Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Preference Straw Poll

If you want to know who the most popular fascist is at CPAC’s “little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” as Texas Gov. Rick Perry put it, it is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who won with 31 percent of the vote, repeating, and improving slightly upon, last year’s CPAC victory of 25 percent. Apparently, his irrational objection to a black man being elected twice to the highest office in the land, and obeying and upholding the Constitution, resonated with the audience.

Paul’s words were jingoistic if not factual, just the sort of thing a CPAC crowd loves: “He’s got a pen, he’s got a phone, he doesn’t care what the law is,” Paul said. “A tyranny will ensue, and we must stop this President.”

Will ensue, has ensued…they can’t make up their mind and don’t know what a tyranny is anyway, but what the heck, it makes an ignorant audience angry, and that’s the point.

There were 25 Republicans on the ballot, including some write-ins (Calvin Coolidge among them). The Cuban anarchist, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), had nothing new to say at CPAC and came in second with 11 percent (a tepid increase of seven points over last year), with Dr. Ben Carson third with 9 percent (who tied with in last year’s poll) and New Jersey Gov. and self-professed Koch-sucker Chris Christie fourth, with 8 percent. Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied for fifth, each garnering a meager 7 percent of the total.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) go a whopping 6 percent of the vote and Rick Perry 3 percent, tying Rep. “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). It was Perry, who, seemingly unaware that it is his own party that is killing the USPS, who tried to fire up the crowd Friday with his cry, “And what the heck: deliver our mail; preferably on time and on Saturdays.”

CPAC was a triumph of “red state principles,” which are a combination of unbridled arrogance, limitless stupidity, and irrational hatred of humankind, with a whole lotta dishonesty mixed in.

We are all used to thinking in terms of millennials and liberal ideals, but at CPAC, we were not talking about a collection of geriatrics. According to CNN’s coverage of the event, “it was a very young voting group” – 46 percent of the voters were between 18 and 25. It comes as less of a surprise that they were mostly male, at 63 percent.

According to Politico, GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, “who has run the straw poll since 1986,” said, “This is a sampling of people from all 50 states who are at the forefront of the conservative moment. They’re the people who go knock on doors.”

Oh dear. Time to lock your doors, and if you’re a geriatric and irrelevant, maybe wave a musket around.

This was Rand Paul’s statement following his victory as the most popular person in the least popular political party in America:

The fight for liberty continues, and we must continue to stand up and say: We’re free and no one, no matter how well-intentioned, will take our freedoms from us. Together we will stand up for the Constitution. Together we will fight for what is right. Thank you, and onwards to victory.

It is unclear what freedoms Paul thinks are being taken from him and his fellow hooligans, or to which Constitution he was referring, since it clearly was not the United States Constitution. Yesterday, I called CPAC a theater of the absurd and certainly seems absurd that these conservatives are rallying around an America that has never existed, and will never exist, except in their imaginations. What they have accomplished is about as meaningful as if they made their 2014 rallying cry, “For Frodo!”

It would help, I think, if the GOP decided it was time to live in the same world as the rest of us. Just sayin’.

15 Replies to “Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Preference Straw Poll”

  1. “He’s got a pen, he’s got a phone, he doesn’t care what the law is,” Paul said. “A tyranny will ensue, and we must stop this President.”

    In what way is this tyranny? I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.

    Maybe they need to read a bit more history to understand what tyranny really is.

    Rand Paul is for one thing and one thing only: Rand Paul. He’s picked up on the drones and NSA issues as a way to win over young people from the far left. He calls himself a libertarian. As with tyranny, Paul doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

    His motto could be “liberty for me, but not for thee.” That sums him up in a nutshell.

  2. “…it makes an ignorant audience angry…”

    “…it makes an ignorant, angry, audience angrier…”

    There, fixed it for you.

  3. The only reason this clown won the booby prize is because he sounded the most sane compared to the rest of the crowd. He spouts that constitution first blah blah blah but yet he doesnt believe in affirmative action, he voted against the Violence Against Women Act, does not believe a woman has any choice on abortion issues as life begins at inception. Once that child is born though society should not provide any assistance or support. This is the guy who advocates doing away with lobbyists even though they have supported him endlessly. This is the guy who is still trying to sell snake oil, meaning Reaganomics which has never worked. Cutting taxes on the rich does noting for the economy. This country has the highest rate of income inequality in the world. Reagan left us in debt, H.W. left us further in debt, Clinton left us a surplus, Dubya really blew the credit card, now Obama is fixing the mess once again. Do we see a pattern here?

  4. Rand Paul ismriding his daddy’s success with no new ideas for himself. He is acting like he’s running against President Obama’s third term. Obama has already made it clear that he is two term by laws and would happily to get it done with after this term.

    CPAC’s hypocrisy is off the chart and unbelievable embarrassing this country.

  5. These stupid fools are operating in their own self-imposed bubble that doesn’t allow logic, facts, science, and least of all disapproval of their ass-backward ideology, to penetrate it.
    The annual CPAC is a regular opportunity for ignorant, angry, self-congratulatory, and hateful yokels to gather to stoke fear, hatred, and the kind of first-degree stupidity that would have people jailed indefinitely if it were a prosecutable crime just by itself. With all that said, it’s no surprise that a goofball like Rand Paul won because he is an excellent personification of all the above characteristics. Frankly, it doesn’t surprise me no matter who wins the dubious distinction, because they are all equally clueless, condescending, uncaring, and downright idiotic.

  6. Winning that poll is pretty much the equivalent of being the midget with the biggest dick in the room: Yeah, it’s big… but, you’re still a midget, buddy.

  7. Heres a test alright, what’s the difference between a CPAC meeting and the KLU KLUX KLAN get together? the KKK dresses better! just look at the diversity at ANY republican gathering! it’s always the same photo, 70% angry white male 20% batter wife syndrome white female and 7% hispanic who thinks because their complexion is white-ISH they can pass, and then theres the 3% condi rice supporters, black individual who makes “BANK” and wants more wealthy tax breaks (welfare). the GOP is a sad joke!

  8. The ignorance of republicans and their lack of knowledge re the constitution is bad, but the way the republicans get up and lie in floor speeches and in oversight and investigative hearings is what upsets me the most. Paul Ryan got up and gave a spiel and said the other day that Pres. Obama had added $18 T to the debt in the last five years. Most intelligent people know that’s not true, but there are a lot of people out there that just watch Fox, and they believe everything they’re told. It’s discouraging that democrats don’t get up and call them on their lies and neither does the media.

  9. I’m curious to know why the democrats don’t have an organization counter to CPAC. I realize there’s Netroots, but we don’t hear much about them. It would be like a breath of fresh air to see democrats get up and talk to Americans on C-SPAN about their plans for the middle class. I don’t want to see a Hate Fest which is all CPAC is, but it would be nice to see intelligent, caring people get up and explain what is really going on in this country with the corporations with the help of ALEC trying to take over our country, state by state; explaining how the republican party is only for the wealthy and the corporations and the legislation they have been trying to pass which would just give even more breaks to the 1%. I’d also like to see democrats get up and talk about how the republicans in the congress have voted numerous times against policies which would help our veterans coming home. It’s time for democrats to stand up against the lies we hear every day from republica…

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