The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place in Washington, DC this weekend – a blockbuster event that brings together thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders for three days of major Presidential candidate speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities.
On Thursday we ran into some scheduling difficulties that prevented our arrival on the first day, but had anticipated arriving for the after party known as BlogBash.
Dress to impress. We know you spend a majority of your blogging-life eschewing pants, so look at this as an opportunity to show everyone what you’ve got… or cover what you haven’t got with a nice suit…
Well, wear what you want, but hint hint.
On Thursday night, somewhere on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, you may have seen a man on the side of the highway, on his knees like Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption, yelling “NO!!!!!!”
That was me.
I forgot to pack pants.
We missed a majority of the party because we had to go pants shopping.
“If Americans take time to think about what they truly believe, they will find out they are conservatives.”
“It is the liberal philosophy, not the conservative one, that views humans as selfish automatons.”
“Liberals worry that what’s best for the individual might not be better for the public at large. But that philosophy assumes something vicious about each and every one of us. It assumes we only care about ourselves.”
And this one that got West a well-deserved standing ovation…
“Of course we have compassion. We just don’t believe the safety net should be used as a hammock.”
I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! …
When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.
And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!
“We won in 2010 because conservatives rallied. They were excited about the candidates who were put forth. Why would an undecided voter vote for a candidate of the party who the party’s not excited about?”
He did not apologize for his conservatism…
“We will no longer abandon and apologize for the policies and principles that made this country great for a hollow victory in November.”
He attacked Obamacare…
“The major reason I’m in this race is because I think Obamacare is a game changer for America.”
And he blasted the administrations attempts at forcing Catholic hospitals and churches to pay for things that go against their morals and beliefs, a stance that brought about a massive standing ovation…
“This is the kind of coercion we can expect. It’s not about contraception. It’s about economic liberty, it’s about freedom of speech, it’s about freedom of religion. It’s about government control of your lives and it’s gotta stop.”
Gingrich talked for at least five minutes about which of President Barack Obama’s policies he would undo if elected to the White House, and summed it up this way: “We will have repudiated at least 40 percent of his government on the opening day.”
“We need to teach the Republican establishment a lesson… We are determined to rebuild America, not manage its decay.”
Obama started that decay, will it be reversed in 2012?
Before a jam-packed crowd, with hundreds more watching on monitors in the convention center hallways and overflow rooms, Palin attacked the Obama economic agenda from many angles. She delivered the CPAC keynote speech, bringing down the house with a awe-inspiring gems…
“We aren’t red Americans, we aren’t blue Americans, we are red white and blue Americans and, President Obama, we are through with you!”
“We will never apologize for America’s strength and our greatness… we refuse to accept that a weak America means a better and safer world.”
“The president says small-town Americans, we bitterly cling to our religion and our guns because we’re just doggone frustrated with his pace of change. We say, ‘Keep your change. We’ll keep our God, our guns, our Constitution.’ ”
“Hope and change? Yea, you gotta hope things change.”
“This is Obama’s Washington. It is not the Washington of our founders, but the Washington of the permanent political class. It is something that our forefathers never envisioned as they would have sworn their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to change.”
“He says he has a jobs plan out, a jobs plan to ‘Win the Future.’ W.T.F. — I know.”
Tucker took part in an amusing segment called the ‘fight club’ debate against Paul Begala. I had the chance to meet Tucker for the first time, having contributed to the Daily Caller in the past and communicating via e-mail for some time now. He could not have been a more gracious person, agreeing to two pictures and actually making me feel like an important part of the program.