We’ve heard from some that CPAC’s been a decidedly less-libertarian affair in 2012 than in the past couple of years, when Paul attended. Seems like this result reflects this. Paul won in 2010 and 2011; Mitt won from 2007-2009.
“It is not the public good that matters, it is the personal good.” Representative Allen West (R-FL) fired up the crowd, during his speech at CPAC Friday night, saying that conservatives have allowed “the other side to paint us as racist” for too long. Rep. West reminded voters that proof of that statement’s inaccuracy stood before them saying, “today, as a conservative black Republican and former soldier, I’m here to set that record straight.” His comments drew roaring applause. (photo by Flickr user markn3tel)source
Fans of hip-hop and America, plan to watch both savaged in a single video, as “rappers” Steve Crowder and Chris Loesch throw on some track suits and powdered wigs and terrorize CPAC. A black guy walks out during the video. (h/t Buzzfeed)
So I stopped by CPAC last night, picked up my blogger pass, roamed the exhibit hall where I got some sweet mock Ray-Bans from Google, and had to sit through some ranting by Herman Cain to see the one remotely attractive speaker of the weekend: Rand Paul.
Here are some crappy cell phone pictures I took which, when put together, kind of struck me as representative of the event. On the top, a button for sale in the exhibit hall: The Republican Party must unite or die. At this point it’s a weird coalition which is held together only by opposition to the slightly bigger domestic government advocated by Democrats/Obama’s desire to wage wars of aggression with our buddies in NATO rather than by ourselves. [more]