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CPAC - Whistling past the Graveyard?
Author: BobR    Date: 02/10/2012 13:43:21

CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - is in town. It's like a circus, except all the animals are elephants, and they're all white (with a special guest appearance by Herman Cain). There's a lot of energy here (relatively speaking, considering the average age), with participants eager to propel the Republican party...um... backwards. But the realities on the ground do not bode well for their agenda, nor their future.

To be accurate, this is a conservative conference, not a Republican conference. But for some time now, it has been the defacto Republican strategizing session (even though there IS a Conservative party - it is even less effectual than the Libertarian party). Republican leaders tend to be the speakers, and we can assume that all of the Republican presidential candidates have or will make an appearance. Also making appearances are people like Grover Norquist, et al. The attendees seem to understand their chances this election:
"I'm just so disappointed," Glen Bonderenko, a 59-year-old direct-mail fundraiser from Colorado Springs, Colo., said on Thursday. "Our own candidates are beating each other up, and it’s not good for the party."

William Burton, 22, a Republican Party activist from Roanoke, Va., was equally wistful. "I don't feel like we have real strong candidates. Those in the race are just acting like conservatives to get elected," he said. "I know it's a long shot, but I wish someone like Daniels or Christie would come along and win the nomination at a brokered convention."

That is not to say that voters here are pessimistic of the GOP's chances of beating Obama. Quite the opposite. Many activists said their desire to deprive him of a second term was far more powerful than any discontent that they felt with the current crop of Republican contenders.
(bold-face mine)

So in other words - because of their desire to beat Obama because he's violating our Constitutional rights, they want the party to pick someone else at the convention other than those the party faithful voted for. Ironic much?

But even more interesting is who is and who is not invited:

In last year, Out this year:
Log Cabin Republicans
John Birch Society

In this year:
white nationalist Peter Brimelow
white nationalist Robert Vandervoort

So out with the pink 300 thread count sheets, and in with the white sheets... with hoods. Yeah, THAT should help.

What will be interesting is to see the results of their presidential "straw poll" this year for who they want the presidential candidate to be. If you recall, Ron Paul won it the last two times. That was quite the embarrassment for the party who thinks of him as the nutty uncle who sits in the comfy chair and mutters to himself.

So what does it say about a conservative conference that allies itself with the Republican party, invites white supremacists to host a panel on "multi-culturalism", would rather have Anyone Else as their presidential candidate, and picks the pseudo-Libertarian as their preferred candidate? What does it say about the Republican party?

To me it says they have been so busy playing politics, so busy being the Anti-Democrats, that they no longer know who they are or what they stand for. Sure they'll say they stand for "going back to the Constitutional values that made this country great" or some other empty rhetoric, but from a tire-meets-the-ground standpoint: what do they stand for? What can they offer the American people?

Perhaps it's time they wander in the wilderness and reassess themselves. They can't do that when they're constantly in political mode and in front of the cameras. It would be better for them and better for the country if they stopped being the Anti-Dem and started being for something concrete.

42 comments (Latest Comment: 02/10/2012 22:36:18 by Raine)
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Comment by Mondobubba on 02/10/2012 13:55:43
Comment by Mondobubba on 02/10/2012 13:57:29
No, CPAC isn't the circus, it is the carnival sideshow. You know where they have the grotesques, the freaks and the geeks (in the original meaning).

Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 14:14:12
Morning


Should we all start wearing red chockers in honor of the stupidity of Ricky?

Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 14:15:13
Quote by Mondobubba:
No, CPAC isn't the circus, it is the carnival sideshow. You know where they have the grotesques, the freaks and the geeks (in the original meaning).


I would not compare the sideshow with CPAC - freaks and geeks live by the carney honor code


Comment by Mondobubba on 02/10/2012 14:20:05
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
No, CPAC isn't the circus, it is the carnival sideshow. You know where they have the grotesques, the freaks and the geeks (in the original meaning).


I would not compare the sideshow with CPAC - freaks and geeks live by the carney honor code





Comment by BobR on 02/10/2012 14:21:18
the full blog is up now. Thank-you for your patience.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 14:36:07




Comment by Scoopster on 02/10/2012 14:51:02
Morning all & Happy Fridee!!

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/10/2012 15:19:39
Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 15:23:54
Good morning!

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 15:55:18
speaking of Wilderness... You will recall I mentioned that Martin Bashir interviewed Kurt CAmeron.

HE talked of the walking in the wilderness as well:



Pilgrims?

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 15:58:33
Quote by wickedpam:


OMG.

This was perfect. Who is this AmericaBridge Pac supporting?


Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 16:02:15
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:


OMG.

This was perfect. Who is this AmericaBridge Pac supporting?



I'm not sure, didn't get too far into their site - week has been very busy - I think they said they were a progressive group looking to keep the repubs on the straight and narrow

Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 16:09:13
oh Jim

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 16:34:13
Well -- today Virginia appears to have taken the lead in crazy train states.

I am, however, REALLY happy with State senator Adam Ebbin.

Ebbin Speaks Out Against Bill That Will Allow Adoption Agencies to Ban Gay Couples From Adopting

Unfortunately it passed with a few Dems stepping over the aisle. What I really appreciated was this:
"The well being of children should be our top priority," Ebbin said in a letter to constituents Thursday. "That is why, yesterday, I offered an amendment to SB349 that would have barred LGBT foster children from being sent to homes that would place these children in reparative therapy. We have seen too many examples of this awful practice, telling children that who they are is not OK—leading to horrible psychological effects—the consequences of which have led some children to take their lives. A disproportionate number of the children in the foster care system are either LGBT or questioning their orientation. Foster children are under the protection of the state, and no child under our protection should ever be sent to a home where they are subjected to reparative therapy. Sadly, all Republicans voted against this vital protection."

In response, McWaters, the sponsor of SB 349, told Ebbin "perhaps you need to get your own bill" and urged colleagues to reject the amendment because it would change the law as it currently exists, MetroWeekly reported. Ebbin’s amendment failed 16-23, with Democrats Charles Colgan, Phillip Puckett and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) voting with Republicans to vote against it.


Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 16:37:58
Quote by Raine:
Well -- today Virginia appears to have taken the lead in crazy train states.

I am, however, REALLY happy with State senator Adam Ebbin.

Ebbin Speaks Out Against Bill That Will Allow Adoption Agencies to Ban Gay Couples From Adopting

Unfortunately it passed with a few Dems stepping over the aisle. What I really appreciated was this:
"The well being of children should be our top priority," Ebbin said in a letter to constituents Thursday. "That is why, yesterday, I offered an amendment to SB349 that would have barred LGBT foster children from being sent to homes that would place these children in reparative therapy. We have seen too many examples of this awful practice, telling children that who they are is not OK—leading to horrible psychological effects—the consequences of which have led some children to take their lives. A disproportionate number of the children in the foster care system are either LGBT or questioning their orientation. Foster children are under the protection of the state, and no child under our protection should ever be sent to a home where they are subjected to reparative therapy. Sadly, all Republicans voted against this vital protection."

In response, McWaters, the sponsor of SB 349, told Ebbin "perhaps you need to get your own bill" and urged colleagues to reject the amendment because it would change the law as it currently exists, MetroWeekly reported. Ebbin’s amendment failed 16-23, with Democrats Charles Colgan, Phillip Puckett and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) voting with Republicans to vote against it.



Did you know someone also intro'd a personhood bill? Randi's right - love the fetus, hate the child

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 16:42:25
ABBA!

Comment by Scoopster on 02/10/2012 17:31:00
Unconfirmed report on Twitter in China says Kim Jung-Un was assasinated in Beijing this morning..

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 17:31:53
Quote by Scoopster:
Unconfirmed report on Twitter in China says Kim Jung-Un was assasinated in Beijing this morning..

SAY WHAT??



Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 17:34:01
Comment by Scoopster on 02/10/2012 17:36:32

Yeah that's the thing I was reading.. there's been no confirmation from the Chinese govt or media yet.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 17:40:02
Quote by Scoopster:

Yeah that's the thing I was reading.. there's been no confirmation from the Chinese govt or media yet.
I wouldn't count on one forthcoming. This is a really strange rumor.


In other news -- Occupy has entered the CPAC conference.



Comment by livingonli on 02/10/2012 17:48:29
Good day everyone. The right-wing in this country has just gone freaking nuts and I can't believe there are that many people stupid enough to vote for them.

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/10/2012 18:17:07
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:

Yeah that's the thing I was reading.. there's been no confirmation from the Chinese govt or media yet.
I wouldn't count on one forthcoming. This is a really strange rumor.


In other news -- Occupy has entered the CPAC conference.




Even if it is true, it doesn't come as a surprise.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 19:08:55
ooOO00OOoo I just found this.

Obama Leads Romney In Virginia

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 19:13:29
Oh lawd. This guy Thom is talking to is killing me.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 19:18:33
Quote by Raine:
Oh lawd. This guy Thom is talking to is killing me.



and he walks away in a huff

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 19:21:42
Why do I enjoy this?

Kim Jung-Un looking at things

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 19:33:15
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Oh lawd. This guy Thom is talking to is killing me.



and he walks away in a huff
Just like this....


Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 19:34:23
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Oh lawd. This guy Thom is talking to is killing me.



and he walks away in a huff
Just like this....





Comment by wickedpam on 02/10/2012 19:35:57
Quote by Raine:
Why do I enjoy this?

Kim Jung-Un looking at things



should be Kim Jong Un touching stuff

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 19:46:46
Comment by BobR on 02/10/2012 19:52:27
Quote by Raine:
OMFG... OMFG


WOW!... just... uh...

Comment by BobR on 02/10/2012 20:07:41
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine:
OMFG... OMFG


WOW!... just... uh...

To take it a step further - This really amplifies the point I was making in my blog.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 20:13:43
Kurt Cameron isn't mormon.

and this song sounds just like the theme song to greatest american hero.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 20:15:50
Victoria Jackson sounds crazier and crazier.

Comment by livingonli on 02/10/2012 20:28:54
Quote by Raine:
Victoria Jackson sounds crazier and crazier.

She should realize that she is not getting work because she's an idiot and she has no talent.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 20:48:27
Randi --

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 20:55:58
What the hell is this caller saying?


Comment by livingonli on 02/10/2012 21:41:58
Lizz is commenting on Newt's CPAC speech on OutQ right now. Even with the merger, satellite radio still has some perks. Lizz turned it off in disgust right now.

Comment by Raine on 02/10/2012 21:43:38
Quote by livingonli:
Lizz is commenting on Newt's CPAC speech on OutQ right now. Even with the merger, satellite radio still has some perks. Lizz turned it off in disgust right now.
Did you watch the link at the OMFG link I posted below?

I would have turned it off as well.