Sunday, February 12, 2012

CPAC Straw Poll speaks in muted tones!

But first a plug for TPC from DBKP!

Hey, correspondents aren’t just for the Big Corporate Media boys! Michael Haltman has filed a number of reports from CPAC Ground Zero. Here’s one from Saturday: From CPAC, this is what a patriot looks like! Michael’s been sitting in Blogger’s Row, taking in the C-madness and boiling it down to its essentials for readers. How can anyone argue with that? There’s lots more at Michael’s blog, The Political Commentator.

The results of the CPAC Straw Poll settles nothing!

Back at the end of January I had opined that the two front-running Republican candidates were basically cannibalizing each other while at the same time providing a weak and ineffectual incumbent President the opportunity to at the very least do his best imitation of appearing presidential.

It was an unfortunate truth that even in the best of times, Romney and Gingrich presented Party faithful and Independents alike a difficult choice given two very flawed candidates.

That was then!

Fast forward to CPAC where instead the two favorite sons are Romney and Santorum!

What a difference a week or so made with Rick Santorum leapfrogging over Newt Gingrich into the second place spot for the Republican Party nomination.

Nevertheless, moving through the three days of CPAC little new clarity was provided by the candidates who made an appearance.

Each gave a speech laced with political rhetoric that was crafted to put their best foot forward with the conservative crowd.

In fact, Mitt Romney in his speech went so far as to craft the phrase "severe conservative" when describing himself, a descriptor that no longtime conservative who was polled had ever heard before.

This Romney phraseology immediately made me think of another famous wordsmith and crafter of phrases, Shakespeare, who wrote in Hamlet "the lady doth protest too much, me thinks."

I think, or better yet I know, that this was the case at CPAC as well.

CPAC Straw Poll rolls into a 17-day lull until the next primary!

Romney (CPAC Straw Poll winner) 38%
Santorum 31%
Gingrich 15%
Paul 12%

So with little or no clarity provided by CPAC and a long gap until the next primary and then Super Tuesday a few days after that, what can we expect from the candidates.

Will we have decorum amongst themselves while taking aim at the record of President Obama and his administration?

Or instead will there be more of the same politics of self-destruction making what should have been a relatively easy win come November instead four more years of a failed incumbent administration?

It's the candidates choice to make and hopefully they choose "right"!

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