For the second year in a row, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll. With 30% of the vote (first runner up Mitt Romney got 23%), Paul remains a rock star for a sliver of the Republican electorate.
And while I sometimes agree with Paul, in that curious through-the-looking-glass zone, where views of progressives and libertarians collide, I never agree with the red-suited elephant in CPAC’s ballroom, who finally had found a speaking engagement she wanted to decline. Sarah Palin received only 3% of the vote.
But undoubtedly with the former half governor on its institutional mind, CPAC is off to Alaska this summer–for a cruise on a Holland America Lines’ boat for a week starting on July 23. The marquee speaker (so far) is “the 13th and 21st U.S. Seccreatry of Defense,” Donald Rumsfeld. Other speakers are Known and Unknown.