Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Rand received 31 percent of the votes, Ted Cruz came in second with 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished third with 9 percent, ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who received 8 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tied for fifth place, with 7 percent.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who finished second last year, fell to seventh place, receiving only 6 percent. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) finished eighth, with 3 percent – tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Four others pulled 2 percent: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who has run the straw poll since 1986, said that nearly half of the straw poll voters were between the ages of 18 to 25.

The Mitch McConnell-endorsing, pro unemployment benefits extension, Rand issued a statement calling the poll results a continuation of the fight for liberty, which apparently doesn't include liberty for the people of  Crimea, since Rand has called for President Obama to act strongly against the desires of the Crimean people who desire to be aligned with Russia and not with western Ukranians. See: OUTRAGE Rand Paul Comes Down on the Side of Neocons on Ukraine


  1. Small correction: Rand doesn't support extending unemployment benefit just the half a year of benefits already provided by the state. But that's typical Rand, "I don't support legalizing marijuana, just decriminalizing it.'

  2. This CPAC Straw Poll proves that if you don't have a deep and thorough understanding of history, then the future will make you it's wretched little bitch! Rand Paul and his dullard followers remind me of the saying "an inch deep, and a mile wide".

  3. People at CPAC are conservatives, not libertarians.
    It is no surprise he won, since conservatives have always been as spellbound by vapid liberty rhetoric as intellectually retarded people are by shiny objects.
    Of course, when push comes to shove they will vote for the guy that says "support the troops; my country right or wrong; war war war; worship the police; there, a liberal, how icky; people who don't like American foreign policy are traitors; hang Assange/Snowden/Manning, don't increase spending by 6T increase it only by 3T, etc."

    1. People at Cpac have voted for Ron Paul twice (2010-2011). Why do you think they are not libertarians?

    2. You forgot........."You young people need to quick smoking pot and get that second job so that you can pay for OUR prescription drugs.....that our savior W so benevolently bestowed upon us."

    3. People at a conference of conservatives are conservative? How insightful Tony!

    4. It's not meant to be insightful. It's meant to be stating the obvious.
      Which is that conservatives generally are not pro-liberty at all, as can be easily estimated by their voting habits.
      Therefor the results of CPAC mean nothing as conservatives have always applauded meaningless rhetoric.
      The implication (as by some websites, Reason being one of them) that "libertarianism" is taking over the GOP is B.S. And that's what i am hinting at.
      Of course, you'd have to be smart to get that. You're barely smart enough to successfully pull off sarcasm.

    5. "People at Cpac have voted for Ron Paul twice (2010-2011). Why do you think they are not libertarians?"

      Because in the end they voted for Mitt Romney. That's why.
      And because conservatives easily fall for small government rhetoric while not understanding what it actually means in practice (see the continued reverence for Ronald Reagan).

      Libertarians generally aren't Republicans. Because there is *nothing* libertarian about the GOP.