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Knick Knacks From CPAC

10 February 2012 @ 10:54

-CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, is in full-swing in the den of the beast, Washington D.C. and Stacy McCain, per usual, is right in the thick of it, doing his Gonzo thing and getting people to buy him beers.

On Wednesday, he filed a preliminary report, over at The American Spectator, on what he describes as the ‘Mardi Gras For The Right’. A highlight:

The conference annually attracts thousands of conservative activists from all over the country. Officials are hesitant to predict this year’s total attendance. CPAC spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said Tuesday that advance registrations are on track for a 20 percent increase over last year’s conference, which was the biggest ever. The first-ever CPAC appearance by [Sarah] Palin is certain to be a favorite event for many attendees. "We’re thrilled to host the governor," said Campbell, noting that "logistical issues" had prevented Palin’s attendance in previous years. And the ongoing presidential campaign also adds a special element of excitement to this year’s conference.

"I think, if you just look at where we are with the primary season… if you look at Friday, that’s really going to be a day to highlight the conservative alternatives to Barack Obama," Campbell said of the three Republican candidates who will address CPAC. Campbell added that while a fourth candidate, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict, he will be represented by his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The CPAC stage will also feature former presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Atlanta businessman Herman Cain.

In addition to the presidential candidates, conference attendees will also hear from a long list of Republican congressional luminaries, including South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, as well as the Republican governors of Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. There will also be speeches and seminar presentations by many leading conservative columnists, authors, talk-radio hosts and TV personalities including Ann Coulter, Andrew Breitbart, Laura Ingraham, Michael Medved, Craig Shirley, Oliver North, Jonah Goldberg, S.E. Cupp, Cal Thomas, Dana Loesch, Rich Lowry, Ed Morrissey, Matt Lewis, Roger Hedgecock, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Dinesh D’Souza.

Mrs. Palin will be delivering the Keynote Speech on Saturday Night.

-There well may some attempted disruptions of the festivities, as Stacy Reports:

On their website, Occupy DC vows "non-violent resistance" at this year’s CPAC, aiming to "make this a conference the attendees will never forget." And Occupy DC calls CPAC "a who’s who of dastardly politicians… another gathering of bigots, media mouthpieces, corrupt politicians, and their 1 percent elite puppet masters," who will "attempt to perpetuate the radical right wing’s imperialist ideologies… pursuing its racist, sexist, patriarchal and exploitative agenda."

Michelle Malkin has more on the #Occupy [for Saturday] and union [for Today] plans here and offers some damn good tips for dealing with these thugs:

And my advice is simple: Mockery is the best medicine.

If they bring the glitter, you bring the silly string.

When they scream and spit, spray Lysol.

When they make a mess, bar the door and don’t let them leave ’til they clean it up.

Then soldier on!

Mock, mock, ’till you drop / Mock, mock, never stop.

-Using his ‘famous’ Barbie Cam, Stacy took us on a guided tour of some of the goings-on when the conference first got under way.

-In another post from yesterday, he reports on some of the Bolshes who have been denouncing the event and it’s attendees and provides pics of some of the folks he’s hustled for beers along the way. Richard McEnroe’s observation in the comment in the Comments section is spot-on, dead-on-balls accurate:

Attention rightwing extremist dudes: it’s no good not wearing the necktie. We KNOW you have it in your jacket pocket for when the cameras leave.

Of this, I have no doubt whatsoever.

-More photos from a later posting can be found here [man, Stacy's off into it].

-The noble Smitty is in attendance as well and, in his first report from the scene of the hate crime, he provides a quick photo essay that seems to prove that he is related to one of the Noble Savages of Albion.

-Late yesterday afternoon, Stacy was the only reporter in the room when Herman Cain met with leaders of the Japanese TEA Party Movement to discuss the version of his 9-9-9 Plan that they want to propose in their country. Stacy filed this report on the event over at The American Spectator and published a background report this morning over at TOM.

Way to go, Stace.

TCOTS favorite film director [Hive Mind is a must-see movie that I'll be reviewing here soon] Ladd Ehlinger is also at CPAC. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing from him soon [I have to admit, I haven't checked his Twitter account].

-Smitty filed a report this AM on the reaction to Ladd’s ads for two Congressional candidates, Mark Oxner and Brian Hill, which have, predictably been labeled raaaaacist! and hateful. A highlight:

It is, of course, written in the Gospel According to Marx that every single white male utterance is awash in raaaaacist concupiscence. This has been socially constructed Truth since the first Noble Savage, Adam, was ejected from #OccupyEden on the Mother Continent. Of course, Adam slapped fetters on the first human with relatively more skin pigment he saw, and became the Original, Evil Raaaaacist. Adam’s sin was passed down on the Y-chromosome to all modern male conservatives of European extraction. Leftists, of course, have said enough Hail Alinskys to absolve themselves of Adam’s crime.

The post contains interviews that Smitty conducted with the two candidates.

-Over at Politico, Patrick Gavin has published a list of the five non-politicians to keep a eye on at CPAC and, lo and behold, our favorite Gonzo reporter made the list:

5.) Robert Stacy McCain

If you want to see someone thoroughly enjoy CPAC, look no further than this Washington Times-turned-American Spectator scribe, whose weathered face (he likes to call himself a “skinny redneck”) gets a new glow this time of year whenever CPAC comes to town. He calls it “Mardi Gras for the right.” After years of attending, he knows most virtually everyone and occupies the Marriott Wardman like a mayor (or “an epic schmoozer” or a “cruise director”). And he loves the rare opportunity in Washington of surrounded by his conservative pals, since he normally just annoys liberals. How can you find McCain? If the chain smoking and fedora don’t tip you off, he’ll be the guy in the press section who brings his family and boisterously laughs at Ann Coulter’s jokes, to the chagrin of mainstream types. And how do you know he’s pumped for this year? He’s already dubbed it the “best CPAC ever” and has planned how to “be in seven places simultaneously.”

-Pete, DaTechGuy, is also at CPAC and has been filing video reports.

-Willard, Newton Leroy, and Rick Santorum will be speaking at CPAC today.

-Over at The Washington Examiner, Conn Carroll reports [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum]:

It is hard to believe that as recently as this Monday, Newt Gingrich was still considered to be the alternative to Mitt Romney. But judging by yesterday’s speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Gingrich has become something of an afterthought, at best.

Two of Gingrich’s top endorsers, Herman Cain and Rick Perry, both addressed conservative activists in the Marriott Wardman Park main ballroom yesterday. It would have been a perfect opportunity for either of them to devote some of their speaking time to making the case for a Gingrich nomination. But not only did neither of them make a case for Newt, both former candidates didn’t even mention his name. Not even once. Its like Newt never existed.

Which is pretty much the feeling at the rest of CPAC as well. The straw-poll results will not be announced till Saturday, but a quick walk around the convention hall shows plenty of Rick Santorum buttons and stickers, but virtually nothing for Newt. As he continues to tank in every state and national poll, one wonders how long Gingrich will stay in the race.

He also reports:

Romney: Mitt Romney met privately with a group of 30 conservative leaders at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday. A participant who spoke to CNN said the meeting offered Romney a chance to make conservatives “feel comfortable” ahead of his big speech today.

Good luck with that Willard. You may get the ‘leaders’ to go with you, but the grassroots have sent you a pretty clear message: we don’t want you, we don’t trust you.

-I may do another CPAC posting this evening ― not sure. I’ll also try to get in one before I head off to the opera [Gotterdammerung, six hours 'nuff said], but, except for Rule 5 Saturday, the chances of me being able to are slim, so please keep checking over at Stacy and Smitty’s joint, and at Pete’s lounge, for more good reporting from the Conservative Mardi Gras.

One Comment
  1. 10 February 2012 @ 15:53 15:53

    CPAC is controlled by Grover Norquist, a pro-Muslim traitor. He also empowered a Mr Khan (a Muslim, what more needs to be said?) in CPAC.

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