Uh-Oh. Mittens wasn't even halfway through his alleged CPAC (Crass, Pathetic and Asinine Conservatards) straw poll and Maine caucus "wins" victory lap when Ron Paul and Rick Santorum cried foul. LOUDLY. Rick Santorum charged Romney doctored the straw poll results. He may have a point. The past few years CPAC's straw poll has been dominated by Ron Paul, much to the consternation of 'Establishment' conservatives who would like CPAC to mainline more sensitive racist 'social conservative' wingnuttery, less paleolibertarianism. Although, in truth, the differences are superficial and skin-deep. This year, event organizers moved closer to that goal with racist panel discussions honoring the Buchanan 'multiculturalism is killing America' vision featuring several xenophobic, white supremacists to kick thing off.
Ron Paul didn't even show up this time citing the old fallback, a scheduling conflict. Maybe it's got something to do with the "strategic alliance" he's forged with Mittens — 'pleeease, pretty please Paulie, call your people off' and let Mittens win one CPAC straw poll to show the Cpeeps just how "severely conservative" he is:
Rick Santorum was not amused, however. He said acidly, "I don't try to rig straw polls ... You have to talk to the Romney campaign and how many tickets they bought ... We've heard all sorts of things." The CPAC straw poll results were 38% Mittens to 31% for Santorum, with Gingrich 15% and Paul 12%. Judging by past results, Santorum has a point: something's off when Paul drops down to fourth, behind the Newtster, and Mittens wins the heart of white supremacists and takes it by seven points over Rick Santorum on the strength of his scintillating "severely conservative" speech. Anyone listening to Mittens acolyte Mark Halperin probably thought it was on the up and up. Halperin said Mittens had "shattered" his 50 percent "ceiling" in Florida. The final vote was 50.1% for Mittens. WOW.
(Memo To MSNBC: How shamefully pro-Mittens are you? Let me count the names: Halperin, Meghan McCain, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Moron Joe (where Steele has become a fixture), Susan Page, Steve Capus ...)
And in Maine, where Mittens barely eked out a win edging Ron Paul, 39% to 36%, by canceling the caucus in Washington county, Paul's strongest area! Can anyone say voter suppression, GOP-style?!
"In Washington County — where Ron Paul was incredibly strong — the caucus was delayed until next week just so the votes wouldn’t be reported by the national media today. Of course, their excuse for the delay was "snow." That’s right. A prediction of 3-4 inches — that turned into nothing more than a dusting — was enough for a local GOP official to postpone the caucuses just so the results wouldn’t be reported tonight. This is MAINE we’re talking about. The GIRL SCOUTS had an event today in Washington County that wasn’t cancelled! And just the votes of Washington County would have been enough to put us over the top."
OH, MY. In Maine, known for its rugged glacier-carved rocky coasts, with nary a sandy beach other than around the George H. W. Bush compound in Kennebunkport, where to take a dip in the icy Atlantic one must wear sneakers, those macho Republican state officials postponed a caucus on the basis of a weather report predicting 3-to-4 inches of snowfall. It just so happened to be in Ron Paul's strongest county. Oh, they might reschedule it, eventually, so that as in Iowa we'll learn weeks later that the results flipped and Ron Paul actually beat flopper-flapper Mittens, the "severe" conservative.
Can anyone say, 'Mittens the GOP Welfare Queen'? He's an 80-pound weakling with rubber legs sitting on a barrel of SuperPac cash that the Party Establishment — in the media, embeds Halperin, Schmidt, Steele, McCain, Capus, et al — have to figure out a way of rolling across the finish line.