CPAC 2010′s Highs and Lows

February 21st, 2010 at 5:32 pm | 6 Comments |

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The Conservative Political Action Conference wrapped up on Saturday evening with a chalk-waving rant by Glenn Beck. But not everything at CPAC over the last three days was so bizarre.

In fact, drugstore there were a lot of promising signs. For one, CPAC attendees showed their devotion to social tolerance when they booed Ryan Sorba, head of the Young Americans for Freedom’s California chapter, off the stage. Sorba had condemned CPAC for accepting sponsorship from GOProud, a group that represents gay Republicans.

(On this note, read about FrumForum contributor and openly gay conservative Alex Knepper’s confrontation with Sorba at CPAC here.)

Other promising signs included Newt Gingrich speech, in which he acknowledged the need for ‘principled engagement’ with Democrats, and Michelle Bachmann’s speech, which was passionate and surprisingly un-crazy. Even Dick Armey had something positive to tell tea partiers, saying: “We don’t have to be angry.”

On the other hand, there were some steps back, the most noteworthy of which was Glenn Beck’s speech, where Beck argued against a bigger tent philosophy in the GOP. Also disappointing was the panel ‘Saving Freedom from the Hoax of Global Warming’, which featured enthusiastic head-nodding by all parties involved. And of course, the most annoying aspect of the conference were the petty Obama-teleprompter jokes that continued well into the third day of speeches.

But what did the conference really accomplish? At the end of the day, there was little intellectual progress. Few new ideas were debated, and there was fairly little tension among panellists or speakers. CPAC may just have been a three-day pep rally – or, as the Daily Beast’s Benjamin Sarlin reports, a giant, 10,000 person speed dating service.

Of course, CPAC attendees have to put their own twist on everything. Spotted at Reaganpalooza, an annual post-CPAC party at the legendary Hawk and Dove pub: a guy and a girl ‘grinding’ – a not unusual sight at Hawk and Dove. The twist? She had her blackberry out.

‘Til next year, then!

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • sdspringy

    Amazing, you spend all this time at a conservative convention and still don’t understand what we stand for and wish we were more like Democrats, using two losing issues, homosexuals and Global warming in an attempt to prove your point but in fact just spotlighting your bias.

    Homosexual marriage and crashed and burned in every state, red or blue, when placed on the ballot. Existing in some states only because of judicial enforcement which stands against the will of the voter. The reasons are varied though not the least of these is that many still consider homosexual behavior unnatural.

    Global Warming, after all the science supporting the premise has been discredited. Phil Jones states there has been no warming in 15 years, current surface temperature data has been proven unreliable, no melting Himalayan glaciers, IPCC chair under pressure to resigns because of false claims.

    Maybe these headlines passed you by while at CPAC.

  • JeninCT

    If CPAC is over does that mean there’ll be fewer posts by Tim Mak? Seriously, Tim, take a few weeks off.

  • Tim Mak

    @JeninCT: Ouch!

  • mpolito

    I think it is important to point out that Mark Levin made very fair criticisms of Glenn Beck’s CPAC speech, which he posted in written form on his Facebook site. Most people who frequent or write for FrumForum generally have problems with Mr. Levin, but, for all his faults, he shares with many FrumForum folks a dislike for Glenn Beck.

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