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.
TODAY IN SLATE
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.