By Gary P Jackson
Right Wing News, one of the top Conservative websites recently invited the nation’s top Conservative bloggers to participate in a straw poll asking who they would likely support in 2012.
Seventy-two bloggers responded and are listed below in alphabetical order:
101 Dead Armadillos, Ace of Spades HQ, Alexa Shrugged, All That Is Necessary, The American Princess, And Rightly So, The Anchoress, Argghhhh!, Bad Example, Basil’s Blog, Blonde Sagacity, Betsy’s Page, Black and Right, Bookworm Room, Classical Values, Conservative Compendium, Melissa Clouthier, Dodgeblogium, Doubleplusundead, Ed Driscoll, Drumwaster’s Rants, Eckernet, The EM Network, Election Projection, Exurban League, Eternity Road, Cassy Fiano, GayPatriot, GOPUSA Northeast, Guardian Watchblog, Hoosier Access, Infidels Are Cool, IMAO, The Jawa Report, Jenn Q. Public, The Liberal Heretics, Liberty’s Heart, Likelihood of Confusion, Fingers Malloy, Mean Ol’ Meany , Moe Lane, Mount Virtus, Midnight Blue, Moonbattery, No Oil For Pacifists, The New Ledger, Nice Deb, The Other McCain, Palousitics, Pundit Boy, Pursuing Holiness.com, QandO, Rightosphere, Right View from the Left Coast, Samizdata, Say Anything, Don Singleton, Sister Toldjah, The Smallest Minority, Snark and Boobs, Solomonia, Stop The ACLU, The Sundries Shack, Sunshine State Sarah, This Ain’t Hell, The Underground Conservative, Weapons of Mass Discussion, Viral Footage, Wintery knight, YidwithLid, WyBlog
Several questions were asked of respondents:
If you had to choose from this list, which of the following candidates would you be most likely to support for President in 2012?
1) Sarah Palin: 30.6% (22 votes)
2) Mitch Daniels: 18.1% (13 votes)
3) Mike Pence: 15.3% (11 votes)
4) Haley Barbour: 11.1% (8 votes)
5) Tim Pawlenty: 8.3% (6 votes)
6) Mitt Romney: 6.9% (5 votes)
7) John Thune: 5.6% (4 votes)
8 ) Newt Gingrich: 4.2% (3 votes)
9) Mike Huckabee: 0.0% (0 votes)
Frankly I don’t get the Mitch Daniels thing. He’s about as establishment, and squishy as they come. Daniels recently said we should, for the lack of a better word ….surrender …. on social issues, so we can concentrate on the fiscal. That’s all well and good, for a squish, but in most cases, social issues directly effect fiscal stability. They are intertwined.
It’s interesting to note the usual suspects: Romney, Gingrich, and especially Huckabee find little or no love among Conservatives.
Another question asked was this:
Now, let’s change direction: which of the following candidates would you be LEAST LIKELY to support for President in 2012?
1) Mike Huckabee: 44.4% (32 votes)
2) Mitt Romney: 20.8% (15 votes)
3) Newt Gingrich: 19.4% (14 votes)
4) Sarah Palin: 9.7% (7 votes)
5) John Thune: 2.8% (2 votes)
5) Haley Barbour: 2.8% (2 votes)
7) Mike Pence: 0.0% (0 votes)
7) Tim Pawlenty: 0.0% (0 votes)
7) Mitch Daniels: 0.0% (0 votes)
This one kinda speaks for it self. Again, the usual suspects, the establishment elites the GOP will be pushing come 2012, get no love.
We can tell you that a run by Huckabee or Romney will be met with great resistance throughout the blogosphere. To put it as nicely as possible, both are phonies, and both had horrendous records during their time as Governors.
Romney will have an especially rough go of it, because his RomneyCare in Massachusetts, was the blue print for ObamaCare, and is serving as the canary in the coal mine for what the entire nation is about to endure with Obama’s great boondoggle.
Obviously this poll isn’t a great predictor of what will happen in 2012, but it shows where Conservative opinion makers stand. How they are reading the Tea leaves, so to speak.