Watching Sean Hannity these days, one might think he has become a Rockefeller Republican. Hannity, who has called himself a conservative, not a Republican, is obviously worried that the very Tea Party activism he promoted may turn out to be the best thing to happen to Barack Obama since Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for Hillary.
There are two measures of current conservative taste and popularity. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) poll indicates professional opinion and should measure abilities of the candidates as they are judged by professionals. The second is the NASCAR track, the Baptist church and the popularity of the candidates in the heartland for whatever reason. Mitt Romney, who won the last three CPAC polls, lost by a good margin this year to Ron Paul, the conservative libertarian who offers Austrian economics. This is bad news for Mitt Romney.
This is a shocker. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) wins the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C.
For Paul, this is huge, a major boost if indeed he wants to run for president. Though glasses of champagne will not be clinking at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington!
For conservatives, this creates a potential 2010 primary donnybrook if Paul chooses to run.
A correction to my previous post is in order, and I only wish it had come more quickly than
Sarah Palin is not being paid to speak at the Southern Republican
Leadership Conference from April 8-10 in New Orleans. I sincerely regret