Skip to comments.Also not invited to CPAC: Bob McDonnell
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 isnt 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.
List of speakers:
Former Governor of Florida
House Majority Leader
Dr. Ben Carson
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Editor, Red Alert Politics
Virginia Attorney General
Former U.S. Representative
ACU Board Member
President, Judicial Watch
President, Young Americans for Liberty
Former House Speaker
President, Students for Life
Outreach Chair, Young Republican National Federation
Governor of Louisiana
Founder, Did She Say That/Breitbart News Network
Executive VP, NRA
Connecticut State Senator
Host, The Dana Loesch Show
New York State Assemblywoman
President, Students for Liberty
U.S. Senate Republican Leader
Former Governor of Alaska
News Editor, Town Hall
Governor of Texas
Former Republican Presidential Candidate
Wayne Allyn Root
2008 Libertarian Nominee for Vice President
Chairman, House Budget Committee
Former U.S. Senator
Speaker, Oklahoma House of Representatives
Governor of Wisconsin
Former U.S. Representative
Editor & Publisher, conservativeblackchick.com
Grover Norquists 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.
Lots of RINOs on that list...surprised that McDonnell and Christie were snubbed.
I was thinking the same thing.
RINO is no longer applicable. They are Republicans plain and simple. That is what the party has become.
I see about 4 RINOs, but I see Tea Party conservatives as well.
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.
(If Murdoch had listened to her occasionally, he might be Senator from Indiana today).
too bad she’s friends with Piers Morgan.