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Governor Sarah Palin and the CPAC Straw Poll

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 6, 2009

Governor Sarah Palin and the CPAC Straw Poll

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Why Mommy Is A Republican

Governor Sarah Palin’s supporters and critics alike have been trying to make sense of why it is that she is avoiding the limelight at the national level and is instead concentrating on the needs of Alaskans. Among the criticisms, the most repeated of all has been her decision to forego an appearance at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is the largest annual event held by conservatives in America.

I admit that I was a bit disappointed initially when Palin backed out of CPAC because as a conservative who wants to see her run successfully for President in 2012, it seemed obvious that a pow wow with conservatives would be the right thing to do politically. In hindsight, though, considering the kind of coverage CPAC received in the mainstream media, considering the makeup of the voters in CPAC‘s straw poll, and considering what Governor Palin did in the meantime, I must ask readers, what could she really have gained from an appearance there? More favor with conservatives nationwide? Not likely. Most of those polled were of college age (18-25, by a majority) and most were males. Male students aren’t traditionally thought of as the backbone of the conservative movement. Their strong numbers make a Mitt Romney win seem much more understandable to most people who are familiar with political demographics, yet background information on the straw poll wasn’t reported widely. Only the results were offered in most places reporting on the poll.

Let’s look at some of the numbers provided by CPAC for a glimpse at the demographics. CPAC reports that 1,757 votes were cast in the straw poll, all of them by people who officially registered. Voters from 48 states and D.C. were represented in this straw poll.

More than half of voters in the CPAC straw poll were registered as students. (Click image for larger version.)


Almost half of the straw poll voters indicated dissatisfaction with the field of candidates. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time believing that so many conservatives nationwide would answer that way. The list of candidates included the following (by order of votes received): Romney (20%), Jindal (14%), Palin (13%), Paul (13%), Gingrich (10%), Huckabee (7%), Sanford (4%), Guiliani (3%), Pawlenty (2%), Crist (1%). (Click image for larger version.)


Now, here is where the scales might just fall from your eyes. Most of those voting placed far higher priority on fiscal issues than social issues. Check it out. (Click image for larger version.)

and……the second exhibit on this point is this image below. (Click image for larger version.)

Aha! Folks, these people obviously don’t remember the famous words of Mother Teresa.

“What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.”

If we can accept abortion, we can accept anything, my friends. If abortion is okay, so is war for oil. If abortion is okay, so is socialism. If abortion is okay, anything goes, my friend. Anything. Once you put human life on a lower rung than other issues, you have lost not only the battle, but the whole struggle to make the world a decent place for people to dwell in.

Mind you, Mitt Romney has expressed that he is firmly pro-life…….and I believe him. I do. I truly *like* Mitt Romney and trust that he is solidly pro-life. He is not, however, the great champion and powerful witness that Governor Sarah Palin

Am I saying it is “evil” not to put your support behind Sarah Palin? Of course not. I have an opinion of her that is based on my level of trust in her. Do I TRUST her to be the best promoter of the Culture of Life? Of course. Personally, I believe her trustworthiness on this issue is obvious to all and it’s the main reason liberals hate her. She is the “impossible woman” — mother, wife, servant of the public………and even very easy on the eyes. Whether or not she is worthy of YOUR trust, my fellow conservatives, is your decision to make according to your own heart. There are, of course, other great pro-life candidates including Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee. I would vote for either of them in a heartbeat………..but for conservatives who value life as the inalienable right that it is, without which no other rights can exist, Governor Sarah Palin

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