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  • Ann Coulter has fallen from grace — and the reason why is terrifying

    06/29/2015 12:28:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    ... [Ann Coulter] was riding high, perhaps the most famous polemicist of her day, the scourge of liberals everywhere and the fantasy of young conservative men's dreams. And then suddenly, she was nowhere. After having been relegated to a "debate" with her friend Mickey Kaus the year before, she was excluded from CPAC in 2015 where she'd been featured for 17 years. It seems that conservative organizations have been trying to have her dropped for a while but friends in high places had intervened. But the planners had had enough. She was very bitter about it, telling the Washington Examiner,...
  • Glenn Beck to NRA: It’s Norquist or Me

    03/16/2015 5:26:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 16, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Glenn Beck to NRA: It’s Norquist or MePosted By Robert Spencer On March 16, 2015 @ 12:21 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments Glenn Beck has declared that he will leave the National Rifle Association (NRA) if Republican Party kingmaker Grover Norquist remains on the Board of Directors.This is long overdue: it has now been over eleven years since FrontPage Magazine first published revelations about what David Horowitz described as Norquist’s “alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities.”...
  • They Come to Bury Conservatism (Great advice in the last paragraph)

    03/11/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The media have developed a predictable and equally annoying habit every presidential election cycle. We hear the Republicans are going to be crushed by pandering too much to conservatives. The Democrats are firmly moderate and need a push from the left so they don't forget their "compassion." So it was with Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter 35 years ago. So will it be in 2016, no matter who is nominated. Republican primary voters have nominated moderates in every election cycle since Reagan '88, but not because they are moderates. Instead, the moderates survive the usual conservative circular firing squad exercise;...
  • Jeb Bush's strongest support from 'zombies'

    03/08/2015 11:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 8, 2015 | Garth Kant
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – Something wasn’t right here. Not only was the hall suddenly overflowing, these were a different breed. Something subtly amiss grew increasingly creepy by the minute. Unthreatening enough not to cause panic but perceptibly subversive and sinister enough to trigger alarms. Then it became clear. It was an invasion. By an entirely alien invasive species. The polyester-blend nation of Stepford Republicans had seized control of the conservative conference known as CPAC. It was obvious the crowd for Jeb Bush had been imported. It wasn’t just the overflowing hall. Or the suspicious number of Bush stickers on lapels...
  • Sarah Palin hits it out of the park at CPAC and the media is irritated

    03/06/2015 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some weeks after delivering what many pundits believe was a “disastrous” speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, former governor, former vice presidential candidate, and still the current most powerful female politician on the planet Sarah Palin took to the podium at CPAC on Thursday and hit it out of the park. Most of her speech concerned veterans’ issues, both heartfelt and filled with policy suggestions. She also took some swings against the Obama administration’s ISIS policy. The media, typically, reacted with irritation. Typical of the reaction from the left side of the media were the accounts in both the Daily...
  • Attacks on Scott Walker Remind of Reagan

    03/05/2015 8:03:40 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 5, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    As soon as a conservative Republican emerges as a serious presidential contender, liberals in the media suddenly yank out the microscopes they’ve been keeping away from Barack Obama since 2007. They could care less what Obama did in college, how he got into college, who paid for his college, who wrote his letters of recommendation, what his grades were, and on and on—but we already know everything about Scott Walker and college. Obama’s media protectors could give a rip that the current president once had a mentor who was a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party under Stalin. But...
  • CPAC Journal, Part IV

    03/05/2015 7:19:44 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/5/2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    Wayne LaPierre has an extremely important job, as head of the NRA. He is de facto the No. 1 spokesman for gun rights in the country. And gun rights are widely misunderstood. They have to be defended, or explained. The Second Amendment has to be explained. There are lots of people irreconcilably hostile to gun rights, that’s true. But plenty of people, believe me, are confused, or simply ignorant. They are reachable. Pro-gunners should not write them off. Here at CPAC, when LaPierre speaks of gun rights, he is on very solid ground. He knows the subject, definitely. (He’d better!)...
  • Ted Cruz stands out at CPAC

    03/04/2015 1:34:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | March 4, 2015 | James Richard Edwards -
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – This past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, every possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination laid out his case on why he should be for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. As could be expected, every speaker from Jeb Bush to Rand Paul to Ben Carson used the opportunity to burnish his conservative credentials and sound like he was the most conservative person alive. Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the few individuals who gave the audience more than just conservative platitudes and anti-Obama rhetoric. Cruz gave the...
  • It's Prime Time for Scott Walker, Whether He's Ready or Not

    03/04/2015 6:11:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has nearly all of the right ingredients to win the GOP nomination. He is popular among both anti-establishment activists and the big donors of the establishment. He has working-class appeal (desperately needed for the GOP), and he's battle-tested in his home state -- a state many believe the Republicans could finally pick off in a presidential election. The question is whether his timing is...
  • CPAC - Proving It Is Possible to be Too Popular in New Media

    03/03/2015 11:42:43 AM PST · by LizHarrison · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-3-2015 | Liz Harrison
    CPAC has become the “see and be seen” event for conservatives in new media. There is no debate about the fact that everyone – bloggers, media, internet radio talk show hosts, and everything in between – wants to take advantage of the opportunity to get close to all the conservative superstars at that conference. And the American Conservative Union (ACU) discovered this year how that can be a very bad thing.
  • Bipartisan Common Core Opposition

    03/03/2015 9:45:16 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Contrary to popular belief, aka news media coverage, opposition to the Common Core education reforms of President Obama is stretching across party lines. “The Democratic Party in the state of Washington just passed a resolution condemning Common Core,” Emmett McGroarty said last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Bear in mind, this is the same state Democratic party that consistently endorses far-Left candidates such as U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell. McGroarty works with the American Principles Project. Forty-five states originally signed onto Common Core, Sabrina Schaeffer of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) pointed out. Schaeffer moderated the panel...
  • Sean Hannity ...Plan To Unite Tea Party & Establishment Republicans ... 2016

    03/03/2015 12:46:15 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 39 replies
    www.WesternJournalism.Com ^ | February 27, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Sean Hannity Unveils Plan To Unite Tea Party And Establishment Republicans Ahead Of 2016 B. Christopher Agee, February 27, 2015 Sean Hannity, Fox News CPAC 2015 ( 24:27 ) Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity rallied an enthusiastic audience at CPAC Friday by presenting what he believes is the Republican Party’s best path to victory in the next presidential election. “America,” he said, “we will fundamentally transform it to the great country it was. Our long nightmare of lawlessness and Obamacare and weakness as it relates to foreign policy … is coming to an end.” Though he acknowledged he...
  • The Duck Commander, His Duct Taped Bible, And CPAC 2015

    03/02/2015 9:52:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | John Nantz
    Striding to the podium with a mysterious, camouflage utility bag slung over his shoulder, Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, took possession of the Potomac Ballroom stage on Friday and those within earshot of his reverberating voice. Mr. Robertson, without the expected trappings of political convention, exudes gravitas. His manner of speaking is unaffected and confident, embellished only with the ornament of truth. He’s a fitting recipient of Andrew Breitbart’s Defender of the First Amendment Award. From his well used bag, Mr. Robertson pulled a heavy tome, worn with so much use that its’ integrity is only preserved by the generous...
  • Jeb Bush Fails CPAC, Can’t Even Stack Straw Poll Successfully

    02/28/2015 6:26:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 130 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Matthew Boyle
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth. That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears. Bush faced a round of ridicule from pretty much everyone across...
  • Who killed at CPAC, the GOP's red meat 2016 auditions?

    03/01/2015 2:44:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 29, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    "...What was missing from CPAC? Any sign of the intellectual ferment in conservative think tanks about how to address the stagnant incomes of the American middle class. Most speakers stuck to more traditional fare: smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation. There are new ideas in the Republican Party, but this, it seems, was neither the time nor the place..."
  • Remembering Breitbart and His Message: Don't Make Nice, Make Enemies

    03/01/2015 7:52:49 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-1-2015 | MOTUS
    “America has finally awoken to your Saul Alinsky bull**** tactics, and we’re coming to get you.” Andrew Brietbart, 2012 CPACThree years after his death, and we’re still missing Breitbart. Why? Many reasons: because he was so good at exposing lies, half-truths and obfuscation, because nobody has stepped in to fill the void. Butt mostly because he was such a symbol of what we inherently know we need to beat back our generation’s evil empires, both foreign and domestic: a fighter, a no-holds-barred, take no prisoners sort of warrior.Because he was everything we don’t see in the vast majority of those-who-would-be-leaders:...
  • Shattuck: CPAC straw poll favors Rand Paul But Walker is real victor at CPAC

    03/01/2015 4:37:34 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 03/01/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Rand Paul has won the CPAC straw poll for the third year in a row — but the real winner was Scott Walker. Paul got 26 percent of the vote in a field of 17 in the annual presidential preference survey, while Walker was a close second at 21 percent. That means one in five young attendees here on the convention floor found the balding, unhip and often monotone governor of Wisconsin to be exciting and inspiring. Almost as inspiring as “Fonzie” himself — Rand Paul.
  • What I Learned at CPAC

    02/28/2015 7:04:26 PM PST · by ziravan · 157 replies
    Freeper in Attendance. | 22/28/15 | Self
    So. I flew from Texas as a guest of Ted Cruz' PAC to attend CPAC. I'm in my hotel room in Crystal City getting ready to go back home in the morning. This was my first time to attend CPAC. My observations: 1. Three types of pepole in attendance: college intern type, political operative type, and far fewer: average people. 2. The Paul people were everywhere. Judging by the idiot sitting behind me at the "Big Government Sucks" rally, I'm not impressed. This college kid was trying to explain, very patiently, to his buddy that the problem isn't really big...
  • Breaking: Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

    02/28/2015 2:24:47 PM PST · by NRx · 58 replies
    FOX News ^ | 28 Feb 2015 | FOX
    Paul wins. Walker 2nd.
  • Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Cruz Finishes Third

    02/28/2015 3:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 28, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, his third victory in as many years. This year he carried 26 percent of the vote. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed third, with 11.5 percent, while former Gov. Rick Perry came in eleventh, with 1.1 percent. Both Paul and Cruz openly campaigned at the event. Cruz volunteers distributed custom-made buttons that said "Cruz Crew." Perry had a smaller get-out-the-vote operation at the conference. The contest comes after three days of speeches from presidential contenders and noteworthy conservative activists. On Thursday, Cruz touted his battles within...
  • How Conservatives Are Readying Their ‘Grassroots Army’ For 2016

    02/28/2015 2:55:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KPBS-TV ^ | February 28, 2015 | Emily Martinez, NPR
    This week's Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, brought all the expected on and off the main stage in Washington D.C. — speeches by presidential hopefuls, debates and the annual straw poll. But there was one big addition: hundreds attended the conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp, which trained attendees in the best practices of do-it-yourself campaigning. The boot camp, powered by American Majority, a nonprofit conservative organizing group, was split into two tracks: the "Candidate, Campaign Manager & Campaign Operative" track and the "Activist" track. It featured lessons on social media, fundraising, organizing and data and technology. Ned Ryun, American Majority...
  • Jeb ‘de Blasio’ Bush addresses CPAC

    02/28/2015 12:15:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | February 27, 2015 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    Jeb Bush reminded a CPAC audience what a conservative isn't; Ted Cruz of Texas reminded them what a conservative is. Friday, Governor Jeb Bush began to speak before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., when a sudden shuffling of feet signaled the exodus of conservative Tea Party activists from the Patomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Bush now knows what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio feels when an army of police officers turn their backs to him at every speech. William Temple, a Tea Party organizer from Brunswick, Georgia, led...
  • 25 Takeaways From America’s Biggest Conservative Conference

    02/28/2015 11:16:30 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rob Bluey / @RobertBluey /
    The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at America’s largest conservative conference. We’ve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first two days. 1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’ ...
  • Mark Levin Takes on GOP Estab: ‘In Order to Defeat Democrats, We Have to Defeat Republicans’

    02/28/2015 10:51:21 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    br ^ | 02/28/2015 | Tony Lee
    After his riveting address at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mark Levin declared on Breitbart News Saturday that conservatives will never defeat Democrats without first defeating the Republican establishment. The conservative icon, scholar, and talk radio host earlier told CPAC attendees that, “we’re here today because we are losing our republic and we’re the Sunshine Patriots who seek to restore it.” Levin has urged Republicans to nominate a true conservative in 2016 for the first time since Ronald Reagan, and he noted that “in order to get a Reagan we had to defeat the Bushes.”
  • LEVIN: ‘WE ARE NOT A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, WE ARE A NATION OF CITIZENS

    02/28/2015 8:28:50 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 50 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/28/15 | by PAM KEY
    LEVIN: ‘WE ARE NOT A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, WE ARE A NATION OF CITIZENS Saturday at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Mark Levin gave an rousing speech hitting on the topics of Obama’s executive overreach, immigration and the threat of ISIS. Levin opened by quoting the early American patriot, Thomas Paine saying, “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and...
  • Lying About Benghazi Sole Hillary Accomplishment

    02/28/2015 8:48:27 AM PST · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 28, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Documents from Judicial Watch show that Hillary Clinton's closest advisers knew from the onset, before she launched an inflammatory video lie, that Benghazi was a terrorist attack for which Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility. 'Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment," Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate, asked Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Last year, when ABC's Diane Sawyer asked the former secretary of state that question, Mrs. Clinton changed the subject, not even bothering to mention dodging sniper fire in Bosnia. Nor is she likely to mention Benghazi, a place now synonymous with...
  • Jeb Bush’s CPAC Debacle Wasn’t Saved By Bussing In Supporters

    02/28/2015 6:15:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Steve Berman
    Jeb Bush’s campaign is calling Dick Tuck to see if he’s behind the debacle he suffered at CPAC 2015. Gateway Pundit confirmed that Jeb bussed in supporters so it wouldn’t look like everyone in the room hated him (or worse, left). But it didn’t matter, because they booed him anyway. And they left. And Slate got hold of the emails from Fritz Brogan telling his K-street astroturf crowd, We strongly recommend arriving as early as possible to get a seat,” wrote Brogan in an email sent to undisclosed recipients. “Our ‘Early Rise’ team will be there at 7:30am onward helping...
  • Shattuck: Walker walks the walk at CPAC

    02/28/2015 7:02:45 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/28/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Big Government Sucks.” That’s the slogan of the hordes of young people at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The lesson from this year’s CPAC was that if you wanted to win over this energetic crowd it behooved you to be succinct and rebellious — like that three-word slogan — when taking the stage. Chris Christie used tough talk. Scott Walker used down-home exuberance. Ted Cruz called out every party save for the Tea Party for talking the talk but not walking the walk. And they received tepid passing grades from CPAC’s most energetic demographic. Jeb Bush, however, missed the mark,...
  • Mark Levin Speech at CPAC 2015 – Video 2/28/15

    02/28/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 29 replies
    Freedoms Lighthouse ^ | 2/28/2015 | Freedoms Lighthouse
    Here is video from this morning of Mark Levin speaking at CPAC 2015. Mark was the first speaker of the day. “Mr. Obama, you may have a pen and a phone – an Obamaphone I’m sure – but we have the Constitution of the United States.”
  • ‘PRESIDENT PAUL’: Rand Paul Gets Standing Ovation At CPAC

    02/28/2015 6:19:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, with members of the conservative activist crowd chanting “President Paul” at one point. Paul made clear overtures to a presidential run. The video of his speech is below. Here are some highlights: “Your rights are in your DNA and the government, quite frankly, can get over it.” “I say that your phone records are yours! I say that the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business.” “Hillary’s war made us less safe. … As Hillary was declaring victory in...
  • Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson gets CPAC standing ovation as he slams hippies

    02/28/2015 4:58:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 Feb 15 | Chris Spargo
    <p>The most popular speaker at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference was not a politician, but rather Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.</p> <p>Robertson received a thunderous applause that brought the audience to their feet Friday as he accepted the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award.</p>
  • Can Paul's straw poll streak be stopped? CPAC

    02/28/2015 4:41:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2015 | Cameron Joseph with Jonathan Easley
    Rand Paul’s likely White House foes are looking to end his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll hot streak. The Kentucky senator is still the frontrunner to win the annual measure of grassroots support after claiming victory for the past two years. But how deep other potential rivals — most notably Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — cut into his support will show who is on the rise in the 2016 GOP field. “Every year serious candidates come to CPAC and organize and get people to come here for the specific purpose of voting...
  • Jeb Bush was very, very good at CPAC today ("He looked ... presidential")[Hurl warning]

    02/27/2015 11:32:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator Sean Hannity? Sure. Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes. Bush was energetic -- maybe due at least in part to nervousness in facing a testy crowd -- and informed. He refused to back down -- particularly on immigration -- from positions that he knew would be unpopular with the...
  • Confirmed: Jeb Bush did bus in supporters to CPAC

    02/27/2015 8:49:15 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 41 replies
    Just as I suspected. Jeb Bush via his Right to Rise PAC suppose in supporters to sit at CPAC during his Q and A with Hannity earlier today. The people who didn’t walk out of Bush’s Q/A stayed and booed. But there were a smattering of applause. Now we know where it came from. Just like a leftist progressive, Jeb Bush had to bus in supporters to make it appears as if the crowd was in his favor. George Soros would be proud.
  • Mike Pence delivered the keynote address at CPAC annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. (HE GETS IT!!!)

    02/27/2015 8:15:31 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mike Pence
    CPAC Reagan Dinner Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) delivered the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. http://www.c-span.org/video/?324558-20/indiana-governor-mike-pence-r-cpac-reagan-dinner-remarks
  • Jeb Bush to CPAC: Yes, I support a path to legalization for illegal immigrants

    02/27/2015 8:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Seeing some oohing and aahing online this afternoon among political media that Jeb didn’t pander to CPAC’s very conservative crowd on Common Core or immigration (“he stuck to his guns!”), but what would he have gained by doing that? Remember, for all the hype in 2012 that Romney was shifting to the center to run as a technocrat instead of as the culture warrior he ran as in 2008, he was still a fairly doctrinaire righty on most issues, the notable exception of RomneyCare aside. That’s what the “severely conservative” nonsense was all about in his CPAC speech three years...
  • Christie, Walker, and Cruz's CPAC speeches, decoded

    02/27/2015 7:42:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vox ^ | February 27, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    On Thursday, several likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders filed in to the Conservative Political Action Conference to make their pitches to activists on the right. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina all touted their conservative credentials, in hopes of impressing the faithful. But the subtext of several appearances wasn't the hopefuls' strengths — but their weaknesses. Each of the likely candidates has at least one major flaw — and some have several. Their CPAC appearances provided a window into how they're trying to address those flaws. Some tried to show that the seeming problems with their candidacies...
  • VANITY: There's a rumor the audience will walk out on Jeb Bush's speech at CPAC

    02/27/2015 8:16:41 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 86 replies
    2/27/15 | ME
    Chris Plante reported this last hour doing his show at the convention. Can anyone confirm? Thanks...
  • CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

    02/27/2015 3:48:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016! Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder. A typical Palin speech usually involves props: Dr. Seuss books or Big Gulp sodas. This year, she has none. A typical Palin speech is usually an...
  • SESSIONS VS. JEB: BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE GOP

    02/27/2015 3:22:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 27, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — In a surprise speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unloaded on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—systematically dismantling Bush’s push for amnesty and a massive increase in guest workers from around the world. “Right now, there are two conferences—one of them in public where candidates are out there having to speak and defend and answer questions on their views and on their positions on important issues facing America,” Sessions said to open up his remarks to the Breitbart News-sponsored meet-and-greet with CPAC activists. “Many people at this conference here and watching...
  • 'For crying out loud, America!': Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson steals show at CPAC

    02/27/2015 2:39:44 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/27/2015
    Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson stole the show Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, taking the conservative crowd through a spirited history lesson which included advice for GOP presidential hopefuls (“keep the scandals down”), quotes from and about President John Adams (‘He was your second president, people!"), and a lengthy warning about sexually transmitted illnesses. Robertson’s speech, which went over the time limit by about 20 minutes, got the largest crowd applause at the annual conservative gathering known as CPAC, held just outside Washington. . Robertson also received the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award” at the event....
  • Cruz, Walker fire up conservatives at CPAC, lay foundations for 2016 bids

    02/27/2015 2:26:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski -
    Sen. Ted Cruz fanned the flames of right-wing rebellion Thursday, telling thousands of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that they are being betrayed by Republican leaders in Congress over immigration. The Texas Republican, who is running in the middle of presidential polls, also sent a clear message to the rest of the field that he is still a favorite of the grass-roots activists who populate the country’s largest annual conservative gathering, and signaled that he would fight to claim the conservative mantle in the presidential nomination race. A trio of governors pondering White House bids also addressed CPAC....
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

    02/27/2015 1:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2015 | Amita Kelly
    Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015. The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next,...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson just gave an epic speech about Jesus and STDs

    02/27/2015 1:14:43 PM PST · by onedoug · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 27 FEB 2015 | Colin Campbell
    "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson gave the most unusual speech at the conservative activist gathering CPAC on Friday.
  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    02/27/2015 12:15:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the protesting attendees began chanting “USA, USA” and “Stand with Rand.” Despite the sign of defiance, the main ballroom was as packed for Bush’s talk as it had been for any other 2016 contender, including Scott Walker and Rand Paul. Bush’s comments attracted cheers from some parts of the ballroom, which was more packed than it had been at any...
  • CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I

    02/27/2015 9:11:20 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 2/26/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016! Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder. A typical Palin speech usually involves props: Dr. Seuss books or Big Gulp sodas. This year, she has none. A typical Palin speech is usually an...
  • Ted Cruz lights up CPAC with speech pushing ‘real’ conservatism

    02/26/2015 12:40:38 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:34 PM | Adam Edelman
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) finished second in last year’s CPAC Straw Poll and delivered another wildly popular speech this year. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in a rousing and well-received speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, drew a proverbial line in the sand between true conservatives like himself and “squishy moderate” Republicans who may also decide to seek the party’s 2016 nomination. In a speech focused on the divides among the prospective 2016 candidates, the Tea Party populist threw bombs at Washington, at Hillary Clinton and, most frequently, at his fellow Republicans. “If you’re really a conservative, you’d be...
  • Laura Ingraham: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton Should Run on the Same Ticket

    02/27/2015 8:12:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 27, 2015 | Emma Roller
    Jeb Bush will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this afternoon. But Laura Ingraham wasn't going to let him have an easy welcome. In her speech Friday morning, the conservative talk-show host opened with a warning shot at Bush, asking attendees to raise their hands if they were skeptical of another Bush presidency. The crowd applauded. "Jeb and Hillary could run on the same ticket," Ingraham continued. "The idea that we should conduct any kind of coronation ... because 50 rich families decide who will best decide their interests? No way, Jose." She went on to jab at Bush...
  • Newt Gingrich Remarks at CPAC

    02/27/2015 7:52:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    C-Span2/27/2015 ^ | 2/27/2015 | C-Span
    Newt Gingrich spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union.