... Young adults whipped out camera phones and encircled the performer, Patti Lyons, who could barely make her way across to an awaiting television set."I wonder where her husband is," one visibly star-struck young man told a friend. "She said she wasn't coming."
A Fox News reporter grabbed his microphone, pushed through the crowd and asked where the woman was from.
"I'm from Wasilla," she said with much perkiness, perfecting sounding out the Wah-silla inflection. "How about you?"
She continued: "I'm here...to see these beauuu-ti-ful, young taaaalented patriotic Americans." ...
CBS reported how John Thune compared himself to Sarah Palin at CPAC:
South Dakota Sen. John Thune is considered a relatively strong potential presidential contender, but in the national political arena, he is relatively unknown. He acknowledged as much today at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington while getting in a light jab at his potential primary opponent Sarah Palin.
"The truth is, I've never held a book signing," Thune said. "I've been to Iowa plenty of times, but it's usually on my way to South Dakota."
"And the closest I've come to being on a reality show is C-SPAN's live coverage of the Senate floor," he said in allusion to Palin's TLC reality show, eliciting laughter from the conservative crowd. Instead, he said, he spends most of his time in the halls of the Senate or speaking with his constituents in South Dakota. ...
The NY Daily News' "CPAC straw poll lists GOP 2012 presidential nominees, including Palin, Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann" has on online poll of its own for your consideration.
Patti Lyons has a website: Patti Lyons: The World's Premiere Governor Sarah Palin Impressionist
Update: USA Today states:
Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, finishing ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the second year in a row. ...
... Paul garnered about 30% of the vote, with Romney getting 23%. The next closest finishers -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson -- got 6%. ...
There is no mention of the vote for Palin; she must have received less than 6%.