The same day as Mitt Romney won the Maine Caucus, he won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Committee. Even this did not come without controversy as Rick Santorum alleged that the Romney campaign bussed supporters into the event to vote in the poll. I wouldn’t put too much stock or faith in the results, if I were Romney or Santorum.
Straw polls tell us nothing. Michelle Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll. That was easily the highlight of her entire campaign. Romney won a poll of the group of conservatives assembled in that particular location.
Labels like liberal and conservative are not absolutist stamps. There are different flavors of each. One can be socially liberal or socially conservative. Economically liberal or economically conservative. Hell, a conservative in the Western U.S. isn’t the same as a conservative in the South or Midwest.