Ron Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll
Talk about your political upsets.
Rep. Ron Paul, hero of a fervant (sic) band of libertarians, unexpectedly won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, claiming 31% of the votes cast.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who has carried the survey for the past three years, was second at 22%.
The straw poll is unscientific but is sometimes seen as a show of organizational strength among presidential hopefuls. However, Paul, who made a longshot bid for the Republican nomination in 2008, has given no indication he plans to run again.
When I first heard that Ron Paul had placed first in a poll, I thought it must be another Internet poll, which the Paulbots have a track record in blitzing.
If Paul, at CPAC, stuck to talking about the Constitution and domestic policy, he probably wowed them. He is a strong advocate for the Constitution. It's his wackadoodle isolationism that makes him a scary presidential candidate.
Fortunately, spinning straw into gold is the stuff of fairy tales. Ron Paul in the White House would be positively Grimm!
The fact that people are attracted to Ron Paul because of his adherence to the Constitution, speaks well of our founding document.
The fact that people are attracted to Paul, even with his rabid isolationism and wackadoo foreign policies speaks ill of our ability to field good candidates who strongly uphold our Constitution.