The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place in Washington, DC. Among other things, the event allows Republican activists to assess their putative presidential candidates. Ron Paul, a congressman and darling of the libertarian right, won a straw poll for the second consecutive year. Mitt Romney, considered an early front-runner for the nomination, came a respectable second. Sarah Palin got 3%.
More than a year and a half ago I predicted Sarah would be gone from the national political scene before 2012 rolls around and her name wouldn’t appear on primary ballots. I’m sticking with that, and the 3% she pulled at the CPAC is some kind of confirmation. So long, Sarah, it was not fun knowing you.