Dorchester Presidential Straw Poll Results

dorch.serendipityThumbResults of Dorchester Presidential Straw Poll Results from the 51st annual Republican convention in Seaside:

Scott Walker — 41.5%
Jeb Bush — 23.4%
Marco Rubio — 10.6%
Ben Carson — 4.3%
Chris Christie — 4.3%
Rand Paul — 4.3%
Sarah Palin — 3.2%
Bobby Jindal — 2.1%
Elizabeth Warren — 2.1%
Ted Cruz — 1.1%
Carly Fiorina — 1.1%
Mike Huckabee — 1.1%
Rick Santorum — 1.1%

  • Jim Barth

    The poll results I saw posted on FB showed the results by numbers rather than %. The numbers were telling – total votes 98. Using %’s masks the poor attendance of this conference.

    • .

      Poll seth barf vader?

      • .


    • MrBill

      So 2.1% for Elizabeth Warren reflects 2 of the 98 voted for Warren? I wonder who they are and what their story is?

      • FedUpLibBS

        Or what they’d been Drinking???

        • MrBill

          Some form of Kool-Aid no doubt.

  • MrBill

    Elizabeth Warren 2.1%?

    • Erotica Blair

      Huh.. there is hope for Republicans still! 😉

      • MrBill

        Huh…huh, huh…Good one.

  • Bob Clark

    It would seem like Walker has been pretty vetted in the proverbial Hades furnace of Wisconsin labor union confrontations, plus sleazy prosecutors sporting ties to the previous Wisconsin governing regime.

    I need to hear more from Walker on the national scene to really know if he has staying power. Jeb Bush has the over powering political machinery, and so it isn’t going to be easy in the early stages for Walker to overcome. But if Walker is still around after the first three rounds, then we’ve got something maybe competitive.

    I like Rubio’s speaking capabilities, but he has burned much of his tea party credentials.

    Rand Paul has shown some tendency to misspeak, making him pretty easily dispatched by meanstream media.

    And Chris Cristie is already toast. He should be looking to land somewhere.

    Then there is Hucksterberry. Pardoning convicts (as your leaving office) who subsequently kill again should be considered an immovable anvil.

  • CherryAnn1000

    The people are Dorchester do not represent conservatives in this state. While Scott Walker is a great choice for prez, none of the rest down to Ted Cruz are worth much. I’m surprised Ted didn’t score higher, but then he really IS a conservative, and I have to question how conservative the folks at Dorchester really are. Not very it appears.

  • FedUpLibBS

    Jeb for amnesty and common core… NO WAY. Rubio sided with SCHMUCK SCHUMER redoing McLAME’s Amnesty.. another NO WAY.. Rand’s slipups show he didn’t fall far enough from the old man’s NUT TREE. …If the GOP thinks the only way to win is to repeat Loser History… they do so alone… Mushy Moderate is No better than a Democrap of any size.

    • redbean

      I was with you ’til you dissed Rand. All politicos have slip-ups – whether the media reports on them is the question, and he definitely has a target on his back. If memory serves correctly (admittedly sometimes it doesn’t), the “NUT TREE” won 15% of Oregon Republican votes when he ran. Nuts are very nutritious, you know, full of protein and health fats.

      • FedUpLibBS

        We have NOTHING further to discuss.

  • TheFrequentPoster

    I look at the Oregon Republicans and see a bunch of people who have gotten way, way too comfortable with losing. I guess this makes them feel good because they can remain pure, but it’s bad for the state.

    Look: Gay marriage is a fact of life, and there’s nothing you’ll do about it. And it’s not nearly as important as you think, anyway. On abortion, there’s a deal to be struck — much wider availabilty of the “Plan B” contraceptive, without a prescription, in return for tighter restrictions on late term abortion.

    But the Rs aren’t going to do it, so they’ll keep right on losing. Oh well, I guess they like losing.

    • redbean

      You’re right – getting comfy with losing is too easy and satisfying in a really unhealthy way. With nothing to lose, perhaps Republicans should try the Monty Python route (“Now, For Something Completely Different…”).

      Gay marriage can be worked out if we get government out of the marriage business. Marry who you want, but stay out of other people’s churches and stop persecuting people who would rather not participate in your celebration. Owning a bakery doesn’t mean you’re a slave to every customer who walks in the door.

      Forget about “Plan B” if you truly care about women’s health. Instead, how about extending human rights to all humans?

      Maybe Republicans should adopt the saying on the coins attributed to Ben Franklin, “Mind Your Business.” Great marketing tool!

      • TheFrequentPoster

        I completely agree about “getting government out of the marriage business.” This is something I said almost immediately when the gay marriage issue came up, but unfortunately the Rs decided that homo-bashing would be useful. This was a bad idea, to put it mildly. This could’ve been dealt with in an afternoon by limiting gov’t to issuing a “certificate of union” to any two otherwise qualified adults, without regard to gender.

        I also agree about staying out of other people’s churches. Could’t possibly agree more. And the gays I know wouldn’t have the government force a church to marry them. As for the bakery, a tempest in a teapot. They’re open to the public, and unless you want to repeal the equal accommodations laws (and shrink the Rs to the last 10% of the electorate), then they should have to make that cake. That much said, if I was on the jury I’d award damages of $1, on the grounds that the two lesbians in question had plenty of alternatives.

        Generally speaking, I think the Rs have spent way too much time, energy, and political capital on the gay issue. Give it up, and move on.

        “Plan B,” to my understanding, is nothing but a triple dose of the pill. It’s not the best birth control method, that’s for sure. But it sure as hell beats having an abortion. I say make “Plan B” available without a prescription, but with plenty of warnings about side effects. Trade that for late-term abortion restrictions.

        Look, in Oregon, even if Roe v Wade was repealed, you simply will not outlaw abortion. The majority wouldn’t support it. Instead, you do much more to prevent unwanted pregnancies. I happen to think that abortion is an intelligence test, and only careless youth and stupid adults get them. A smart system is one that has some simple options for the simple minded.

        I understand that many Rs are anti-abortion. Myself, I’m libertarian about it. If I had my way, abortion would be almost completely unregulated. But, in recognition of the objections, I’d be fine with tougher rules on later-term abortions, but only if “Plan B” or the equivalent was universally available.

        It’s not the ideal solution, I realize. The ideal would be that every child was wanted, and that abortion never happened except in truly dire circumstances. But the world’s far from ideal. Oregonians will not approve the forcing of women to bring a pregnancy to term, i.e., an abortion ban. To the degree that the Rs make this part of their platform, they will keep losing.

        As a former D and now political independent, I really want there to be a strong, effective R party in the state. The idea that the Ds could be this corrupt for this long, but the Rs can’t dislodge them, ought to make the Rs collectively sit down and have a come-to-Jesus conversation about why so many voters won’t touch them.

        And don’t dodge it by blaming others.