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What Does Rand Paul Win In CPAC Straw Poll Really Mean?

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Well, once again, Rand Paul has won the CPAC straw poll and the hootin' and hollerin' has already begun. The conservatives have spoken and the junior senator from Kentucky has been ordained "their man." Lord knows we're still eons away from them picking "their woman." That just wouldn't be socially acceptable to the old white man's club for boys.

Anyway, what's this overwhelming win for Paul really mean? How good of a predictor of the future is this victory? Well, to borrow loosely from Texas Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, you should ask former Presidents, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Forbes, Ron Paul, George Allen and Jack Kemp — all of whom flamed out spectacularly in the GOP presidential primaries.

Edwin Starr

Remember the song, "War", by the legendary Edwin Starr? It was a big Motown hit back in 1969. Courtesy of Indylyrics, its refrain was:

War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me...

If you replace the word "war" with "CPAC Straw Poll" you might have the true context of this "important" Rand Paul victory.

Yet if it does have any meaning as an indicator of things to come, look at the other results of yesterday's poll. Look at who came in behind Paul -- the other horses in the race according to Business Insider:

Here's the Top 9:

  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — 31 percent
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — 11 percent
  • Ben Carson — 9 percent
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — 8 percent
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — 7 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — 7 percent
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — 6 percent
  • Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — 3 percent
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry — 3 percent

So the conservatives have spoken and soundly so. By nearly a three to one margin, they picked Paul over Ted Cruz. That's huge. That's so far behind that you can't even hear the band playing in the front of the hall. Then you get a neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.

Dr. Who?

The good doctor polled even better than much ballyhoo'd Chris Christie. Seems his reputation's carrying around a few extra pounds of tarnish. Then you get the rest of the clowns who piled into the conservative car.

The GOP, at least the conservative wing anyway, has nothing much to offer up but a lot of noise and echos of former presidents past, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Forbes, Ron Paul, George Allen and Jack Kemp. Now ask yourselves, conservatives, "How's that working out for ya?"

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Scott Walker must have seen the #CPAC2013 straw poll: "I love being governor. I'm not looking for any other job."

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scott walker dumb look

Remember the CPAC 2013 straw poll results?

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul eked out a narrow victory in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, with 25 percent of votes to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s 23 percent.

The runners-up were as follows: former Sen. Rick Santorum, 8 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 7 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 6 percent; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 5 percent; Ben Carson, 4 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 4 percent; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 3 percent; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 3 percent.

Scotty Walker didn't fare too well.

Here's what he said very recently:

"I guess the only thing I’d say is I’m not ruling it [a run for president] out."

Here's what he's saying now, via WisPolitics:

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he'll continue to be governor "as long as the people of Wisconsin want me to be governor."

"I love being governor. I'm not looking for any other job."

Of course, he blamed the press, saying, "Copy editors created headlines creating different things than what I said." So "I'm not ruling it out" was a media creation?

Of course it couldn't have been the straw poll. Or the fact that he's got a few more legal issues to contend with.

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#CPAC2013 straw poll results

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Via an email alert from Politico:

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul eked out a narrow victory in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, with 25 percent of votes to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's 23 percent.

The runners-up were as follows: former Sen. Rick Santorum, 8 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 7 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 6 percent; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 5 percent; Ben Carson, 4 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 4 percent; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 3 percent; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 3 percent.

Other candidates received a combined 14 percent.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

Poor Sarah. If only she'd "stepped away from the teleprompter.” And maybe Bobby Jindal shouldn't have made that waterboarding joke.

Of course, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan didn't do much better, and Scott Walker and Ted Cruz continue to represent the back end of, well, everything.

The Libertarian, er, straw poll is meaningless, but it's always worth a chuckle.

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Rick Santorum Says Romney Rigged Straw Poll

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Little Ricky's letting his Mean Girl flag fly proudly!! Via Taegan-

Rick Santorum suggested that Mitt Romney's campaign may have rigged a straw poll of conservative activists by paying the entrance fee for supporters, The Hill reports.

Said Santorum: "I don't try to rig straw polls."

He added: "You have to talk to the Romney campaign and how many tickets they bought. We've heard all sorts of things."

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