’t think he’d fair well in the primaries.


15 posted on 01/28/2011 5:16:12 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Cicero

So far what I have seen of Cain is good I’m just worried that not having faced the media onslaught he will implode when he does. He has never served in government and has never had to face a total hostile media. He seems like he has good instincts so he might handle it well. but its a big risk at this point.


16 posted on 01/28/2011 5:17:25 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

I would like to see Senator Judd Gregg.

He has NO charisma and little personality.

He is not a celebrity, and when he retires the internationalist Uncle Rupert Murdoch will not pimp him and put him in his stable of potential Republican candidates.

His knowlege base is greater than his ambition.

The country elected one talking head never did anything in his life celebrity as President, we do not need any more even if they have an R instead of a D after their name.


17 posted on 01/28/2011 5:17:41 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: pissant

*ping*


18 posted on 01/28/2011 5:18:00 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: barb-tex

i really think many bloggers are falling for the bubble think of the MSM IRT Palin because they want to believe the talking points. Palin IMO has very deep and very wide support that the bloggers and media do not understand.

bubble groupthink is not a good way to see the world.


19 posted on 01/28/2011 5:19:52 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

(from the WP today)

Below are our rankings of the ten candidates considered most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. The number one candidate is the person with the best chance at winning as of today.

Agree? Disagree? The comments section awaits.

To. The. Line!

Coming off the Line: Jim DeMint, Mike Pence
Coming onto the Line: Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman

10. Rick Santorum: If not for his big loss in 2006, the former Pennsylvania Senator would likely be regarded as more of a heavyweight given his impeccable social conservative credentials. Unfortunately for him, his 18-point loss to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has colored most handicappers’ evaluations of his chances in 2012. One thing is (almost) sure: he’s running. Now, can he convince staff and donors that he’s a legitimate candidate? He made a nice score on that front today by landing Iowa operatives Nick Ryan and Jill Latham. (Previous ranking: N/A)

9. Jon Huntsman: The former Utah governor was largely forgotten as a potential presidential candidate when he accepted an appointment in 2009 to serve as the Obama Administration’s ambassador to China. But, as we wrote yesterday, Huntsman appears to be leaning toward a run in 2012 and there is a staff of advisers already doing outreach to early states to ensure the campaign would hit the ground if he gave the signal. Huntsman’s biggest problem will almost certainly be his ties to Obama — particularly with a Republican electorate who views ANY connection to the current president as unsavory. But, Huntsman is an able candidate with an interesting and impressive resume. And that still counts for something. (Previous ranking: N/A)

8. John Thune: The South Dakota Senator could be among the first candidates to jump into the presidential race, with an announcement on his future political plans likely by the end of February. An early entrance could benefit the rising star, who everyone seems to like but still remains relatively unknown nationally. Whenever Thune does take on a national candidacy he’s going to have to explain his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout — a scarlet letterin the eyes many conservatives. (Previous ranking: 7)

7. Mitch Daniels: The Indiana governor isn’t expected to announce his decision on 2012 until this spring, but he’s upping his profile with a speech at the Gridiron Dinner on March 12. Daniels used his “State of the State” address earlier this month to tout his fiscal austerity — the GOP watchword of the moment — but he continues to be dogged by controversy over his call for a “truce” on social issues. That’s an issue that’s likely to be raised anew when Daniels speaks at next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. (Previous ranking: 8)

6. Haley Barbour: The Mississippi governor made an uncharacteristic slip late last year thanks to his comments about how, to him, the civil rights era didn’t seem that bad. After the remarks, Barbour sought to make amends by suspending the sentences of two African-American sisters serving life sentences for armed robbery and calling for the construction of a civil rights museum in Jackson. Regardless of the controversy, Barbour is widely assumed to be running although he won’t make a decision formally until the Mississippi legislature goes out of session this spring. (Previous ranking: 6)

5. Tim Pawlenty: Pawlenty had a generally successful rollout of his “Courage to Stand” book tour, delivering a well-received speech at the National Press Club and doing scores of getting-to-know-you interviews with the press. There was only one problem — it coincided, almost exactly, with the shootings in Tucson, pushing Pawlenty out of the headlines. As we’ve discussed before though, it’s more important for the little known former Minnesota governor to introduce himself to the chattering classes right now, and he’s making progress. Plus, its hard to argue with a web video like this one.(Previous ranking: 4)

4. Mike Huckabee: The question for the former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential contender isn’t whether he’d be a strong candidate but whether he’ll run at all. If he does decide to jump in the race, early polls indicate he’d start off near the front of the pack. But Huckabee, more than any other potential candidate, has sent mixed signals galore. Also complicating things is his statement that he likely won’t make a decision until the summer — by which time many top advisers and organizers already will have been snapped up. Does that matter to Huckabee? (Previous ranking: 5)

3. Newt Gingrich: For months we’ve been hearing that Gingrich has been doing lots of under-the-radar spadework in Iowa. And, earlier this week it paid off when state House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Iowa) offered an endorsement of his candidacy. (Make no mistake: Gingrich is running.) The conundrum of Gingrich is that he is simultaneously his best advocate and worst enemy. He has tremendous oratorical gifts and will likely be a dominant force in the debates. But, he also has a tremendous capacity to go a little too far, drawing unwanted controversy to him. (Previous ranking: 3)

2. Sarah Palin: Palin is the prime mover in the 2012 field; she will act and the other candidates will react. It’s just that simple. What’s less clear is whether Palin will run and, if she does, whether she has any capacity (or desire) to grow her support beyond her core backers. Palin has shown little willingness to do even the basic blocking and tackling that a race for president usually requires and yet there is a case to be made that if she runs, she is the frontrunner in the Iowa caucus and South Carolina primary. Baffling. (Previous ranking: 2)

1. Mitt Romney: Everyone can come up with a reason — or reasons — why Romney won’t be the nominee. And yet, looking across the field, every potential candidate has a major flaw of their own too. Given that — plus the fact that Romney has done this before and knows what it takes — he retains the top spot in the Fix rankings. Romney will need to find a good answer on why the health care law he signed in Massachusetts is different from the national plan President Obama signed but he still has time to do it. (Previous ranking: 1)


20 posted on 01/28/2011 5:19:56 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: unseen1
Current results:
Mitt Romney 7.71% (547 votes)
 
Sarah Palin 43.46% (3,085 votes)
 
Mike Huckabee 1.17% (83 votes)
 
Newt Gingrich 2.76% (196 votes)
 
Mitch Daniels 10.11% (718 votes)
 
Tim Pawlenty 6.97% (495 votes)
 
Ron Paul 3.11% (221 votes)
 
Herman Cain 13.9% (987 votes)
 
John Thune 4.11% (292 votes)
 
Haley Barbour 2.99% (212 votes)
 
Rudy Giuliani 3.7% (263 votes)
 
 
Total Votes: 7,099
Snow White and the Ten Dwarfs. :o)
21 posted on 01/28/2011 5:20:14 PM PST by RonDog
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To: hennie pennie

Missing a few names, I see.


22 posted on 01/28/2011 5:20:20 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: Cobra64

who?

Ron paul?


23 posted on 01/28/2011 5:20:33 PM PST by unseen1
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To: Paladin2

yeah that would be great.


24 posted on 01/28/2011 5:21:16 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Palin.

The rest aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.


25 posted on 01/28/2011 5:21:58 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Rational Thought

I would love to see him as SOS


26 posted on 01/28/2011 5:22:28 PM PST by unseen1
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To: pissant

yep.


27 posted on 01/28/2011 5:23:05 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: unseen1

Ron Paul was there.


28 posted on 01/28/2011 5:23:40 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: exit82

agreed.


29 posted on 01/28/2011 5:25:39 PM PST by unseen1
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To: roses of sharon
well so much for the news that THAT WOMAN’s political career was over. eagerly awaiting the media boycott of Palin. that should go well...
30 posted on 01/28/2011 5:27:07 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

As would I.


31 posted on 01/28/2011 5:27:39 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: unseen1

At this point in the election cycle one might are well be looking for nirvana.


32 posted on 01/28/2011 5:30:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Cobra64

yeah saw that after looking again. so which two where missing in your mind?


33 posted on 01/28/2011 5:31:59 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

None of those. The person I want is the most qualified person available who does actively seek the job. That criteria has worked very well in selecting project leaders.


34 posted on 01/28/2011 5:33:25 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: barb-tex
To paraphrase a small part of Patton's speech to the Third Army:

“We'll win this election, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Rinos and dims that we've got more guts and solutions than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just crush the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living ***damned guts and use them to grease the treads of our industrial manufacturing revival. We're going to destroy those lousy Liberal ****suckers by the bushel-****ing-basket. Elections are a bloody, nasty business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Kick them in the balls.”

That is about how I feel about Rinos and dims.

LLS

35 posted on 01/28/2011 5:33:38 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Sequoyah101

and that would be who?


36 posted on 01/28/2011 5:36:27 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1
Rand Paul.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

37 posted on 01/28/2011 5:42:15 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: The Comedian

he is growing on me. his call for $500 billion in cuts and a end to forgiegn aid is just what the Dr ordered.


38 posted on 01/28/2011 5:45:58 PM PST by unseen1
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To: roses of sharon

I’d be willing to bet that Romney as candidate does NOT break 45% in a general election for POTUS.


39 posted on 01/28/2011 5:47:03 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Rational Thought
hey, I can wish can't I?!
Think about it for a minute. He's hard-core when it comes to dealing with the rag heads and the UN, AND...
he has a huge mustache.
10 bucks says he likes a good whiskey and illegal cigars too. Imagine this guy dealing with the leftists in congress. There is no way to not take this guy serious when he speaks.
I only wish the GOP had the stones to get behind him. He has an absolutely impeccable conservative record. How any real conservative could not like him is beyond me.

I honestly believe he could make it if he had the support of the party.

40 posted on 01/28/2011 5:51:47 PM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: Biblebelter
Gregg is a Rino and his biggest accomplishments have been stabbing his constituents and his party in the back.
41 posted on 01/28/2011 5:51:51 PM PST by Durus (The distance between us has grown, and I struggle to quantify it. Windage adjustments are done.)
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To: Durus

“Gregg is a Rino and his biggest accomplishments have been stabbing his constituents and his party in the back.”

RINO is such an archaic term.

I LOVE RINOs.

I hope and pray the Tea Partiers who were elected are RINOs.

Nobody stabbed the Republican Party in the back.

Their wounds were all self-inflicted.

Judd Gregg has more gonads than that new weepy Republican Speaker of the House ever had.

Judd Gregg called Barry’s bluff for bi-partisanship and accepted the position of Secretary of Commerce.

He told Barry to stick it where the sun don’t shine when the Chicago political machine boys of Rahm and Axelrod wanted him to politicize the census.


42 posted on 01/28/2011 6:02:23 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: pissant
Missing a few names, I see.

Only missing one other that will probably run.

John Huntsman...your kind of guy!

The ones you're waiting for? Not gonna happen, sorry.

The pizza dude will make you happy, stick with him...

43 posted on 01/28/2011 6:03:24 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: unseen1

I like DeMint too but why take him out of the senate? We need people in that body to ride herd. Sarah Palin got my vote. A Pres. Palin will need allies in both houses to get things done.


44 posted on 01/28/2011 6:06:51 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Rational Thought; FunkyZero

John Bolton isn’t a vote getter. He has no chance.


45 posted on 01/28/2011 6:09:54 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Rational Thought

The ‘stache’ would make a great Secretary Of State for a Palin administration.


46 posted on 01/28/2011 6:14:31 PM PST by GlockLady
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To: unseen1
Sarah Palin or a third world America, voters choice.
47 posted on 01/28/2011 6:14:36 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: roses of sharon
Palin has shown little willingness to do even the basic blocking and tackling that a race for president usually requires and yet there is a case to be made that if she runs, she is the frontrunner in the Iowa caucus and South Carolina primary. Baffling. (Previous ranking: 2)

It's obvious these people haven't studied Sarah Palin at all. She doesn't follow the rules, she makes the rules.

48 posted on 01/28/2011 6:14:55 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: unseen1

Allen West
Chris Christie
Michele Bachmann
Paul Ryan


49 posted on 01/28/2011 6:19:24 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Bachmann/Christie 2012)
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To: upsdriver

I agree. We need people like DeMint in the Senate and House.

If Sarah wants to run for President, 2012 is the year for her. It is meant to be. She is the only one in the position to turn Barry out of office. She is the only one with the abilities to wrest our country from the grip of the Left and lead it back to a Constitutional Republic.
She is:
courageous and fearless with a servant’s heart;
intelligent with terrific instincts and management skills;
rock solid and consistent in her common-sense constitutional conservative principles and positions;
a believer in American Exceptionalism and our founders’ vision;
a consensus-builder;
equipped with an uncanny grasp of the big picture as well as
pertinent individual issues facing our nation;
able to assemble a team of the best people to work with her;
a decision-maker and a quick study;
would be terrific with foreign relations [respectful,
gracious,loyal to allies, and firm with those that require it]
a terrific communicator and can kick a** in debates.

In short, Sarah Palin is the only figure on the national stage who fully knows what needs to be done and is capable of doing it with my full confidence.
JMHO!

Plus, she has been more thoroughly vetted than anyone else ever will be. Once she is campaigning as she sees fit [instead of McCain’s people], she will start winning new supporters over.


50 posted on 01/28/2011 6:23:33 PM PST by GlockLady
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