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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.
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I’m more interested in the message rather than the messenger at this point.
It was an obscene display of elitism with a touch haven’t we seen this chit before.
The *message* is, put us back in power for more of the same. We haven’t changed and you’re still a sucker.
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.
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.
More Beck bashing from the Republican ostriches...
“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.”
Washington Insider David Keene Disses Governor Palin, Claims to Speak for Grassroots
Keenes 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.
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.
He challenged the conservatives to take back their party.
Same thing you hear on FR 365 days a year.
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).
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.
The message I got was Republicans are not conservative enough.
Did I miss something?
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.
He doesn't even come to a Tea Party in his own state of Connecticut.
Beck is a Mormon!
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.
So he wasn’t a Christian before?
That's cuz he was at my birthday party...He likes chocolate cake better than tea.
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.
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
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.
I think they have a convention to roundup and rope in the wild conservatives and tame them for the “system”.
>> 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.
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.
kook-paul is a major buzz kill.
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.
Heck, reality IS a buzz kill. That’s why kids take drugs to party.
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?
Ron Paul in his own words...
Theres 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 weve been over there. Weve been bombing Iraq for 10 years,
I know a lot of people believe that, and while I havent 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 dont know the exact number, but more than we need. We dont need any.
MR. RUSSERT: Its 572,000. And youd bring them all home?
REP. PAUL: As quickly as possible. Wethey 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? Doesnt make any sense to me. Troops in Korea since Ive been in high school?
MR. RUSSERT: So if Iran invaded Israel, what do we do?
REP. PAUL: Well, theyre not going to. That is like saying Iran is about to invade Mars. I mean, they have nothing. They dont 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 dont have the authority to go to war
You have a better analogy? Seems to be a good fit in my opinion.
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
Doesn't seem to work for you, however us little people seem to get it, we are to dumb to know better I guess.
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:
If you get a chance, please see my post #37 below...
And I believe most mature politically engaged republican voters ignore those distractions anyway.
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...
If that was his message it was close...
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.