At my precinct caucus, I found that I live in a Ron Paul rich neighborhood; if you can call 5-30 acre lots a neighborhood. Out of our group we had 7 or 8 for Paul, 2 for Romney, 5 for Huckabee and 0 for McCain. We ended up sending 3 delegates for Ron Paul and 1 for Huckabee.
With the lack of support, and even interest, in John McCain; I realized how much conservatism is in my neighborhood. There were really only 2 issues on the table: Christian values topped the list for Huckabee supporters and “never should have gone to Iraq” topped the list for Paul supporters. It also seemed that most people were voting their conscience at this point rather than playing politics. I found later that the goose egg for McCain was an oddity, as other precincts had all McCain and Huckabee supporters and none for Paul.
I hear that caucus numbers were strong for both Democrats and Republicans, so we are probably heading for an exciting race once the parties make their final choices. I hope that the strong opinions and positions so far translate into strong unity behind the eventual Republican candidate. Just the other day Ron Paul wrote this:
Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them.
But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.
Even if we can’t all agree on the finer points of conservatism, I think we can all agree that any Democrat is a step in the wrong direction and any Republican choice is a step in the right direction.