Not much to add to what the Evans-Novak Political Report (by subscription only) has to say about our man Sam:
Although he remains at the top of the second-tier candidates, Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback’s third-place finish in the CPAC straw poll was impressive considering he spent less than $2,000 organizing for the event. All but four of his 40 student volunteers paid their own way. Romney finished first in the poll with 21 percent, followed by Giuliani at 17 percent, and then Brownback at 15 percent.
I first addressed the CPAC poll results in Things Are Looking Good for Brownback. So B4B readers are already familiar with the results. But what is striking at how little was spent by the Brownback campaign on this event: less than $2000. Contrast this with the Flipper:
Romney reportedly spent more than $300,000 in organizing for the event and transporting, registering and housing volunteers. Brownback’s backers assert that if the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., hadn’t been on spring break, Brownback could have beaten Giuliani.
So Romney basically bought CPAC, outspending Brownback 150:1! On a day when the Catholic University of America was on spring break! Incredible!
I also read elsewhere that there were a lot of CPAC attendees wearing Romney t-shirts. He apparently brought in his own people and stuffed the ballot box. Typical liberal behavior.
NOTE: Evans and Novak had been analyzing politics since 1963 (sadly Rowland Evans passed away in 2001). Robert Novak still speaks with a great deal of insight and authority. When he speaks, people listen; when he writes, people read.
Hat Tip: A big tip of the hat to Vital Signs Blog.