Roughly 10,000 people attended the Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC] and of that number only 25% participated in a vote, but still congressman Ron Paul won the most support for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in their unofficial straw poll.
Paul, a libertarian from Texas, against spending and the Federal Reserve, won the CPAC contest with 31% of those straw polled. He has run for president nomination in the past and has attracted a following among voters frustrated with Washington.
But he wasn't the favorite out of those who didn't vote, as evidenced by the boos that erupted when his name was announced.
Former Massachusetts governor, and serial flip-flopper, Mitt Romney, was second with 22% of the vote, and the darling of conservatives, the writer on the palms, that lipsticked pit bull, that governor who quits before the job is done, came in a distant third with just seven percent.
In more interesting, related news, here's another CPAC showing what the conservatives are most concerned about.
Note that gay marriage falls very near the bottom, which makes it odd that so many conservative wingnuts want to talk about banning gay marriage and keeping gays out of the military. Why is that, you ask?
Well, for me, those, supposed, conservative politicians don't want to reduce government because they might be out of a cushy job; they don't really care about reducing government spending, because, well, see reason one. Lowering taxes? Reason one.
So, they opt to spread fear about that The Gays will do if we allow them to marry. That'll get them elected, and re-elected, and then they won't have to worry about doing anything that might jeopardize their jobs.