Posts Tagged ‘straw poll’

Paulista Coup at Right-Wing Religious ‘Summit’

October 11, 2011

Paulista Coup at Right-Wing Religious'Summit'

Republican presidential candidates debated theology with right-wing fundamentalists this weekend in Washington. The Values Voters Summit, produced by the Family Research Council, staged a “Straw Poll” beauty contest, and lovely and talented Congressman Ron Paul won the tiara.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrisey notes:

” … to say that the Values Voters Summit organizers are skeptical of Paul’s win is an understatement. Tony Perkins [President of the Family Research Council] twice noted that 600 tickets were bought this morning, and that a great many people left after Paul’s speech. The conference sold 3406 registrations, well over their 2007 record of around 2700. If half of those 600 were Paul ringers [aka Paulbots -ml] and we take them out of the equation, then Cain would have finished first, 27/26 with Santorum at 19%. If 80% of today’s registrants were Paul ringers and are removed, Cain would have had 32% of the vote, followed by Santorum at 23% and Perry in third place with 12%.” [Notes and links added]


GOP Florida Straw Poll

September 25, 2011

GOP Florida Straw Poll

Former pizza exec, energy investor, and DC lobbyist Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll . Headlines trumpet how he trounced the other Republican presidential candidates, and so does Mr. Cain’s campaign. The media and the Pizza King have been talking percentages, which look pretty impressive:


The Eyes Have It

August 14, 2011

The Eyes Have It

Rep. Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann (R, MN-6) has resoundingly won the Iowa Straw Poll by an overwhelming 152 votes. The Ames Straw Poll is an exercise in pure American democracy: Republican candidates pay to rent space to harangue Republican activists, pay $30 for each voter’s ticket, and pay to bus supporters to the voting place in Ames, where they may actually vote for someone else. Everyone eats fried stuff on sticks.


Ron Paul Wins CPAC Beauty Contest

February 13, 2011

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Beauty Contest

The Conservative Political Action Conference met in Washington this week, and hilarity ensued. Republican stalwarts were hoist by their own petard as the Tea Party they fostered bit them in the hindquarters. Loons in tri-cornered hats and outrage-loving college students voted for Congressman Ron Paul as prom queen their favorite 2012 presidential candidate. Perhaps he’ll be the centerfold in the new Tea Party magazine.

How did 76-year-old Ron Paul get such a big youth following at CPAC? His Campaign for Liberty bought the kids tickets. Now there’s a man who really believes in Free Market principles.

Dr. Paul’s political position is simple to understand and fits on bumper stickers: the best government is no government.  Our position: gotta love that blimp.


Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, (Note: the blimp is here).

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