Open Thread: Straw Poll-apalooza!

Who are you supporting for President in 2008?

The folks here at Horses’ Ass have our picks. Here they are:

Goldy: Al Gore
David only supports candidates who have both a blockbuster film and a best selling book to their credit. That means it was either Al Gore or Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who starred in I Heart Huckabees, and wrote the best selling book Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.

Geov Parrish: Mitt Romney

Geov remarked once that he wanted a President who was progressive on health care issues AND wore that weird Morman underwear. Well, one out of two ain’t bad!

Darryl: Well… um…
Darryl is undecided at the moment. It’s either Tom Vilsack or Barack Obama. It’s a battle between Obama’s knowledge of the soybean market, versus Vilsack’s charisma and energy. I’ll get back to you with Darryl’s answer.

Will: John Edwards
I am personally inspired by the guy. Any candidate who wants to end poverty is somebody who is not playing it safe.

But nevermind us experts. Share your picks in the comments.


  1. 1

    YOS LIB BRO spews:





  2. 2

    menschwench spews:

    John Edwards — no question. We watched his online town meeting from Iowa and his courage, compassion, and guts were just stunning. He’s going to be wired and dangerous…definitely a net presence. The bumper stickers go on tomorrow.

  3. 3

    My Left Foot spews:

    John Edwards with Obama as Veep.

    Creates a southern, midwest (sort of) ticket that I hope America can accept. It is one of youth (relatively speaking) and intelligence. Both are well spoken, something voters are sure to look for after 8 years of Bushisms and blunders.

    A Kennedy-esque pair of candidates? Perhaps. We need change. We need good men. These men fit the bill.

    My only fear is the race card being played ala Harold Ford, Jr. in Tennessee. Never spoken, but played nevertheless.

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    skagit spews:

    Edwards-Obama an perfect match! I loved Edwards in 2004 and thought he should have been at the top. Al Gore just doesn’t want it, I think. And he’s got some baggage. . . Edward has great presence. He is a true liberal. He’s authentic.

    Clark a good man but doesn’t have the presence to sell himself. Very smart and very ethical. But, not the chemistry to be marketable.

    Mitt Romney I also like but just can’t cast my ballot for a Republican this soon. Got to get some distance from this current crop. I wouldn’t be disappointed if he won, however. I like John Edwards. Wouldn’t that be a match up? Romney vs. Edwards . . .

    Notice how we liberals can cross the aisle without the hatemongering and name calling? Wonder if any of you so-called conservatives can do the same?

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    sammy spews:

    100 per cent Edwards – now ripe and ready – great speaker, and addressing the issues I think are at the top of my list. Great wife, real asset….. telegenic, almost pretty, but masculine, will raise mega bucks.

    Romney is anti gay in the classic Mormon manner – maybe talented, needs to get into this century….. amid Republican corruption he might stand alone, in his under ware ??

    They are called garments and often show up at thrift stores. Make great long johns, more practical than little caps or scarves…..etc. Women wear them as well.

    I am a very very reprobate Mormon. Inactive to the hilt, maybe apostate.

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    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    I’ll vote for any Dem. And no matter who the Dems run, the right-wing cowards will try to swift boat them, but I’d say that an Edwards-Richardson ticket might be a winner. South and Southwest and Hispanic VP might have a better chance of getting elected since there are so many kkk types in the GOP, Obama might energize the racist wing of the republican party too much. And Senator Clinton is too easy a mark for the right wing talking heads, although I am sure she’d do a fine job.

    Edwards is smart, cool, calm and collected.

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    Richardson from New Mexico. He’s a governor, has more foreign policy experience than anyone (short of Gore as VP). Has saved hostages from Iraq and Sudan. Even as governor regularly meets with North Korea on their nuclear program.

    He’s also arguably the most natural person-to-person politician in the race, for he holds the Guinness Record for handshaking (beating out Teddy Roosevelt).

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    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    You know what I love? I love the fact that Mark The Cowardly Redneck’s offspring will drown and die in a terrible death caused by global warming that he made fun of. That really makes me happy. Since I don’t have any kids, I don’t give a fuck if these right wing ass suckers destroy the planet. Fuck em. They deserve to die along with the rest of the human race that elects cowards and fools like George Bush.

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    Right Stuff spews:

    Yes, Edwards is a true champion for the poor.
    He has generously donated his ~$100M estate towards helping bridge the gap between the “Two Americas”. yeah right.

    Editorial Note…….John Edwards is an elitist, personal injury lawyer who could care less about the poor and really only cares about ego/power. His speech and photo op in “the 9th ward” were priceless.

    Hilary Clinton, as soon as she “officially” declares, will immediately become the darling and focus of the media and drown out the Dem competition for the spotlight. Don’t forget the formidible “Clinton War Room”. The republicans have to worries. The Clintons will dismantle any potential primary competition to Hillary.
    It is going to such fun watching the fireworks….

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    jb spews:

    I haven’t seen any posts by Geov Parrish on Horsesass, but his choice of Mitt Romney shows just how lame his political instincts are – have you read his columns?

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    rhp6033 spews:

    I’m mostly interested in a Democrat who can win. I like Gore, but he can’t carry his home state, and unfortunately charisma is a more important job qualification than intelligence.

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    I’m holding out for Mark the Redneck.

    We need a REAL asshole in the White House.Not the fake one we got now.

    Besides…the goddamn White House needs to be WHITE. Goddamit.

    The Corporations make the jobs, the producers do the producin’, the invisible hand…well…the invisible hand HANDLES things.

    And if you don’t like it…get the fuck out.

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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    Edwards. But I’m gonna start with working for Clark (who’ll be a GREAT Sec. of State).

    Veep could be Obama, but though I hadn’t thought of Richardson, he’d be great (for the reasons mentioned above).



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    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    What, no Hillary supporters?


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    Right Stuff spews:

    What about John Kerry? He is going to announce after the first of the year…. ( did you know he served in Vietnam?)

    John Edwards will never last… His first speech was such a show of hypocrisy! 9th ward in N.O.! Why not his 100 acre estate in N.C.?
    Taken from, of all places, The Democatic Daily..

    “Edwards’ posh estate is a work in progress, with a recently completed 10,700-square-foot main mansion as its centerpiece.

    The $3.1 million ritzy pad sports 10 rooms, 61/2 baths, two garages, a huge country kitchen with hardwood floors”

    By the way, John Edwards, no military experience.

    One person we know won’t run for president as a D is Joe Lieberman. Funny how eight years ago he was on the ticket, and now he is an outcast of the Democrats.

    C’mon folks we all know the darlings of the media, Clinton and McCain, are going to be the candidates…

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    Yossarian spews:

    YOS LIB BRO says:

    What, no Hillary supporters?


    12/29/2006 at 10:12 am

    It’s a valid question , Yos Lib Bro. Who’s supporting Hillary? Come on: this is an anonymous place. Don’t be afraid to express your support of Hillary.

    BTW, Yos Lib Bro, check you cap lock – it appears to be stuck in the “on” position.

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    Tlazolteotl spews:

    I’d support Richardson; he has good political skills and experience in several areas that are going to be important in the next few years (energy policy, foreign policy, diplomacy, general executive experience). Don’t know enough about Vilsack, though at least he’s going to have some executive skills as well, and after the current assministration, I view such skills as a definite plus.

    Edwards says a lot of the right things, but his oratory skills are far ahead of his political skills. He was frankly awful in the debate against Cheney, and basically disappeared during the ’04 campaign. Similar deal with Obama. It seems that people are projecting a lot onto him based on his convention speech. Yes, it was inspirational, but he really hasn’t displayed much spine in the Senate, so, as with Edwards, I’m not seeing much walk for all the talk.

    Hillary? Please! I’ve had enough of political dynasties, thank you very much! Biden, Kerry? Has-beens. Have I left anyone out? I suppose I could support Kucinich, though I doubt he would have a snowflake’s chance in hell of getting close to the nomination.

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    Tlazolteotl spews:

    But hey, from another angle, I’m sure glad I’m not having to pick my favorite Republican candidate….such a classy bunch.

  19. 23

    Jw1945sm spews:

    Edwards with Obama will easily beat ANY Republican ticket and have you looked at a close-up pic of McCain? He’ll never survive the first term…………..alive that is.

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    Obama. No question.

    I’d be anti-Edwards, but sources tell me that he finally had that mole removed from his lip, so I guess I can support him if he makes it out of the primaries.

    Richardson doesn’t have the appeal to be top of the ticket – would be a great help as a veep candidate to help lock up the SW and a lot of the latino vote though. Obama/Richardson? I could get behind that.

  21. 25

    Right Stuff spews:

    This is very funny. Does anyone really believe that the Clinton Machine won’t stomp any potential threat to Hillary’s office?
    Richardson? c’mon the Clinton’s have enough dirt on him to bury his chances…. Obama – again, hasn’t paid his “lib” dues yet..
    I think you’re gonna get Hillary shoved down your throat, just like Kerry was in 2004.

  22. 26

    Right Stuff spews:

    I like Mike Huckabee (R) Arkansas. What could be wrong with another Gov. from Arkansas right? He has been voted one of the top 5 gov. in the country.
    Of course, I have no illusions about the media pre ordaining of John McCain.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Right Stuff may have a point in #25 regarding Huckabee. It may sit better with the voters to see a governor running than someone who’s been stewing in the morass of corruption that Congress seems to have become–even most of the Dems still bear the taint, even if they make an honest effort to clean things up.

    As far as your statements about Hillary…sounds like you’ve been poring over your collection of back issues of the Washington Times and the American Spectator. Regardless, I don’t like her very much either, and should she be nominated I don’t know whether I’d vote for her or not. Depends on how unpalatable her opponent turned out to be.

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    jsa on commercial drive spews:

    Yossarian @ 19:

    Unfortunately, most Dems I know just don’t care that much for Hillary. She polls very well in the halls of Time Magazine and in NYC. I never go to the former, and don’t spend much time in the latter.

    My personal feelings are twofold:

    1) I just don’t get excited by her politics. She has been spending the last 6 years tacking to the center with her views on economics and the war. At best, she is a more tepid, less progressive candidate than I’d like. At worst, she is calculating and looking to say things that poll well. Not interesting, nor interested.

    2) Just at a gut level, look at all the presidential candidates from both parties during the time I’ve been following politics (basically from Carter onwards). You take someone who is largely unknown to the country. If they have some vauge name recognition (i.e. a Bush fils, a Reagan, or a Kerry), so much the better. That candidate can then be molded and a story can be built around them whole cloth. Why do this? Well, you can build positive ratings (and thus votes) by telling a story. If someone has a negative rating, you’re pretty much stuck with that. Ciphers start out with low negative ratings, so you’re at a good starting point.

    Regardless of her merits as a human being, that is not Hillary. The whole country knows who she is, and the 20% of the country that makes up our righty trolls and the backbone of Team Rush thinks she’s the Devil Incarnate.

    Most importantly, remember that Time and Newsweek aren’t very accurate predictors of how the election is going to go. Try to remember the last time the Great White Hope in the winter before the primaries started actually became the nominee. It hasn’t happened in my lifetime.

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    jsa on commercial drive spews:

    ps. Right Stuff @ 24:

    Kerry wasn’t forced down anyone’s throat. The discussions the rank and file had during the caucus were based on the fact that Dean was considered too weird, wild, and too far left, and while a lot of people liked the guy, they felt that nominating him was wasting their vote because the rest of the Democratic party wouln’t agree with that.

    My response to these people (in as many words) was that a caucus is where you get to state your preference for a candidate. If you want to vote tactically in the general election, fine. Here you get to vote for who you want.

    I added that the Democratic Party had to stand for something besides “We won’t destroy the country quite as fast as the Republicans will.”.

    I’m a good speaker and persuaded a few other members of the 1841st precinct. Unfortunately, I have a day job and don’t have the time to go twisting arms for the Democratic Party elsewhere in the country.

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    Jack Burton spews:

    You guyz HONESTLY think those other clowns are gonna beat out Queen Hillary?

    It’ll be Hillary/Obama vs Rudy(or McCain)and Condi (or ????)

    Mitt?? Nope….”Mitt Happens” Heh heh
    Edwards? Mr hair? Already pandering to the black vote and didn’t even carry his own state? Sorry

    Clark? The token vet that came on the scene at the last minute? Nope….Libs don’t like military types, not deep down admit it.

    Richardson? He couldn’t even run the Dept of Energy forget about being POTUS.

    Kerry is STILL a KLOWN…..’nuff said

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    Right Stuff spews:

    I predict, in the end….
    The liberal caucus will bend, and compromise, deciding on a ticket of Clinton/Clark.
    And don’t worry about Hillary being to far center, she is just pandering to the “independent” vote. She is as left as they come, just better at hiding it.
    It will be fun to watch….

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    Right Stuff spews:

    On the right, ditto for McCain
    The base caucus will compromise AGAIN, and put a ticket out there like McCain/Romney or McCain/Guiliani….blah..

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    bluecella spews:

    Got to go with, Gore! We need somebody to lead us out of the perilous place we’re in. He’s the one to do it. I want to see Hillary run but also want to see many other women run too.

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    sven spews:

    Gore is a joke ans always has been a has been.

    The only serious winning ticket would be the right combination ofEdwardsd, Obama or Hillary.

    Hillary should swallow her lust for power and run as Edwards veep, and gain her own credibility and voice.

    But I bet she buys off Obama and runs with him as her veep instead.

    The only credible candidate on the Right side is Guilianni, but we will get McCain instead I wager.

  31. 38

    Charles L. Smith spews:

    It’s way too early to decide. Let’s let the meat grinder chomp on these folks for a while.

    At the moment I lean toward Gore; I mean he actually got most of the votes in 2000. Where is Ralph Nader these days, btw?

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    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Wrong stuff proves my point. This asshole has an attack for every Dem. Fortunately, the country has figured out that the right is WRONG and we can beat ANY GOP candidate, especially given the Viet Nam – like quagmire Bush has created in Iraq.

    By the way , I made a new bumper sticker for the chickenhawks on the right – it says…


    Yeah like that will ever happen!

  33. 40

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    No one supporting The Smartest Woman In The World? WTF???

    Why are all of you afraid of powerful women?

  34. 41

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Mark The Cowardly Redneck – will you support our troops by taking their place? Didn’t think so.

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    Mike Webb SUCKS spews:

    menschwench says: John Edwards — no question. We watched his online town meeting from Iowa and his courage, compassion, and guts were just stunning. He’s going to be wired and dangerous…definitely a net presence. The bumper stickers go on tomorrow. 12/29/2006 at 1:02 am

    Too bad Barack Obama is sucking out the wind out of everyone’s sails except Hilary. Imagine this, the libtard MSM has annointed Barack. Then people wake up and say Barack has no real experience and Hilary is crowned!