For the second year in a row, Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, earning 30 percent of the vote…
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 GOP candidate who is expected to run again, came in second place with 23 percent of the vote. Romney won the previous three presidential straw polls before Paul snapped his streak last year.
Just like Peter Brimelow noted two years ago, the open contempt with which the CPAC’s parasitic management stupidly view their clients/victims is amazing:
A CPAC official told Fox News that the big story is not Paul winning again but rather the strength of Romney’s second-place finish.
ACU Chairman David Keene actually rubbished the significance of his own conference’s poll when announcing the results:
It’s not a Gallup poll,” CPAC organizer David Keene said before he read the results. He emphasized that participation was voluntary – 3,742 people voted, twice as many as four years ago but fewer than half of the total registered to attend this year.Ron Paul of Texas wins CPAC presidential straw poll By Michael A. Memoli Los Angeles Times February 12,2011
These Inside-the-Beltway rent-seekers are right to be alarmed. As the Los Angeles Times noted
only a slight majority – 56% of those who participated in the CPAC poll said they were ”generally satisfied” with the current crop of expected candidates.
VDARE.com congratulates Congressman Paul. He gave us a good interview on our interests during his Presidential campaign, has the right enemies(including, as of today Young Americans for Freedom!), and does generally understand the issues — if not always their potency.
And it is hard not to support a man of whom CNN reports
Easily garnering the most enthusiastic applause of the day, Paul advocated for a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society.Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet by Alexander Mooney February 11th, 2011
”We’ve had way too much bipartisanship for about 60 years,” said Paul, in comments that drew one of many standing ovations during the 25-minute speech. ”It’s the bipartisanship of the welfare system, the warfare system…it all goes through with support from both parties”
To those would-be 2012 contenders wondering how to match Paul we commend one of the clearest statements of his ”I Believe in National Sovereignty” interview:
I also want to revisit the whole idea of birthright citizenship. I don’t think many countries have that. I don’t think it was the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment. I personally think it could be fixed by legislation. But some people argue otherwise, so I’ve covered myself by introducing a constitutional amendment
Ultimately - not that it shows from the CPAC agenda - ideas count.