Skip to comments.Drudge readers surprise GOP elite for prez
Posted on 03/09/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
March 9, 2013
When it comes to picking a presidential candidate for 2016, the GOP elite is having a hard time getting the grassroots to toe the establishment line.
Top Republican strategist Karl Rove, for example, has repeatedly praised Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, as “a strong potential candidate in 2016,” whom Democrats fear will win the nomination.
And when other names gained popular attention, particularly attention among the so-called tea-party crowd, the man known as the “architect” was quick to criticize.
Rove, for example, blasted potential presidential hopeful Ted Cruz for not playing ball with the GOP establishment, just as the Texas senator’s name started to gain traction with Republican voters.
Rove similarly opened fire on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Tenn., for talking about Monica Lewinsky and potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the same breath.
And even if Christie has fallen from favor among the establishment, other GOP insiders have floated names like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and even the return of former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as possible nominees in 2016.
But now a poll on one of the Internet’s top websites, the Drudge Report, reveals the ground troops just aren’t buying it.
With over 234,000 votes counted, Rove’s “strong potential candidate,” Christie, was garnering less than five percent of the vote. Bush had just over six percent. Ryan had less than four.
But despite fiery criticism from the GOP establishment, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was registering over 28 percent in the Drudge Report poll, while Tennessee Sen. Rand Paul was leading the survey, with over 30 percent. Paul’s 72,297 votes compared impressively to Christie’s 11,437.
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A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner.
considering Rand Pauls huge win of the CPAC strawpoll, did he inherit some of his dads poll packers?
If he brings too much of Dads luggage along, he’s gonna lose a lot of possible voters
This is all just fun and games at this point.
The GOP still controls the machinery of fundraising and determines where the big money gets spent. I’ll say it again - the only way Cruz, Paul, or anyone else outside the ruling class elite ranks stands a chance is to win on their own merit, and that means each and every one of us has to stop participating in the circular firing squad and seeking the perfect candidate, and instead support the Buckley Rule, e.g. the most conservative candidate who can win.
It’s going to be far easier to determine who that candidate is if we work hard in the primaries and coalesce behind a front-runner early than if we have a repeat of 2012. And as tempting as it is to talk about a third party, any objective analysis says it’s going to take multiple election cycles for a third party candidate to be able to win, and while that strength is being built, they will splinter the vote in favor of the Democrats.
Good. I hope more on the right adopt this attitude. It is the first step to any solution.
I would not shed a tear if the “ignorant Bastard” Rove got run over by a street car
I wish people like Hannity would stop giving the jerk air time.
“A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner.”
Running on what objectives?
WND needs an editor, or a new writer, or both.
Be fun to watch.
Least they wouldn’t bore us all to death like dole, mc lame, bush, mitt?
“I would not shed a tear if the ignorant Bastard Rove got run over by a street car”
I would hope the street car backs up over him, too.
I am one of the 7% Others.....
Like Tennessee Ernie Ford?
Fine with me as long as Trey Gowdy is the next Attorney General!
Heck, after the past 5 years, it would feel like hitting the darned lottery!
Nah, Rand can’t sing like Ernie! B^)
AKA "The Architect of DISASTER".
If you took Sarah’s name off the list, I bet Cruz would have been the winner.
It would appear it’s time for Conservatives and Libertarians unite to take back our Republic. Otherwise, there won’t be a country left to take back.
I think you’re right!
Well, my vote went to Palin, but yup, remove her and I go Cruz.
A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner!
I agree, using Palin, West, and others of the same in ket posts would also put us on the right path
Paul who backs Mitch? You sure thats a good idea? Paul that has Amnesty on his agenda?
People need to get over Paul real quick.
You know who else I can NOT stand is that Tamara Holder!!! What a WITCH!
I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t watch Hannity anymore. I like Megyn Kelly and Greta. Sometimes I like O’Reilly but he interrupts and brags too much.
When they called Rove the “magnificent bastard” I remember thinking they had it half right as it is ______ bastard.
I quit back in 2012. Lost weight and my IQ rose.
I like it. Because the role of a VP is one of a pit bull for the President, Cruz would fill that roll perfectly. Paul makes a great statesman.
Well, aren’t you special.. Clever by half.. Could you be a wringer.. We’ll see, I and others are starting to watch.. :)
How odd. I think the same about ‘conservatives’ dead set on electing RINOs.
I wonder who is more likely to be a ‘ringer’...the guy standing on conservative principle or the guy and ‘others’ who want it tossed yet again to elect more of our collective problems. Lurkers ought to consider that.
That’s what we want Paul/Cruz or Cruz/Paul blocks out the RINOs and anyone (like Ryan) they might try to sneak by us.
Effe DemocRat Tokyo pig Rove.
Right, same here. It is still too early to announce, but conservatives not announcing or likewise announcing after the debates etc. splinter the vote and gives the establishment candidate the win. We have to figure out our candidate early and stick with them, no matter how much crap the media throws.
Never will get two people with such large egos on the same ticket.
I have made it very clear here that I am unhappy with the GOP for years. I am working locally to oust the rinos so keep your crap to yourself I ain't buying it any more. Go vote for anybody the blowhard rove puts up and don't forget to bring the chains they will enslave you with fool.
Don’t even mention that over-stuffed doughboy to me. He is nothing but a RINO who has given us RINO candidates. I will not vote for Christie under any circumstances. The pro-abortion Obama loverboy who saboataged the last election. Give me some combination of Cruz-Rand Paul-Sarah Palin. to defeat the unindited felon from Arkansas.
Nice try, I’ll watch.. :)
Agree. Right now the only two I see worth voting for are Palin or Cruz. Paul’s Mitch endorsement hand his recent ‘slips’ mean he is another GOPe plant. Not going there. Ever. The rest on that list are far from what I believe overall and nowhere near the Reagan approved 80%.
If a candidate cant hit 80, I’m not voting for them. Period. Not an Obama period, a real one. If that means another Dem, so be it. I will never again vote to move the Right leftward. People can join me or not. Their call, their problem.
Norm, I don’t want a Rino anymore than you, but I and you have to take into consideration, bypassing an election, is what got us where we are.. I did it, but will not do it again.. I ended up watching Obama, twice, to prove my point.. I learned my lesson, haven’t you? I understand, but haven’t proved anything this way..
yep. i voted sarah. nxt vote would have been cruz.
Cruz would get my vote all day long. Same with Sara. Not Christie every or Bush for that matter. Rand maybe but not 100% on him.
Hope you enjoyed that. Keep watching nothing to see here.
Oh and I have had people like you tell me you are watching before you like them are all talk and no go.
I learned one lesson. People accepting RINOs moved the GOP hard left. Thats apparent when you see todays GOP accepting all the Romeny liberalism he displayed as Gov. If you insist on continuing to do that, you are what is wrong with the conservative right. Not just you, but any who would continue to INTENTIONALLY put rinos in power.
Simple math. Subsidize RINO liberalism and get more of it. We proved that for 30 years. Your choice.
I like Cruz, of course Palin, but I like Scott Walker as well, maybe even a hard swallow, but I could take Perry..
Perry is an idiot. His record is one of cronyism. No thanks.
We’ll see.. I’ll be here..
Nearly the same GOP we had known now as the GOPE ran the house senate and presidency early in Bush's presidency and still could not get the border closed. If I have to skip elections to get these fools out so be it.