Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

by Ryan on March 9, 2014

in Election 2014,Election 2016,Media,Politics

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll yesterday with 31% of the total vote, getting nearly three times more votes than the nearest competitor, Ted Cruz.  In case you missed it, here is Rand Paul’s speech last Thursday at CPAC.  Generally, these polls are not bellwethers or harbingers, but are a useful snapshot.

Paul’s an interesting figure — he’s conservative, leans libertarian, stands up to the Obama Nation, but also has played the Washington game on occasion.  Regardless, he’s starting to stand out in a way that’s more palpable to average people than his father was.  Plainly, if the choice in 2016 comes down to Hillary or Christie, I’m writing in Rand Paul.

I’m currently sick with some kind of annoying head-cold virus-thing, so I was able to watch lots of CPAC yesterday.  It was the ladies who stood out.  Ann Coulter railed against amnesty in classic Ann style.  Tammy Bruce had a panel which introduced a one Marilinda Garcia, running for Congress in New Hampshire.  Pretty, articulate, and conservative — perfection!  Finally, Sarah Palin ended the conference in typical Plain-fashion — a bit folksy, a few jabs, some humor, and a great message.  While the crowd loved her, I’m kind of getting over Palin.  She’s cool and important, but I feel her time has passed for high office.

All-in-all, I enjoyed how at CPAC the GOP Establishment came under fire from nearly everyone, including Democrat pollster Pat Caddell, who nailed it!  It was great TV yesterday, but let’s see how all that talk translates into action moving forward.

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Mike March 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

I think Palin is over the idea of Palin in high office. When she resigned as Governor, she pointed out that one does not need a title to affect change. I think she’s content making money, and being effective with her endorsements.

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