During the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) it was quickly evident that the main focus was the youth. There were 10-15 student organizations geared toward educating the young on the values and principles of freedom,liberty and the American way.
Many of the speakers, were the big wigs of the Republican Party and possible 2016 Presidential contenders. The convention hall was crowded with reporters,bloggers, political activist, and enthusiastic young men and women.
Radio row, had the who's who of the republican party easily available to them, including names like: Senator Ted Cruz, Colonel Allen West, Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, Senator Rick Santorum, and Senator Fred Thompson.
I spoke to several blogger and attendees, who had this to share:
John Lehman from Dallas Texas who is Co-founder of GlobecastR, was at the event and said; this was the first CPAC meeting he has ever attended. He felt CPAC was a great experience and said; “I talked to a dozen West Point Cadets. While everyone was crowded around Mr. Mark Levin, trying to get his autograph. I was trying to get theirs. “
The Chad Factor, a black attendee from Georgia, added: “CPAC was a great event and the people were great. This shows conservatives can be diverse.”
Alyssa Krumm, a conservative activist from NJ and blogger/radio show host of ConvictionsofFaith.com. Talked about the division within the Republican party and how to rectify differences between conservatives, tea parties and the so called establishment.
She felt they did not focus enough on how to bring together independents, libertarians and conservative Republicans. However, Rand Paul was the exception. She said; “Senator Paul almost effortlessly brings people together. During his speech, he proved once again, that we can unite on the general premise of small government and more freedom.”
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired Pediatric Neurosurgeon and possible Presidential Candidate for 2016 gave an exclusive interview to Wayne Dupree, host of the Wayne Dupree show. Mr. Dupree spoke about; The need to strengthen the party. He said; we need conviction, you carry those things. The media has been less than favorable to you. How do you keep motivated and how do you look past that toward the prize?"
Dr. Carson's responded by saying:; "Well, I would be only disappointed if they didn't say negative things because they are moving in the wrong direction. So if they approved of what I was doing, it would prove I was moving in the wrong direction too.
Chris Christie the embattled governor of New Jersey, gave an inspiring speech, and sounded like the republican front runner for 2016. He spoke on the need for conservatives to “take on the media directly.” He said; “we've got to stop letting the media define who we are and what we stand for.” After his speech, Mr. Christie received a standing ovation.
Sarah Palin, the darling of the conference and fiery former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, quipped; “this is a great awakening! the age of Obama is almost over – The end of an Error”
She then took a page out of the Ted Cruz filibuster manual and read a modified version of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham.
I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his healthcare scam.
"I do not like these dirty crooks or how they lie and cook the books.
"I do not like when Congress steals. I do not like their crony deals.
"I do not like this spying, man. I do not like 'Oh, yes we can.'
"I do not like this spending spree. We’re smart, we know there’s nothing free.
"I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies.
"I do not like this kind of hope, and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope.
Full disclosure this author has a major conflict of interest in writing about Mrs Palin. I am an Alaska resident and a former employee for the State of Alaska under Governor Palin, and yes, I am biased. Run Sarah Run