22 February 2010

Forget Consistency, The Farther Out You Go, The More You Are Cheered At CPAC

New American: "Crazy, kooky" Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Dick Cheney, Ann Coulter, and Glenn Beck all received enthusiastic applause at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that ended over the weekend, but Ron Paul was the landslide winner of the presidential preference straw poll.

Paul, the Texas Congressman whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination campaign in 2008 inspired a small but intense following among libertarian and small-government conservatives, took 31 percent of the straw poll vote on Saturday, finishing well ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a champion of increased government surveillance, the war in Iraq and the waterboarding of prisoners, was cheered at the same conference that reflected growing support for Ron Paul.

Columnist and frequent talk-show commentator Anne Coulter, whose hawkish views on foreign and military policy are clearly at odds with Paul's non-interventionist stance, acknowledged Paul and his followers in her remarks at the conferencing, drawing cheers when she said she agreed with the Texas Congressman on everything but foreign policy.

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