CPAC straw poll results are Democrats dream ticket

Isn’t it odd how the Conservative Political Action Committee straw poll results track almost exactly with the candidates that Democrats are praying Republicans nominate?

Take a look at the list (compiled by the Washington Times):

  1. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — 31 percent
  2. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas — 11 percent
  3. Dr. Ben Carson — 9 percent
  4. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — 8 percent
  5. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. — 7 percent
  6. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — 7 percent
  7. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — 6 percent
  8. Texas Gov. Rick Perry — 3 percent
  9. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — 3 percent
  10. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — 2 percent
  11. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — 2 percent
  12. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — 2 percent
  13. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — 2 percent
  14. Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — 1 percent
  15. Ohio Gov. John Kasich — 1 percent
  16. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — 1 percent
  17. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio — 1 percent
  18. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. — 1 percent
  19. Donald Trump — 1 percent
  20. Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. — 1 percent

What stands out about this list the most is that  you have to drop to No. 6 — with Walker — before you get to a candidate who might even have a remote chance on a national stage. And while CPAC attendees managed to push some of the biggest jokes toward the bottom of the list — think Palin, Trump and West — there are still some ballot clowns higher up (think Santorum, Huckabee and — what’s that third one, again? Oh, right — Perry).

If Democrats could pick their foe, they might build a consensus around Paul, who doesn’t even think many of his fellow Republicans are worthy of the party. (“There’s a great battle going on. It’s for the heart and soul of America,” he said in his CPAC speech. “You may think I’m talking about electing Republicans. I’m not. I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.”)

After Walker, serious candidates such as Ryan, Daniels, Kasich, Pence and Portman don’t seem to have captured the fancy of the CPAC crowd, which sadly will probably not be selecting the final nominee. But the straw poll results are a fascinating insight into the minds of modern conservatives. Who knew they’d agree with the Democrats so much?






One Response to “CPAC straw poll results are Democrats dream ticket”

  1. Steve says:

    More to the point, who knew they would stand on principal rather than swallow the party line…you know…like Democrats do all the frikkin time.

    Is there any democrat with an opinion not approved by the leadership?