According to Salon’s Justin Elliot (read after ad here) chaos erupted at the bedbug-infested CPAC conference tonight when the results of the presidential preference straw poll were announced, and Congressman Ron Paul (R-NotVasectimized) won, for the second year in a row.
That marks the libertarian Texas congressman’s second win in a row. Just as he did last year, Mitt Romney came in second, with 23 percent to Paul’s 30 percent. This mirrors 2010′s poll almost exactly, when Paul got 31 percent and Romney 22 percent.
When the results were officially announced, CPAC’s main hall erupted in cheers and boos, with Paul supporters trying to out-shout the disappointed majority.
Ah, yes, shouting after losing. Another charming feature of the conservative mindset: “Stop the Count“, etc.
Funny to see how the actual second tier (which is where our Watchdog Political Media always places Paul pere) of potential nominees shakes out, too:
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, whose libertarian message largely overlaps with Paul’s, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tied for third with 6 percent each. Newt Gingrich got 5 percent. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty got just 4 percent. Also with 4 percent were Michele Bachmann and Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s governor. Sarah Palin, who did not attend CPAC, got 3 percent, while former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain greceived 2 percent, as did Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.
Make mine a Santorum Pizza, Jeebus!