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Drudge readers surprise GOP elite for prez
WND ^ | 3-9-2014 | Drew Zahn

Posted on 03/09/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing

March 9, 2013

DRUDGE READERS SURPRISE GOP ELITE FOR PREZ

Become latest to defy D.C. establishment in sizzling new poll

Drew Zahn

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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1 posted on 03/09/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 1:40:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Agreed.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 1:42:51 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: smoothsailing
"...Rove similarly opened fire on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Tenn. Ky..."
4 posted on 03/09/2014 1:45:24 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: miliantnutcase
I will not vote for anyone rove recommends period. I would rather the dem gets it. Could care less for any ones argument that the GOPe is better than the dems. You will not change my mind that they are one and the same PERIOD.
5 posted on 03/09/2014 1:46:59 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: smoothsailing

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


6 posted on 03/09/2014 1:48:20 PM PDT by digger48
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To: smoothsailing

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.


7 posted on 03/09/2014 1:48:45 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: jimpick

Good. I hope more on the right adopt this attitude. It is the first step to any solution.


8 posted on 03/09/2014 1:48:46 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: cripplecreek

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.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 1:49:21 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: cripplecreek

“A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner.”


Running on what objectives?


10 posted on 03/09/2014 1:49:55 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Fiji Hill
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was registering over 28 percent in the Drudge Report poll, while Tennessee Sen. Rand Paul was leading the survey

WND needs an editor, or a new writer, or both.

11 posted on 03/09/2014 1:49:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: cripplecreek

Be fun to watch.
Least they wouldn’t bore us all to death like dole, mc lame, bush, mitt?


12 posted on 03/09/2014 1:52:06 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: VRWCarea51

“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.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 1:52:18 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: smoothsailing

I am one of the 7% Others.....


14 posted on 03/09/2014 1:52:33 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: smoothsailing

Like Tennessee Ernie Ford?


15 posted on 03/09/2014 1:52:38 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: cripplecreek

Fine with me as long as Trey Gowdy is the next Attorney General!


16 posted on 03/09/2014 1:56:30 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: cripplecreek
A Cruz-Paul ticket would be a winner.

Heck, after the past 5 years, it would feel like hitting the darned lottery!

17 posted on 03/09/2014 1:56:32 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: GSWarrior

Nah, Rand can’t sing like Ernie! B^)


18 posted on 03/09/2014 1:57:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: cripplecreek
Top Republican strategist Karl Rove

AKA "The Architect of DISASTER".

19 posted on 03/09/2014 1:57:42 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: smoothsailing

If you took Sarah’s name off the list, I bet Cruz would have been the winner.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 1:57:52 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 1:59:12 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Starstruck

I think you’re right!


22 posted on 03/09/2014 2:01:13 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Starstruck

Well, my vote went to Palin, but yup, remove her and I go Cruz.


23 posted on 03/09/2014 2:02:31 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: cripplecreek

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


24 posted on 03/09/2014 2:03:27 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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To: ronnie raygun

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.


25 posted on 03/09/2014 2:06:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: VRWCarea51

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.


26 posted on 03/09/2014 2:06:39 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Fiji Hill

When they called Rove the “magnificent bastard” I remember thinking they had it half right as it is ______ bastard.


27 posted on 03/09/2014 2:12:07 PM PDT by mcshot (Their fraud is deep and unending...)
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To: Aria

I quit back in 2012. Lost weight and my IQ rose.


28 posted on 03/09/2014 2:12:24 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (If you can read this, you are part of the resistance. Or some scum sucking kapo.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


29 posted on 03/09/2014 2:17:57 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: jimpick

Well, aren’t you special.. Clever by half.. Could you be a wringer.. We’ll see, I and others are starting to watch.. :)


30 posted on 03/09/2014 2:19:30 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: carlo3b

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.


31 posted on 03/09/2014 2:22:51 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: cripplecreek

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.


32 posted on 03/09/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT by grania
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To: smoothsailing

Effe DemocRat Tokyo pig Rove.


33 posted on 03/09/2014 2:25:53 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Well, my vote went to Palin, but yup, remove her and I go Cruz

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.

34 posted on 03/09/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: cripplecreek

Never will get two people with such large egos on the same ticket.


35 posted on 03/09/2014 2:28:51 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: carlo3b
Wringer no. Just tied of being lied by the GOPE. You can drink you cool aid and vote for someone who will tell you he is conservative then votes with the dems.

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.

36 posted on 03/09/2014 2:30:27 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: jimpick

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.


37 posted on 03/09/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: jimpick

Nice try, I’ll watch.. :)


38 posted on 03/09/2014 2:33:06 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: Starstruck

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.


39 posted on 03/09/2014 2:34:21 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

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..


40 posted on 03/09/2014 2:37:50 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: Starstruck

yep. i voted sarah. nxt vote would have been cruz.


41 posted on 03/09/2014 2:40:35 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HdredscottIM all things are possible.)
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To: carlo3b
What is to watch. I am a rock hard conservative who will no longer vote for idiots that rove puts out.

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.

42 posted on 03/09/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: Chaguito
Never will get two people with such large egos on the same ticket.

LOL
43 posted on 03/09/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: carlo3b

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.


44 posted on 03/09/2014 2:41:54 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

I like Cruz, of course Palin, but I like Scott Walker as well, maybe even a hard swallow, but I could take Perry..


45 posted on 03/09/2014 2:41:58 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: carlo3b

Perry is an idiot. His record is one of cronyism. No thanks.


46 posted on 03/09/2014 2:43:53 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: jimpick

We’ll see.. I’ll be here..


47 posted on 03/09/2014 2:44:10 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: Norm Lenhart

OK.. :)


48 posted on 03/09/2014 2:44:35 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: carlo3b
We need a rebel not a rhino…this government needs to be dismantled…no more Democratic lite for me.. I will not vote for anymore Rinos..we really need the senate controlled by the tea party.. then maybe I could vote for a rhino..
49 posted on 03/09/2014 2:46:22 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Norm Lenhart
Exactly. We destroyed the Dems in 2010 and what did we get rinos who went even more left. Now we have every federal agency targeting the conservatives and the GOPE letting it happen.

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.

50 posted on 03/09/2014 2:47:37 PM PDT by jimpick
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