A lot of people were shocked when the CPAC straw poll produced more votes for whackjob Ron Paul than for any of the other potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates. The results broke down as follows:
So, does this mean that the people behind the conservative revival are a bunch of nuts? Nah. The portion of total CPAC attendees who voted for Doctor Faux only amounted to about 7% or so.
Only 2,395 CPAC attendees voted in the straw poll, and the organizers say total attendance has exceeded 10,000. Thus, the math works as follows: 31% of 2,395 comes to 742 and that’s only a little over 7% of 10,000.
Moreover, half of the participants in the straw poll were students between 18 and 25. Students are people too, of course, but they tend to be more excitable and less likey to vote than us geezers.
In fact, media glee notwithstanding, Paul’s straw poll win doesn’t mean much of anything. Unlike James Antle, I think it’s pretty safe to ignore it. As Morrissey suggests, it was an interesting side show.