Sunday, March 1, 2009
Mitt Romney Wins Presidential Straw Poll At CPAC Conference; Jon Huntsman Attracts No Support. Could This Foreshadow Romney-Palin In 2012?
It looks like Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is already paying a price for coming out in favor of civil unions. In a Presidential straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Conference, he attracted absolutely no support. Instead, for the third year in a row, the catbird seat was reserved for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Full story on the CNN Political Ticker, the Deseret News, the New York Times Caucus Blog, and Politico.com.
The straw poll was conducted over two days and surveyed 1,757 of the activists who descended on Washington for the annual conference. Here are the standings, along with my assessments:
-- Mitt Romney: 20 percent - clearly the cream of this crop.
-- Bobby Jindal: 14 percent - no way, should be running a call center in Mumbai.
-- Sarah Palin: 13 percent - a solid, enthusiastic running mate for Romney.
-- Ron Paul: 13 percent - good ideas, but too old and too flaccid.
-- Newt Gingrich: 10 percent - retread.
-- Mike Huckabee: 7 percent - not really leadership material.
-- Mark Sanford: 4 percent - who he???
-- Rudi Giuliani: 3 percent - too liberal.
-- Tim Pawlenty: 2 percent - a legitimate dark horse.
-- Charlie Crist: 1 percent - not Presidential.
-- Undecided: 9 percent
Even more encouraging was the fact that the voting was dominated by young people. More than half of the conference attendees this year were college students, and nearly 60 percent of the straw poll participants were between the ages of 18 and 25. This should put the kibosh on the claim that Obama owns the young. Note that Jon Hunstman didn't even make the list; recent Presidential rumblings about him are likely to subside, particularly since he came out in favor of civil unions.
Based on the listed talent above, a Romney-Palin ticket in 2012 would be overwhelmingly the best Republican ticket available as of right now and would drive Barack Obama all the way back to Kenya in 2012. There's no way the stoop-shouldered mulatto metrosexual currently in the White House could possibly compete with the square-jawed, Hollywood-casted Romney.
But while Rush Limbaugh received a lot of media attention, Ann Coulter delivered a 15-minute speech that was more persuasive. Although it played more like a stand-up comedy act than a political speech, each of her lines was met with roaring laughter from the crowd.
Among her remarks:
“Having pulled off their rather mediocre 53 percent to 46 percent victory, liberals can’t stop boasting about their new baby boy" [Obama], she said.
She said it was interesting that Obama’s “adorers” in the media compare him to Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, because, “apparently they can’t think of a Democratic president worthy of being compared to.”
“If [Obama] thinks people wanted change in 2009, wait until 2012,” she said.
Coulter was also at odds with Sen. John McCain during the campaign season, saying "John McCain is not only bad for Republicanism, which he definitely is — he is bad for the country." How right she was.