Ron Paul walked into the nation's most respected hate-organization with a mission: to win the CPAC straw poll for the second year in a row, so that he could unlock the Useless Endorsement from Terrible People achievement before the 2012 primaries really ramp up this summer.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas won the poll for the second year in a row, and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, took second place. The results reflected the challenges that lie ahead for Republicans as they weigh arguments of electability and ideology and try to unite the party.
Mr. Paul received 30 percent of the vote, and Mr. Romney won 23 percent. The rest of the potential contenders finished in single digits, including Sarah Palin, who declined an invitation to speak here; she received support from only 3 percent of the poll’s voters.
Far be it from me to imbue Sarah Palin with any sort of air of legitimacy, but you kind of have to question the seriousness of a popularity contest in which Old Mr. Cranypants beats America's Hockey Mom by 27 percent. But, you never can tell. There are a couple dozen clowns in the clown car this year, and anything can happen.
And it certainly can't hurt to win this straw poll. Isn't that right, Mitt Romney?
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