I’m not going to start political debates on this blog, but I had to post a couple of things relating to how the Republican race is shaping up.
First, is John Stewart’s rant about how the mainstream media is treating Ron Paul like the “13th floor on a hotel”. Paul came in second in the Ames straw poll, but few in the mainstream media seem to be mentioning his name.
Then is Steven Colbert’s discussion about the Ames Straw Poll itself.
Apparently it is common practice for candidates to give away admission tickets to the straw poll. Bachmann’s campaign purchased 6000 admission tickets at $30 apiece and distributed them to her supporters. Unfortunately, only 4823 people voted for her in the straw poll. Paul gave out 4,750 tickets and got 4,671 votes. Colbert notes that “Bachmann got a commanding 80% of the votes she paid for.”
Shaping up to be an interesting next few months.