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Ron Paul Routs the Neoconned at CPAC
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:24

Ron Paul Routs the Neoconned at CPAC
The Beltway Conservative establishment has its hands full right now, not to mention pie on its face. It has to explain how Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at this yearís just-concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

It wasnít even close. Paul got 31% of the vote, a 40% margin over runner-up Mitt Romneyís 22% of the vote. Romney was the Beltway Conservative candidate, and had won the last three CPAC straw polls. Paul and Romney were followed by a number of single-digit fringe candidates such as Sarah Palin (7%), Tim Pawlenty (6%), Newt Gingrich (4%), and Mike Huckabee (4%).

The official line is: This doesnít mean anything, folks. Our straw poll isnít scientific. The people who win our straw votes never win the presidency or the Republican nomination anyway, so donít pay it any attention.

Funny. I voted for Ron Paul at CPAC and I didnít see any notice on the ballot warning, "This poll is unscientific and stupid. But if youíre bored and still want to vote, here are your choices."

Sea Change at CPAC Mirrors Changes in the GOP and Nation

Ron Paul Routs the Neoconned at CPAC

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CPAC Attendees on the Issues

I mentioned at the beginning of this article that voter priorities are changing in the face of economic disaster. This is evident in the straw votes at CPAC.

Each year attendees are asked about their most important political goal, with three choices. I think there are problems with the wording of the three choices, but since that wording stays the same from year to year, we can measure trends. Those whose primary goal is to reduce the size and scope of government rose from 74% in 2009 to 80% this year. Promoting traditional values dropped from 15% to 9%. And guaranteeing American safety at home and abroad dropped from 10% to 7%.

Then they are given a list of more specific issues and asked which is most and second most important to them personally. Combining "most important" with "second most important," here are the results:

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