Mitt Romney gave a command[ing] performance at CPAC — delivering a solid speech aimed at establishing himself as the de facto leader of the party and offering a detailed critique of the Obama Administration and its policies. And, his decision to put Matt Rhoades, communications director of his 2008 presidential bid, in charge of his Free and Strong America PAC was a savvy move that won him kudos among party insiders. Romney appears far more at ease in this race than he did in 2008; he knows who he is and what he can (and can’t) do — a very important quality in politics.
Here is the full list of those that made the top ten:
1. Mitt Romney 2. Haley Barbour 3. Sarah Palin 4. Tim Pawlenty 5. John Cornyn 6. Scott Brown 7. Marco Rubio 8. Newt Gingrich 8. Mitch Daniels 10. John Thune
The top five are pictured up above in order of rank.