Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ron Paul rocks conservative conclave

Our local congressman, well, you've got to hand it to him, even if you think he's wrong.

Who woulda thought a few years ago that Brazosport's Own would be the star of the big CPAC deal?

Says here:

Paul was the only speaker so far to fill the entire convention hall at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and some of his supporters were turned away after the room reached its capacity of 1,100 people.


“Debt is the monster, debt is what is going to eat us up and that’s why our economy is on the brink,” Paul said. “The next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar and the rejection of the dollar will be a big, big event.”

On foreign policy, Paul urged a pullback from American obligations around the world.

“We are now spending one trillion dollars a year to manage our world empire,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with being a conservative and having a conservative belief in foreign policy where we have a strong national defense and don’t go to war so carelessly.”

Rock on with ya bad self, doc.

update...breaking news...update....

From The Washington Post's blog The Fix:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the 2010 CPAC straw poll tonight, a victory that will further energize his already enthusiastic supporters but will have little effect on the coming presidential contest.

Paul, who ran for president in 2008, took 31 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had won the past three CPAC straw polls but placed second this time with 22 percent. Romney is considered the current frontrunner for the 2012 nod.

No other candidate scored in double digits. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who did not speak at CPAC, took third place with seven percent. (Full results are below.)

Be careful not to read too much -- or much at all -- into these results. Paul's supporters are loyal and loud but not, ultimately, that large a group as proven by the fact that he did not win a single primary or caucus in 2008.

2010 CPAC Straw Poll Results
Ron Paul 31%
Mitt Romney 22%
Sarah Palin 7%
Tim Pawlenty 6%
Mike Pence 5%
Newt Gingrich 4%
Mike Huckabee 4%
Mitch Daniels 2%
John Thune 2%
Rick Santorum 2%
Haley Barbour 1%

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