Back Roads to the White House: A dollop of hope for Tancredo and friends
Excerpted from this post at Back Roads to the White House
Why is this man smiling? Because he really loved playing lunch lady at
a Republican Party barbecue in West Union, Iowa, on Sunday? Perhaps.
But Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado also was smiling this weekend
because he finished third in the Linn County Republican Party's straw
poll in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday. The big winner: Former Gov.
Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin - 33.1 percent. Followed by: Sen. Sam
Brownback of Kansas - 30.4 percent. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado -
15.5 percent. And the Linn County also-rans: former Gov. Mitt Romney,
4.7 percent; businessman John Cox, 4.1 percent; Rep. Ron Paul, 3.4
percent; former Sen. Fred Thompson, 2.7 percent; former Mayor Rudy
Giuliani, 2 percent; David Gilbert of North Carolina, 2 percent; Rep.
Duncan Hunter, 1.4 percent; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, 0.7 percent.
(Zero percent for Sen. John McCain and Hugh McCort). It's only one
county, and the results are just a symbolic measure of who can turn
out the vote when they try. But it's something.