Did anyone notice the straw poll results from the CPAC convention? CPAC is the Conservative Political Action Conference. With all this talk about Palin and Bachmann and Palin/Bachmann and Bachmann/Palin and so on and so forth, one would be surprised if they didn’t come in at or near the top of the poll. Here were the results:

Ron Raul: 30%,
Mitt Romney: 23%,
Gary Johnson 6%,
Chris Christie 6%,
Newt Gingrich: 5%,
Tim Pawlenty 4%,

Michele Bachmann 4%,
Mitch Daniels 4%,
Sarah Palin: 3%,
Herman Cain 2%,
Mike Huckabee 2%,
Rick Santorum 2%,
John Thune 2%,
Jon Huntsman 1%,
Haley Barbour 1%


  1. #1 DethB4DCaf
    February 16, 2011

    For some reason that just gives me a warm-n-fuzzy feeling…

  2. #2 richardrob
    February 16, 2011

    Ok, but… Ron Paul? How good a predictor are these straw polls? Because that would be great for Obama.

  3. #3 https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawkofBULsDk95rkoyEJGSQ36kh07H0MI9vs
    February 16, 2011

    I thought the arch-conservatives stayed away because of fear of teh gay and teh muslim.

  4. #4 Kierra
    February 16, 2011

    But together they will be even greater* than either is alone!

    *And by “greater” I clearly mean “more ridiculous.”

  5. #5 Drivebyposter
    February 16, 2011

    Can you imagine those two trying to outright each other? Eventually they will BOTH be marxist commie pedophile sodomites (according to each other)

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    February 16, 2011

    Ok, but… Ron Paul? How good a predictor are these straw polls?

    In 2008, Romney was first and McCain was a very very close second. So that year the poll was pretty predictive but certainly not absolute. But really, how good is the Iowa caucus? Or New Hampshire? This is a bit like that, an early indicator. Of course, this year’s will not be as important as next year’s.

  7. #7 Aseem
    February 16, 2011

    Nope. They would both be gay black Marxist Nazi commie atheist Muslim pedophiles who weren’t born in the US and don’t have birth certificates.

  8. #8 D. C. Sessions
    February 16, 2011

    Greg, you’re a cruel dude. Dashing my dreams like that.

  9. #9 ellie
    February 17, 2011

    More detailed info on what this might, or might not, mean at fivethirtyeight.com:


  10. #10 Curtis
    February 17, 2011

    Shoot! I already purchased my bumper sticker.
    PALIN-BACHMANN 2012 ” Because we’re not stupid enough!”