TLP: A Hard Pony Ride in Texas
Do Republicans really want to ride a one-trick pony in their next race for the White House? Seems like it, based on the results of the straw poll held among attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference, who chose Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Paul, whose run for the White House in 2008 was fueled by his drive to "End the Fed," then "Audit the Fed," then "End the Fed", won 31 percent of the votes. He was followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 22 percent and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin with 7 percent.
Kit Seelye tracked the vote for The Caucus in the NYT:
When Mr. Paul’s name was announced in the packed ballroom of a Washington hotel, it elicited hoots and boos along with applause. Although Mr. Romney won fewer votes, he seemed to draw stronger applause. ...
About half of the 10,000 people attending the conference are students, according to the poll. The straw poll in past years has rarely predicted the winner of the Republican nomination.
CPAC organizers said the event did not focus much on the 2012 presidential race, but more on this year's congressional elections. Good thing, since Paul's signature issue is also speeding along the track. And even though the finish line for financial regulatory reform is still uncertain, it appears the last turn is nearing. Paul could have a tough time making that pony run nearly three years from now, no matter how hard he flails his well-worn riding crop.