So..... John McCain looses the 2008 CPAC straw poll to Mitt Romney, someone who dropped out the race before 25% of participants voted, and it's McCain just losing another vote at an organization that dislikes him. Nothing to see, move on, lets grab some coffee and cake on the way out.
On the other hand, in 2012 Mitt Romney wins the straw poll by 7 points (38-31) over Rick Santorum, and the anti-romney spin is that a majority of conservatives still don't trust his campaign to deliver on promises to the base. I guess the same could be said about Santorum, "the true conservative" who lost badly to the man some are declaring no better then Obama... at CPAC!
I don't understand the hypocrisy of the anti-romney crowd this cycle. I don't remember articles about McCain failing to win a majority until Super Tuesday, while Romney did it on his fifth try, and even Santorum doing it in his seventh. Or how the constant threats of him not winning a majority of votes would divide us, when he only won 46% in the primaries.
Don't get me wrong, I love McCain and I'm glad he wasn't as savagely attacked as Romney has been this cycle, but the double standard and hatred of the anti-romney crowd is breathtakingly transparent, and I would hope leaders in the conservative movement would push back against this action before it is too late.
What say you?