Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll With 29% Of Vote, Ron Paul Takes Second With 28%

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The Ames Straw vote results out of Iowa are in, and Michelle Bachmann appears to have won with 29% of the votes, or 4,823 of the 16,892 votes cast. Bernanke nemesis Ron Paul placed second, just 150 votes behind Bachmann, at 4,671, or taking down 28% of the total. For those stupefied by this result, a source on the ground informs us that Bachmann proceeded to hand out 6000 free tickets at $30 each with a mandatory registration at her booth to gain concert entrance. Furthermore, final results were probably tabulated by the BLS. As for other frontrunners, Pawlenty came in a distant third with 14% or 2,293 of the votes. The Hill has more: "A House member has never finished in the top two; extraordinarily, two House lawmakers finished nearly neck-and-neck toward the top. Bachmann is the first woman to ever win the straw poll. "We’re very excited," said Alice Steward, a spokesman for Bachmann. "it’s a very emotional night for her, she’s excited and thankful all the hard work of the supporters and volunteers paid off...Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) won about 10 percent, pizza magnate Herman Cain finished at about nine percent, and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) drew just 35 total votes. Murmurs of huge crowds at Waterloo native's splay on the campus of Iowa State University persisted throughout the day, suggesting that momentum was with — and never waned — from Bachmann's campaign." Rounding off the field were Santorum with 10% of the vote, Herman Cain with 9%, write ins Perry and Romney with 4% and 3%, respectively, and Gingrich getting 2%. We are not quite sure if this is the cue to laugh or cry. Our money is on the latter.

More from The Hill:

A rousing late-day speech that stressed social conservative credentials and Bachmann's ties to the Hawkeye State culminated with Bachmann beckoning undecided voters to her tent, which boasted air conditioning, seating, and performances by country star Randy Travis.


"Join me, I'm heading over to the voting booth right now," she said. "Come with me now."


Pawlenty's failure to finish in the top spot raises new questions about the core health of his campaign. The former Minnesota governor has failed to raise his poll numbers outside the single digits, and had poured most of his remaining resources into the straw poll, where he hoped a victory would infuse his campaign with new momentum. 


"We made progress in moving from the back of the pack into a competitive position for the caucuses, but we have a lot more work to do," Pawlenty said in a statement. "This is a long process to restore America -- we are just beginning and I'm looking forward to a great campaign."


Pawlenty had set expectations at a finish somewhere in the top-tier; he's said repeatedly that a first-place finish wasn't essential. But even Pawlenty acknowledged Friday that a disappointing finish would force him to "reassess" his campaign, which has set itself up as more of a traditional, nationally-oriented campaign.

As for Paul...

Paul's showing caps off an effort of almost five years, dating back to his first bid for the Republican nomination way back in 2007, when he started to assemble the vast grassroots organization that propelled him to victory in today's straw poll.


He made a midday speech to straw poll participants that was heavy on playing up the Texas congressman's opposition to abortion rights; he also emphasized his opposition to the war in Iraq and criticism of U.S. monetary policy — views that tend to place him outside of the Republican mainstream.


Paul's finish Ames makes Paul's candidacy look less like a longshot, and more like a realistic possibility. The straw poll is a good, if imperfect, indicator of Republicans choice to win next February's caucuses, and Paul's finish on Saturday makes it seem increasingly plausible that he could win those contests.

Of course, if Paul were to eventually become president, we would advise him to not come within 100 miles of any school book depositories. Also to avoid prepared food, theaters, public speeches, pope mobiles (in fact any form of transportation that goes over 15 mph), to run like the wind from any and all hot tubs, jacuzzis, swimming pools, and baths, and in general to conduct his long overdue gold standard policy from a bunker several miles underground if possible.

Alas, this may all be just a tad optimistic.

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Oh regional Indian's picture

Hahahaha indeed. What a picture eh?

Come monday, I think a lot of speculators and inverTORS will be feeling that weiner going up the wrong side of their anatomy.

Finance is going to take center stage again. And all this political meodrama will be just that (I am sleepy and cannot tell if th ewhole article above is an onion piece or for realz).

Happpy SUnday, because THe Monday MOrning Blues are a-coming.


Michael's picture


For all those who helped murder the US carbon tax and CCX including myself, Thank you very, very, very much.

Barack Obama's million dollar suckers, I mean investors, who lost all their money in the exchange arn't going to be very happy with him.

"Intercontinental Exchange Inc. will close its U.S. emissions derivatives platform, the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange, after the first quarter, the Wall Street Journal reported.

ICE plans to start listing derivatives related to emissions reductions plans in New Jersey, Massachussetts, Connecticut and California, along with a sulfur-based contract, the Journal said, citing a notice issued by the company to traders on Friday.

The company is shutting the exchange down as it is losing money and the chances of a federal carbon-reduction plan being put into place look slim, the Journal said.

ICE bought the platform's parent company Climate Exchange PLC in 2010 for about $600 million last year." ICE to shutter Chicago Climate Exchange,0,7784695.story

slewie the pi-rat's picture

hey, m!

in the casino nearest me the emissions betting takes place in the bathroom stalls

Vic Vinegar's picture

Looks like tonight we get heart-to-heart dedications.

This one goes out to slewie and Ori.  Two lovers in love.

Vic Vinegar's picture

And this one goes out to Michael.  Michael is a bit of a loser, who doesn't understand shit.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Yeah - hypelrswallowing too... She has the fried frozen butter for $4 in her mouth. A good training for the job, concerning the age of her mentors ....

DaBernank's picture

another caption: "This is a trick my husband taught me"

Revolution_starts_now's picture

"This is a trick my husband taught me"

If you zoomed back he was right beside her with a "big one" in his hand, shit eating grin and tapping his foot to the guy right next to him.


disabledvet's picture

Worse? Whachutalkin' bout?

Zedge Hero's picture

Long Long Time ago…..

I can still remember how that money used to make me smile.

 And I knew if I had my choice

 That I could hear those peoples voice

 And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.


 But September 08 made me shiver

 And I began collecting Silver

 Bad news on the doorstep;

 I couldn’t take one more step.


 I can’t remember if I cried

 When I read about the housing slide,

 But something touched me deep inside

 The day the money died.


 So bye-bye, to the American lie..

 Drove my stock to the top,

 And the market went dry.

And them Wall Street boys were thinking risky with lies

 Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

 "this’ll be the day that we die."


 Did you write loans for the Bank,

 And do you have faith in Ben Bernank,

 for if the Government tells you so?

 Do you believe in too big to fail,

 Is you house now finally up for Sale?

And can you teach me how to refinance real slow


Well, I know that you’re still in love with this

 cause I see it in your complete abyss

 We really both can choose

 Man, I hate those derivatives too.


 I was a lonely disgruntled American buck

 With a sick sensation that started to suck

 But I knew I was out of luck

 The day the money died.


 We started singin’, "bye-bye, to the american lie."

 Drove my stock to the top,

 And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies

 Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

 "this’ll be the day that we die."


 Now for three years we’ve been on our own

 While Bank’s got fat on a rollin’ loan,

 But that’s not how it used to be.

 When geithner says live within our means,

As a puppet from the powers that be

 But a silence came from you and me,


Oh, and while the US was looking down,

China is stealing it’s thorny crown.

 Europe Union was adjourned;

Another bailout was returned.


And while Obama read a book on marx,

The people protested in the park,

And we sold gold in the dark

 The day the money died.


 We were singin’, "bye-bye, to the american lie."

 Drove my stock to the top,

And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies Saying’,

"this’ll be the day that we die.

 "this’ll be the day that we die."


 bets, and debts in a summer sweat.

 The stock fell off cause of Euorpean debt,

World Markets high and falling faaaast.

It’s still too high for the price of gas.

The politicians debt bill did pass,

 With downgrade rating in a flash


 Now the European air was filled with fumes

All the riots were just starting to exhume.

We all got up to fight,

Oh, but we never got the right

`cause the FED tried to print some more

 The money they added was making us poor.

 Do you recall the horror

The day the money died?


 We were singin’, "bye-bye, to the american lie."

 Drove my stock to the top,

 And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies

Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

 "this’ll be the day that we die."


 Oh, and there we were all in one place,

 401 k’s all lost in space

 With no time left to start again.

So come on: Ben be nimble, Ben be quick!

The Federal Reserve and that magic stick

 Cause the printing press is the devil’s only friend.


Oh, and as I watched him on the stage

My hands were clenched in fists of rage.

No angel born in hell

Could break that Chairmen’s spell.

And as the Gold climbed high into the night

 To light the path that was actually right,

 I saw Bernanke laughing with delight

 The day the money died


 He was even singin’, "bye-bye, to the american lie."

 Drove my stock to the top,

 And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies

 Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

 "this’ll be the day that we die."


 I bought some gold and sang the blues

 Hoping for some happy news

 Banks got tired and burned away.

 I went down to the old coin store

 Where I’d bought silver years before,

 But the man there said my money wouldn’t pay.


 And in Wall street: the brokers screamed,

 The CEO's cried, and oil creamed.

But not a word was spoken;

The global markets all were broken.

 And the two men I admire most:

 Ron Paul and Thomas Jefferson’s ghost,

They caught the last train for the coast

 The day the money died.


 And they were even singin’, "bye-bye, to the american lie."

Drove my stock to the top,

 And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies

 Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

"this’ll be the day that we die."


they were even singin’,

"bye-bye, to the american lie."

Drove my stock to the top, And the market went dry.

 And them Wall street boys were thinkng risky with lies

Saying’, "this’ll be the day that we die.

"this’ll be the day that we die."

Vic Vinegar's picture

Yeah we understand.  Facing reality is tough.  

What causes anyone to type into the machine?  It's kinda weird, no?

clymer's picture

Someone ought to remove his ability to cut and paste.

bardian's picture

I really enjoyed that, thank you.

"bets, and debts, in a summer sweat..."

goldfish1's picture

 But the man there said my money wouldn’t pay.


Not that it won't pay...that you don't have enough of it.

ISEEIT's picture

Yes, you DO know what is worse. It is the President we have now. Ignore that in your face fact if you wish, but reality is a bitch and only the insane repeat the same mistake while expecting a different result. The powers that be are hard on scaring you away from options that threaten them. I agree that Bachman, Palin, Paul all threaten the establishment.

Precisely why I will enthusiastically support any of the above.

Make a mockery of their dog and pony show ponzi.

midtowng's picture

That you lump Paul in with Bachman and Palin shows you don't really understand what is going on.

Paul is intelligent and thoughtful.

Palin is a dumb reality-TV star and Bachman is about as crazy as they come. Neither threaten the establishment. Only Paul does.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

A bullseye!

Our owners will let us have morons like Bachman or Palin as they will provide plenty of entertainment, just in the fact the the stupid sheople elected them. That doesn't count the endless comedy of watching them run this crumbling country. It'll be better than Keystone Cops, The Three Stooges and Family Vacation combined.

Ron Paul is a threat and they will let him come close enough to make it look like we have a real choice and can elect someone who will make a difference. But in the end they will ensure they all we get is compliant candidates who are either buffoons like Bachman and Palin, or slick shysters like Obama and Clinton.

BigDuke6's picture

i depresses the shit out of me to say you are totally, 100%, nail on the head correct.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

hey, 6!  you shld prob switch to porn if ur baked

Libertarian777's picture

Or join the SEC and get paid to watch porn.

whstlblwr's picture

Well you talk about Paul positions to all neighbors. You work for Paul, send money for Paul, you help Paul win enough of us do that, he win. You forget more coming to blog for news. It's new day.

Bob's picture

Perry is an intriguing hybrid type: Slick baffoon.  Stay tuned to your local corporate media outlet . . . he's the guy who will win it all. 

whstlblwr's picture

Don't think so, the evangelical event make sure he not able to win all, plus fact he really gay.

ISEEIT's picture

That you think I don't understand what is actually going on proves that you have not a clue. I live this crap dude. I am consumed by it. The contest is far larger and deeper than you seem to grasp. Our country would be better off with a batshit crazy Prez like Bachmann than with a front boy narcissist like Barry. That is word and straight up the truth. Better a simple mistake than a calculated attack. If Barry doesn't go bye-bye, your country does. Take your pick.

The worst that could happen is we exchange one asshat for another. I'm not doubling down on a loser. You can just not vote (like a loser), or you can decide to act sane (do something else).


PaperBugsBurn's picture


Paul or nothing and even him I wonder about...anybody who really threatens the banksters wouldn't/doesn't get airtime on their Mockingbid Media

whstlblwr's picture

Yes, Paul or nothing. Bachmann scary crazy.'s picture

You can just not vote (like a loser)


Would you like to be smashed in the head with a hammer or with a crowbar? Simply make your choice and suddenly you're winning!

Clearly_Irrational's picture

Crowbar definitely, it spreads out the impact more so you're less likely to die or suffer traumatic brain injury.  Of course if they hit you hard enough it won't matter.'s picture

I wrote-in "comfy pillow" but they didn't count it.

FEDbuster's picture

Paul will take away your social security and food stamps on MSNBC, Paul will legalize heroin and meth on CNN and last but not least Paul would end the FED on CNBC (no QE infinity to take the Dow to 1,000,000).  TPTB will be out in full force to remind Americans of the dangers of freedom.  Keep the sheeple calm while sheering them and then taking them to the slaughter house.

High Plains Drifter's picture

don't forget abour his open borders let us legalize drugs, keep the borders open and get rid of the FED. ysh sure................

FEDbuster's picture

Not so sure about that.  The other night he said let's bring our troops home to secure our border, not the Afghan/Pakistan border.  Plus, he has said states have the right to refuse services to illegals.  Cutting defense in half (and at least 40% of the other current spending), legalizing drugs and gay marriage and ending the Federal Reserve, should be enough to keep most Republicans from voting for him.  His strong supporter base (I am one of them) is not enough to overpower TPTB, but at least we tried to stop the collapse.  If Ron Paul doesn't win the primary, I am going to vote for Obama.

Restore the Republic, Ron Paul 2012


Hasten the Collapse, OBAMA 2012

glenlloyd's picture

I'm not sure I've ever heard Paul talk about open borders. But I do know I've heard him repeatedly call for bringing troops home to secure our own borders, and I believe he means it.

Montgomery Burns's picture

Is allowing states to legalize drugs if they wish and keeping the federal gov out of it the same thing as "legalizing drugs"?

FEDbuster's picture

To the avg. Republican it is.  Just like the avg. Democrat cannot understand NH or AZ firearms freedom (drives the homlophobics crazy!).

Revolution_starts_now's picture

I was a precinct Captain for Ron Paul in 07. People are idiots, I got a list of thousands of registered republicans, started calling and all I heard was "Ron Paul? I ain't votin for Ron Paul". This was the generation that really believes what the boob tube says. I felt pretty good as these same people got laid off, before retirement and are still unemployed today. No education, no skills, no balls and a tick on the ass of america that goes along with whatever the TV tells them to.

I welcome the approaching storm. We need it to was away the weak and the meak. These people have no faith in the true wealth generated by the labor of americans. This is not now the problem, nor has it ever been. The system flows the benefits to the few, and the many are somehow decieved into thinking the combined labor of americans can't generate enough wealth to sustain this country. You need these guys in control, you couldn't do it without them. Of course nothing could be further from the truth, it is nothing but fear they use to rob you of your labor, to keep you creating wealth and yet not keeping any for yourself.

Why do we borrow when we could print. Simple question that tells you all you need to know. You are a debt vehicle, one used to create wealth and drain you from it in one felt swoop. The government is not your friend, trade isn't free, vast wealth does not poole when equity persists.

The chain must be broken, I can't rely on the idiots to wakeup, they are fools who create their own prison. The die has been cast, we had a chance back in 07, it's too late now. We will spend the next ten years moving from crisis to crisis, defining insainity. They will grind the debt payment out of the low end and go about life as normal. The mother of all bubbles, the bond market, awaits it final pop.

I was  buying silver in 2001. Long before most, I know when the final bubble pops, if revolt isn't in place, they will simply come and take your metal. If you think you can hold it to top and walk away making a killing, I beg to differ.

We have no answer but the train wreck, people have to get hurt otherwise power will continue it's consolidation. I am sure we have seen other such times in our history, when people alive then knew we would be forced to evolve or fade away.  Whichever it is the only thing I know for sure is it will continue as it has. It will either get worse and we will go into a dark age, or we will finnally be free of this "power tax" that we are currently under which stands between you and the wealth you create.

ISEEIT's picture

If they tell me to take the hammer, I'll choose the crowbar. This is streetfight logic. I'm really suprisied that so few (any?) of you get it. For the record.............. I dream of an America with Ron Paul as President and a teaparty led house/senate.

All the grown ups realize that such a reality is at least one more cycle away (if ever).

If Barry gets a second term. The game is over.

They have won & only because we let them. I stick with my guns; Bachmann, Palin are a step in the right direction.

Perry/Romney are sell-outs and will carry on with the elitist plan. I'm not looking for another Founding father at this point. What we need is to disrupt THEIR plan.

Paul, Bachmann, or Palin would do that.

And I'm stickin' to it.

Dick Fitz's picture


I'm taking time to respond to your post just to point out to you how little difference there is between Reagan/Bush1/Clinton/Bush2/Obama and Perry/Palin/Bachmann/Romney or whoever. All of the above WORSHIP at the altar of power. DrP has a 30+ year record of fighting that power, and cogently, coherently explaining the evil that it has spread. His views (attacking Iraq is a mistake, blindly supporting Israel isn't our job, the FED/banks are bankrupting us, liberty is GOOD!) threatens them. Any other Rep/Dem will just be in the same NWO mold, and will lead the US further down the road to perdition.

Google "The Daily Bell" for a deeper examination of these themes, and don't just discount it as "conspiracy" because it doesn't conform to your accepted beliefs. There is a GRAND conspiracy, and the outline of it is obvious to anyone that looks at it with an open mind.

High Plains Drifter's picture

he has a 30 year record of fighting that power?  how so?

Judge Holden's picture

He's consistently voted against wars and ending our foreign troop deployments, regardless of which party is in power.  He is usually the lone vote against giving money to Israel (I'm being literal, most of those votes go across 434-1.)  He's one of the most outspoken voices defending liberty and opposing the "patriot" act.  From the beginning of his political career, he ran on a campaign of returning to the gold standard, etc, etc.

Medea's picture

Got it.  He has "fought" by ineffectively voting in charades meant to fool the American people into thinking they have a representative government. Keep fighting the good fight!