Did you see who “won” with conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ron Paul won the much-hyped straw poll with 25 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second with 23 percent. It shouldn’t be surprising that the Kentucky senator won the straw poll. This was not a weekend of self-reflection for conservatives. It was one of standing by principles, and no one more represents standing by principles than Paul. Instead of self-reflecting on needed changes in our political system to bring about a better society, it was the same stance, the same rhetoric, and the same approach to winning that saw them go down in burning glory, this last November. But, the CPAC is more about holding the “party-line” and re-electing the same group of do nothing hacks that sit in congress and watch this country go down the drain.

Paul last week further endeared himself to conservatives by going through with a 13-hour filibuster of President Barack Obama’s nomination to be chief of central intelligence. That effort resulted in an increase of support from the Tea Party for Paul, but I do not care what color you “paint” them, they are still members of the Republican Party and expound the same messages.

With 23 people on the CPAC straw-poll ballot, Paul benefitted because of young Libertarians, many of whom make up CPAC’s audience. In fact, 52 % of voters at the CPAC were between the ages of 18 to 25. Sen. Rand Paul remarks at CPAC were centered around the ongoing budget battles in Washington and his attempts to bring about change without actually providing any change in the “party” message.

Rick Santorum finished a distant third with 8 percent. Popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was not invited to CPAC, (because he is considered a traitor for liking the President and caring more about the people he represents) finished fourth with 7 percent; Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice-presidential candidate was next at 6 percent; then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 5 percent; neurosurgeon Ben Carson and keynote speaker Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tied at 4 percent; followed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin 1 percent Forty-four others, including write-in votes for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Allen West, got 14 percent. Yes, this vote is sooooo important for the country that we can waste time voting for 2 dead former Presidents, of which one was forced to resign, in disgrace. (Where is my stamp?)

Does anyone else find this as ridiculous as I do?