|Romney (L) Thune (R)|
The real reason for Palin's 'excuse' was because she's in a 'snit' with CPAC's Chairman. It seems Palin has more snits with people in America going on than she has constituents these days. Tacky stuff.
The 'heavy hitters', however, did themselves well. Their backers must be smiling today. All were substantive with some valid data to provide. Romney and Thune especially were articulate and have that presidential presence needed to move forward in a general election.
The close of the CPAC always ends with a 'straw poll' of favorites to be the 2012 presidential nominee among conference participants. This years poll found the following:
|Jon Huntsman Jr.|
-Mitt Romney, 23%.
-Gary Johnson, 6%,
-Michele Bachmann, 4%,
-Sarah Palin, 3%,
-Huckabee and Thune, 2%.
There were a number of other candidates with even smaller percentages.
Well, Allen West said so yesterday to thunderous applause. Big stuff to a shallow if not ignorant audience.
And that was the conference that was. We look forward to an exciting CPAC Conference in 2012, as virtually all GOP candidates for the presidency will have made their intentions known and the 'brick-bats' will be flying.