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CPAC's Odd Ending
American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2010 | C. Edmund Wright

Posted on 02/22/2010 2:44:35 PM PST by Steelfish

February 22, 2010 CPAC's Odd Ending By C. Edmund Wright What a Saturday at CPAC! Ron Paul out-polled Sarah Palin almost five to one, and keynoter Glenn Beck got huge ovations as he disavowed any conservative ascendancy within the Republican Party.

So someone please tell me -- just what the heck happened to a convention that was off to such a wonderful conservative start? Where is the momentum from the Marco Rubio speech and the Dick Cheney "Obama is a one-term president" moment?

Perhaps David Keene of the American Conservative Union will be a bit more careful when picking keynote speakers from now on. What happened was predictable, given that the man he picked uses a daily TV show to make it clear that he blames Republicans, Democrats, the left and the right, and politics in general all equally for America's woes.

While Beck has a huge audience, some of these thoughts are not exactly the consensus among American conservatives. They are not consistent with reality, either. Besides, CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Committee.

Oh, I realize that in a ballroom jammed with a disproportionate share of Paul-supporters and Beck groupies, Keene is likely not aware of how conservatives across the country viewed this soiree. Not yet. I am also not swayed by the audience emotion. The keynote speaker had a lot to do with who did -- and did not -- show up.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac2010; glennbeck

1 posted on 02/22/2010 2:44:35 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I’m more interested in the message rather than the messenger at this point.


2 posted on 02/22/2010 2:47:14 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Steelfish

It was an obscene display of elitism with a touch haven’t we seen this chit before.


3 posted on 02/22/2010 2:49:43 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Senator Goldwater

The *message* is, put us back in power for more of the same. We haven’t changed and you’re still a sucker.


4 posted on 02/22/2010 2:51:03 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Steelfish

If Ron Paul gets the nomination, I’ll be scratching my head wondering how the hell that happened just like I was when John McCain got it.


5 posted on 02/22/2010 2:52:38 PM PST by mentor2k
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To: Steelfish
The Republican party is self destructing even as the conservative movement has the Rats bailing from their sinking boats.

The progressive Republicans don't want the ignorant conservatives to sully their elitist halls.Well they just may be dooming this nation to fascism.EFF THEM EVERY ONE.

Especially Beck and Ron Paul.Both effing fascists like Obama and his ilk.Turn coats made in the mold of McCain.
The RINOS still want to stiff America with another version of McCain.Its laughable. Wicked funny. They want that even if it means Obama until 2016.

How sick is that? No wonder Palin didn't go to CPAC.

6 posted on 02/22/2010 2:53:20 PM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: Steelfish

More Beck bashing from the Republican ostriches...


7 posted on 02/22/2010 2:54:03 PM PST by AnnGora (Let 'er rip, Tater Chip!)
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To: Steelfish

already posted
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2456569/posts


8 posted on 02/22/2010 2:54:08 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

“What happened was predictable, given that the man he picked uses a daily TV show to make it clear that he blames Republicans, Democrats, the left and the right, and politics in general all equally for America’s woes.”

And?


9 posted on 02/22/2010 2:54:39 PM PST by jessduntno (Bawney Fwank...with friends like him, who needs enemas?)
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To: Steelfish
RomneyBOT and Decepticon David Keene of the American Conservative Union chose the keynote speakers.

“Washington Insider David Keene Disses Governor Palin, Claims to Speak for Grassroots
“Keene’s ACU also puts on the annual CPAC conference in Washington.

.In the last three years CPAC has devolved into nothing more than
an annual love fest for the most established of establishment
Republicans, Mitt Romney. It should come as no surprise that David
Keene supported Mitt Romney in 2008. “


“David Keene Endorses Romney“

10 posted on 02/22/2010 2:59:05 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

The author isn’t very clear about what Glenn Beck did wrong. Plus, he gives Beck no credit for injecting some spirit into the conservative resistance.

The author is confused and confusing.


11 posted on 02/22/2010 3:00:03 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: Steelfish
Glenn Beck got huge ovations as he disavowed any conservative ascendancy within the Republican Party

He challenged the conservatives to take back their party.

Same thing you hear on FR 365 days a year.

12 posted on 02/22/2010 3:01:23 PM PST by marron
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To: wolfcreek; ejonesie22; greyfoxx39
It was an obscene display of elitism with a touch haven’t we seen this chit before.

I agree completely. And I smell a rat, Willard that is. ACU President David Keene Endorsed Romney in 2007 and has been in Romney's back pocket since. A Google of David Keene and FedEx tells you all you need to know. This is a status quo establishment elitist (Keene) bought off by a status quo establishment elitist nonconservative socialistic statist (Willard).

13 posted on 02/22/2010 3:02:36 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: AnnGora

Beck has his limits.

A good man knows his limits.

Beck does NOT know his limits.

Beck is a HORRIBLE political strategist. He should stick to investigative reporting and broadcasting.


14 posted on 02/22/2010 3:05:21 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Steelfish
I watched the whole thing on YouTube.

The message I got was Republicans are not conservative enough.

Did I miss something?

15 posted on 02/22/2010 3:07:32 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Kansas58

Beck is a more articulate Ross Perot, with all those down home analogies, and personal tales.

People don’t want to be lectured by a reformed drunk liberal Christian whose best analogy is that America is on a bender.


16 posted on 02/22/2010 3:08:25 PM PST by 1Swashbuckler
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To: Steelfish
Beck is a smug jerk!!

He doesn't even come to a Tea Party in his own state of Connecticut.

17 posted on 02/22/2010 3:09:08 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: 1Swashbuckler
"People don’t want to be lectured by a reformed drunk liberal Christian whose best analogy is that America is on a bender."

Beck is a Mormon!

18 posted on 02/22/2010 3:09:55 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: Steelfish; nutmeg
Besides, CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Committee.

Uh, no. Never let accuracy get in the way of a cathartic rant, Mr. C. Edmund Wrong. CPAC = Conservative Political Action Conference, a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation. There is no "committee" in CPAC.

19 posted on 02/22/2010 3:10:36 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: PALIN SMITH

So he wasn’t a Christian before?


20 posted on 02/22/2010 3:11:45 PM PST by 1Swashbuckler
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To: PALIN SMITH
He doesn't even come to a Tea Party in his own state of Connecticut

That's cuz he was at my birthday party...He likes chocolate cake better than tea.

21 posted on 02/22/2010 3:14:23 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: donna

I grabbed the youtube of Beck at CPAC because a number of FReepers were pretty excited about it. It was good - classic Beck.

The thought that Conservatism needs a convention or conference is freakin’ weird. CPAC seems to cause more problems than it solves.


22 posted on 02/22/2010 3:15:19 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Nope,

everyone else complaining about what Beck said is getting it wrong.

As in the words of Beck"

"Progressiveisim is the cancer eating away at America

Bingo !!!

23 posted on 02/22/2010 3:17:05 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic one Post at a Time)
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To: 1Swashbuckler
Beck is a more articulate Ross Perot, with all those down home analogies, and personal tales

Ross Perot was not a conservative, especially on social issues he was pretty liberal. And he was a proponent of government solutions to many problems.

Beck's message was nothing like that...not to mention, he is NOT running for public office.

24 posted on 02/22/2010 3:24:14 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Gene Eric

I think they have a convention to roundup and rope in the wild conservatives and tame them for the “system”.


25 posted on 02/22/2010 3:32:01 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: Steelfish

>> keynoter Glenn Beck got huge ovations as he disavowed any conservative ascendancy within the Republican Party. <<

I though Beck was Promoting Conservative/Constitutionalists ascendancy in the Republican Party.

The Republicans have been DRUNK on power, we had both houses and senate but were paralyzed by RINOs like McCain and Specter and Graham, oh my.

We are the Republican party and WE HAVE A PROBLEM! That problem is that we are not sticking to the most dear ideals of Conservatism.


26 posted on 02/22/2010 3:37:35 PM PST by GraceG
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To: donna

They attach ankle monitor devices to the true conservatives so they can track them and make sure they don’t corrupt any of the RINO’s.


27 posted on 02/22/2010 3:39:03 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Steelfish

kook-paul is a major buzz kill.


28 posted on 02/22/2010 3:41:47 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Okay, I’ll give you some of those points about Perot. True, true.

I’m not convinced though that Beck is as anti-government solutions as he says he is.

And he IS like Perot with all the homespun talk. TMI.

I didn’t like Perot’s playing to the LCD, and sometimes I think Beck is doing the same. Do we need chalkboards and dead frogs to help us understand every point?

::: shrug :::: Not sure.


29 posted on 02/22/2010 4:12:20 PM PST by 1Swashbuckler
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To: longtermmemmory

Heck, reality IS a buzz kill. That’s why kids take drugs to party.


30 posted on 02/22/2010 4:14:45 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: 1Swashbuckler

Is it OK if I don’t want to be lectured by someonr crazy enough to believe that someday he’ll have his own planet to rule, a planet that has slaves on it?


31 posted on 02/22/2010 4:23:59 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Steelfish

Ron Paul in his own words...

“There’s nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today. I mean, we could defend this country with a few good submarines.”

“Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years,”

“I know a lot of people believe that, and while I haven’t looked at their evidence in detail, there certainly are a lot of unanswered questions about 9/11 and we certainly need an honest and thorough investigation instead of a cover up.”

MR. RUSSERT: How many troops do we have overseas right now?

REP. PAUL: I don’t know the exact number, but more than we need. We don’t need any.

MR. RUSSERT: It’s 572,000. And you’d bring them all home?

REP. PAUL: As quickly as possible. We–they will not serve our interests to be overseas. They get us into trouble. And we can defend this country without troops in Germany, troops in Japan. How do they help our national defense? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Troops in Korea since I’ve been in high school?


MR. RUSSERT: So if Iran invaded Israel, what do we do?

REP. PAUL: Well, they’re not going to. That is like saying “Iran is about to invade Mars.” I mean, they have nothing. They don’t have an army or navy or air force. And Israelis have 300 nuclear weapons. Nobody would touch them. But, no, if, if it were in our national security interests and Congress says, “You know, this is very, very important, we have to declare war.” But presidents don’t have the authority to go to war


32 posted on 02/22/2010 4:33:37 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Steelfish
Conservative is NOT equal to republican..
Any that denys this probably supports John McLame..
33 posted on 02/22/2010 4:41:31 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: 1Swashbuckler
People don’t want to be lectured by a reformed drunk liberal Christian whose best analogy is that America is on a bender.

You have a better analogy? Seems to be a good fit in my opinion.

34 posted on 02/22/2010 5:10:29 PM PST by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: Steelfish
CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Committee

What a bunch of stupid crap in this article. C. Edmund Wright can't even get his facts right regarding the title of the conference.

CPAC = Conservative Political Action Conference

Geesh...

35 posted on 02/22/2010 5:12:51 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: 1Swashbuckler
Do we need chalkboards and dead frogs to help us understand every point?

Doesn't seem to work for you, however us little people seem to get it, we are to dumb to know better I guess.

36 posted on 02/22/2010 5:13:14 PM PST by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: Steelfish
I just returned from my 8th consecutive CPAC and have said this over and over again on Free Republic:

DO NOT put any stock in that ridiculous CPAC straw poll that they insist on doing year after year! It bugs me so much that the media takes this non-scientific poll so damn seriously.

CPAC has so many wonderful events going on simultaneously, and the majority of attendees who bother to take the significant amount of time out of their day to "vote" in that straw poll are students (usually young guys between the ages of 18-25). And the ones who vote (over and over again) are rabid about their candidate - this year it happened to be Ron Paul.

I see these young guys every year at the straw poll tables... tables monitored by students, btw. These kids start filling out the paper ballots at the beginning of the conference (before they even listen to any speeches), they vote multiple times and stuff the stupid cardboard boxes with their ballots. It's kind of like us "FReeping" a poll, to be honest.

And then the media goes crazy proclaiming "Conservatives pick Ron Paul as their favorite candidate for 2012! Wow!"

I hate that dumbass CPAC straw poll. I don't have any "clout" with the CPAC honchos, but my husband and I are going to write and request that they stop running this straw poll every year. This thing totally misrepresents the majority of attendees at the conference.

CPAC had over 10,000 attendees this year, and about 2,395 of them voted in the straw poll. 52% were male, and in the 18-25 age bracket. Or so the poll said... who knows if these were even honest answers?

BTW, just before Glenn Beck's closing keynote speech, the pollster - Tony Fabrizio - read the Ron Paul result, and the crowd of 10,000 loudly BOOed, and for a significant time. I was one of 'em! Over in a far corner, there were a few wimpy cheers in the student section. Yeah, you guessed it - the Paulestinians.

You can find the results of this silly poll here if you're interested:

http://www.cpac.org/

37 posted on 02/22/2010 5:16:03 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: Names Ash Housewares; Tex-Con-Man

If you get a chance, please see my post #37 below...


38 posted on 02/22/2010 5:17:46 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: nutmeg
Thanks for the additional info, but I assumed something like that happened, because the idea that Ron Paul suddenly became a conservative icon was just not a serious possibility.

And I believe most mature politically engaged republican voters ignore those distractions anyway.

39 posted on 02/22/2010 5:39:07 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: 1Swashbuckler
"So he wasn’t a Christian before?"

Not relevant

40 posted on 02/22/2010 6:15:06 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: Steelfish
Perhaps David Keene of the American Conservative Union will be a bit more careful when picking keynote speakers from now on.

Too late. For years I'd considered going to CPAC and was pretty close this year, but now...? Forget it. Not just the speakers, but the sponsors and more...

41 posted on 02/22/2010 6:55:04 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
The message I got was Republicans are not conservative enough.
Did I miss something?

If that was his message it was close...

42 posted on 02/22/2010 6:56:32 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Ron Paul out-polled Sarah Palin almost five to one, and keynoter Glenn Beck got huge ovations as he disavowed any conservative ascendancy within the Republican Party.
Wow, two huge coincidences.
43 posted on 02/23/2010 3:15:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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