The Republican presidential candidate whom everyone (at least in the mainstream media, on both the right and left, as they are, after all, funded by the status quo to preserve the status quo) has written off, has won his latest landslide victory, this time in a straw poll in California during its 2011 Fall Convention in downtown LA JW Marriott. The LA Times details what transpired: "One presidential candidate, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, spoke at a dinner on Friday night, and Saturday morning's breakfast featured two more contenders: Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Paul's fans were out in force both outside the hotel -- awaiting his arrival -- and inside the ticketed Lincoln Clubs Breakfast. He spoke last and was late, allowing McCotter to add a question-and-answer period to his prepared remarks." There was nothing substantially new in Paul's speech which can be summarized as follows: '"You ought to have a right to work hard, and you ought to have a right to keep what you earn." As for the straw poll, "Saturday at the convention also featured a straw poll, conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific, with results announced during an evening banquet. Considering the large numbers of Paul fans who made their way to the Marriott, it's not surprising that he won the poll by a handy margin over second-place finisher Perry. But after the two Texans, the percentages drop precipitously, with Bachmann only managing fourth despite her convention appearance." Something tells us that nothing prevents "large numbers" of other candidate fans from making their way to the Marriott. The results: "Congressman Ron Paul (374, 44.9%); Governor Rick Perry (244, 29.3%); Mitt Romney (74, 8.8%); Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (64, 7.7%); Jon Huntsman (17, 2.0%)."
Some more on why while the media may continue to ignore him, Paul remains the single best candidate:
Several breakfasters videotaped portions of Paul's speech, which likely would be familiar to anyone who's heard him the previous two times he ran for president -- in 1988 on the Libertarian Party ticket and 2008 in the Republican field.
Among some of the lines that got the biggest cheers in the 20-ish minute talk were:
"We have endless wars overseas and endless welfare at home. We can't afford that anymore; we have to change those policies."
"We do need an absolutely thorough audit of the Federal Reserve," Paul added.
"What is the purpose of government and political action? I think the main purpose of our Constitution and political action should be the preservation of liberty."
"It would be nice if we had a lot more respect for the rule of law."
"You ought to have a right to work hard, and you ought to have a right to keep what you earn."
America's role is to have a strong national defense, "not to be the policeman of the world." (That one was particularly popular.)
He ended with "I'm running on peace and prosperity and personal liberty, the U.S. Constitution and the American tradition."
The congressman exited to chants of "President Paul."