"Losers - l - Ron Paul: Yes, he won the straw poll for the second straight year. But his speech - heavy on talk of defunding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as odd pronouncements such as "Government should never be able to do anything you can't do" - displayed the limits of his reach within the GOP. Paul is a sensation, but among only a sliver of the Republican electorate."
The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual rite of passage
for Republicans with an eye on the presidency, concluded over the
weekend with Rep. Ron Paul
(Tex.) emerging as the winner of the gathering's 2012 straw poll
But sometimes winning can actually be closer to losing - as in Paul's
case - and losing (or at least not finishing in the top few in the straw
poll) can mask a winning performance at the three-day convention.
Below is the Fix's look at some of the less obvious winners and losers from CPAC.