Illinois Straw Poll: Another Faux Ron Paul Straw Poll Victory

-By Warner Todd Huston

Let me begin this report of the results of the Illinois Straw Poll with a tweet I made prior to the closing of balloting. A Twitter discussion on who might win the Illinois GOP straw poll was in the offing and some thought Mitt might win. I countered saying:

Or Ron Paul stuffs the ballot boxes again. He has a TON of cash he never spends on anything, ya know?

I also said that we could see this Paul win occur when I wrote about the fecklessness of this poll earlier today.

Well, guess what happened? Ron Paul won the straw poll with 52 percent of the vote.

Naturally, Paul won the Internet ballots handily taking in 66.5% of the total. Also not surprisingly he only got 8% of the in-person votes at the 22 places where balloting was being conducted by actual voters at the brick and mortar polling stations the state party had set up for that purpose.

This whole situation was predictable, though. Despite that each vote cost $5 to cast, it is no surprise that Paul still won the Internet polling. Ron Paul has a ton of campaign cash and he pretty much only spends it stuffing ballot boxes at straw polls across the country.

The Illinois poll was the easiest — and likely the cheapest — effort for Paul to date. After all, he did not have to actually pay his acolytes’ expenses to go to Illinois. All they had to do was sit at home, electronically pay their $5 and vote, vote, and vote.

So, we can throw out the Paul victory. Lets look at the two that got second and third place, shall we?

Mitt Romney reached to 35% of the in person votes showing he has the stronger in-state ground game here in Illinois. Herman Cain came in with a very respectable 29% of the in-person votes also showing interest in him climbing among GOP voters.

In fact, Cain’t totals were closer to even with the in-person and the Internet-based votes. Cain’s Internet vote totaled 15%.

Romney’s Internet votes came in at much a lower 7%.

The good thing for the party is the high number of voters. The State GOP reported that 3,649 votes were cast. At $5 a pop that is a nice little pay day for the Illinois GOP. It also exceeds the total number of voters in most of the other state straw polls. As far as raising money is concerned, this was a success.

As far as getting a finger on the pulse of Illinois GOP voters? Useless. No matter if you love Ron Paul or not, this poll is still useless.

See also coverage by Illinois Review and the entry by Downstate Illinois Advocate.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's and,,,,, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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7 Responses to Illinois Straw Poll: Another Faux Ron Paul Straw Poll Victory

  1. vl says:

    Another Faux report by a wannabe jounalist. Ron Paul 2012!

    • admin says:

      Another boring, uninformed taunt by a half-wit Paulbot. Don’t bother letting your other Paulbots know about this post, by the way. I will delete all their comments. Yours I’ll leave as a nice example of the Paulbot mentality, but the rest will be trash-canned. I have no use for mind-numbed Paulbots here.

  2. Kapt Blasto says:

    To the Administrator of these Pages:
    Dear Sir, (or Madam):

    I came across your pages, when someone shared the link, about the above report, in Facebook.

    No, I’m not a “PaulBot,” and No, I’m not, necessarily, a “Hermanator” supporter, either, although I have posted numerous times in His “intelligent thinkers” forum about numerous topics…Chief among them, is the national debt.

    Admin, I KNOW I HAVE THE SOLUTION to get rid of the NATIONAL DEBT.

    and I’ll tell you what….I’d like to post it here, if I could.

    I don’t think FB has the kind of scope that you might be reaching and connecting with…

    So if you would, please, comment back, and let me know what I have to do to submit an OP/ED piece through you.

    thank you once again,

    Kapt. Blasto

    • admin says:

      If you have it posted somewhere on the web, go ahead and leave a link.

    • KAPT BLASTO says:

      I forgot I posted comment, here….

      Here: I’ll give you the text to my “TWO BORROWS, and a LIEN” idea…

      let me know what you think of it!

      ok CBS….Fiscal Cliff on the way? Well, Time for me to try making a suggestion:
      See, as long as Amendment 14, Section 4: “The validity of the Public Debt of The United States…shall not be questioned” is firmly in play…
      ….then all those Bonds and other debt issuance, that Our Government’s Treasury has sold, that people and corporations and Foreign nations hold, cannot be Repudiated by basis of questioning its validity…Especially if any portion of that DEBT is held “Intergovernmentally”…
      …it’d be like legalized robbery if we let ANYONE do that! (That’s what many people believe taxation is supposed to do, anyway!) So, no one is questioning that the debt that’s held against the Government, and through that Government, us taxpayers….
      However, even IF no one can question the validity of any held outstanding debt…what about the manner of SATISFYING that unquestionably validly held debt?
      If my observation of things holds true….then, a right question should be…WHY are we letting people HOLD BOND against the Government, to “save for the future, tax free” and NOT allow people to hold CD in the CENTRAL BANK to do the same thing!
      And here’s another question…what would happen if instead of GOVERNMENT “paying down” the debt to the holder holding the promises…we let the HOLDER present those promises BACK as PAYMENT for something the Government could offer the holder?
      Or…to put it a little more simply: INSTEAD OF GOVERNMENT “PAYING DOWN” the DEBT…we let DEBTHOLERS USE their HELD DEBT as DOWNPAYMENT, BACK, for something, FIVE TIMES BIGGER, that could make the holder MORE MONEY TAX FREE than what waiting on the piddling yields and maturities could offer them?
      What I’m going to put up here, CBS NEWS…is a letter I wrote to SPEAKER BOEHNER, a few days back, detailing the step-by-step of my plan, derived from my little “nutty idea” that I simply call “HOW TO GET RID OF THE NATIONAL DEBT…without BREAKING A SWEAT!”…
      and I call this derivate: “TWO BORROWS, and a LIEN,” and what it sets out to do, is take all the INTERGOVERNMENTAL HOLDINGS of NATIONAL DEBT, “retiring and converting” that holding into CLAIM on CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT that could REPLACE the PRESENT Treasury Certificates held at the FED, that the Fed uses as basis for all the “bought” commerical notes, to stack upon, and all the “elastic currency,” under fractional reserve rules, to lend to the economy ,through the banks…
      …but, do it in such a way, where a simple LIEN can allow the “intergovernmentals” access to the money, without having to wait upon anything…
      It takes FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS OFF THE DEBT! (Hey! it’s not ALL of it, but it’s a start, folks!)
      And what’s more? All that YIELD PAYMENT that Congress schedules to take from the revenue take today, and into the future…gets FREED UP! (which MIGHT mean LOWER TAXES TOMORROW!)
      The posting I’m going to link here, is a bit rough…but reading it might give you the idea!
      Here’s the step by step, that I wrote to Speaker Boehner:
      John Andrew Boehner,
      If you want to avoid the fiscal cliff….then this is what you’re going to need to do:
      “Two Borrows and a Lien” by ________________, (aka KAPT BLASTO, on Facebook!)
      here’s the step by step:
      STEP ONE:
      have a meeting arranged between CPPB (which is a FEDRSV controlled entity,) and someone representing the “Intergovernmentals” (who holds FOUR TRILLION in National Debt), that has the authority to act upon the “Intergovernmentals’” behalf.
      What takes place in this meeting, is that the CPPB BORROWS from the “Intergovernmentals” all the holdings (or claim upon) the FOUR TRILLION, and leaves a promissory note with the “Intergovernmental” Representative.
      STEP TWO:
      Behind the Intergovernmental’s rep back, (so to speak,) the CPPB walks out with the borrowed claims, and walks over to TREASURY…arranges a LOAN that Treasury will lend to the CPPB:
      A COD (certificate of Deposit, or equivalent) that is FIVE TIMES BIGGER, than what the holdings of claim to the FOUR TRILLION owed by Government…is, deposited into the FEDERAL RESERVE, instead of a TREASURY CERTIFICATE normally issued…
      …and the CPPB uses the Holdings of claim to the Four Trillion owed….
      …as DOWNPAYMENT, BACK to the TREASURY to secure the loan.
      The terms put in this “reciprocal loan” should work like this: Instead of expecting a schedule for CPPB to pay back upon, with interest….Treasury puts in a directive for CPPB to constantly follow, so that “payback” never needs to be done!
      All CPPB has to do, is: Not draw upon the CD, created and deposited, as such, and allow a certain percentage of returning interest coming back to the CD, be withheld, back to the Treasury….
      and conceivably, CPPB never needs to pay a cent out of pocket to “pay down” the Loan, because what they’re borrowing for, is actually helping others, and not necessarily helping themselves, like what happens with “normal” loans…
      Now, once the terms are put on paper, and agreed to….CPPB presents the Holdings of the FOUR TRILLION of NATIONAL DEBT, and gets it STAMPED (like a visa, or a notary document) so that the BINDING TIME TERMS upon those holdings can be lifted…and then, those holdings can be used as DOWNPAYMENT, back to the TREASURY, and with Ammendment 14, Section 4 rules…the validly held unquestionable debt, can be satisfied ALL AT ONCE, instead of OVER TIME, like normal, because the holder of that debt USED IT, rather than sat and WAITED…
      That means that FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS can come off the DEBT, John….
      ….just like THAT! Simple!
      STEP THREE: Once that maneuver with Treasury is done, and the CD is deposited…then the Intergovernmentals can be officially notified of what happened.
      Since they were not party, and made sure that they were not involved, or made sure (legally,) that they not have had any knowledge of what the CPPB was about to do, with Treasury… then the “Intergovernmentals” can then move, and put a LIEN upon the CD, up to the amount that they were owed, and collect the interest upon the rest of the CD in place.
      SO, here’s what that means, John:
      ONE: Four Trillion dollars comes off the debt, and WE THE PEOPLE no longer need to be DOUBLE TAXED to have SOCIAL SECURITY and the REST of the INTERGOVERNMENTALS turn a profit!
      TWO: That also means all that yield that was scheduled to be outlaid from the Budget, under mandatory spending…now gets freed up! And through the arrangement Treasury is bringing Congress another revenue stream, that works through the flow of the BANKING SYSTEM.
      THREE: that also means, that with the reduction of Mandatory spending….TAXES could be lowered, John!
      FOUR: That also means….SOCIAL SECURITY now has a Better way of getting their revenue other than holding Bond, whenever Congress needs to cover the revenue gaps….
      This is the beginning, John! THIS is the way to begin to get rid of the National Debt….without breaking a sweat!
      Folks: are you ready to have the END OF THE WORLD AS YOU KNOW IT…but in a GOOD WAY?!
      Do you want to avert the fiscal cliff?
      What have you got to lose, folks, except the National Debt?!
      The only thing standing in your way, folks….is YOU…and seeing as how straitjacketed you made yourself…you’re going to need all the help you can get to get yourself FREE!
      …without tax hikes or spend cuts or repudiating or defaulting on anything…
      …using the tools you DO HAVE….SMART, and NOT STUPIDLY anymore….
      …and because you’re going to need all the help…all the RIGHT help that you can get….
      may GOD HIMSELF CONTINUE to BLESS THIS NATION OF OURS, the United States of America!
      because John…we’re sure going to need it!
      -KAPT BLASTO 21 DEC 2012 (the first day of the rest of your life! Well, that’s what my dad always said to me!)
      You see, CBS…if we just worked our TOOLS SMART, instead of STUPIDLY…then we wouldn’t be in this FISCAL CLIFF mess, at all.
      Yet, here we are…and there Our leaders in Washington are…wanting to drum up drama! It stinks, but, what else can I do expect post this message to you?
      KAPT BLASTO 27 Dec 2012 (we’re going to need all the help we can get, here, folks! Here’s hoping that the “powers that be” will give positive response, after reading it!)

  3. Lynn Kocal says:

    TV, sir, is mind-numbing. A proven fact. I don’t watch TV, do you?
    Here’s another fact from a Ron Paul supporter.
    Top 3 Contributors
    Romney: Goldman Sacs, Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley
    Gingrich: Rock-Tenn Products (green products), Poet LLC (ethanol), First Fiscal Fund (real estate)
    PAUL: U.S. Army, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy

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