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Also not invited to CPAC: Bob McDonnell
Hotair ^ | 03/05/2015 | AllahPundit

Posted on 03/05/2013 1:04:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Remember how Bob McDonnell's and Chris Christie's gubernatorial wins in 2009 gave conservatives a jolt of optimism after the catastrophe of 2008? Good times, good times.

No surprise here after he broke his promise not to raise taxes in order to fund Virginia’s new transportation bill, but still newsworthy:

Chris Christie isn’t the only Republican governor getting snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Conference. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was not invited, according to someone close to CPAC who was not authorized to speak publicly.

McDonnell, a potential 2016 candidate, spoke at the conference for the past two years. Like Christie, McDonnell is popular in his state. But he has come under fire from conservatives for backing a transportation deal that raises taxes.

Ken Cuccinelli will, of course, attend.

Question: Does the snub matter more to him or more to Christie? Christie’s a mixed bag because the RINO label helps him short-term in his reelection bid but hurts him — maybe — in the presidential primaries in 2016. McDonnell doesn’t have to worry about reelection; Virginia, unusually, bars governors from serving consecutive terms. He also doesn’t really have to worry about the presidential primaries: He’s an attractive candidate on paper but he’s apt to be swallowed up by the star power of Rubio, Jindal, Christie et al. if he ran. Which I doubt he will, especially since he’ll have been out of office for years by the time the race begins. Unless he plans on challenging Mark Warner for Senate in 2014, he’ll have plenty of time to make amends to Virginia conservatives ahead of running again for governor in 2017 or challenging Tim Kaine for Senate a year after that. Or, of course, he could always team up with Christie to form a Bloomberg-backed independent RINO ticket in 2016 and rock America’s world.

Speaking of CPAC, via Jorge Bonilla of the Shark Tank, here’s ACU chief Al Cardenas talking about how the conference will be used this year to hopefully steer conservatives around to supporting the dismal McCain/Schumer/Rubio Senate immigration bill. Make sure closed captioning is enabled and pay attention at around 1:10.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bobmcdonnell; cpac; cuccinelli; mcdonnell; notbolling; notchristie; notmcdonnell; sellout; turncoat; virginia

1 posted on 03/05/2013 1:04:46 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

List of speakers:

Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator

Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida

Eric Cantor
House Majority Leader

Al Cardenas
ACU Chairman

Dr. Ben Carson
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Francesca Chambers
Editor, Red Alert Politics

Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator

Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia Attorney General

Artur Davis
Former U.S. Representative

Carly Fiorina
ACU Board Member

Tom Fitton
President, Judicial Watch

Jeff Frazee
President, Young Americans for Liberty

Newt Gingrich
Former House Speaker

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life

Chelsi Henry
Outreach Chair, Young Republican National Federation

Bobby Jindal
Governor of Louisiana

Ron Johnson
U.S. Senator

Sonnie Johnson
Founder, “Did She Say That”/Breitbart News Network

David Keene
President, NRA

Katie Kieffer

Wayne LaPierre
Executive VP, NRA

Mike Lee
U.S. Senator

Art Linares
Connecticut State Senator

Dana Loesch
Host, “The Dana Loesch Show”

Nicole Malliotakis
New York State Assemblywoman

Alexander McCobin
President, Students for Liberty

Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senate Republican Leader

Kate Obenshain

Sarah Palin
Former Governor of Alaska

Rand Paul
U.S. Senator

Katie Pavlich
News Editor, Town Hall

Rick Perry
Governor of Texas

Mitt Romney
Former Republican Presidential Candidate

Wayne Allyn Root
2008 Libertarian Nominee for Vice President

Marco Rubio
U.S. Senator

Paul Ryan
Chairman, House Budget Committee

Rick Santorum
Former U.S. Senator

Tim Scott
U.S. Senator

T.W. Shannon
Speaker, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator

Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin

Allen West
Former U.S. Representative

Crystal Wright
Editor & Publisher,

2 posted on 03/05/2013 1:13:16 PM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator, Rand Paul for President in 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

Grover Norquist’s troubling ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes, who was director of communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute are very active in “Muslim outreach.” Just six weeks after 9/11, The New Republic ran an expose explaining how Norquist arranged for George W. Bush to meet with fifteen Islamic supremacists at the White House on September 26, 2001 .

What should have been the most important teaching moment of the long war became a propaganda tool for Islam.

Frank Gaffney prepared a dossier on Norquist and Suhail Khan, The article is titled “A Jihadist in the Heart of the Conservative Movement.”

3 posted on 03/05/2013 1:19:46 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Perdogg

Lots of RINOs on that list...surprised that McDonnell and Christie were snubbed.

4 posted on 03/05/2013 1:24:18 PM PST by woweeitsme
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To: woweeitsme

I was thinking the same thing.

RINO is no longer applicable. They are Republicans plain and simple. That is what the party has become.

5 posted on 03/05/2013 1:37:20 PM PST by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: woweeitsme

I see about 4 RINOs, but I see Tea Party conservatives as well.

6 posted on 03/05/2013 1:40:55 PM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator, Rand Paul for President in 2016)
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To: Perdogg

I see about 6-7 names that I’d like to hear speak starting with Sarah Palin, Dr. Carson, Allen West, and Ted Cruz. Maybe just 4.

7 posted on 03/05/2013 1:41:49 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Perdogg
Dana rocks!

(If Murdoch had listened to her occasionally, he might be Senator from Indiana today).

8 posted on 03/05/2013 1:44:04 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

too bad she’s friends with Piers Morgan.

9 posted on 03/05/2013 1:55:57 PM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator, Rand Paul for President in 2016)
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