OK. I am beginning to get emotional in this.

I am not a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but this stuff is becoming more and more blatant all the time and it is so hideously repugnant, I am beginning to wonder what I am going to teach my children about the world they live in.

Here’s the latest.

This weekend, Ron Paul won (by a landslide) the GOP presidential straw poll conducted by organizers at the Conservative Leadership Conference held at the Nugget Casino. This is not an online function. This is real people showing up at a physical place to cast their vote.

Ron Paul took 33% of the votes. In second place, Mitt Romney took 16% of the votes – a very distant second. Here is what MSNBC did (the original article is here). I reprinted it to make sure this article does not “suddenly disappear”.


Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2007 2:26 PM by Chuck Todd
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***UPDATE***Correction: An earlier version of this post had incorrect straw poll results. Romney was NOT fourth, but second. The post below is now correct.

From NBC/NJ’s Erin McPike
SPARKS, Nev. – Ron Paul won the GOP presidential straw poll conducted by organizers at the Conservative Leadership Conference held at the Nugget Casino this weekend “by a large margin,” according to an organizer.

Paul won with 33 percent, Romney came in second with 16 percent and Duncan Hunter was just behind with 15 percent. “Undecided” was fourth with 11 percent, and Thompson and Giuliani were next and ahead of the rest of the pack — all in single digits. Raw numbers haven’t been provided, but there were approximately 430 registrants at the opening of the conference.

Although many of the Republican presidential teams had surrogates representing them at the conference, Mitt Romney and Duncan Hunter were the only candidates to speak at the conference, and the victor himself was not there.

Libertarian sentiment dominated the conference, and a number of attendees expressed disappointment with the Republican Party for not catering to many of their views. Several speakers explained that they were looking to move on, echoing much of the discontent that came out of the meeting of the Council for National Policy in Salt Lake City late last month.

In fact, American Target Advertising Chairman Richard Viguerie, who said he was part of the strategic meetings in Salt Lake City, said Thursday night that even though he has agreed not to support Giuliani, Thompson or McCain, he’s still not close to declaring support for Romney or any other lower tier candidates because they are still actively and seriously courting conservatives. “Why would we stop the flow of flowers and candy?” he said.

Almost on cue, Romney said during his speech the next day to the group, “I’m from the Republican wing of the Republican Party,” eliciting a negative response from some rival campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. The DNC jumped and noted that he stole Chairman Howard Dean’s line from the previous election when he told voters he was “from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” before losing to John Kerry.

Out of the malaise over the conference came several questions targeted to Romney urging him to explain why he could be the candidate who would change the party’s direction. In particular, vastright founder Joseph Bentzel, whose start-up Web company with slogan “Powering Digital Conspiracy” has yet to launch, asked Romney at a town hall how the party can be re-brand, reform, refocus and re-launch after what he called is a phase of “pre-emptive defeatism” for the GOP. Romney gave a four-part answer, starting with his pitch, “Well, I think it helps to have a new face.”

Romney went on to sound another theme of his: optimism. He called the Democrats pessimists and said his optimism could go a long way for the Republicans, and he moved onto a point similar to his first, that the country ought to be led by someone who hasn’t spent an entire lifetime in politics. And he ended with a line that played well before the crowd of Reaganites, implying that his energy and passion could echo that of Ronald Reagan’s.

The title of the report is: ROMNEY LOSES NV STRAW POLL . Why is it they did not title the report: “RON PAUL WINS NV STRAW POLL”. Heck, I didn’t even run…perhaps they should have ran a story about how I didn’t win!. I mean, when Bush won the election in 2004, did the media report it as “Kerry loses election!”.  What happened here? At best, did the reporter (Erin McPike) pre-write the story assuming Romney would win, but changed the title of the story without revisiting the content to focus on Ron Paul?

The body of the story goes on and on about Romney! That’s right. The loser!

Does this seem right to you? My eyes are continually being opened about the extent of the MSM (mainstream media) agenda against Ron Paul. It’s real. There is one.

Assuming the election machines are not rigged (that is increasingly becoming a frightening specter to me), he stands a serious chance of winning. This scares the hell out of the Establishment. Not because Ron Paul’s message represents a threat to the American people, but because it represents a serious threat to the American power complexes, which ARE a direct threat to the American people. All they need to do is open their eyes and begin to use critical thinking.

And the mainstream media are doing their best to ensure that does not happen.

PS. Ron Paul also won the Alabama Jefferson County straw poll on 10/14/2007:

  • Ron Paul 58%
  • Thompson 16%
  • Guiliani 9%
  • Romney 8%