Technically, the straw poll was won by Michele Bachmann with 29% of the vote, with perennial candidate Ron Paul nipping at her high heels with 28% and Tim Pawlenty ensuring that he will not be taken as a serious candidate based on his 14% of the straw poll vote. Ex-Pennsylvania something-or-other Rick Santorum got 10% and anti-Islam bigot Herman Cain came in with 9%. Anyone else on the ballot really doesn’t matter. Of course, only Romney and Perry matter anyway, but neither was there.
But in the end it was President Obama that won the poll. Given that Iowa decided to cast all of their votes toward tea party people known for 1) factual inaccuracy, 2) bigotry, 3) extreme right wing social hypocrisy, and 4) more than a wee bit of early onset (figurative) insanity, things are looking up for Obama to get reelected.
Of course, the real Iowa caucuses aren’t for six months so there is a chance that things could change dramatically by then. And then there is the New Hampshire primary, where people tend to be more Independent and less extreme. Following that and another skewed right state of South Carolina (where walking the Appalachian trail and “we had sex” rumors have become the talk of the town). And then the real states get to vote. So perhaps the GOP will decide they want to win the election before then, but clearly they aren’t there yet.
Until the GOP decides whether they want to be the party of responsible adults (no signs of that yet) or the party of “I am not a witch” and Koch-funded “the poor should pay for tax breaks for the rich to hide more of their money from taxation,” the country has a choice between President Obama or the nut house.
The jury is still out on which choice we will make.