Again: if Ron Paul runs for president, he will be one of three finalists for the Republican nomination. His supporters have loyalty, passion, conviction and organization.

What else did we learn from the CPAC straw poll? With Mitt Romney's strong showing we learned that many conservatives want to win so badly in 2012 that they will not necessarily support the candidate they agree with the most. With Sarah Palin's anemic showing even with her alleged base we learned (again) that a Palin candidacy is a creation of the cable news and pundit imagination.

The fact that so many conservatives would support Romney should cause Democrats to worry. The fact that Ron Paul won so handily should give national media a reason to show him far more respect.