Democrats and their enablers in the media are exulting at the results of the CPAC presidential straw poll that declared Ron Paul the winner of the conference’s meeting this weekend. I say let the exulting continue.
Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican who ran a quixotic bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, was the top vote-getter in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll, capturing the support of 33 percent of those who participated in the contest.
CPAC organizers were plainly embarrassed by the results, which could reduce the perceived impact of a contest that was once thought to offer a window into which White House hopefuls were favored by movement conservatives.
Ron Paul ran a bare bones primary campaign in 2008 that focused on several issues that are at the center of today’s political zeitgeist: the federal deficit, out of control spending and a secretive Federal Reserve Bank and Treasury Department, all of which are undermining the value of the dollar, an economic recovery and employment recovery. His campaign supporters, few that they were, were ubiquitous in the underlying debate of a 2008 campaign that has now been found, in light of Barrack Obama’s policy positions and failures, to be absent any substance.
Paul’s unorganized and unfocused campaign let itself be compromised by, among other things, accusations of 9/11 truther associations and Bilderberg conspiracy distractions. I could not support the guy because of these concerns.
However, the CPAC vote in favor of Paul is another reminder to establishment Republicans and the Republican congressional leadership that there exists a deep and wide constituency that is angry about fiscal irresponsibility and an apparently unstoppable “spending as usual” attitude even among Republicans that requires a serious fix. Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll tonight because the permanent residents in Washington (including Republicans) still haven’t weighed the level anger that resides in an electorate that will never enjoy the still rising level of federal salaries, federal pensions and federal special interest handouts to the new privileged class Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are creating. Pundits and politicians may not recognize this disparity and the warning it represents ( Marie Antoinette and Robespierre must be screaming from the grave). The Paul straw vote, which will be widely derided come tomorrow, is the canary in the coal mine moment for many, many Democrats and not a few Republicans.