So I guess I might have mentioned before that I am a
native living as an expatriate here in southeast California . I may have also mentioned my admiration for Californians as being mostly Democratic, and they even have a hefty number of progressives out there. Texas
But it is now obvious to me that just as
’s left tack a little further left through their progressive component; it also seems that California ’s right tack a little further right through their Libertarian component. The John Birch Society, after all, has its roots in deep red California . Orange County
Obvious to me because of this new California GOP straw poll (they are meeting in a statewide convention in LA this weekend) that has Dr. Ron Paul far in the lead of those who they want to be the Republican nominee for President of the
. United States
No, really. I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming. Paul garnered 44.9% of all votes cast in the straw poll compared to Rick Perry’s 29.3%. Darn near two to one. And why is this such welcome news?
, the country’s most populous state, has the most convention delegates, by far than any other state. What would have made this sweeter is that California used to be a “winner take all” state in the Republican Party. But it is still pretty sweet that Ron Paul arrives at next year’s GOP convention with a near-majority of California delegates in his pocket. California
And don’t believe I want Paul to win the nomination, Perry would be a far more entertaining candidate in an intellectual debate with my President. If Paul got the nomination it will ruin the fun because he actually speaks very well. He’s a smart guy.
Smart, yes. But as cracked as the Liberty Bell.