New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican who has used public-employee unions as his personal chew toy, placed third in the presidential straw poll Saturday at the close of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the premier gathering of righty political activists.
Mr. Christie was tied for third place with Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico who wants to legalize weed. They each had 6 percent.
Of course Christie has said multiple times that he will not be running for president in 2012.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian icon who wants to get rid of the federal reserve and return to the gold standard, won with 30 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 23 percent of the vote.
(Pennsylvania's former Sen. Rick Santorum got 2 percent, just behind Sarah Palin - who did not visit the conference - at 3 percent.)
Predictive value of the CPAC straw poll: 0 percent.
Fun for political reporters and bloggers awaiting pitchers and catchers report to spring training: Priceless.