Thune gets his ass handed to him by Ron Paul in a CPAC poll (H/T – Helga)

Thune for President? LMFAO!

Ron Paul Wins 2010 CPAC Straw Poll

Only 2,395 straw poll votes were cast by what organizers said was 10,000 attendees at this year’s CPAC.

Results from the full field, and a link to the complete poll after the jump.

Haley Barbour: 1%

Mitch Daniels: 2%

Newt Gingrich: 4%

Mike Huckabee: 4%

Sarah Palin: 7%

Ron Paul: 31%

Tim Pawlenty: 6%

Mike Pence: 5%

Mitt Romney: 22%

Rick Santorum: 2%

John Thune: 2%

Other 5%

Undecided 6%


#1 l3wis on 02.22.10 at 6:12 pm

This is for president in 2012 of course.

#2 Helga on 02.23.10 at 2:29 am

It really doesn’t look like the name Thune is on everyone’s lips.

#3 Beer Jew on 02.23.10 at 5:44 am

Plenty of people in my neck of the woods are glad Tim Pawlenty’s name was nothing more than a name wedged between Paul and Romney.

I’ve written a list below of the good things Pawlenty has done in the last two years for Minnesota:

#4 l3wis on 02.23.10 at 7:26 am

Helga- The SD MSM loves them some John Thune, he does no wrong.

#5 Ghost of Dude on 02.23.10 at 7:31 am

It makes sense – both because Paul’s suporters are quite energetic and because he’s the only one who is actually an alternative to the last nine years.

#6 Sy on 02.23.10 at 10:18 am

Paul would be the Republican’s only chance to win the WH in 2012 IMHO. If the Republicans want what they say they want than Paul is the purest candidate they can advance and quite frankly the only one with the actual creds to bring this country back to a balanced budget. From his web site:

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Ironically, Obama may just give Paul the cover he needs by ending the Iraq war. Team Obama would attack his age just like they did with McCain, but I think that Paul would absolutely crush Obama in a debate on fiscal policy. Paul could actually subvert the “Change” message Obama won’t have in 2012 and replace it with “Change to massive deficits isn’t change…balance or die”

Plus, Paul could fire up the grass roots on both sides as he’s shown he capable of. He’d easily peel of 10 million or so Libertarian Democrats along with most of the Tea Partiers.

#7 Sy on 02.23.10 at 10:21 am

As for Thune, he’s smart enough to know he doesn’t want the “frontrunner” status, as all that means is you (and your family) are in the crosshairs of the MSM from now until you die.

I don’t think Thune is thinking at all about 2012, more like 2016.

#8 John2 on 02.23.10 at 11:02 am

Ron Paul is only one of the lot who is NOT a Wall & K Street corporate tool.

#9 Sy on 02.23.10 at 11:22 am

Check out this account of Paul at CPAC:

“And, instead of the usual anti-Obama talk, Paul framed a hefty chunk of his CPAC address upon a critique of Woodrow Wilson. And the crowd dug it.

Some older CPAC attendees don’t seem to care much for the Texas congressman, sure, but many young activists seem to regard him as a hero of sorts. When he talks about the debt, like he did on Friday, calling it a “monster” that will “eat up” our future, it was with a passion that you can’t fake in politics. He also didn’t mind challenging many of the room’s security hawks on foreign policy. “There is nothing wrong with being a conservative and having a conservative belief in foreign policy where we have a strong national defense and don’t go to war so carelessly,” Paul said. That line was met with a lot of silence, some nods, but, based on my conservations with activists afterward, strong respect from many for not simply pandering.

As Paul strolled through the lobby on Friday, slightly hunched and rail thin, cell phones galore lit up the Marriott Wardman Park. Students, a huge CPAC contingent, flocked. That should have been a sign to anyone looking to predict the straw poll. While Paul mingled with his acolytes, the big guns — Pawlenty, Romney — were often shrouded by aides or mingling backstage. Believe me: CPAC folks noticed. And now, thanks to the straw poll, for a moment, Paul’s opening line from his address is true: His “revolution is alive and well,” at least this weekend.”

Brillant to tie Obama to Wilson, but not by name. Plenty of time for that later.

#10 Costner on 02.23.10 at 12:06 pm

Sy: Paul would be the Republican’s only chance to win the WH in 2012 IMHO.

I’m not sure I’d go that far as I suspect there are several GOP candidates who could best Obama. Add to that the recent mantra of the public which suggests they are ready and willing to vote for any and all non-incumbent politicians until things improve in Washington…. and I think this race might be a lot closer than some believe. I would not be shocked at all to see Obama be a one term President.

However, if Paul earns the nomination I think he would probably have a very good chance at success merely due to his proven track record of fiscal conservatism coupled with his appeal from the moderates and libertarians.

#11 Ghost of Dude on 02.23.10 at 12:42 pm

However, if Paul earns the nomination I think he would probably have a very good chance at success merely due to his proven track record of fiscal conservatism coupled with his appeal from the moderates and libertarians

That’s what most of these so-called “conservatives” lack.
If you want ot challenge the current administration’s spending habits, you have to do so credibly. Paul is the only one who can.

#12 Ghost of Dude on 02.23.10 at 12:43 pm

And really, conservatives, Rick Santorum? How that guy got a single vote is a mystery.

#13 Helga on 02.23.10 at 5:38 pm

Not everyone is a happy as Sy is with Ron Paul’s win at CPAC.
Perhaps it would be good, and/or fun, if Thune were in the frontrunner status, the press might take a real look at who he really is and what he has and has not done. More has not done then he has done anything. Check out who he lobbied for and who the Mrs. works for.

#14 l3wis on 02.23.10 at 8:49 pm

Oh, Paul is a nut, like his feelings on defunding public education. But believe it or not, he makes more sense then the rest of them, how fucking scary is that!!!!!!!!!

#15 Sy on 02.23.10 at 11:29 pm

I like how you label Paul as a nut when I’d wager a round of beers you’d be 11 for 11 on his positions as stated/voted on above.

#16 l3wis on 02.24.10 at 4:52 am

Oh, I agree. I just think his stance on social programs is a little wishy-washy. There is certain things as Americans I think we are entitled to, and public education is one of them. Is it perfect? Hell no! but it beats the shit out of illiteracy.