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… Another Take on C.P.A.C. …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 17th,2014

.. and , it is one that I heartily agree with .

.. jeff dunetz is an internet friend of mine . You might want to try his blog [YidwithLid] . It is very good , and highly entertaining . I do visit it , but maybe not as much as I should …

ast Wednesday my car loaded up with my daughter, along with twice the needed clothes and electronic equipment, I left for the annual four-day trip to Washington, DC, and CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Five days later, during the six-hour drive home listening to the news reports of the conference, I wondered if the mainstream media went to the same conference I attended.

Let’s begin with the straw poll. Straw polls taken three years before an election mean very little. CPAC straw polls mean even less. Less than 25% of the CPAC attendees voted in the straw pull. Of those, almost half of them were 25 or younger. In other words, the straw poll wasn’t even a representation of CPAC attendees. And the poll was even less representative of those who will vote in the Republican Party primaries. If you look at the history of the straw poll, in the four years before John McCain was nominated, the winners of the straw poll were Rudy Giuliani, George Allen, and Mitt Romney twice (Romney’s 2008 win was after he withdrew from the race). In the four years before Romney’s 2012 nomination, Ron Paul won twice (he always bussed in supporters to vote for the straw poll) and Mitt Romney twice.

Other CPAC straw poll winners include Jack Kemp, Phil Graham, Steve Forbes and Gary Bauer. Not one earned the party’s nomination.

Republican Party unity. CPAC was proof that the supposed war within the conservative party is a mainstream media creation. This is not to say it was everyone sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya, but it wasn’t civil war either. Almost every single speaker, with the exception of Ted Cruz, spoke of the need for a unified party. The emphasis was the argument between some in the party was not based on political policy or how to execute that policy. People, who aren’t typical favorites of the CPAC crowd such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, drew thunderous applause. Even Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, targeted as not conservative enough by the ultra-right wing Senate Conservatives Fund, was well-received, although not to the level of the others.

Israel as part of the discussion. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was not surprising that each and every potential presidential candidate spoke about the U.S. loss of world standing thanks to the “lead from behind” foreign policy of the Obama administration. What was surprising was the mention of Israel as an important ally, who was being wrongly pressured by President Obama. Israel was mentioned more times during this year than each of the past four CPACs I attended combined. Potential candidates mentioned support of Israel as a big issue and a difference between them and the Democratic Party. Even non-candidates mentioned the need of Obama to stop pressuring only Israel and to start showing a balanced approach.

Michele Bachmann was on too early. Ms Bachmann is a fine conservative and has earned her place in the CPAC speaking line up. But the organizers made a huge mistake scheduling her for 9:30 am as she speaks with great energy that requires a few more cups of coffee than I’d had the chance to down.

The 2016 Campaign. In a private meeting with RNC Chairman Reince Prebious, we learned the 2016 primary season will look much different than 2012. The very long primary and debate system (23 debates) will be much shorter. The number of debates will be more than halved, and the convention will be a month earlier. All of this has already been approved by 75% of the RNC. According to Chairman Prebious, the fewer number of debates will prevent some of the public circular firing squads that dominated the 2012 debates. He is also looking at ways to punish candidates (losing delegates) who participate in non-sanctioned debates. In previous years, Mr. Prebious explained, once a candidate earned enough delegates, they basically had to stop campaigning because primary and election dollars must to be kept separate by law. And election dollars cannot be spent during before the convention. The earlier convention will allow the eventual candidate to start spending election campaign dollars a month earlier. Also new according to the Chairman, the party will chose the moderators during the debate season. Since it is the party choosing its candidate, Prebious will make sure that the moderators will be friendly to conservatism and to the GOP. He even suggested that a conservative radio host and/or conservative blogger would moderate one of the debates.

Losing Respect for my fellow bloggers. At the annual BlogBash there awards voted on and awarded by my fellow bloggers. The Blogger of The Year honoree was well deserved; it went to William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. The category of Non-Profit Blogger of the year was given to Jeff Dunetz, for his work at TruthRevolt, an obvious lapse of judgment by the committee.

John McCain doesn’t matter anymore. Speaker of the House John Boehner wasn’t invited to speak at CPAC and his absence was a source of much backroom chatter. Former presidential candidate John McCain wasn’t invited to CPAC and nobody noticed. His name wasn’t raised by the speakers (except derisively by Ted Cruz), nor did the attendees I listened to mention the Senior Senator from Arizona. So when you see McCain on the Sunday news shows, it is not because of his standing in the party but because of his standing amongst the mainstream media.

Immigration is a much bigger issue than I previously thought. Most at CPAC believed that amnesty for illegal immigrants was something being pushed down the throats of Republicans by its leaders. Every poll of American voters of both political parties ranking their priority issues showed immigration near the bottom of the list. The overall feeling in the convention hall was the same as it has been every other year I attended: secure the border first, enforce e-verify second, then we can talk.

At one point conservative Ann Coulter debated liberal Mickey Kaus, and on the issue of immigration both were opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. They believed that the reason for the amount of Illegals in the country was jobs, and if we enforced e-verify and prevented companies from hiring illegal immigrants, most would leave the country as they would not be able to get work. Or as Ann Coulter said, “nobody forced them to come here, and if they jobs dry up, nobody will have to force them to leave.”

CPAC is an important gathering which pulls together conservatives of all kinds, the traditional William F. Buckley conservatives, the Neocon types, Tea Party activists and even some brand new conservatives drawn in by the progressive policies of the Obama administration. Collectively they represent the party base of the Republican Party. Perhaps the biggest news left out by the mainstream media is that they left unified. More than any other CPAC in my experience, this conference concluded with a message of unity and a call to keep our eyes on the ultimate goal, retaining the House and winning the Senate.

.. LEC here again —  thanks , Jeff , for your take …

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… Hilarious Take on Dr. Suess [Sarah Palin at C.P.A.C.]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 15th,2014

.. i know , I know , I have Governor Palin speech from C.P.A.C. on here ..

.. however , this segment of it is a howler …

.. Sarah evidently did this as a tribute to Senator Ted Cruz [R-Tx] , from his 21-hour talkathon last fall just before the government shutdown . Ted Cruz was saying goodnight to his young children , who were with his wife at home . So , she tuned the T.V. set to C-Span , and he read Dr. Suess from his talkathon on the Senate floor …

.. in her case , this thing is a parody …. Boy , is it funny …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the speech footage ..

.. the text of her parody …

He forced debate. He told colleagues it was time to stand up and use the tools of the constitution, the power of the purse, to fulfill their campaign promises and to stop Obamacare. But our army bolted. We had hoped that they were reloading, but instead they retreated. And worse, they joined the lapdogs in the lame stream to trash the foot soldiers who had fought for America. Ted Cruz had a clever way of doing it too, Dr. Seuss. Who’d a thunk? Who’d a thunk? Good idea. Maybe I will add ad-lib something. There he was reading it on the floor of the Senate. And through the airwaves he was telling his kids, I am thinking of you. I am thinking of all our kids. I have five kids. I have five kids so reading ‘Green Eggs And Ham,’ over all those years to each one I totally have it memorized especially by the time Trig was born. I had to spice it up a bit. Little Trig, lucky little fella’, his bedtime story now it goes something like this…

I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health-care scam

I do not like these dirty crooks. Or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress feels. I do not like their crony deals.

I do not like this spying man. I do not like, “oh yes we can.”

I do not like this spending spree. We’re smart we know that there’s nothing free.

I do not like reporters’ smug replies; when I complain about their lies

I do not like this kind of hope. And we wont take it nope, nope, nope….

 

 

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… C.P.A.C. — Dr. Benjamin Carson …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 15th,2014

.. this is the C.P.A.C. address of retired neurosurgeon and emergent conservative republican Dr. Benjamin Carson …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to Dr. Carson ‘ s speech ..

.. Benjamin Carson is an emerging force on the national stage . Whether he will run for office is ,  to be honest , entirely up to him . But someone with his credentials would be a firecracker jim dandy of a candidate , no matter what office he decides to run for  .

.. I think that eventually that he will run for office . I hope that he does , because , more than anything , he has a great deal to contribute to our national scene …

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… C.P.A.C. — Donald Trump …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 14th,2014

.. this is the C.P.A.C. address of real estate mogul and businessman Donald Trump …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the speech video …

.. I was surprised by Trump . I know that he is an accomplished real – estate developer , but I did not realize how good a speaker that he is ….

.. he has declared himself now in his politics , and in philosophy . I am not sure of his future political plans , but he has assets that many people cannot match , ie , money (being a billionaire) , and name recognition …

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… C.P.A.C. — Sarah Palin …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 14th,2014

.. here is the C.P.A.C. keynote address from former Alaska Governor and FoxNews contributor Sarah Palin …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the speech ..

.. FoxNewsChannel carried her speech live end to end . It was hilarious , and it was fantastic . She is as funny as ever . It would be something if she did decide to run , but I think that she may not , at least for a while …

.. right now , her best way to contribute to the conservative movement is from the outside , from the media , and from the meat – and – potatoes circuit . She can earn some serious money while building her chits for the future , and possibly run for office , maybe even from a different state other than Alaska …

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… C.P.A.C. — Governor Chris Christie …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 13th,2014

.. this is the C.P.A.C. address of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie .

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the speech ..

.. I got a chance to watch this presentation . Christie is an excellent speaker , and C.P.A.C. is not an easy audience for him . He did an excellent job …

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… C.P.A.C. — Mike Huckabee …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 13th,2014

.. this is the address of former Arkansas Governor and FoxNews host Mike Huckabee to C.P.A.C. …

.. [h/t — beforeitsnews]..
.. [link] to the speech footage ..

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… A Beautiful Picture from C.P.A.C. …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 12th,2014

.. soI hope to be able to afford to go again .

.. I went when the event was so much smaller , when Ronaldus Magnus was in office , and I was in college . Boy , was it a fun time , but it was also so long ago .

.. so many things have changed , and how the world has changed , and in some ways , not quite so much …

.. well , courtesy of blogger AmericanGlob , who is there , he got this picture … perfect …

ronaldus magnus plaque reagan national airport

… thanks , Mr. President Reagan !! …

 

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… C.P.A.C. — John Bolton …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 11th,2014

.. I will be carrying some of the addresses of people that I consider of value from the C.P.A.C. meeting for 2014 . This one hopefully will not be the only one .

.. it will take time . Other bloggers are carrying other speakers of note . Thankfully for me , I have contacts with many of them . I have seen parts of them myself , in some cases all of the speech …

.. here is the C.P.A.C. speech of former U.N. ambassador John Bolton …

.. [h/t —  realClearPolitics]..

.. [link] to Ambassador Bolton ‘ s speech

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