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
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
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.)
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