CPAC Straw Poll

CPAC 2007 Logo The results of the CPAC 2007 Presidential Straw Poll:

  • Mitt Romney 21%
  • Rudy Giuliani 17%
  • Sen. Sam Brownback 15%
  • Newt Gingrich 14%
  • Sen. John McCain 12%

Combining first and second choices:

  • Rudy Giuliani 34%
  • Newt Gingrich 30%
  • Mitt Romney 30%

The Little Miss Attila poll, based on her perceptions of “the men’s speeches, aplomb in handling questions, and skill in courting the bloggers”:

  • Giuliani
  • Gingrich
  • Romney
  • Brownback

These three measures are equally valid bases for predicting the winner of the 2008 Republican nomination.

For example, if the contest is going to be decided by the number of college students that can be turned out with the promise of a free t-shirt and a pizza party, Brownback has a strong chance. If it’s based on a willingness to pretend that you read blogs, Romney is the definite frontrunner. And, if it’s based on being the only reason to give up a Saturday sitting around a cramped convention hotel surrounded by screaming teenagers, Gingrich can’t be discounted.

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  1. Dave Root says:

    I find the results of the CPAC straw very suspicious and misleading especially regarding the results for Sam Brownback.
    Asked “who would be their first choice to be the Republican nominee for president,” CPAC attendees responded as follows: Romney 21%, Giuliani 17%, Sen. Brownback of Kansas 15%, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 14%, and Sen. McCain of Arizona 12%.”
    CPAC probably thinks that Brownback is their best choice representing conservative values. But Brownback may not be as conservative as many would think. He’s a conservative about abortion and gay marriage but not much else. He supported the non-binding resolution on Iraq and supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

    In order to broaden his appeal he has been sucking up to some radical feminists and other lefties. He fell for the whole spin and smear campaign of the Tahirih Justice Center the lead proponent of the International Romance Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA). This law Senator Brownback sponsored (with his radical friends) requires American men who use International matchmaking organizations to provide hard copy criminal and personal background information before they can communicate with a foreign lady. Now when he speaks on the subject he spouts the radical’s whole line almost verbatim: Men who go for foreign wives are mostly violent abusers who need to be controlled, yada yada. But the truth reveals the radicals used a few isolated examples of abuse cases coupled with their usual rumor mill anecdotes painting a false image that all American men who seek foreign wives are serial rapists and abusers.

    Senator Brownback’s 15% rating is totally inaccurate representing a fantasy. More accurate polls have consistently placed Brownback at 1-2%. Senator Brownback is a foolish politican whose “backdoor” deals with radical feminist are just now being exposed that will destroy any chance of being the Republicans choice in 2008.