Even CPAC doesn’t think Kristi Noem is ready for the Presidency.
The Dallas fascist fest wrapped up yesterday, with conservative CPAC attendees hopped up on bookend speeches by Hungary’s current dictator and America’s homoerotic dark lord of doom. The CPACkers, who have been the primary targets of Kristi Noem’s campaign for national celebrity, voted in straw polls to name their favorite picks for President and Vice-President.
The Presidential straw poll was no surprise: Trump got 69.1% of the vote. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got 23.7%. Texas Senator Ted Cruz got 2% of the vote after speaking to this crowd on his home turf. 18 other names, including Noem, divided up the remaining 5%, with none of the leftovers claiming over 1%.
In an unusual sign of curiosity, CPAC organizers put a second Presidential question in the straw poll: Whom would you want to run for President in 2024 if Trump doesn’t run? The second-choice poll put DeSantis in the lead at 65%. Trump Jr. took second at 8%, then Cruz at 6%, Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 5%. None of the press mentions Noem as standing out in the remaining sub-2% leftovers.
Noem only barely crawled above the fold by placing second in the CPAC vice-presidential straw poll. She pulled 9%, behind DeSantis’s 43%.
One of my Twitter correspondents suggested those results show that even after over two years of her national campaign, Noem has failed to make herself known to the CPAC crowd. Au contraire: she has bored the crowd at multiple CPAC events. She’s on CPACkers’ favorite TV stations all the time. America’s most radical jet-setting conservatives know Kristi Noem plenty well, and they don’t consider her their first choice for #1 or #2 in the White House.