Why are we not impressed?
"NEW ORLEANS — As has become typical at GOP cattle calls, Ron Paul captured the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference here, easily besting his nearest competitor, Jon Huntsman.
Paul won 612 votes to Huntsman's 382. Michele Bachmann came in third with 191 votes and Herman Cain finished behind her, taking 104 votes."
Nearly 40% of the votes went to Ron Paul, who, in actual presidential runs garnered less than one half a percent of the vote in 1988, and a little over one half a percent of the vote in 2008.
And yet, he receives nearly 40% of the vote in a straw poll? What's wrong with this picture? And the virtually unknown Jon Huntsman comes in second? Yeah. Right.
Forgive me if this straw poll fails to create any sort of band wagon to be jumped upon by me.
As I said once before, Over at the NYT, there's the headline: "Ron Paul Is No. 1 for 2012". Foregoing all the obvious "number one and number two" jokes, does brother Paul stand a chance in 2012?
Certainly in the conservative movement today, no one has run for president as many times from as many parties as has Ron Paul. Is he rapidly becoming the Williams Jennings Bryan or the Lyndon LaRouche of the Republican party?
Some have suggested that this latest straw poll victory may actually hurt him more than help him. I tend to agree. By bringing attention to himself this early on, people will focus on all the things they don't like about Paul and the reasons they did not support him or vote for him in the past.
And while he has a strong record for being reelected inside his district, his track record for national votes has been sadly lacking.
I don't want to rehash all the reasons that a Paul candidacy leaves me cold. I've gone over that repeatedly.
Since I don't believe that Paul has changed or moderated any of his views since then, my opinion remains the same. Certainly if he has shifted in any of his foreign policy positions, I would be happy to hear of it. But, I'm not holding my breath."
Cross posted at Proof Positive