Sunday, March 17, 2013

CPAC poll: The untold story of the other

To no one's suprise, Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll. It was Rand Paul's crowd. Inherited from his Dad. I hear his tshirt giveaway was very popular. People love free tshirts. But so what? CPAC has become a meaningless spectacle.

The twitter tells me Santorum's speech bombed. He came in fourth after Rand and Rubio. Meanwhile, Grifterella wowed the crowd with her Big Gulp and boob jokes, one of which actually about her boobs. She came in a distant last in the straw poll.

At this point you may be thinking, wait -- who was third? Well, that's the real story here and all the media, new and old, appear to be ignoring it. Look at this graph.

"Other" came in third, well above the rest of the field. So who is other? Apparently it was some combination of the rest of the field of 23 choices and some 44 write-in candidates. Somehow I think if CPAC was an event about the Democratic party, all the headlines would be reading: Democrats in Disarray.

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