If you haven’t already, go vote in Patrick Ruffini’s straw poll.
The overall results can be found here, with Giuliani, Allen, and Gingrich leading the total vote getters.
Results from Balloon Juice voters (107 of you have cast your vote as I write this) can be found here, with an almost even split between Hagel and McCain with Giuliani trailing in third place.
Seriously, it looks like I’m the only one who voted for Frist. Twice.
As someone who is barely a republican can someone please explain the fascination with Gingrich to me? I am surprised he is doing that well.
Does he score well on perceived electablity? Family values? Sure he is largely responsible for the “Contract” but 10 years on, what has come of that? Just about nothing, government is bigger, not that much more responsive and the culture of the leadership in Congress has changed little if at all.
For the 1994 races he was able to run against a questionable economy, a perceived culture of corruption the democratic leadership in Congress and, to a certain extent, Clinton. Other than maybe a Clinton, which of things can he count on running against? Sure he could (and might enjoy) run against a culture of corruption in congress but could he get away with that since his party has controlled congress?
I’ve been spending a little while entertaining myself by filtering by blog. Freepers go for Tom Tancredo! Freepers rule! Anyhow, striking to see how far out of the mainstream (as far as Republicans go) you are.
I myself voted for Tancredo, but only because I thought it was funny.
I doubt the majority of the Balloon Juice voters are hardcore Republicans; more likely most of them are disgusted moderate Repubs, ex-Repubs, moderate Dems, Independents, and a few of Darrell’s ever-popular “left-wing kooks.” Oh, and a couple of raving nutters (clever satirists?) like DougJ. Quite a motley crew here.
Nice to see McCain and Hagel getting some love, though. God knows they aren’t going to get a reception like that from their own party.
Psst…McCain and Hagel had a gay baby together. Pass it on. Whoa, you can watch your text come up in the preview box below AS YOU TYPE! DEVULS AND WYTCHES! YARRR!
Uh, anyhow, I’m a raging liberal, registered Independent and I voted for McCain in the 2000 primaries and might again, just because I probably won’t care who the Dems send up. If their choice sucks, too, I’ll write in Nader/Carlin. But it’s good to see that the voters from this blog aren’t totally looned out.
There is a reason Hagel and McCain don’t “get the love” from their own party. Especially Hagal.
“There is a reason Hagel and McCain don’t “get the love” from their own party.”
Yeah, there’s no way they could support a highly decorated Vietnam vet. They’d attack him out of habit.
As a Democrat I am very dissapointed to see the Dream Team of Frist/Romney not doing well on Balloon Juice. Come on my Red State Brothers and Sisters, like ABBA said “Take a chance”!
Because they actually have minds of their own? Yeah, that’s a terrible quality to have in a leader.
It’s rather telling that McCain has a very good chance of winning the presidency but a very slim chance of winning his own party’s primary.