Monday, February 13, 2012
Did Romney really win at CPAC?
As some of you may know, Mitt Romney won the straw poll at CPAC this weekend. This result somewhat surprised me: not because I don't think Romney has the most momentum in general right now, but because the people who attended this conference seemed to be way more fond of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Walking around CPAC, all I saw was people clearly campaigning for Newt and Santorum, handing out bumper stickers and signs everywhere. However, what I didn't see was that same kind of presence for Romney. A Politico article alleges that Romney's campaign bought a bunch of registrations to CPAC in order to ensure his victory in the poll. Rick Santorum alludes to the fact that he believes Romney rigged the poll, commenting that his campaign "didn't pay for supporters" to come to CPAC. He also asserted how important it is that he didn't have to bribe his supporters to come out--they showed up all on their own. I think that a story like this one suggests just how desperate Romney might be to take back his winning streak after losing Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri consecutively. I do not necessarily believe that there is any truth to these accusations, but I think that it is an interesting tale to acknowledge.