I have it from a very good source that virtually all the people involved in Ron's Iowa campaign, and who had worked for other candidates in previous straw polls, believe that Ron actually won, but the GOP establishment fixed the results to give it to the warmonger Bachmann. To the extent the media suspected this, they cheered.I'll tell you the strangest thing I noticed about the pool. I watched the poll results announce live on CNN. This is the way it went down. A GOP official steps onto the podium and says:
Michelle Bachmann has won the Iowa straw poll.No mention of how many votes she received, no mention of Ron Paul coming in second, or how the other candidates performed. Just, "Michelle Bachmann has won the Iowa straw poll."
When the official was then interviewed by CNN, the CNN anchor called him a "man of few words" and referenced his limited remarks at the podium They then went on to talk about Bachmann and Rick Perry.
(Note: If anyone has a youtube clip of the announcement please send it to me and I will post it here.)
Update: Roger Leahy emails:
Here is a video of the announcement of the winner at the Straw Poll in Ames yesterday.I was there, and it was strange that nothing was said about any results other than the winner.
Ron Paul supporter
Here's the Fox broadcast via Leahy:
Update 2: Here's how it was done in 2007