Tag Archives: CPAC

If we were a sane country (or, which of these two would you trust?)

. . . this guy would be the GOP nominee for President. Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana and one-time head of the Office of Management and Budget, both of  which, whatever his politics, suggest he has a clue about how the world works.

I’ve liked him for some time, but my opinion of him soared today when I saw some CPAC video in which he named names - talk radio names, FOX News names – in talking about obstacles to getting things done.

Predictably, Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach, the most thin skinned of the on air bullies, came right at him today. If Daniels doesn’t back down as others have with depressing regularity, he’ll burnish his credentials even more and prove he has political courage.

But I don’t think he’ll be the candidate. He is tipping his toe in the water, but I hope he pulls it back and waits till 2012,  2016 when a Republican has a chance and I’d just as soon they nominate an adult.

Don’t need those kids to live too long

Even I've got my priorities straighter than that!

At CPAC, Haley Barbour just bragged that Mississippi is the safest place in America for an unborn child. He didn’t dare mention it’s the most dangerous place in America for a born child.

Per thousand rates put Barbour’s state a proud 1st among the fifty in infant mortality. Brag on Haley! (Who’s doing the best job in keeping their born babies alive? Why, that would be the liberal hellhole of Massachusetts.)

Earlier they were all excited denouncing government ‘investment’ proposals. Barbour said ‘can’t borrow your way to prosperity”. But of course, that’s what successful businesses have to do all the time – it’s the only way they can grow their companies, their sales and thus their revenues. Standing still is how you commit suicide.

Flip flops are for Dems

This chart is straight from a CPAC poll taken at this weekend’s extravaganza.

It popped up at the bestest ever conservo-blog of the year (just bought by TownHall.com – which makes it sort of like same sex marriage?)

Anyway, that decade long mantra that gay-marriage-is-going-to-kill-marriage-and-everyone-is-going-to-have-to-get-all-gay-married? Not so much actually. Check out the bottom bar of this chart.

(and just in case you can’t read the blurry type, stopping gay marriage is the second most important issue to one percent. Not one person considered it the most important issue.)

Good morning

So CPAC is swinging into it second day, all full of new energy after an infusion of crap (sorry) from their old friend – and ours – Richard Cheney, former vice-president of the these United States. He was introduced to the squeals and cries and thunderous applause of his surprised audience by his really vile daughter, Liz Cheney.

Vietnam? Where was that?

I’m tired of seeing her on Sunday morning shows. She is rude.

And so the CPAC crowd basked in the Cheney sunshine, as he thundered on his usual themes. Democrats will kill you. Terrorists will kill you. Taxes will kill you. Health care will kill you. They love that stuff.

But off in Afghanistan, there are thousands of troops who know exactly what will kill you. Bullets and bombs, my friends, bullets and bombs. They’re still ducking those on the 133rd day of the ninth year of the war there.

Miami Marco knocks ‘em dead

Florida Republican Marco Rubio gave the opening speech at the big annual Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. this morning.

Those are NOT teleprompters

I’m sure he planned to share grave matters of State with his rapt audience, but first he had to fulfill his contractual obligation as a CPAC speaker, and take his turn with Obama-uses-Teleprompters-omg-the-commies-are-coming!

There were two Teleprompters in front of him.

(CPAC no doubt made an error installing them – we all know conservatives don’t need Teleprompters.)

Rubio said what will no doubt be his clarion call up to November: 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation.

Well, that sucks. Dear god, don’t let him be my senator.

He also – most charmingly – often used the Limbaugh insult: Democrat Party.

And he remembered all of that without writing anything on his hands.

It’s sad actually

Conservatives, especially of the CPAC variety, need to accept that they are not cool. They do not ‘get’ popular culture. For god’s sake it’s what they rail against. So when they try to ‘get down’ with it, well, don’t look unless you are very strong.

Michael Steele appears to be rubbing off on the whole bunch.

I don’t need no stinking support

So Palin is losing  CPAC for hurting their feelings. And she’s losing The American Spectator for hurting CPAC.  And the American Spectator is telling her to ‘get over yourself.” Wow.

These are not the moves of a politician seeking office; not unless the candidate is clueless . . . oh.

INTERESTING UPDATE: From Nate Silver via “[T]here’s going to come a time, probably in July 2011 or so, where the knives are really drawn on Palin and Republican pundits, strategists and candidates start saying in public some of the things they’ve been thinking in private. And that in all likelihood will play very well for her. Although the Establishment’s concerns about Palin’s viability as a general election candidate are well grounded, mostly they’re just terrified of her because she doesn’t need them.”