On Wednesday night Republican candidates for the Presidential nomination debated in Simi Valley, CA, at the Reagan Presidential Library.
For those who saw the debate, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry used the platform to bicker, Michele Bachmann spouted more anti-Obamacare rhetoric, Herman Cain showed a lack of understanding of how Government works, Santorum didn’t say anything memorable, Newt Gingrich accused the media of liberal bias, Ron Paul suggested that if guns were allowed on airplanes 9/11 would never have happened, and Jon Huntsman seemed reasonable in comparison with the rest of the group.
The debate was clearly dominated by Perry and Romney, with Huntsman managing to hold his own. Everyone else was lackluster, and didn’t offer anything to the debate other than regurgitated talking points, including Ron Paul.
Msnbc polled their audience to ask who won the debate, and surprisingly Ron Paul is winning. If he was winning by a small margin we probably wouldn’t be writing this article, but he isn’t. He’s winning with 57.7% of the votes so far, with second place going to Romney with 14.3% so far. That’s a 43.4% difference.
I watched the debate, and Ron Paul didn’t win by a long-shot. The fact that his supporters would go to such lengths to skew the results of an online poll, one that doesn’t even truly matter, shows how little regard for facts they have.
The fact of the matter is that Ron Paul is a terrible candidate. He’s been preaching the same “small Government” and Libertarianism rhetoric since before he ran for President the first time, in 1988. The reason that he has not been elected President in the last 23 years, even though he has ran several times, is because many people see his views as incredibly extreme and outside the mainstream. The reason he still manages to garner attention when we should be treating him like he’s irrelevant is because his fans are so rabid they’re willing to skew the results of polls that don’t matter, and viciously attack anyone who doesn’t support their wacky candidate.
Here’s the results of the poll, so far. Do YOU think it’s accurate?