A boost for the good guys

Dave Killion — August 13, 2011

Awful lot of turkeys in this straw poll.

The Ames Straw Poll in Iowa does not predict who the next Republican candidate for US President will be, but it is strongly indicative of who will be the important players over the coming months. Accordingly, Ron Paul supporters must be delighted with today’s results

“Bachmann took 4,823 votes, narrowly escaping a major upset at the hands of Texas Rep. Ron Paul who won 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty placed third with 2,293, a showing that is likely to raise questions about his ability to continue in the contest.”

Paul’s close second will likely prove very motivating to a group that is already very enthused about their candidate, and will hopefully attract more attention to his libertarian views. Although Public Choice Theory teaches us that it matters very little who gets elected (since all politicians are subject to the same incentives), someone is going to get elected President of the USA, and of all the possibilities, I think Paul may do the least damage and perhaps even some good.

On a side note, I can’t help but notice how so much attention was paid to the race and gender of (respectively) Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton when they were campaigning, while there is little mention of these attributes in regards to Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, but rather a focus on their merits and demerits. In my view, this is both appropriate and desirable.

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