Tuesday Open Thread [2.21.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 21, 2012

Here is something different: a poll of primary voters about who they want as Vice President. Now, I imagine that none of the four contenders will be picked as a Vice President nominee by the eventual winner. The four contenders are each toxic in their own right, and the toxic winner will need some fresh air to rehabiliate his campaign for the fall, and that means a fresh face. And yet, Santorum shockingly comes in second.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida once again has emerged in a national poll as the favorite to occupy the slot that is a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Beating out household names such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rubio was the top choice in a new poll that asked roughly 800 registered Republican and Independent voters across the country: “No matter who is the Republican nominee for president, if you could pick the vice presidential nominee, who would it be?”

After Rubio, respondents picked GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, then Christie, then Palin.

“Any time you place ahead of Sarah Palin, call yourself a winner,” said Peter Woolley, director of the the poll, which was conducted from Feb. 6-12 by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. “Her name recognition and presence are formidable.”

Methinks that once Republicans realize that Rubio wants to change the party’s tone on immigration, they will cool to him like a cup of coffee in a blizzard.


MICHIGAN (Mitchell/Rosetta Stone): Romney 32, Santorum 30, Gingrich 9 and Paul 7.
MICHIGAN (We Ask America): Romney 29, Santorum 29, Paul 12, Gingrich 10
ARIZONA (PPP): Romney 36, Santorum 33, Gingrich 16, Paul 9
ARIZONA (We Ask America): Romney 37, Santorum 27, Gingrich 15 and Paul 8.
GEORGIA (Insider Advantage): Gingrich 26, Romney 24, Santorum 23 and Paul 12.
OKLAHOMA (Sooner Poll): Santorum 39, Romney 23, Gingrich 18, Paul 8
VIRGINIA (Christopher Newport Univ.): Romney 53, Paul 23
NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Santorum 36, Romney 26, Gingrich 13, Paul 11


NATIONAL (Rasmussen): Obama d. Santorum (47-44); Obama d. Romney (46-42)
NATIONAL (USA Today/Gallup): Romney d. Obama (50-46); Obama d. Santorum (49-48)
IOWA (Selzer/Des Moines Register): Paul d. Obama (49-42); Santorum d. Obama (48-44); Romney d. Obama (46-44); Obama d. Gingrich (51-37)
TEXAS (Univ. of Texas/Texas Tribune): Santorum d. Obama (51-37); Romney d. Obama (49-36)
VIRGINIA (Christopher Newport University): Santorum d. Obama (46-42); Romney d. Obama (46-43); Obama tied with Paul (43-43); Obama d. Gingrich (45-40)
WASHINGTON (SurveyUSA): Obama d. Romney (50-39); Obama d. Paul (50-37); Obama d. Santorum (51-38); Obama d. Gingrich (56-34)

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  1. puck says:

    Oh please, bring on Rubio. Rubio is the guy who said Social Security and Medicare weakens America and makes us lazy. There’s even video.

  2. cassandra m says:

    Joke of the Day:

    A conservative Republican, a moderate Republican and a liberal Republican walked into a bar – the bartender raised his hand to waive and said, “Hello, Mitt!”

  3. liberalgeek says:

    This just in: Delaware Liberal friend, Republican, former state senate candidate and current Appoquinimink School Board member, Joanne Christian will not seek reelection to the school board.

  4. pandora says:

    That’s a loss to Appoquinimink. Good luck, Joanne!

  5. Mike O. says:

    I’m not from Appo but it seems very well run, and the parents I know in Appo are pleased with their schools. I’m sure Joanne was a big part of that. Best wishes to you, Joanne. Please stop in and comment on the blogs!

  6. cassandra m says:

    Can we get Joanne up here to read the riot act to Red Clay? Good luck, Joanne, and hope you will still be stopping by here.

  7. MJ says:

    Condolences to Jim Westhoff, a progressive surrounded by an ocean of conservatives, who lost his best friend, Baxter, over the weekend. Baxter was a Great Dane who was with Jim on the campaign trail in 2010 and even came to Drinking Liberally. He was a big, goofy, dog and will be missed.

  8. thenewphil says:

    Lol@ the News Journal paywall. The very first thing I tried to go around worked.

  9. puck says:

    The first rule of News Journal paywall hacks is you don’t talk about News Journal paywall hacks.

  10. mediawatch says:

    Newphil: May have to talk to you. I’m a subscriber but clicking on “get access” or “log in” doesn’t get me into my account — so they’re telling me I can access only two more articles before reaching my limit.
    Maybe they don’t want subscribers anymore.

  11. cassandra m says:

    We may need to give newphil a Guest Post. I tried signing up for digital access last night only to get hung up on some constantly loading page. Bet it took my credit card number, though.

  12. MJ says:

    It was interesting that all of a sudden I only had access to 4 more articles this month, yet they never did indicate officially when this started. Typical. See, Chad Livengood leaves and TNJ falls apart. 🙂

  13. thenewphil says:

    I would be willing to share, but then they’d fix it, and I wouldn’t be able to read the paper online. Sorry, but seriously, it’s not hard…