Newt wins straw poll.

At the Minnesota GOP Convention:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who engineered the Republican takeover of Congress a dozen years ago, got a boost Friday from Minnesota conservatives who want him to run for president in 2008.

Gingrich was the top vote-getter in a straw poll of GOP activists at the state party convention. But the vote is at best a limited reflection of Republican sentiment in the state. The ranks of the 1,275 delegates had thinned down considerably by the time the poll was taken, and only 540 valid votes were cast.

Newt easily bested other more high profile Presidential candidates:

He got 210 votes in the straw poll, or almost 39 percent — more than twice as many as Sen. George Allen of Virginia, who came in second. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was third, followed by McCain, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

20 comments

  1. jacewalden says:

    Two names that I was glad to see didn’t make it into the top 3:

    John McCain (I used to like McCain)
    Bill Frist (didn’t even place)

    Go Newt!

  2. jacewalden says:

    Before I get blasted, here’s why I said that…

    John McCain used to have a pretty good reputation. But now, all he’s doing is pandering. Whether it’s pandering for the religinut vote by buddying up with Jerry Fallwell, or pandering for the latino vote by buddying up with Kennedy in his “comprehensive” reform bill, pandering has become his modus operandi. For that, he lost my vote.

    Bill Frist is completely worthless. Whether its allowing Harry Reid and the dems to shove amnesty down his throat, or pushing for a gay marriage amendment that has ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE IN HELL OF PASSING, he’s demonstrated a complete lack of leadership. He’s more intersted in wasting time and tax payer money than he his pushing a fiscally conservative agenda.

  3. GAWire says:

    George Allen, thought to be the hopeful of Party insiders, has not shown that he really isn’t all that great of a potential candidate. Some people are referring to him as being a lot like a George W Bush, without having the name George W Bush. I disagree with that – I think GWB is a greater President than Allen could ever hope to be. Don’t get me wrong … Allen is a great Senator and a good guy – I just don’t think he has what it takes to be Executive.

    As for Newt … the change that could be acheived with Newt as President is amazing to think about! He is a revolutionary, and is just what the GOP and the nation needs at this time of a very likely soon to be downturning economy, high national security stakes, an immigration issue with no clear resolve in sight, and foreign politics that are demanding much more than the current setup can handle.

    With all that being said, Newt is an individual that is too targeted by the Dems. He is targeted b/c they know how effective he was, and could be again for us. They target him, b/c they know if he is back leading the Party, their hopes for taking over will be caput. If you thought they hit DeLay hard, wait ’til Newt is back in the official spotlight … not that they will have anything to realistically hit Newt with, it will just be the same ole’ politics as usual from the Dems.

    I think there is a solution, here, though. Newt as a VP could be a happy solution for everyone. With him running for VP, the Dems will not be able to target him as much – you don’t target the VP opponent, in order to get people to vote for your guy/gal. That just won’t be effective. Further, having him as VP, we can be sure that there is an effective leader in the White House, even if it isn’t necessarily from the Oval. We will have our revolutionary, without the politics getting in the way. We will have a political genius on our side, but they won’t be able to combat him. We will also have s/o who can lead on foreign policy, as the other likely candidates, like McCain, Allen, etc, will not be able to do. Finally, we will have an effective political leader, who might not be the best retail candidate, but we will know there is a leader.

    This will be a power play, and possibly the key solution to defeating the Dems’ momentum.

  4. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Unless someone makes a move pretty soon, this race sounds an awful lot like “Dole v. Clinton”…with a Dole of a different name, but still a Clinton.

  5. jacewalden says:

    GAWire,

    “George W. Bush” and “Great President” are two terms that should never be placed in the same sentence together, unless separated by the phrase “is not a”.

    I think George W. Bush betrayed the principles of the Republican Party. You cannot be “big government” and claim to be a republican. The whole “big government conservative” thing is an oxymoron. Additionally, George W. Bush is anything but “conservative” when it comes to our tax dollars. Reagan vetoed over 80 spending bills. Bush hasn’t vetoed one. If there is one word to describe his spending philosophy, it’s “liberal”.

    Bush hasn’t even followed through on his supposed “legacy”–keeping America secure. Our border security is an embarassing joke and only 1/20 containers get inspected at our ports. And don’t give me that whole “Well, we haven’t been attacked since 9/11” BS. Terrorists aren’t on a timeline. They attack when they feel like it.

    But hey, at least Bush can try to hammer them gays for getting married, right?

  6. Nativeson says:

    Excuse me, but I don’t understand how a party of “values voters” can consider a serial adulterer like Newt Gingrich as a serious candidate. Does that sort of behavior only count when it’s done by a Democrat?

  7. The Busdriver says:

    Newt is already president in Newt’s mind.

    Newt as president. The apocalypse is surely upon us.

  8. Josh says:

    Nativeson – Something for former GA Senate Majority leader Stephens and the former Speaker of the House Gingrich have in common – adulterers

  9. Nativeson,

    I have a question completely unrelated to this post.

    Is it pronounced Native Son as in two separate words, or is it like someones last name, like Nativesen?

  10. George Allen 08 says:

    Too many moderates in the 08 race. McCain/Giuliani/Romney/Pataki will split the moderate vote. The ultra-conservatives will support Brownback and the reasonable conservatives will back George Allen.

    Now, the subject of the electability of these candidates in the general is another story.

  11. IntheArena says:

    Emanuel, you shouldn’t be too concerned about this appearing too much like ‘Dole v. Clinton’. Yes, it’s a Clinton, but more importantly, a Clinton of a different name. Besides, her benefits as a senator will be less than that of an incumbent president. Too, Clinton-supporters don’t credit her with the same amount of charisma as Bill.

    Focusing on the ‘Dole’ side of the equation, surely we’ll get someone more engaging — and perhaps a governor as candidate. Senators continue to lose presidential elections.

  12. Nativeson says:

    Flamingmoderate:

    It’s “Native Son,” two words, as in seventh-generation Georgian. “Nativesen” sounds Scandinavian. I’m of Scots-French descent.

    Also, the Dems won’t nominate Hillary Clinton. She’s almost as wishy-washy as Cathy Cox.

  13. Tommy_a2b says:

    I was told Brownback has publically stated he is no longer interested in the Presidential race. Anyone able to speak on this?

  14. Three Jack says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Brownback voted for the senate immigration bill which should delegitimize any belief that he is “ultra conservative”.

    Newt v. Hillary would be a classic, adultery is eliminated as an issue on either side. Newt with JC Watts as VP, Hillary with Barack Obama, now you have bonafide entertainment and a strong GOP team to make 11-04-08 a new beginning instead of the dreaded end to the Bush reign.

  15. jacewalden says:

    I think this would be an entertaining battle, plus I always liked Fred Thompson…

    Fred Thompson–President
    Newt Gingrich–Vice President

    vs.

    Hillary Clinton–President
    Al Gore–Vice President

  16. jacewalden says:

    Don’t get me wrong, like I said I like Fred Thompson, but I’d almost rather him run as Arthur Branch (for those of you who don’t know, this is the character he plays on Law & Order). Arthur Branch kicks ass and takes names. Fred Thompson is, in the end, just another Senator.

    Now we’re completely off topic.

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