Posted Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at 10:05 AM
Organizers at this conference say that 3,000 conservatives have signed up, which means that the annual presidential straw poll could have a nice, large sample size. Who's on it?
You'll notice that Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer were not included. Heck, they're not even included on a list of 20 potential vice presidential candidates -- but blink-and-you-missed-him vanity candidate Thaddeus McCotter is!
"Undecided" is also an option. I'll go out on a limb: Huntsman, who supports civil unions and is derisive of those who don't "believe in science," will come in dead last.
UPDATE: According to organizers, the polling cut-off was determined by including candidates who had polled at least 3 percent nationally.
I won't pretend this is the biggest issue facing America, but it is odd. Four years ago, the experimental Values Voter poll included the GOP's niche candidates, such as Tom Tancredo, and the Democrats' candidates, as a lark. The 2010 poll included some not-really-even-potential candidates, like Jan Brewer. Also, Mike Pence won the thing. That might be an indication of how seriously to take this.