Joe Scarborough GOP Rock Star?

I’m glad I couldn’t make it to the Northeast Republican Conference in Nashua, NH over the weekend. I think there may have been something in the water. What else could explain Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, being treated like a rock star?

“Joe Scarborough was a rock star this weekend,” said Republican New Hampshire state Rep. Joseph Sweeney. “He energized the crowd.”

Sweeney, the youngest member of the state’s legislature, added that “the Republican activists I have learned to trust over my time in the State House were inspired and motivated by Joe’s speech.”

Jazz Shaw, weekend editor of the popular Hot Air website, also tweeted that the former congressman received a “rock star welcome,” pointing out that it took Scarborough 30 minutes to move 15 feet from the door to the check-in desk.

“Joe was swamped by supporters who wanted to shake hands, have photos taken, or ask for autographs,” Shaw said. “Inside the hall during his speech got a standing ovation, along with many generous pauses for humorous jabs peppered through his remarks.”

Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, echoed Sweeney’s sentiment, noting that of all the recent forums the party has held, Scarborough’s was “extremely well received.” (Read More)

Da TechGuy was there at the conference and noted a big divide between the New Hampshire GOP and grassroots conservatives and tea party activists. So I guess it’s not surprising that Scarborough was so well received. What is surprising is the winner of the straw poll, which Da TechGuy also covered:

Yet consider the results of the straw poll.

1. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – 15%
2. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) – 13%
3. Dr. Ben Carson – 11%
3. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) – 11%
3. Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) – 11%
6. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) – 9%
7. Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) – 8%
8. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – 4%
9. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – 3%
10. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – 3%
10. Fmr. Amb. John Bolton – 3%

John Bolton, Rick Santorum & Bobby Jindel were all there so naturally their biggest fans would be there too. The Draft Ben Carson movement was there making their pitch and that also showed in the results. Chris Christie represents the Mitt Romney/Scott Brown wing of the party which was VERY well represented and Gov Christie appearances for GOP candidates in the state didn’t hurt either.

But there was only a single young woman at the YAF table, there was no large contingent of Paulites there and Rand himself was nowhere to be seen and many Tea Party types didn’t show.

Rand Paul won anyway.

Granted he won with only 15% but that result is more than Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio & Ted Cruz combined. He won without a strong surrogate and did so with an audience that strongly represented the establishment GOP. (Read More)

I don’t even want to know what the result of that poll would have been had Scarborough been included.