posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 01:15 PM
Known by many as the beltways source for politics, the website Politico has already figured out the best way to completely discredit a potential Ron
Paul win at the Ames Straw Poll. They have done it in two magnificent ways. First they stated that a win by Paul would technically
be a win for
Perry or Romney because it would show Michele Bachmann does not even have that strong of a base in her home state of Iowa. Second a win by Paul would
only show that these straw polls only bring out a slice of the electorate and thus we should not take that as being representative of the party but
rather just a small faction, of course.
The general consensus on the voting today is that if Ron Paul wins at Ames - a possibility that's quite real - it is good for Rick Perry. It
keeps Michele Bachmann from galvanizing her support base, prevents a potential Mitt Romney alternative (Tim Pawlenty) from resurrection and gives
Perry a major _
But it's also not a terrible scenario for Romney, who is skipping Ames but is also engaged in a delicate dance over how heavily he competes in a
state he has a complicated relationship with.
Romney's best hope is a clear Bachmann win. But a Paul win would help to diminish the overall process in Iowa to outsiders, and could potentially
confirm the critiques that GOP caucus-goers are a slender electoral slice that doesn't represent much of the rest of the Republican party.
How low do you have to sink when you begin discrediting a straw poll before it is even finished if the candidate the establishment hates wins it? Yet
they did not seem to try and discredit the straw poll in the event Bachmann or Pawlenty wins, no because then it would be representative of the party
whole. Only if Ron Paul wins could it possibly be representing only a slice of the electorate.
Nice to see the political spin and propaganda machine has already revved up their engines for 2012.