Washington, DC, Los Angeles, March 15, 2013—CPAC 2013 is now in full swing. It is ballgame on and gloves off.
Those wanting to turn CPAC into a mushy, philosophically bankrupt Republican Party establishment homecoming were denied. The purpose of CPAC is for real conservatives to toss out red meat. While there is no one definition of what constitutes a true conservative, the National Rifle Association is not shy about hunting rhinos literally and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) figuratively.
Despite the insistence of the liberal media, conservatives are not stupid. We know who we we want to see and hear, and so far the message at CPAC has been worthy of the most significant annual conservative gathering in the United States.
Senator Rand Paul came out swinging. “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we?”
Yes, we do. He was referring to Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who seem to often forget the Ronald Reagan maxim about feeding your friends to the alligators in the hopes that he eats you last.
Marco Rubio gave a full-throttled endorsement of the American dream before reminding the audience all of the awful aspects about growing up in China.
While not mentioning them by name, Texas Governor Rick Perry blasted McCain and Mitt Romney.
“The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012.”
Colonel Allen West remains a rock star, and he lit up the crowd as he always does.
“I’m speaking from experience when I tell you that there is nothing on this green earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government,”
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey accurately reminded the crowd that it was politically correct liberal lending policies that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
Florida was in the spotlight for reasons that can be described as the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good was Marco Rubio. The bad was really more the indifferent, a decision that should cause a collective shrug. Former Florida Governor Jen Bush decided to be removed from the CPAC 2016 straw poll ballot. Straw polls are worthless, and all Ron Paul did by winning a CPAC straw poll this decade was invalidate the straw poll. Those in disagreement with this missed the results of the actual contests that mattered.
The ugly in Florida is the sudden resignation of Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. Her stepping down amidst an investigation into internet cafes she was affiliated with was a sad turn for a GOP desperate to showcase diversity. Ms. Carroll happens to be a black woman, but real equality means judging everybody on merit. Ms. Carroll was often seen as a liability to Governor Rick Scott, who has his own popularity problems back home. Racketeering charges ensnared 57 people, but so far Ms. Carroll has not been one of those indicted.
Liberals quick to pounce on the news should take note that Ms. Carroll has not been accused of getting American border guards or Ambassadors killed, driving over a bridge and leaving a woman to die, doing business with Al Jazeera, or seducing a barely legal intern.
In other words, if day one is any indication, CPAC 2013 will be loathed by liberals and loved by conservatives. Since nobody at this conference cares what liberals have to say, CPAC 2013 is off to an incredibly strong start.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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