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Anecdotal Evidence Poll

Sure, it’s only anecdotal evidence, but here in the part of central Florida that I call home I have noticed a big shift in one election indicator that is very much different from 2008 – yard signs.

In the areas I travel I have noticed a huge gap in the number of yard signs. In 2008 there were much fewer yard signs for either candidate and they were distributed fairly evenly between Obama and McCain. That’s not the case this year. In the weeks since the conventions I’ve noticed a huge imbalance, so big that it was noticeable. I have seen dozens and dozens of Romney/Ryan signs but I have only seen two Obama yard signs. Two — total.

Does it mean anything? I don’t know. Is it scientific? About as scientific as the poll I’m about to ask you to participate in (that would be “No” for those of you who missed it). Over in the right side bar is a poll asking what anecdotal evidence you’ve seen in your area.

Regardless, we have less than a week before election day. Get out there and vote.

Romney-Ryan 2012

The “secret” is out. Every source on the planet is reporting that Mitt Romney will announce Paul Ryan as his running mate at an event in Virginia about one hour from now. Here is what other bloggers have to say about the choice.


Guy Benson – Townhall

Paul Ryan is one of the sunniest, most likeable conservatives on the scene today. He’s also the party’s top wonk and is completely fluent in fiscal issues. I predict that Democrats will publicly gloat over this pick (“he’ll be so easy to demonize!”), even as they privately worry. Paul Ryan is earnest, smart, articulate, attractive, calm, good-humored, and exceptionally gifted in explaining his case in persuasive and unthreatening terms. He’s from the Midwest, has blue collar appeal (unlike Romney, he did not grow up wealthy), and has a beautiful young family. The Left will launch vicious and totally dishonest attacks, as they have throughout the last two years of budget debates. But never before has Paul Ryan enjoyed a larger platform from which to make his case to the American public: The country is going broke, a fiscal calamity awaits, but we can avoid it if we take responsible, urgent action. This campaign is about to get a major (and needed) injection of seriousness.


John Hawkins – Right Wing News

The selection of Ryan will definitely energize conservatives and it sends the right message: Mitt Romney is serious about governing the country. On the other hand, it’s not a cautious choice. There’s conflicting polling data, but the Ryan plan doesn’t seem to be particularly popular with the public. Ryan’s selection insures that it’s going to be front and center in the campaign from now until election day and the Democrats are going to respond with demagoguery while refusing to offer a serious plan of their own.

I’ll be gathering more, and watching the announcement. Your comments are welcome. I’ll be adding other reactions as I find them.


Aaron Goldstein – The American Spectator

By picking Ryan, Romney has both elevated and embraced one of the leadings lights of 21st century American conservatism. More than any other Republican, Ryan has articulated a spirited defense of the free market, fiscal responsibility, what limited government should like and how we pay for it.

2012 Presidential Primary Poll – Final Four

In all the activity of the Florida Primary I forgot to update the poll. It’s time for you to take part in the bRight & Early 2012 Presidential Primary Poll – Final Four edition. Find the poll in the right sidebar and cast your vote for Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, or Rick Stantorum.

When you’re done voting, come back to this post and tell us why you voted the way you did.

New Poll

It’s a new year, new month and there is a new lineup, so it’s time for a new poll. With Michele Bachmann “suspending” her campaign the field shrinks, if only slightly. With New Hampshire and South Carolina coming up in quick succession, I imagine the number of candidates will contract again by, or just after, Florida.

Here’s who’s left: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and All The Rest. If you vote for all the rest please feel free to leave a comment telling us who that vote represents.

Get you vote in soon. I think things will be moving very quickly. Tell your friends about the poll

bRight & Early 2012 Presidential Primary Poll #14

Not only have we started another month, but we are now looking at one less candidate. With Herman Cain suspending his campaign yesterday, the field is narrower and the “Cainiacs” have to find someone else to support. Who benefits from this change. I imagine the poll itself will give us part of the answer. If any Cain supporters want to tell us who they’re supporting now they can do so in the comments.

This poll gives you the following choices: Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and “All The Rest”. If you pick “All The Rest” feel free to name your choice here in the comments. You can also let me know if you think I should include other candidates.

Welcome to December everyone. Iowa is only four weeks away.

First Cup – 10.17.11

1st CupThe First Cup is a (sort of) daily post pointing you to some of the best posts from around the right side of the blogosphere. If you have a post that you would like considered for the First Cup, send the link to lakelandjim at gmail dot com. Here is what’s happening on Monday, October 17th, 2011.

Just a note first of all – Bob Owens has “retired” Confederate Yankee and is writing at his self named blog. Be sure to update your links and blogrolls.

In The Shark Tank Javier Manjarres takes a look at Mitt Romney’s Rocky Path to the GOP Nomination.

AJ Strata says David Loses To Cain On Meet The Press.

On a personal note, check out my New Quest to become the official blog of LEGOLAND® Florida.

2012 Presidential Primary Poll #13

It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new bRight&Early 2012 Presidential Primary Poll. But first, here are the results of poll #12:

  • Rick Perry – 40%
  • Michele Bachmann – 30%
  • Ron Paul – 20%
  • Mitt Romney – 10%
  • Everyone Else – 0%

The race for the nomination is going strong. Your choices for this poll: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and “All The Rest”. If you pick “All The Rest” feel free to name your choice here in the comments. You can also let me know if you think I should include other candidates.

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Herman Cain Wins Florida P5 Straw Poll

The results for yesterday’s Florida P5 Straw Poll are somewhat surprising, perhaps even shocking. Here they are:

  1. Herman Cain – 37.1%
  2. Rick Perry – 15.4%
  3. Mitt Romney – 14.0%
  4. Rick Santorum – 10.9%
  5. Ron Paul – 10.4%
  6. Newt Gingrich – 8.4%
  7. Jon Huntsman – 2.3%
  8. Michele Bachmann – 1.5%

From most of the coverage prior to the straw poll you would be forgiven for thinking that only Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were running for the nomination. The debate and the speeches by the candidates changed that for those attending P5. But how did Herman Cain pull off the poll Win? Byron York explores that question.

But even on Saturday, Perry might still have recovered some support with an inspiring speech before the voting. Instead, he headed off to Michigan, and it was Cain who delivered a barn-burner that brought at least seven standing ovations from the delegates. Wavering Perry delegates became Cain voters.

York also includes this quote, which is making the rounds on Twitter, other social media, and the blogosphere:

“I liked Cain, but I wasn’t sure he could win,” said Zena, from Washington County. “But after I heard this, I thought it doesn’t matter if he wins or not — I am for this man. He was awesome.”

I think that, as much as anything, explains Cain’s strong showing. It’s easy for the non-political (most of the voters, really) and even activists to get caught up in the electability discussion. Do read York’s entire article for a more in depth look.

Of course winning one straw poll does not a campaign make (see Michele Bachmann – Iowa). We are still months away from the first real contests. On the other hand, in politics, like sports, momentum is a very valuable commodity. Will this make a difference in the campaign? I don’t know, but I am very curious. It is going to be fun to watch.

2012 Presidential Primary Poll #12

It is the start of a new month, and a start of a new 2012 Presidential Primary Poll. The results of poll #11 are in.

  • Rick Perry – 67%
  • Mitt Romney – 33%
  • All other options and choices – 0%

There haven’t been any major additions to the field, and no one has dropped out, so your choices remain the same: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and “All The Rest”. If you pick “All The Rest” feel free to name your choice here in the comments. You can also let me know if you think I should include other candidates.

It’s Labor Day, time to get the 2012 campaign going.

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If you can…

2012 Presidential Primary Poll #11

Poll #10 is now closed. Since changing the guidelines for the poll, we had a bit more participation. Here are the results:

  • Herman Cain — 29%
  • Michele Bachmann — 18%
  • An Undeclared Candidate — 12%
  • Buddy Roemer — 12%
  • Thad McCotter — 12%
  • Mitt Romney — 6%
  • Ron Paul — 6%
  • Fred Karger — 6%
  • Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Jr., Gary E. Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum — 0%

The addition triggering the new poll is Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy this morning.

This week you can choose between Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and a new choice — All The Rest. The name(s) in Bold are new this week. If you pick “All The Rest” feel free to name your choice here in the comments. If you didn’t notice, the poll is in the sidebar, below the book ads.

Following the Iowa Straw Poll today, I feel sure that there will be some changes to the field in the weeks to come. Candidates who didn’t do well, or didn’t do as well as expected, are going to be reevaluating their campaigns. A new poll will be posted when any of the listed candidates decide to “spend more time with their families”.

Tell your friends, spread the word. How about clicking on the “Like”, “Tweet” or “+1″ buttons, and if you have your own blog, tell your readers about the poll. Thanks!