This is the third annual year for this “prestigious” award.  The first year we selected who the winner was.  Last year contributors to this blog nominated conservatives whom they have felt have made an impact in the conservative movement over the past year and readers voted for their favorite..  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won in 2008 and again in 2009.  Below are our nominees that our readers can vote on.  Voting will remain open until 11:00p on 12/30/10 and the winner will be announced on 12/31.  As in the past the winner will receive a certificate and a Starbucks card (or another coffee shop if Starbucks isn’t available where they live).

So vote early, but this isn’t Chicago so don’t vote often.  You are welcome to spread the word to get others to come vote for your favorite because we do appreciate the traffic.

One editorial note before we get to the list.  These names were nominated by individual contributors and is not meant to mean a universal endorsement by Caffeinated Thoughts.

Below are our nominees (in no particular order) along with a brief explanation why they were chosen.  Contributors may possibly write separate posts encouraging you to vote for their nominee, and you can comment below who you voted for and why.

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal is the current Governor of Louisiana and we felt it was appropriate to list Governor Jindal because of how he has led Louisiana in their recovery efforts, and he has done so in a fiscally conservative manner.  He is a policy wonk who still being in his 30s represents the future of conservatism.  Many expect a future presidential run in his future, but feel 2012 is too soon.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is the Governor-elect of South Carolina and was designated a “Mama Grizzly” during the 2010 elections.  Haley we feel is worthy to be nominated due to the hard fought and won primary fight over establishment candidates in a four way race.  She also overcame personal smears made against her and one the primary with 49% and the runoff with 65%.  She beat her Democratic opponent by a four point margin.  Erick Erickson of RedState pointed out that she was the candidate that both libertarians and conservatives could rally around.  Once she is inaugurated she will be the first female Governor for South Carolina and the 2nd Indian-American Governor nationally (Jindal was the first).  We look forward to seeing Haley’s first term.

Mike Pence

Mike Pence is the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.  Congressman Pence over the past year has been a favorite at tea party rallies, and has been a stalwart for social conservatism (along with fiscal conservatism) in the House.  He recently won the Family Research Council straw poll.  His future is up in the air as he is looked to be a possible 2012 candidate, but there are rumors that say he may run for Governor in Indiana as well.  We feel Congressman Pence has represented conservatism well and deserves a place here.

Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has definitely made a splash in the 2010 elections with his political action committee HuckPAC.  He has also been a voice for both social and fiscal conservatism through his weekly show on Fox News, Huckabee, and with his daily radio segments called The Huckabee Report.  He is considered to be one of the frontrunners for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination should he choose to run.

Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul still has quite a following after his 2008 presidential campaign.  He is on this list due to push for limited government and personal liberty.  His Campaign for Liberty (he is the Honorary Chairman) made a huge impact in the 2010 campaign and he has been a tea party favorite.  One of our contributors, Dustin Krutsinger explains why he nominated him for this award.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan represents Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.  He has been a fiscal hawk and a leader among Republicans for solid fiscal policy, and we applaud his efforts.  There is talk about Congressman Ryan running for Wisconsin’s other Senate seat which would be an attempt to unseat the other incumbent Democrat Senator from Wisconsin as Senator Russ Feingold lost his seat back in November.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul was quite the surprise in the Kentucky Republican Senate Primary and demonstrated the clout of the tea party movement by upsetting the establishment candidate also overcoming smear tactics from within the Republican party and without.  Having a staunch advocate for limited government and personal liberty in the U.S. Senate will be a welcome addition.

Sarah Palin

The former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate will likely always make this list while she is still out in the public eye.  She was a King (and Queen) maker in several primary races and the impact of her political action committee, SarahPAC, was felt nationally.  No one still has demonstrated Governor Palin’s ability to  level of influence a debate through a Facebook note (as well as interviews and commentary she provides on Fox News).  She wrote another bestseller this year: America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.  She also is considered to be among the frontrunners should she choose to run for President in 2012.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, the Senator-Elect from Florida is deserving of a nomination for standing for constitutional conservatism.  Seeing him defeat Florida Governor Charlie Crist who was the establishment candidate was a delight to see.  We look forward to his first term in the U.S. Senate as he seeks to bring tea party values to his caucus.

Michele Bachmann

Minnestoa Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been an excellent spokesperson for conservatism in the U.S. House and a tea party favorite.  We appreciate her leadership in starting the tea party caucus.  She is also being discussed as being a potential senate candidate to unseat incumbent Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in 2012.

Now it is your turn.  Let us know who you think should be our 2010 Caffeinated Conservative by voting below.

12/31/10 Update: Voting is now closed, congratulations to Congressman Ron Paul winning our third annual award, you can see the results here.

195 comments
  1. Mike Huckabee as he is the best public speaker of the group by far and he actually served out his governorship. He is probably the only one in the group that has a chance to beat Obama.. not that he can beat Romney. 🙂

      1. IMO Romney’s strength in 2012 will be that he is not listed on far-right conservative lists. 🙂

        Very much doubt that a far-righter will get the GOP prez nod. The GOP will need someone who can attract independent voters. Doubt that anyone on your list could win over the independent vote.

  2. I voted for Ron Paul because while many are jumping on the bandwagon, he has been living and voting his Constitutionalist conservative philosophy consistently for over 20 years, and has a credibility no one who jumped on the bandwagon lately has yet earned.

  3. It could be Governor Sarah Palin’s authentic, unscripted dialect, supported by a backwoods, Alaska-meets-North Dakota accent that has everybody listening. It also could be her values, immersed in God, family and country that resonate with people. It could be her Twitter feed, something the media can’t seem to get enough of. It could be that she is a best-selling author who is not afraid to write about what you and I only think about writing. It could be her straight-from-the-prom hairdo, an attractive woman who makes her presence know in every fashion.

    Whatever it is, she arrouses an emotional response, good and bad, that remains unrivaled by any other politician, public figure, or celebrity. It’s because, aside from the media blitz on her life, she has dedicated herself to the service of others, to the people of Alaska, and to the United States of America.

    When we watch and listen (and yes, we all are), she makes us feel inspired and empowered. She fights for discipline in government at a time when there seems to be none at all. She fights for you and me, to move America forward, to inspire those for or against her, and it’s working.

  4. There really is no explanation needed if one is for limited government ,individual liberty and fiscal responsibility……Ron Paul 2012!!!!

  5. I voted for Ron Paul because hes a principled politician who votes according to the constitutionality of said bill and he has a long long record that shows hes for real.

  6. If you’re talking REAL conservative, then you’re talking Ron Paul.

    If you’re talking modern day RINO, neo-con, diluted principles and lovers of big government, then take your pick from the rest (with Rand Pau,l for the most part, being an exception.)

    1. That has to be the most asinine statement I’ve ever read. There a good number of folks in this list who are limited government and their governing experience or voting record indicate that. Stop drinking the kool aid.

      1. Could you expand on that, please? Tell me how a social conservative like Palin or Pence would be for smaller government, while they enforce their version of “morality” on the populace?

      2. That makes absolutely ZERO sense and you didn’t answer ‘greenbeanie’s question. Give me policy’s and be specific of WHO you are speaking of “There a good number of folks in this list who are limited government and their governing experience or voting record indicate that. Stop drinking the kool aid”.

        “You can’t have Liberty without law”. Hey kool aider that is exactly what Ron Paul not only represents, but his voting record proves that. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Libertarians are the true Conservatives. Your view of conservatives are today’s democraps…NO difference.

      3. You’ve offered the platitude “you can’t have liberty without law” twice now. What exactly do you mean by this? Is there any limit to the scope of laws securing liberty without subverting liberty itself?

        A guy like Ron Paul limits the scope of ‘just’ law to the protection of life, property & ensuring the validity of contracts exactly in line with the constitution — everything else including trying to enhance the moral fabric or exporting democracy and free market ideas is established through persuasive argument and setting the right example. This lines up with Christian theology as Jesus taught it rather than how neo-cons and some so-called social conservative would have us believe.

        You cannot impose morality through force of law and you cannot defend the homeland through pre-emptive war the way the likes of Pence, Palin & Huckabee advocate with their disasterous rhetoric on issues of national defense and morality.

      4. I think you are making it up about Christian theology. Jesus taught nothing as you suggest. Ron Paul, in the Terri Schiavo case, proved he is no friend of life, all the posturing to the contrary.

      5. Ron supports life but he also takes his oath to the Constitution seriously. Each state can decide whether or not to allow assisted suicide. More so, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4000 babies into this world, so you can take your “he’s no friend of life” and shove it. Paul has brought more life into this world than every other republican candidate combined.

      6. Our local child-killer also brought many babies into the world, letting lots of them live. Your point is irrelevant. Without the God-Given right to life there is no Constitution. If Colorado decided to kill off all libertarians, how many Paul supporters who lived in Colorado would be arguing State’s Rights, then?

      7. Ron supports life but he also takes his oath to the Constitution seriously. Each state can decide whether or not to allow assisted suicide. More so, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4000 babies into this world, so you can take your “he’s no friend of life” and shove it. Paul has brought more life into this world than every other republican candidate combined.

      8. Those who would give up liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. Ron Paul teaches rule of law, but believes in state power instead of federal. The Constitution clearly outlines state sovereignty over federal. The difference between Ron Paul and a person like Palin is that he is a better economist and student of the law.

    1. I voted for Marco Rubio because he took on the reform of Social Security in Florida of all places and still
      won. He was honest, forthright, and let’s admit it – we need a conservative spokesman of his heritage.
      I can think of no other conservative who has specifically stated where we need to make cuts in the budget in such specific terms as has Rubio. Most dance around the issue. Only Rubio and Paul stand out when it comes to specific cuts.

      I have no problem with Ron Paul or Sarah Palin. I just question their electability; although I admit that is not the purpose of this survey; but it weighs on me.

  7. Oh yes, the Paul Bots are out in force. Listen if I censored nominations he wouldn’t even be included for a couple of reasons – 1. Paul Bot ability to troll blogs and polls and 2. He is a libertarian, not a conservative. He certainly has a lot of positions I can agree with, but many that I can’t. His vote on DADT for starters, but there have been others as well.

    1. Why are you hating on passionate, grassroots support? Don’t you wish there were more consistent conservatives? I sure do..we would actually have liberty instead of massive government, spending, and nation building campaigns..

    2. Paul supporters are individual people just like you buddy. Too bad your alliance is so poor at organizing online and we don’t troll as any territory online is fair game. Of course you don’t want Paul in the poll, which says a lot about how much you fear him and people that believe in Constitutional government. Regarding libertarianism, if you haven’t noticed that is the point of the Tea Party: to inject more liberty into the GOP, something which Palin and the bunch doesn’t offer. What your witnessing is a purge of all forms of statists from the GOP. Funny that you agree with a lot of Paul’s positions yet you long to focus only on your disagreements. Does that just go for Paul or do you do this to others? In this day and age of the Fed destroying the currency, record deficits and debt, high unemployment and the future of this country under water, all you can think about his not wanting gay people in the military? I could give a flying crap about that, they have eyes, ears and fingers just like straight people. As God said, ”judge not that ye not be judged”.

  8. Sarah Palin is still the most hated by the leftist/media establishment, that is a good enough reason why she should win. Even if I liked Ron Paul the man is old and he looks like an alien.lol. Bobby Jindal lost me when he failed to come to the defense of the fundraiser who got beat up. Nikki and Paulspawn haven’t had any real chance to make an impact in 2010, they merely got elected. Huckabee is a witless pretender. Marco Rubio is interesting but he hasn’t actually done anything yet, has he? I like Bachmann but she has not been the #1 gladiator for the conservative movement this year. It is Sarah Palin that has been that.

  9. Forget all the stupid nonsense that doesn’t have anything to do with the candidate’s ideology and whether or not that person objectively backs up that ideology. I voted for Ron Paul because he is the only one that is a true conservative. All the rest, save for maybe Rand, are neoconservatives or social conservatives, not constitutional conservatives like Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the only one there that also theologically follows the Bible through his voting record. Let me explain.

    Anyone that violates the rightful freedom of a person without that person violating the rightful freedom of another is sinful, and this also applies to voting or supporting laws that violate those innocent peoples’ rightful freedom. An example is the prohibition of certain drugs as well as the taxation to fund the enforcing of the prohibition. The Bible tells us to not judge, oppress or use violence to control others, even if it is to try to stop others from going against the word of God, for one to attempt such coercion is a sin.

    Christian theology implies that the means justify the ends, and God’s law justifies whatever happens on this earth. I don’t mean that God’s law justifies us as in it saves us (because we all know that we received our salvation through a promise), but what I’m trying to say is that following the law takes precedence over the consequence of any action. Christians today don’t seem to understand that.

    Besides that point, religion or virtue cannot be coerced with any level of efficacy upon another person. It must be chosen, and virtue can be more easily chosen by another if one is willing to show the other person the meaning of that virtue, not force it down their throats by force, which isn’t really showing them virtue at all.

    For the sake of the nation, I hope that Ron Paul gets elected and brings this government to its knees, forcing it to acknowledge the constitution for what it truly is and not distort it or completely ignore it like it has for the past century.

    Whether a person is a Christian or not, Ron Paul’s ideology is the only one that is truly about protecting freedom and equality, and it is also the only ideology that won’t bankrupt America with useless and tyrannical taxation and spending.

      1. He sure is the most consistent. We will soon see how Haley does as governor, but most of the others have been iffy. Bailout voters..attack on Israel supporters…tax increases. (McCain VP? How neocon can you be?)

      2. Ron believes firmly in the rule of law. He just thinks there should be fewer of them — and as for regulations….don’t you love how the EPA has decided to enforce climate change laws Congress refused to pass?

        There are other good people, but no one has his record, imho. However, the way to make sure we have a winner in 2012 is to not make the primaries too divisive, don’t you think?

      3. Ron believes firmly in the rule of law. He just thinks there should be fewer of them — and as for regulations….don’t you love how the EPA has decided to enforce climate change laws Congress refused to pass?

        There are other good people, but no one has his record, imho. However, the way to make sure we have a winner in 2012 is to not make the primaries too divisive, don’t you think?

      4. Ron Paul supports rule of law. It’s called US Constitution. You can’t go to war without declaration of war and you can’t have fiat currency backed by nothing. It says so in the constitution. We would be wise to follow the doctrine that our founders laid out for us.

      5. Sheeple, please wake up. Allow Ron Paul to awaken you. You seem to be attacking him for the very truth that you espouse. How can this be? It’s called propaganda. Stop watching TV. Start reading stuff that YOU want to read, and not what the gov’t wants you to read.

        Liberty does come by law, and the law in America (for our federal gov’t) is the U.S. Constitution.

      6. “not what the gov’t wants you to read”

        Scratch a libertarian of the Ron Paul sort, and before very long the conspiracy theories start popping out.

      7. To assume that people who disagree with you are only reading what the government wants them to read is the epitome of conspiracy theories.

    1. I fear you are making it up in associating your brand of anarchy over Christian law and principles. The Bible is full of law forbidding immoral behavior. Laws against murder are the imposition of somebody’s (The Bible’s) morality. Just because you and Paul don’t believe unborn babies are not fully human (and thereby Constitutionally protected) does not mean this is a Christian position.

      Your idea that human law absolutely trumps moral obligation is pagan at best. If Presidents have the ability to stop the murder of innocents, they have a moral obligation to use that power, regardless of the Constitution. Ron Paul’s view of the Terri Schiavo case was pathetic.

      1. Government involves, theft, coercion and the initiation of force. How are these things justified in Christianity?

        What if the “power” invested in Presidents to stop the murder of innocents involves forcing other people to stop the murder of innocents? How is that moral? Is it moral to put a gun to someone’s head, to save the life of another? Is one life worth more than another? If the Presidents want to PERSONALLY stop the murder of innocents, that’s fine and dandy. If they CONVINCE people to VOLUNTARILY help them stop the murder of innocents, that is also fine and dandy. But you have no moral right to initiate force on anyone, for whatever reason.

      2. Pacifism is not Christian. There are so many Scriptures that justify the use of force by governments at to make the claim it is pacifist, nonsense.

        What you are suggesting is really anarchy in the guise of libertarianism. Governments do have the right to initiate force when a man’s home is being robbed or a woman is being raped.

      3. Wow, your real mission is to hate on Ron Paul, I got it. I wouldn’t disagree with your last statement but to somehow say Dr. Paul (or one of his supporters) isn’t for that is just being a pretender.

        You think Jesus Christ would authorize the use of force to spread his ideas? Maybe your reading comprehension is a little bit shoddy. Did he ever want to use force to push his way? Negative.

        Dave, I’m sorry but you seem to know very little about libertarianism. Have you read a dictionary lately?
        Better yet, I’ll tell you. Libertarianism means the maximum role of liberty on the social and fiscal side is to live and let live. Do you see any resemblance in the Tea Party? If you did or didn’t, a purge is going on to toss statists of all stripes to the wolves in the GOP. For the ill conceived, if you want govt control of certain facets, you’re done for. You’re being replaced by true Patriots. I’ll be on your heals as long as you troll against Dr. Paul in your delusional state on here. Got it?

      4. Atlas,

        You are another example of a condescending Paul supporter who assumes you know more than everybody else. I was responding to Ellsworth’s statement that coercion by the state is always against Christ’s teaching. That is the view of SOME libertarians. I didn’t say Paul held that view.

        You are confusing the use of force to “spread his ideas” and the use of force to restrain the wicked, including those who murder the weak and innocent.

        I have a little difficulty seeing myself as a troll on a website where I am listed as a contributor. Just who are you now, and how long have you been posting here on CT?

      5. Where did I ever say that Pacifism was Christian? You don’t seem to understand the difference between the INITIATION of force and the retaliatory use of force. It is morally permissible to defend yourself and defend others, but it is not morall permissible to initiate force on innocents for whatever reason.

      6. Just so I understand.

        All taxes are voluntary?
        So, subpoena power is unlawful?
        Requiring someone to put a fence around an open swimming pool isn’t right?
        If a murder takes place in your home, you are not required to report it?
        If the plumber has a heart attack in your bathroom, you are not morally obligated to call for help?

      7. Jesus taught: Love your enemies. Do good to them that despitefully use you. Do not repay evil with evil. Blessed are the peacemakers. (Was Jesus a Libertarian?)

        Shame on so-called “pro-life” Christians for supporting the Bush/Cheny oil wars. Innocent mothers and their infants were killed and are still dying as a result of the Bush/Cheney thirst for oil and power. The Iraqis and Iranians (aren’t they next in line?) did not rob any homes in the US, did not rape Americans. They have done us no harm. Their only sin is that they have oil and Bush wanted to “annex” the oil fields for the benefit of US oil interests.

        I suggest you read the Sermon on the Mount, until you truly understand it. The GOP has hijacked the Christian Right and they are only too happy to follow the Politburo’s illegal and unconstitutional actions, all for the privilege of a seat at the table. Shame on Christians, especially their pastors for not denouncing George Bush for the death and destruction visited upon Iraqis, not to mention the $1.1 trillion price tag on the US taxpayers.

      8. Paul and Peter, the Apostles of Jesus Christ, said that the government’s job is to punish evildoers and to bear the sword. Neither He nor they taught anarchy. Jesus is the lawgiver, which gave us the death penalty and laid out laws as the basis of just war theory.

      9. Please do a little reading: Ron Paul is personally against abortion. He is simply saying obey the Constitution. Abortion should obviously be illegal, but the law should be made at the state level. The Constitution gives the federal government no power on abortion, and 99% of what the federal gestapo now engages in (Dept of Education, OSHA, EPA, etc. etc. etc.).

      10. Hello David! I am always interested in observing intelligent rational viewpoints, discussions and exchanges of ideas such as I am seeing here (e.g. you and commenters Jordan and Joe, etc). I must admit some of the comments left me slightly confused though. Ron Paul is anti-abortion, although I dont know that he would legislate (impose/mandate) a ban on abortion. I have heard him personally say that he performed one abortion a long time ago and it troubled him greatly and that he would never do it again. It seems to me the central issue in the abortion debate is whether or not ‘life begins in the womb’ – and the New Testament does address this in the Gospel of Luke ch. 1: verse 35-45 (?) – it clearly illustrates that the fetus is very much alive and human with a psychy and human emotion/feeling. Since this is “the authority” for Christians, then it seems to me that any true Christian should be against abortion. I realize in the real world we see a lot of what may be called “a’ la carte Christians”, referring to their wanting to basically be christian and consider themselves Christian but on certain issues (earthly desires, whatever) they put their own will above God’s (or fail to recognize God’s) and pick and choose which principles they keep or ignore/reject, much like choosing which tablefare to put on their plate when dining at an a la carte restaurant.

      11. RazorsEdge is misrepresenting RP. The anecdotal material on an abortion Paul witnessed in Medical Training is NOT RP admitting he performed one and is entirely misleading.

      12. Well, you’re off in the ozone layer aren’t you? Dr. Paul has never performed an abortion, tabloids don’t count my friend. Can you imagine that someone who brings over 4000 lives into being would be of the same mold to kill one? I digress, yet you would hopefully believe that Paul would do such a thing since you would wish to tarnish him any way you can. Keep digging but you know that Dr. Paul is a man of utmost conviction and virtue and that probably just makes your skin crawl huh?

        You have issues with some of his other positions that you don’t understand. But, go ahead and play the no-win religious bashing conversation and see how far it gets you. There is no other GOP politician that has brought more life into this world than Ron Paul, suck it up and deal with it. Oh, I see you’re a one issue voter, glad you stopped there. Keep going if ya like..

      13. ” Can you imagine that someone who brings over 4000 lives into being would be of the same mold to kill one?”

        Such ignorance of the way the real world works cannot go unchallenged. Our local child-murderer delivered successfully thousands of babies but also killed his thousands. This is repeated by scores of doctors every day. Deliver some, kill some. Deliver some, kill some. They are often of the same mold.

      14. David, your so-called pro-life position is in stark contrast to the thousand of deaths, many innocent mothers and infants, caused by the Bush/Cheny oil wars that you so staunchly defend. You are a deluded Christian, a blind man being led by your blind pastors who care more about the drivel that the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity broadcast than the teachings of Christ.

        The hypocricy of defending the life of the unborn but cheering the deaths of the innocent on the streets of Bagdad and Teheran are typically of the mindlessness that occupy the church pews of the charletons that masquerade as shepherds of the flock.

        Do good to those who despitefully use you. Do not repay evil with evil. Love your enemies. Blessed are the peacemakers. Jesus was not Republican, as so many of the Christian Right would want us to believe. If He were to visit the average American church today, He would clear out the warmongers, starting at the pulpit. The Christian Church has become an instrument of big government, the GOP Politburo.

      15. I don’t think I have ever defended the wars you mention. Certainly my dear pastor has not. I have been at odds on many occasions with both Limbaugh and Hannity.

        How is it all these pacificists flock to Ron Paul, when I thought he believed in a strong defense?

      16. “Ron Paul is anti-abortion, although I dont know that he would legislate (impose/mandate) a ban on abortion”

        That is not much different than Barack Obama’s position. If politicians were to be believed, everybody is anti-abortion.

        I agree with your comments, otherwise. Thanks for contributing.

      17. It’s almost funny that you would nail Ron to the cross like Jesus over the Schiavo case and yet overlook his strictly taken oath to the Constitution. Do you reserve that texture for all GOP politicians? I bet you don’t. Do you ramrod Romney for his Mass healthcare, aka obamacare in Mass and his putrid support for gun rights? Do you allow Huckabee to get away with his commuting of a sentence to a felon in Arkansas that went on to kill a cop or his anti-smoking policies or his tax raising? Are you Kosher with Newt Gingrich trading his cancer-ridden wife for another while she was on her death bed or his sellout of the contract with America back in ’94?

        Are you Jerry Seinfeld? Stop apologizing for those that have sold us down the river. You might not like a few of Dr. Paul’s position but realize who is a conservative and who isn’t. Ron voted the way he did on the Schiavo case cause it was a states’ right position, don’t be such a simpleton.

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      18. “nail Ron to the cross like Jesus”

        Delusions of grandeur.

        Yes, I am willing to criticize any candidate for positions which I disagree with. I retain my position that state’ rights advocates such as yourself wouldn’t stand by if some state decided to put to death all libertarians.

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  10. Oh yes, the ignorant neocons are out in force. Go back to being a liberal democrat. There is no room for your big government agenda in TEA PARTY. Ron Paul & Rand Paul 2012.

    1. I don’t mind people supporting Ron Paul, but exactly how is Palin, Haley, Bachmann, Pence, and Rubio for big government? I won’t defend Huckabee due to his support of regulating school lunches.

      1. The standard for big government is relative, I think. Have any on the candidates you listed called for the abolition of the the US Department of Education, the notion of getting out of the United Nations altogether, the sell-off of swaths of public lands, the abandonment of CAFE standards, the gradual but total privatization of Social Security, and the giving up of AMTRAK to private companies.

        When your candidate does that, then come talk to me about other candidates being about “big government”.

  11. mmmm if she is for real, then that is all I need to know. I want to take our focus back to where it needs to be, which includes our founding principles, fiscal sanity, state’s sovreignty, and border security to mention a couple of things. Capitalism with caveat emptor.

  12. Sarah Palin is a quitter, neoCON, banker bail out, Patriot Act endorser, war mongering, Kissinger puppet that has no business even being considered to be POTUS. If the libtards want another 4 yrs of barry soetoro then they are salavating at the prospect of having this RINO run…She will be destroyed.

    Stick to your lousy books and reality shows. Her followers are merely the opposite side of the coin to the Obamatrons. Most have no clue what the Constitution represents.

    Ron Paul 2012…2008….2004…2000

  13. Sarah Palin is a quitter, neoCON, banker bail out, Patriot Act endorser, war mongering, Kissinger puppet that has no business even being considered to be POTUS. If the libtards want another 4 yrs of barry soetoro then they are salavating at the prospect of having this RINO run…She will be destroyed.

    Stick to your lousy books and reality shows. Her followers are merely the opposite side of the coin to the Obamatrons. Most have no clue what the Constitution represents.

    Ron Paul 2012…2008….2004…2000

  14. Definitely voted for Ron Paul but I do like a few of the others on the list like Nikki Haley and Rand Paul.

    Paul Ryan is an automatic no because he voted for the bailouts. Mike Huckabee supported tax increases while governor. MIchelle Bachmann supports all out war on Iran.

    There are just some things that are inexcusable.

  15. Does everybody forget that McCain supported the bailout and Sarah was his VP at the time? That means she supported the bailout via proxy. If she was against bailouts then she should have said so at that time instead of playing along in order to stay in front of the cameras. She is a sellout. With all the Paul hating going on, at least he doesn’t compromise his principles in order to stay popular and get people to vote for him. He doesn’t win 80% of the vote in his district year after year (in Texas no less) by compromising his principles and squandering peoples money on useless wars. There is nothing Conservative about deficit financing war. He is Conservative to the core. Sarah is a RINO to the core. I have yet to hear her Sarah say she supports America at all costs like she does with other countries.

  16. Palin’s tireless advocacy of conservative principles and endorsement of conservative candidates have changed the political landscape and shifted the balance of power in congress. In just two years, she has done more for the conservative cause than some political blowhards have been able to achieve in two decades.
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  17. I voted for Gov. Huckabee. His support of the Fair Tax and his unwavering commitment to life are the reasons I voted for him

  18. I don’t really get the “caffeinated” thing (“Constitutional” Conservative sounds more accurate to me), but Ron Paul was the clear choice nevertheless.

    Dr. Paul is FINALLY getting at least some press and recognition. But what he should get is a nomination for the presidency.

    This man is far ahead of any other “conservative” politician in the poll (except maybe his own son).

    Instead, and sadly, the republican party is the biggest hinderance to Ron Paul of anyone.

    We who support him are considered “Kooks” because the republican party has gotten so far away from its (once) conservative platform, that they don’t recognize a true Constitutionally correct candidate when they see one.

  19. I don’t really get the “caffeinated” thing (“Constitutional” Conservative sounds more accurate to me), but Ron Paul was the clear choice nevertheless.

    Dr. Paul is FINALLY getting at least some press and recognition. But what he should get is a nomination for the presidency.

    This man is far ahead of any other “conservative” politician in the poll (except maybe his own son).

    Instead, and sadly, the republican party is the biggest hinderance to Ron Paul of anyone.

    We who support him are considered “Kooks” because the republican party has gotten so far away from its (once) conservative platform, that they don’t recognize a true Constitutionally correct candidate when they see one.

    1. Libertarians have their own party. It is probably in the ascendancy. But Ron Paul just doesn’t appeal to many voters. The idea that Paul got a “raw deal” is no more appealing than the approach that Huckabee and Palin sometimes take on their publicity. Let the chips fall where they may. Candidates have to earn every vote, none will be given by the press.

    2. “I don’t really get the ‘caffeinated’ thing.” Which shows me that you’ve never been here before. Which Ron Paul site sent you over? The name of this blog is Caffeinated Thoughts, hence the name of the award is Caffeinated Conservative.

      1. I think you said in the post above “You are welcome to spread the word to get others to come vote for your favorite because we do appreciate the traffic.” So that is what is being done on both sides. I’m sure many of those who see the posts encouraging them to come here and vote, from both Palin, Paul and Huckabee sites have not been here before. Hopefully everyone has a positive experience on the site and returns for more insightful political news and analysis. My humble advice is to discuss civilly with those who act civil, and ignore those who don’t.

  20. Ron Paul opposes our Middle East meddling. We will never get government spending under control as long as we spend billions we don’t have on Israel, Saudi Arabia and our illegal wars.

  21. Under the radar Mike Huckabee did more with grass roots activists, national media, etc. than any other conservative. He’ll do a lot more if elected president

  22. Under the radar Mike Huckabee did more with grass roots activists, national media, etc. than any other conservative. He’ll do a lot more if elected president

  23. I voted for Ron Paul because he, along with his son Rand Paul, are the only ones who have proposed significant spending cuts and monetary policy reform to turn this country’s economy around.

    Some of the others have said some good things about limited government, but unfortunately many believe we need to spend even MORE money overseas, perhaps initiating a war against Iran which would undoubtedly destroy what’s left of our fragile economy and create a dollar crisis. Of course we can disagree about the type of role the military should play, there is no question that we will never have fiscal sanity if we continue on the current course.

  24. I voted for Ron Paul because he, along with his son Rand Paul, are the only ones who have proposed significant spending cuts and monetary policy reform to turn this country’s economy around.

    Some of the others have said some good things about limited government, but unfortunately many believe we need to spend even MORE money overseas, perhaps initiating a war against Iran which would undoubtedly destroy what’s left of our fragile economy and create a dollar crisis. Of course we can disagree about the type of role the military should play, there is no question that we will never have fiscal sanity if we continue on the current course.

  25. Sarah Palin is the only contender that is unafraid. No one else has been couragous enough to contribute to the public debate and speak to what she believes is right or wrong. Plus her voice is clear; you never have a doubt as to what she says.

  26. Presidential Leaders are not religious leaders and vice versa. If you want your religious leaders and political leaders to be one in the same, move to Iran.

  27. Presidential Leaders are not religious leaders and vice versa. If you want your religious leaders and political leaders to be one in the same, move to Iran.

  28. Ron Paul is the ONLY Conservative to recognize the ROOT of the problem – which he as been fighting for over 30 years! Without a FED, the Govt’ would not be able to fund the Socialist State in DC! Without the FED, we would have sound money, a growing STABLE economy, and much more Freedom in which to enjoy them.

    If other “conservatives” don’t talk about the evils of the FED, or worse, support the FED, then you should seriously reconsider supporting them as they are showing who they are REALLY loyal to.

  29. I voted for Ron Paul because without his run in 2008, there would be no tea party today. Ron Paul was the right choice in 2008 and is still the right choice in 2012 (although I’d support and vote for Gary Johnson too)

  30. I voted for Ron Paul in this poll because I am tired for voting for presidential candidates that do not follow through on what they promise. Love him or hate him you have to admit he is a man of his word whose principles cannot be bought. A president with integrity and principles? This is just what the Doctor ordered for Americas woes

  31. Ron Paul is the only person in the field that understands the problem. Incidentally, he is the only true conservative of the group as well!

  32. It’s never a good test of popularity to include Ron Paul in an online poll. If it was an accurate measure of his popularity, he’d be president right now. Gotta love you crazy, rabid Ron Paul supporters. If nothing else, I appreciate the spectacle they provide at the Iowa Straw Poll. 🙂

  33. even give Ron Paul one day in office to start bringing the troops home. end all foreign aid. recind all executive orders. That just the first day!!

  34. Even ONE DOSE of Dr. Paul’s medicine would set us on the right course. He is the obvious candidate of choice.

  35. Even ONE DOSE of Dr. Paul’s medicine would set us on the right course. He is the obvious candidate of choice.

  36. Even ONE DOSE of Dr. Paul’s medicine would set us on the right course. He is the obvious candidate of choice.

  37. Ron Paul has the knowledge, wisdom, and courage to stand up to powerful interests in the defense of Constitutional government. He would get us out of foreign entanglements that are sapping our resources and would rescue our financial system from being an instrument theft by the plutocratic globalist elite.

  38. Ron Paul has the knowledge, wisdom, and courage to stand up to powerful interests in the defense of Constitutional government. He would get us out of foreign entanglements that are sapping our resources and would rescue our financial system from being an instrument theft by the plutocratic globalist elite.

  39. The more I watch Huckabee, the more I like him. Not only do I think he ought to be the conservative of 2010, but I’m hoping he will be the conservative of 2012.

  40. Ron Paul is one of the only few true conservatives on that list. Anyone who doesnt support in the repeal of income/estate taxes (and others) and the restoration of sound money isn’t a conservative — they’re a fucking liberal democrat. That includes shmucks like John McCain and Mitt Romney

  41. Ron Paul is one of the only few true conservatives on that list. Anyone who doesnt support in the repeal of income/estate taxes (and others) and the restoration of sound money isn’t a conservative — they’re a fucking liberal democrat. That includes shmucks like John McCain and Mitt Romney

  42. For this single year, I think Marco Rubio is the one. Although there are other great people on the list, Rubio is the one who did something great in 2010. The vote is about 2010, not all years. I just don’t see how anyone can vote for Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, and some others when you are just voting on 2010. What did those guys do this year? Nothing in comparison to people like Marco Rubio or Nikki Haley.

  43. For this single year, I think Marco Rubio is the one. Although there are other great people on the list, Rubio is the one who did something great in 2010. The vote is about 2010, not all years. I just don’t see how anyone can vote for Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, and some others when you are just voting on 2010. What did those guys do this year? Nothing in comparison to people like Marco Rubio or Nikki Haley.

  44. I voted for Ron Paul. I am 60 years old and Ron Paul is the only honest and consistent politician I have ever seen. I hope he runs for President. I will vote for him this time.

  45. I voted for Sarah because I believe we need someone like her with integrity, conviction for the good of the people, focused, not afraid to tell the truth even though the media is going to persecute her, faith in God, can understand what it is to be poor and middle class. She is for real, raw but now, polished, …….all I know, she is it for 2012.

  46. Ron Paul brings sanity and honor and integrity to an insane and dishonorable and corrupt political group in DC. He will go down in history as one of our greatest statesmen, maybe the greatest in over 200 years, and yet a prophet is without honor in his own country.

  47. Ron Paul is opposed to all forms of government tyrany including the Patriot Act, the U. N., the Department of Homeland Security (what a joke). He does not try to use the force of government to tell people how to live. A true defender of the Constitution and porbably the only candidate whom the founding fathers would aprouve of.

    Most of the others are run of the mill big government, republican hacks.

  48. Yes because Haley and Palin have both been endorsed by the ruling elite and media. If you want to support Paul & son fine, but try to make crap up. It shows you don’t keep up with the news.

  49. I voted for the nominee who is the only strict Constitutionalist on the list (besides his son) and that is RON PAUL!

  50. It was tought deciding between Ron and Rand. Rand’s win was monumental, but he hasn’t proven himself in the job yet so I went with Ron.

  51. I voted Ron Paul. He respects the Constitution. He has the integrity to vote along with that conviction even when it’s wildly unpopular. Before I found out about him and started reading about fiscal policy myself, I never even bothered to register to vote, because I didn’t see any difference among politicians. He ignited hope in me for the entire process.

  52. How typical….uneducated Americans voting for Sarah Palin in another poll. Do any of you actually research candidates? Do you even remember their policy or what they’ve publicly said and supported in the past? HOW CONVENIENT for Sarah Palin to suddenly become a Tea Party supporter. How convenient for Glenn Beck to join the tea party bandwagon.

    Educate yourself….please.

  53. I voted for Ron Paul. I have been following his career since before the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses. His integrity, insight and statesmanship are second to none. He has been right on the money (pun intended) when it comes to the economy. Starting YEARS before the financial crisis and mortgage implosion, he was predicting what would happen, explaining exactly how we were going wrong and trying to tell us how to avoid it. He did this while the rest of the GOP presidential candidates, media pundits (from the left AND right) were ignoring or laughing at him.
    And he did this while Sarah Palin’s running mate, John McCain was linking arms with Barack Obama in support of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.
    Need I say more?

  54. Ron Paul for 30 years of consistency. For his defense of his core principles of libertarianism and respect of the constitution, our contract with our government. For his ability to take stances against his peers and “reporters” alike. Oftentimes laying down devastating intellectual firepower . For winning the battle of the hearts and minds while speaking truth to power. For planting seeds in the youth with Campaign for Liberty’s sister organization YAL.
    The man is history in the making. A living legend…. Who else is anywhere near as dynamic as Paul? And who the flip is Paul Ryan?

    1. The combination of bravado/braggadocio and condescending insults by his supporters is enough insure that Ron Paul cannot win the nomination. To ask who Paul Ryan is in the manner you did is evidence you are either ignorant or arrogant or both.

  55. Lots of good people on your list, and I like all of them, but my vote goes to Mike Huckabee. McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate saved him from a landslide defeat; had the GOP nominated Huckabee, I believe we would have beaten Obama–it certainly would have been fun seeing Mr. Teleprompter debating Huckabee, who does not rely on notes. Huckabee’s the one with both the charisma to win the election and the executive ability to get good things done working with both political friends and foes. His HuckPAC, by the way, was a large factor in the November 2010 victories of Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

  56. As stated Ron Paul is the only true proven Constitutional conservative with by far the best actual voting record to back it up. Lets not make this more difficult than it is, if we want to get our freedoms and government back We The People must understand the real issue is getting rid of the unconstitutional usury driven federal reserve system and its minions. Without addressing the monetary issue of restoring sound money through repeal of the legal tender laws and then legalizing competing currencies to phase out the fed nothing is going to change as to who really controls this government. As far as I know no one except maybe Rand really has any true understanding of these monetary issues or has the courage to openly speak of them without fear of having the dreaded conspiracy label being thrown at them.

    Ron Paul 2012!!

  57. As stated Ron Paul is the only true proven Constitutional conservative with by far the best actual voting record to back it up. Lets not make this more difficult than it is, if we want to get our freedoms and government back We The People must understand the real issue is getting rid of the unconstitutional usury driven federal reserve system and its minions. Without addressing the monetary issue of restoring sound money through repeal of the legal tender laws and then legalizing competing currencies to phase out the fed nothing is going to change as to who really controls this government. As far as I know no one except maybe Rand really has any true understanding of these monetary issues or has the courage to openly speak of them without fear of having the dreaded conspiracy label being thrown at them.

    Ron Paul 2012!!

  58. Well we know that Sarah drinks skinny white mochas, is a common sense conservative, is the #1 military supporter, and drives the libs whacky. No contest, easily Palin.

  59. Anyone who is willing to give up their govt pension $ and returns the “peoples” money to the treasury has proven to me that they say what they mean and mean what they say. RP has more integrity in his little fingernail that all of Washington combined. READ “THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND” by G. Edward Griffin You will understand everything then. Also join Nullify dot com Get to work America.

  60. Wow, the Ronulans are out tonight!

    Get over it. Ron Paul is a nut job. Herr Doktor has you sheep fooled. He gets you to send him millions, which he then uses to keep his House seat safe, so he can TONS of pork to South Texas. He’s the poster child for why we need term limits on these bastards in Congress.

    Texans would have been rid of this national embarrassment long ago if you moonbats weren’t keeping him office.

    Herr Doktor is a racist and anti-Semite. A disgusting man who courts the neo-Nazis over at Stormfront.

    He will NEVER be President, EVER.

    He couldn’t win even one delegate in 2008. The only polls he wins are the ones his cultist followers job. In the real world he’s nothing more than a punch line.

    Please stop sending this idiot money, and funding his perpetual stay in office.

  61. Ron Paul is the only true Libertarian in Congress. Who else wants limited government as required by the constitution, honest money, an end to US imperialism, free markets and the dissolution of the welfare state? He is the only person in congress, so far as I know, who even understands how central banking works. He’s a giant among dwarfs.

  62. Ron Paul, he’s the man. Been on top of the issues correctly for at least 30 years; now finally getting some respect for his wisdom!!! HE’S ‘da MAN!!!!!’

  63. It worries me to see Ron Paul get so many votes. I would never vote for Ron Paul, although I would vote for several of the others on this list, like Michelle Bachman and Bobby Jindal. Those have maintained reason and civility while standing up for the right things.

  64. I voted Ron Paul ,one vote one pissed off republican! I predict if the gop doesn’t nominate Ron Paul in 2012. They will win obama a 2nd term! Nominating the typical gop establisment such as palin,romney,newt and 99% of the gop is like running Obama/Cheney 2012 Bring Our Troops home, think about that republicans! WAKE UP Republicans , you cannot reform the gop talking about dems and obama all day long until they register republican! It is time to get rid of the biggovrepublicans that leaves Ron Paul or Gary for 2012 with the only credibility to say small gov republican.
    The gop has serious problems and it isn’t obama. It is palin,romney and the rest of the biggov republicans calling themselves small gov republicans!! WAKE UP!!! bush and palin republicans should love obama. He endorsed their undeclared war platform the minute he was elected. I wouldn’t be surprised if the gop actually nominated obama/cheney 2012 bring our troops home and suckered republicans once again! The gop has a disease called BIGGOVGOP! On that note Ron Paul 2012 is the only republican left with any credibility! As a Republican do you want Ron Paul or Obama! I pick Ron Paul! Ron Paul Delegate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Become a Republican and become a delegate or we risk losing the country to obama republicans such as palin,romney and the list goes on!!

  65. In a practical sense the whole thing is really a non issue because Ron Paul is the only candidate with any substance,,,when are people gonna realize that real change comes from people that have real ideas and real solutions not from talking heads that read speeches written for them by establishment lackies.

  66. I voted Sarah Palin ’cause she’s shown the most Conservative LEADERSHIP – PERIOD. As for Ron Paul, if anyone considers Palin “fringe” or “unelectable,” just multiply that by at least five (5) for Ron Paul – who is slightly anti-Israel, an old-fashion isolationist, and getting a bit long in the tooth for the job (75). On the economy, of course, he gets straight A’s. Palin is the more energetic and positive Conservative – and one who, IMO, is NOT corruptible.

  67. I voted Sarah Palin ’cause she’s shown the most Conservative LEADERSHIP – PERIOD. As for Ron Paul, if anyone considers Palin “fringe” or “unelectable,” just multiply that by at least five (5) for Ron Paul – who is slightly anti-Israel, an old-fashion isolationist, and getting a bit long in the tooth for the job (75). On the economy, of course, he gets straight A’s. Palin is the more energetic and positive Conservative – and one who, IMO, is NOT corruptible.

  68. Palin has bigger balls then any other republican canidate right now. Ron Paul said 9/11 was an inside job- he’s nuts.

  69. Palin has bigger balls then any other republican canidate right now. Ron Paul said 9/11 was an inside job- he’s nuts.

  70. What a weak field. I voted for Ron Paul. At least, he seems concerned about the economy.
    I don’t think Rand Paul & Marco Rubio will run. They haven’t been in office yet and i can’t see them running this early. In 2016 they might, though.

  71. I voted for Ron Paul because over the course of his 20 years in Congress he has consistently kept his oath to uphold the Constitution.
    He is also the ONLY one that I know of who still holds to the Christian Just War Principles that our foreign policy was founded upon and that which the founders also held to. The only just war is a war of self defense based in scripture. Meaning four instances in the bible where a man could kill another without being guitly of murder;
    1) Capital Punishment
    2) By Accident
    3) Self Defense
    4) In Defense of your loved ones

    But Democrats never cared about that or the Constitution and neither do modern Republicans who used to get elected to get us out of the wars Democrats got us into.
    Since the emerging one world government in my opinion, though it will be part of fulfilling bible prophesy is a Satanic plan and we now understand that it will most likely come about through the United Nations and Ron Paul has authored Bills to get us out of the UN. Even if you don’t believe in bible prophesy it’s pretty obvious that we’re heading in that direction and America is losing its sovereignty.
    Thomas Jefferson strongly warned us about central banks and now, those warnings almost seem prophetic themselves when you look at our massive debt owed to the Federal Reserve Corporation which is enslaving suture generations of our children and Ron Paul has authored Bills to abolish the Fed and another to audit that corporation which controls the money supply for our entire country and hasn’t been audited since 1913. WHAT?
    Article I,Section 8, clause 11 of our Constitution requires a Congressional declaration of war and Madison said the president has no authority to send our troops into war. Meanwhile, Democrats who don’t care a bit about our Constitution are the original police the world and stick our noses in other country’s business party and today the Republican Party except for Ron Paul is just like them. Therefore he is the ONLY one who we can turn to since all the other Republicans now adhere to the progressive, liberal, globalist, militarist style of foreign policy. Heck. Even president Bush sent us into a war to enforce UN resolutions against a country that never attacked us or threatened us and without a declaration of war just like Democrats do and they were the party in power during the Indian Wars, the first Mexican War, Second Mexican War, half the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Kosovo, while Clinton had 30,000 covert troops in Columbia for 6 years and kept us in Iraq for 8 years bombing the crap out of them over 400 times killing over 1,000 of them
    Now, we have nowhere to turn but to Ron Paul because the Republicans act just like Democrats.

  72. Ron Paul is also strongly pro-life and has authored a Bill called the Sanctity of Life Act which would have declared that life begins at conception (he should know because he was a baby doctor for 50 years) which would have ended abortion on demand IMMEDIATELY without having to wait until we get enough SC justices elected who are sympathetic to the pro-life position and then have to wait for another case to come up where they could rule on it. In fact,, those who play that game are about as stupid as a bag of rocks.
    Otherwise, abortion is a states rights issue where it always belonged from the beginning. Ron Paul is the ONLY one who has it right on that issue as well. If you guys are serious about ending abortion then Ron Paul is your best hope

    1. Your post is self-contradictory. If it is a state’s rights issues, why did or how could Paul author a bill that would end “abortion on demand” (whatever that phrase means) at the federal law? How would that work exactly?

      Please go to the front page of Caffeinated Thoughts to see my post on Pauls’ prolife views.

  73. Ron Paul is the only proven (over a period of nearly 30 years) small government, sound money, obey the constitution candidate out there so of course I voted for the best possible candidate!

  74. RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2012, THE TIME HAS COME TO GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, AND FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!!!!

    1. All Ron Paul is doing when he earmarks is taking (allready spent) money from a Federal bill and bringing it back to his state. Almost all of the bills he puts earmarks in he votes against…If the bill passes he has succesfully taken Federal money and given it back to his state. As a ” Fiscal Conservative” this should please you.

  75. Judge Greer’s decision to allow the murder of Terri Schiavo had nothing to do with Medicare or government run health care (as bad as all those things are),

    As you probably know by now, I started a whole new thread based upon two writings of Paul’s and an interview.on the front page of CT.

  76. Under the radar Mike Huckabee did more with grass roots activists, national media, etc. than any other conservative. He’ll do a lot more if elected president.

  77. I vote Mike Huckabee! He is a welcome voice/opinion , with the experience to back it up, on Fox News as well as his radio show.

  78. I vote Mike Pence… Although my dream ticket (as of now) would be Chris Christie / Michelle Bachmann

  79. @ Kansas Bob. Why should the conservative candidate move to the middle when approximately 40% of the country describes themselves as conservative–versus only 20% who describe themself as liberal?

    That’s why so many Democrats run as moderates during campaign season; they are the minority!

  80. I don’t think you can make any other choice but Sarah Palin for this award this year. While I am a Libertarian, I can’t deny the tremendous impact Sarah Palin is having on the electorate. She can draw thousands of people to a public appearance, even having people stand in line for HOURS just to see her for a moment. She has taken stands on specific policies, many proposed by other nominees, and has potential voters talking and blogging about them. People may call her polarizing, but that’s because the woman takes a stand and is becoming so popular that she scares the bejeebers out of the left – which includes the media. In 2008, Sarah was definitely not-ready-for-prime-time, but by 2012 I think she will be.

    As for Ron Paul, I agree with many of the things he stands for, but he comes across as a fruitcake, and I think is unelectable on a national level. He also doesn’t appear to influence political thinking, as people just dismiss the man.

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