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KansasVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:49 PM
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Mitt Romney wins Republican straw poll, Ron Paul loses by one vote!
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6392DK20100410

Romney, who lost the Republican nomination to Senator John McCain in 2008, beat out Republican Representative Ron Paul in a straw poll of participants at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Romney did not attend the New Orleans conference, instead proceeding with a book tour that took him to New Hampshire on Thursday. Of 1,806 votes cast, Romney had 439 votes to Paul's 438.

Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor and the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee, came third with 330 votes, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 321.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:56 PM
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1. That had to rankle Newtie, being beaten out by the twit..LOL....n/t
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 07:08 PM
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4. never ever thought I would want Gingrich to get 10 more votes
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 07:13 PM by karynnj
This is actually awful for Palin - as this is the Southern Leadership Conference shouldn't this be a place where she does better than elsewhere? She is in fact a poor 3rd. This really shows the media coverage of a half term governor, nightmare VP is way more than justified. But, if they keep doing this, she may take the air needed by someone who could be a better candidate. (Not to mention with her, Limbaugh, Hannity and all riling everyone up on the healthcare bill being tyranny, unconstitutional and all - what would happen to the fringe if Romney becomes the candidate? )
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:57 PM
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2. Mitt - another Republicon Chickenhawk
No surprise that the Republicons GO for yet another Chickenhawk.

That really is their thingy...
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 07:05 PM
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3. wait til they find out he implemented Obamacare
before Obama did!
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 07:11 PM
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5. Romney paid for his votes
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 09:50 PM
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10. Thats always the rumor. It appears that is the only way he wins. n/t
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 05:11 AM
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18. As opposed to Ron Paul's batshit crazy brigade?
I'm not saying that Romney didn't pay for his votes, but Ron Paul has a group of activist supporters with a history of making his popularity in such contests bear no relation to the real world conditions.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 07:13 PM
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6. Now poor poor Sarah can play victim to....uh... the Southern Republic Leadership
Mitt
Newt
Haley ..oh please
Sarah/.. OH PLEASE!!

Serve it up

Ron Paul could actually be formidable but the RNC/GOP will never fund him (see what Haley did to Dole in 1996)
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:36 PM
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7. Well pushing for an outside group would be norm.
When the results are determined most operatives want to put up someone they can then make look ineffectual or even destroy.

So in a closed system, if one candidate is slated to win, you put up against that candidate someone that has a block of people that you want to show as defeated.


On a side note, that is one of the reasons I stopped pushing for public option in posts during Senate section after house got it in bill. At that point what ever was in a bill was going to get passed, and it was all up to what the legislators decided to put in bill. The peoples only responsibility after that is primary challenges.

There was a meme that Rahm was right that the far left would come over without a public option, but the moderate democrats would have come over if there was a public option. It was all what they decided to put in the bill. And according to some news cast, the CBO actually wrote part of the bill, and did not just score it.

But anyway, you will notice many times that debate and discussion is created to purge, not really to debate, if there is a lock in 2012 for President Obama, most forces will want to throw up someone against Democrats to hurt their cause, knowing they will lose.
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:49 PM
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8. That's probably an excellent showing for Mitt at that event
Considering how many Southern Republican Leadership Conference folks consider Mormonism a cult and call Massachusetts "Taxachusetts" it sounds like a decent showing.
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 11:20 AM
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16. Sure was, especially since he was a no-show. n/t
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 08:59 PM
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9. Losers all...
Looks good for D's...:D

Of course, this is a million years away in the terms of political lifetimes, but as long as the Winguts keep acting like this, thisgs look good...:D
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KansasVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 09:37 AM
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12. so true!
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:35 PM
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11. So they have no new leadership? They are even digging up Neut?
They must have more problems than even I thought...

That's great!


Yeah, guys, go with Mitt - he's so dynamic!

mark
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 11:01 AM
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14. ...moved downthread...sorry
Edited on Sun Apr-11-10 11:02 AM by saltpoint
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 09:41 AM
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13. The far right will never get behind a Mormon.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 11:02 AM
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15. Maybe Romney will stage a Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus moment
in the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus.

Sort of a Mitt-on-the-bus-to-Des Moines experience. Brit Hume can be conveniently embedded in the campaign bus to report the conversion live for FOX.
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 11:24 AM
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17. Well, Paul can take heart. He did beat Romney
in their straw poll at their political action conference in February in Washington. It's going to be :popcorn: watching them duke it out, especially with Romneycare.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 09:21 AM
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19. Or in other words, Mitt Romney loses Republican straw poll
If that's the best he can do against Paul, and in light of:

(A) The uncanny match-up of his MA health care plan with Obama's and

(B) The unfortunate (for him) fact that the Tea Bag base is not going to vote for Mormon in anywhere near the numbers he needs

he's done, especially given his astonishing empty-suitness, even by GOP standards.
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:13 AM
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20. Mitt Romney is the only Republican I fear in 2012
They need to nominate someone with business credentials who will claim to turn the economy around, assuming it has not been turned around before then. They also need someone who is not batshit crazy: despite what we may think of the popularity of folks such as Palin and Huckabee, they are not credible nationwide candidates for the presidency of the united states.

And the fact that Romney won in the south, albeit narrowly, shows that the Republican southern elite know this too.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 02:43 PM
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24. Too win the GOP primary, he'd have to become a BAPTIST right this second!!!
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xsquid Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:50 PM
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25. Odd statement since 3 out of 4 batists were democrats.
Warren G. Harding
Harry S. Truman
Jimmy Carter
William Jefferson Clinton
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Umbral Donating Member (969 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:16 AM
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21. One thing about Ron Paul's little band of followers - they are as dedicated as Dead Heads. nt
Edited on Mon Apr-12-10 10:17 AM by Umbral
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 10:59 AM
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22. Who let the dogs out?
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 11:21 AM
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23. In first place Chaos
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ProgressOnTheMove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 05:46 AM
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26. ...
Edited on Tue Apr-13-10 05:48 AM by ProgressOnTheMove
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