Ron Paul was winner of the CPAC straw poll this weekend. He is a libertarian and his pick is sending a message to RINO and moderate republicans -- the people are tired of them. Of course, winning the straw poll doesn't really mean anything. Only 2,935 votes were cast in the straw poll out of the approximately 10,000 people who attended CPAC.
Mitt Romney won the CPAC straw poll for three consecutive years and thankfully did not get elected as the Republican candidate for President. This year Romney got 22 percent of the vote, Sarah Palin won 7 percent, Tim Pawlenty 6 percent, Mike Pence 5 percent, and Mike Huckabee
As Politico reports, "As the results were displayed on twin large screens in the ballroom – and even before Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio could announce who won – a cascade of boos came down from a crowd that views Paul and his fervent supporters as an irritant." Also according to Politico:
Fifty-three percent of those who participated in the contest said they wished the GOP had a better field of candidates. Forty-six percent said they were satisfied with those now seen as possible presidential candidates. [snip]Forty-eight percent of those who participated in the contest indicated that they were students and the divergent reaction to the results reflected the outcome [they supported Ron Paul].
Count me in the fifty-three percent who wish we had better choices.
Conclusion: The field is wide open and a message has been sent, especially by the key note speaker Glenn Beck. Conservative Americans are not happy with many of their elected officials and are ready to vote them out, replace them with true Conservatives who will cut the spending and uphold the Constitution of this great land.