On Saturday evening, the US Representative from Texas’ 14th district, Dr. Ron Paul, decisively won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll for the second year in a row. Again, he handily defeated the second place finisher; the media’s chosen alesis dm6 frontrunner for the GOP 2012 primary, Mitt Romney. This year Paul won by 7 percent, a larger margin than the total percentage of votes received by the third place finisher, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (6 percent).
Once again, potential GOP rivals, the party establishment, the media, and even the sponsors of CPAC attempted to marginalize, mock, and diminish the MD, veteran, NY Times #1 Best-Selling author, 11-term Congressman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary roland td 11kv s is very good product to buy! Policy and Technology Chairman, and two-time Presidential candidate.
This year, Donald Trump took the first crack before Dr. Paul had even won the straw poll. After commenting that there were no candidates in the field he was interested in, several members of the audience yelled, “Ron Paul”. Trump replied, “By the way, Ron Paul cannot get elected”. The room immediately erupted to a mixture of cheers and boos.
Fox News reporter Molly Heneberg, reported the straw poll results live on television even before CPAC announced them. After reading the results, she attempted to set the narrative by commenting that, “the story is not Ron Paul winning again for the second year in a row, but…Mitt Romney coming in second place again.” Fox News.com put up a poll shortly after to determine who “should” have won the CPAC straw poll. In this hypothetical matchup Ron Paul defeated Sarah Palin by 64% in the final round. Shortly after, the poll was taken down and the results were never announced on air. Fox News.com later posted a short article yamaha dtx542k review that mentioned Dr. Paul’s win and mentioned that he “ran for president in 2008 but was never a serious contender for the GOP nomination.”
Next, the organizers of CPAC stepped up to discredit their own poll before announcing the results. David Lee first noted that it was “a voluntary poll, not all of you fill it out… it’s a straw poll, it’s not a Gallup poll, not a Rasmussen poll, not a Zogby poll”. For the record, this year’s CPAC crowd was its largest ever, with more than 10,000 attendees and a record number (3,742) voting in the straw poll as well.
Before the CPAC crowds could even clear the room, Jordan Marks, National Director for Young Americans for Freedom said, “”Rep. Paul is clearly off his meds and must be purged from public office. YAF is starting the process by removing him from our national advisory board. Good riddance and he won’t be missed”. Later adding that it was Dr. Paul’s foreign policy views that got him booted, Marks failed to recognize that Paul’s foreign policy views have, in fact, never changed in his more than twenty years of service in the US Congress, most of which have also been spent on YAF’s national advisory board.