John Hawkins has another one of his “poll” things up where he asks a bunch of third-string bloggers  (the type who live for an Ole Perfesser link as proof of their existence) who, in the post-Herman Cain Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Baby era  they want to represent the Republican Party at next year’s Who Can Beat A Kenyan In A Fight For America’s Soul Deathmatch.

The results show a remarkable grasp of …. something, with – as Paul Krugman described him “a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like”- Newt Gingrich leading the way with 39% of the votes. Following Newton Leroy is Rick Perry, who is a stupid person’s idea of what a stupid person sounds like, at 26.6 % and then Mitt Romney who everybody just fucking hates, in third place with not quite 13% of the vote. Rick Santorum? Sixth place again.

Well, here, see for yourself:

If you had to pick a 2012 GOP contender today, which of the following candidates would you select?

7) Jon Huntsman: 2.5% (2 votes)
6) Rick Santorum: 5.1% (4 votes)
5) Michele Bachmann: 6.3% (5 votes)
4) Ron Paul: 7.6% (6 votes)
3) Mitt Romney: 12.7% (10 votes)
2) Rick Perry: 26.6% (21 votes)
1) Newt Gingrich: 39.2% (31 votes)

Lest you think they made these selections without regard to how the final outcome of said election might turn out, well …. no.

Which candidate do you think would be more likely to beat Barack Obama in 2012?

Mitt Romney: 42.3% (33 votes)
Newt Gingrich: 57.7% (45 votes)

Of course, as a Hawkin’s commenter points out, none of these are good choices:

News Flash: None of the GOP frontrunners are Conservatives; Romney is a Socialist, Gingrich is a Liberal, Paul is a Libertarian. That doesn’t mean any one of them would not be infinitely better than Obumbo (a stray dog would be better than Obumbo), but does mean that the era of Big Gov. and ruinous/repulsive Legislation and Regulation will continue regardless of who wins the GOP nomination with the one Libertarian exception–more on that later. Get real people, do you really believe the Country was ruined overnight by Obumbo? One caveat, Ron Paul, the Libertarian, would be the only exception to maintaining the Big Gov. onslaught within the current front runners which, by the way, makes Paul the closest of the front runners to being Conservative and also simply means all currently within Gov. will ferociously oppose the Paul nomination.

“Romney is a Socialist, Gingrich is a Liberal….”

These people are never happy.