I've been getting poked and prodded by folks about my extreme lateness updating these rankings -- nice to know you care! Sorry for the lengthy delay. I've been a little busy, and these rankings require a huge investment of time and resources; there's a whole team that compiles research, and a devoted data center to run the complex algorithms.
I’ve been doing these rankings every two months
since right after the last Presidential election (here's the last one), and every two months I get a bunch of
messages about how Ron Paul is obviously going to win the GOP nomination, and
how I’m obviously an idiot or part of the vast anti-Paul conspiracy.
I expect those messages to increase in number and self-assurance now,
thanks to Paul’s
first-place finish in the Presidential Straw Poll at the Conservative Political
Action Conference (CPAC).
--I've written this before, but I think this is a good time to bring it up for discussion: the current wave in movement conservatism -- best encapsulated by CPAC keynoter Glenn Beck yesterday -- is not conservative, but reactionary. That is, it wants to rip asunder America's current social and political fabric, and attempt to re-instate conditions as they once were long ago.