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March 8, 2014
azspot:


Big problem for GOP. Most important #CPAC2014 panel. Topic: minority outreach.


Those chairs aren’t empty. They’re full of Clint Eastwood talking points.

azspot:

Big problem for GOP. Most important #CPAC2014 panel. Topic: minority outreach.

Those chairs aren’t empty. They’re full of Clint Eastwood talking points.

14:55 // 6 months ago
March 18, 2013
buzzfeedpolitics:

At CPAC opponents of gay marriage spoke to nearly empty rooms while supporters spoke to a standing room only audience.

Great Chris Geidner piece.

buzzfeedpolitics:

At CPAC opponents of gay marriage spoke to nearly empty rooms while supporters spoke to a standing room only audience.

Great Chris Geidner piece.

(via herblondness)

13:41 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013

So, this happened yesterday. It’s possible you’ve heard about it, or seen it already. To be clear, we are absolutely not painting CPAC as wholly racist, or even the people in this room – that conclusion would be equal parts reductive and unfair. However, the nature of the event this occurred at (seeking to teach conservatives how to avoid accusations of racism), and the shocking callousness of the questioner (he balks at the idea that Booker T. Washington would have anything to forigve his former slave master for, scoffing “for giving him shelter and food?”) deserve the scrutiny, and mustn’t be overlooked. We’d hope CPAC will try to screen out the white supremacists next time. source

18:39 // 1 year ago
I blame the donors who allow themselves to be played for marks. I blame the people in the grassroots for allowing themselves to be played for suckers. …It’s time to stop being marks. It’s time to stop being suckers. It’s time for you people to get real.
Pat Caddell • Condemning the GOP donor and activist base in a boisterous speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. Caddell, ostensibly a Democratic political consultant (in the past he’s worked for George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Joe Biden, among others), has been a fixture on Fox News for years, often lambasting Democratic decisions or predicting dire outcomes for the party, and in the process has made himself very familiar to conservative media consumers. “There’s money passing under the table on both parties,” Caddell said. “Don’t kid yourself… If you can’t see racketeering in front of you, God save you.” source
16:25 // 1 year ago
brooklynmutt:

Rebecca McLaughlin, wearing a Jeb ’16 sticker, cries after meeting former Florida governor Jeb Bush at CPAC
(AFP/Getty Images)

She’s crying out of fear, obviously. Side note: Anyone in DC wanna hit up the Marriott outside of Woodley Park this afternoon?

brooklynmutt:

Rebecca McLaughlin, wearing a Jeb ’16 sticker, cries after meeting former Florida governor Jeb Bush at CPAC

(AFP/Getty Images)

She’s crying out of fear, obviously. Side note: Anyone in DC wanna hit up the Marriott outside of Woodley Park this afternoon?

(via brooklynmutt)

11:48 // 1 year ago
March 15, 2013
I am sorry that I will not be your president – but I will be your co-worker and I will work shoulder to shoulder alongside you. In the end, we’ll win for the same reason we’ve won before because our cause is just and it is right.
Mitt Romney, speaking at CPAC today. While he was respectfully received by the crowd, Politico writes that “indifference pervaded the halls” prior to his speech. source
15:46 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013
msnbc:

The 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off in five days and has shaped up to be a who’s who of Republican conservatives. Here are our top 5 young GOPers to watch. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters; Phil Sears/AP)

While we wouldn’t discount up-and-comers like Mia Love and Will Weatherford, CPAC does have a rather prominent PR problem at the moment that can’t help but hurt, politically speaking, with younger generations — its repeat refusal to permit gay conservative group GOPROUD to act as a sponsor. It was just a few years ago that GOPROUD was sponsoring CPAC, which drew the bigoted ire of this guy. Protip for future CPAC organizers — in a war of words between gay conservatives ardently committed to joining your coalition, and this guy, maybe roll with the former.

msnbc:

The 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off in five days and has shaped up to be a who’s who of Republican conservatives. Here are our top 5 young GOPers to watch(Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters; Phil Sears/AP)

While we wouldn’t discount up-and-comers like Mia Love and Will Weatherford, CPAC does have a rather prominent PR problem at the moment that can’t help but hurt, politically speaking, with younger generations — its repeat refusal to permit gay conservative group GOPROUD to act as a sponsor. It was just a few years ago that GOPROUD was sponsoring CPAC, which drew the bigoted ire of this guy. Protip for future CPAC organizers — in a war of words between gay conservatives ardently committed to joining your coalition, and this guy, maybe roll with the former.

16:01 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013

MSNBC host won’t attend CPAC unless GOPROUD is let in, too

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes received an odd and very notable distinction last week, as announced on the air by his colleague Rachel Maddow — he was invited to attend this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), and appear on a panel called “Washington CSI,” a retrospective analysis of the bygone 2012 election season. This is, needless to say, not the kind of invite liberal TV hosts get too often, and Hayes’ views are in more radical discord with modern conservatism than most. He could have shared the stage with such luminaries as Michael Barone and Ralph Reed, and by his account was enthused to attend, until he remembered a crucial fact about the conference — they barred GOPROUD from sponsorship last year, as social conservatives took a dim view of the intersection of conservative politics and gay rights. So, he told them he’d only attend if GOPROUD was brought into the fold as well. That CPAC wholly excised Hayes’ invitation from their updated schedule today is suggestive of how they felt about his bargain. (We’re having some troubles with the video embed at present, sincerest apologies. You can view Hayes’ full explanation here.)

13:46 // 1 year ago
February 21, 2013
This is really an opportunity for Governor Romney to thank all his supporters and friends.
A senior aide to Mitt Romney, on Mitt’s upcoming speech at CPAC 2013, which we hope doesn’t get mixed up with his now-useless inauguration speech.
2:10 // 1 year ago
July 2, 2012
I think I’ve changed a lot, and it’s not because I’ve become a liberal from being a conservative — it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue.
17-year-old Jonathan Krohn • Giving a bit of insight into his current political beliefs during an interview with Politico. Krohn, who became a viral sensation among conservatives after delivering a speech at the 2009 CPAC while only thirteen years old, now says that he’s abandoned his former social conservative values. And while he admitted he’d likely vote for President Obama if he was old enough, Jonathan stopped short of saying he was a full-blown liberal, Democrat, or progressive. “I’m tired of being an ideology,” he said, “and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are as individuals.” (hat tip to our own Matthew Keys) source (viafollow)
18:14 // 2 years ago