Ron Paul voted the most popular speaker at CPAC

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That certainly says a lot about where the direction the conservative movement is heading in. Ron paul seems to have gotten people my age thrilled and euthiasitic about the concepts of liberty . I am surprised that he beat out mitt romney and sarah palin? THoughts?
 

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I think Ron Paul was the only guy there that has more than two brain cells. Hopefully conservatives are starting to get wise and realizing the majority of their party leaders are idiots.
 
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That certainly says a lot about where the direction the conservative movement is heading in. Ron paul seems to have gotten people my age thrilled and euthiasitic about the concepts of liberty . I am surprised that he beat out mitt romney and sarah palin? THoughts?
I think he's a sandwich short of a picnic. If I had to choose between Sarah Palin and Ron Paul <shudder>, no I can't even think about it.

Ron Paul voted the most popular speaker at CPAC
This was a poll of attendees, not a poll of the public. :uhh:

And we got their presidential straw poll winner, Ron Paul (the conservative version of Dennis Kucinich) whose last attempt for president amassed him 41,905 votes - and whose CPAC victory with 31% was booed by the very convention that voted for him! Apparently CPAC attendees just like to boo.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/cpac-the-partys-over_b_473024.html
 
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I think he's a sandwich short of a picnic. If I had to choose between Sarah Palin and Ron Paul <shudder>, no I can't even think about it.

Please post the link to the poll.
. Believe me if Fox news is even saying that ron paul won the debate at CPAC, a man they excluded from the republican debates ,then its legit.
 
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http://66.147.244.188/~conserz8/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2-10-CPAC-Straw-Poll-Final-Compatibility-Mode.pdf [Broken]

Page 11

(The link looks odd, but it is right off the CPAC home page http://www.cpac.org/)
 
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. Believe me if Fox news is even saying that ron paul won the debate at CPAC, a man they excluded from the republican debates ,then its legit.
I threw up in my mouth a little bit watching that video
 
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. Believe me if Fox news is even saying that ron paul won the debate at CPAC, a man they excluded from the republican debates ,then its legit.
It was a vote by attendees, a large portion of which were his followers. It's meaningless, see below. Edit: I just watched your link, that's not valid as a supporting link. That's a bunch of news clips pieced together. That was pretty bad.

Paul was far and away the most widely anticipated speaker at the three-day conference, with his base of "Paulites" streaming into the main auditorium to hear him rail against government overreach and neoconservativism on Friday afternoon. In many respects, his win in the CPAC poll seemed pre-ordained -- his band of followers having a well-earned reputation for flooding polls and forums like these.

What it portends for a possible 2012 presidential run is anyone's guess. Paul had a similar cult-like following during the 2008 election, only to garner a relatively small chunk of the actual vote.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/20/cpac-2010-straw-poll-resu_n_470319.html
 
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The poll was 64% male and 54% 18-25 year olds.
 
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It does. Considering the age of the members supporting Ron Paul, it would be accurate to say it's the direction the conservative movement is headed.

It probably doesn't say much about the current state of the conservative movement, though.

Couple things about CPAC.

http://www.cpac.org/registration.html [Broken]).

How the straw poll broke down: The math behind Ron Paul's victory.

This isn't the kind of result that will be likely to provide Ron Paul any personal success, but it is an indication that younger conservatives are more libertarian, which could definitely affect the type of Republican candidates we'll be likely to see by the end of this decade.

In fact, any party that makes it a policy to drive out the moderates, as Republicans seem intent on doing, winds up making it easier for an equally committed minority to take over the party on its own terms. Not a bad principle, since it's this principle that winds up keeping both parties from being taken over by extremists. In this case, incompatibility between libertarians (in general) and social conservatives could result in a much smaller political plank focusing only on the issues that both groups could agree on - which would be fiscal policy.

It's not a wholly bad development, even if Ron Paul is a flake. I guess it could wind up providing some rather bizarre choices in the short term, as I kind of agree with Evo about having to choose between Ron Paul and Sarah Palin.
 
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I've heard a few times whether the republican party is going to survive or just fall apart
 
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I think he's a sandwich short of a picnic. If I had to choose between Sarah Palin and Ron Paul <shudder>, no I can't even think about it.
Ron Paul and Sarah palin are not even in the same leaugue with each other. What do you have against ron paul's politics? To me, He seems to be the only level headed politician in Washington right now. He really stands behind what he believes in and does not alter his politics to appeal to a broader base.
 
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Any candidate that says "I'm going to turn everything upside down and change the world!" is going to have broad support among 18-25 year olds who have almost nothing invested in the status quo.

I think what is more likely is that the current crop of young republicans will grow out of it.
 
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Ron Paul and Sarah palin are not even in the same leaugue with each other. What do you have against ron paul's politics? To me, He seems to be the only level headed politician in Washington right now. He really stands behind what he believes in and does not alter his politics to appeal to a broader base.
Sarah Palin seems to stand for what she believes in ----I don't know what it is, but shes says most things with 'conviction'---maybe that's all it takes
 
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Seriously, all the poll means is that 31% of the attendees were part of Ron Pauls group.
And its not just ron paul attendees and followers that approve of him. Ron paul has one of the highest congressional approval ratings in congress right now((http://www.opencongress.org/search/....x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0) , while congress pathetically has an approval rating of 14 percent( http://www.gallup.com/poll/108856/congressional-approval-hits-recordlow-14.aspx) and so called more well known politicians like McCain have an approval rating of 40 percenthttp://www.opencongress.org/search/result?q=++++++++++Sen.+John+McCain+[R%2C+AZ]+++&submit.x=40&submit.y=18&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0) and Nancy peloci has an approval rating of 10 percent(http://www.opencongress.org/search/...=29&submit.y=13&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0. You might have to type the words John McCain and Nancy Pelosi into the search box. But the numbers are there
 
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And its not just ron paul attendees and followers that approve of him. Ron paul has one of the highest congressional approval ratings in congress right now((http://www.opencongress.org/search/....x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0) , while congress pathetically has an approval rating of 14 percent( http://www.gallup.com/poll/108856/congressional-approval-hits-recordlow-14.aspx) and so called more well known politicians like McCain have an approval rating of 40 percenthttp://www.opencongress.org/search/result?q=++++++++++Sen.+John+McCain+[R%2C+AZ]+++&submit.x=40&submit.y=18&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0) and Nancy peloci has an approval rating of 10 percent(http://www.opencongress.org/search/...=29&submit.y=13&submit=Search&search_congress[111]=111&search_bills=1&search_people=1&search_committees=1&search_issues=1&search_comments=1&search_gossip_blog=0
Noblegas, this is not acceptable. opencongress is not an acceptable mainstream source, not to mention your links don't work except to lead to a search page. Please post from mainstream sources and make sure your links work.
 
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I think he's a sandwich short of a picnic. If I had to choose between Sarah Palin and Ron Paul <shudder>, no I can't even think about it.
Before attacking and throwing useless statistics out that people who agree with this statement probably don't really care about, how about asking a simple question first:

Why?

I'm interested to hear your stand point on him, and why you say that.
 
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Noblegas, this is not acceptable. opencongress is not an acceptable mainstream source, not to mention your links don't work except to lead to a search page. Please post from mainstream sources and make sure your links work.
Thats why I said that you might have to type the names of members of the congress that I listed in the Search box on the website. What is wrong with opencongress.org? They showcase what bills are being currently proposed and what bills have been passedThey don't lean towards any particular political affiliation and you posted me a wikipedia link last week and many have disputed the validity of wikipedia links since people can add just about any source to them. This section of the site list all of the approval ratings of the representatives in congress along with their approval rating. (http://www.opencongress.org/people/representatives#T). Ron Paul is at 93 percent. Wow. There are a lot a congress representatives with F's right now.
 
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Before attacking and throwing useless statistics out that people who agree with this statement probably don't really care about, how about asking a simple question first:

Why?

I'm interested to hear your stand point on him, and why you say that.
It's not an attack, and the staistics on the vote are from the convention itself. I've listed my reasons for my opinion of Paul before and really don't care enough to bother with it. It's my opinion and I don't have to back up an opinion. If you can't see what I see then it's pointless discussing it.

@ Noblegas,
OpenCongress seeks to address these issues by merging official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, and public participation tools to give you the real story behind what's happening in the Congress.
It's basically a blog that posts links to bills.
 
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I wouldn't equate Ron Paul to Sarah Palin. Paul is a physician with 40 years of experience in Congress. Sarah Palin went to six colleges; has a degree in media something or other; served as mayor in a two-horse town, and then quit her job as Governer after two years. I don't think Paul is Presidential material, but to put him on the same plate as Palin indefensible.

The problem that I see with Paul is that he is an idealist to the point of being impractical.
 
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It's not an attack, and the staistics on the vote are from the convention itself. I've listed my reasons for my opinion of Paul before and really don't care enough to bother with it. It's my opinion and I don't have to back up an opinion. If you can't see what I see then it's pointless discussing it.

@ Noblegas, It's basically a blog that posts links to bills.
Yes. But it says blog and news coverage. Just about every other 'legitimate' news site has blogs along with news coverage. And if they are using data from govtrack.us , a source that even 'legitimate' news sources like the New York times uses as a resource to gain information on congress and congressional members(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GovTrack#cite_note-0)What is the big deal?
 
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Let's just take one simple aspect of Ron Paul's policy:
Returning to the gold standard

Could somebody outline each step of the process of how this would be achieved? (or provide a link that does so)
 
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There is one part of Ron Paul's philosophy that I share: Stop fighting undeclared wars and bring our military to a defensive posture, so we can cut rampant military spending. That is a truly conservative position that would be fought tooth and nail by the neocons running the GOP, so don't expect Paul to be on the ticket in 2012.
 
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Let's just take one simple aspect of Ron Paul's policy:
Returning to the gold standard

Could somebody outline each step of the process of how this would be achieved? (or provide a link that does so)
He has some radical ideas. I can't speak to that one, but I do know that his position is often misinterpreted. For example, he wants to enforce environmental laws through the courts. The headline was that Paul want to eliminate the epa, or something close to that. What he wants is for industry to be held accountable by landowners. If company X is ruining my water supply, I don't call the epa, instead I sue the company. His position is not that companies should be left to run amok, as some would claim. He just wants to regulate emissions through landowners rights and the courts, and not through Government agencies.

Is that practical? Probably not. However, as a hybrid libertarian, I can appreciate his motives.
 
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It's not an attack, and the staistics on the vote are from the convention itself. I've listed my reasons for my opinion of Paul before and really don't care enough to bother with it. It's my opinion and I don't have to back up an opinion. If you can't see what I see then it's pointless discussing it.
I understand that it's not an attack, and that part of my post wasn't intended for you. It was intended for everyone else who was throwing out links and info that you probably don't care for because of your standpoint on Paul. I apologize, that was a poorly structured post.

I haven't been on the forums for an extending period of time, so as for your opinion of Paul I don't believe I've been around long enough to have seen it. I'm sure I could search for it though, but it would take some time. I didn't want you to back up your opinion, I just wanted to know what your opinion was.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but if I have my own opinion, and you have yours, without actually hearing your opinion it makes it kind of hard to see what you see. But maybe that's just me! Guess everyone else on here has super-empathetic skills that supercede computer dynamics and allow them to understand the standpoints and opinions of others without direct communication...

I'll work on developing those skills, I apologize.
 

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