On Saturday, February 20, Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the 2012 presidential straw poll of conservative activists at the conclusion of the 37th Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Paul captured 31% of the vote, with Mitt Romney taking second place at 22%. Trailing far behind were Sarah Palin, TIm Pawlenty, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich.
Dr. Paul, whose limited government stance and non-interventionist foreign policy views are polar opposites of the Bush/Cheney neocon crowd, has not actually declared himself to be a candidate in 2012. However, pressure is building from his supporters to join the fray. He will likely make his decision by the end of the year.
One can rest assured the news of the straw poll vote will be addressed by Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly. Although they will write this vote off as too early to be of any significance, they will nevertheless accelerate their attacks on the country doctor from southeast Texas. The status quo is in serious trouble and those who will be affected (on both sides of the partisan aisle) are beginning to squirm. Those of us who love liberty and favor constitutionally limited government should be doing our part to ensure that the squirming intensifies greatly in the coming months.