CPAC is like Burning Man for conservative activists. Only instead of wacky costumes and insane worldviews, there are lapel pins and insane worldviews.
But what does it take to get invited?
Being a popular Republican governor of a blue state? Nope. Chris Christie of New Jersey was denied a speaking slot this year, his punishment for refusing to spit in Barack Obama's general direction after Hurricane Sandy.
How about being a popular Republican governor of a swing state? Ha, no. Virginia's Bob McDonnell was deemed too electable to grace CPAC with his well-coiffed presence.
Instead, CPAC is getting crazy person of note Donald Trump. Maybe the event's planners are angling for their own season of "Celebrity Apprentice," but even so, some conservatives think it's a yuuuuge mistake:
Did CPAC do anything blitheringly stupid yet today? I know it's early.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) March 6, 2013
Trump again. Can we timestamp this? No one is allowed to deny any longer that the conservative movement is anything but a mail-order scheme.
— Michael B Dougherty (@michaelbd) March 6, 2013
A problem on the right is making heroes out of our enemies' enemies. Trump isn't a conservative hero, nor is Woodward (or Dick Morris or…)
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) March 5, 2013
There's still time to invite Unskewed Polls Guy, CPAC!
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She hasn't been away from Fox News long enough to shake the smell of Neil Cavuto's hair gel, and already Sarah Palin is rushing back into the spotlight.
In what will probably be a more subdued affair than last year's, the former governor will speak at the Group Strategy Session for Not Being So Bad at Politics, otherwise known as the CPAC…
The American Conservative Union on Monday announced that the former governor and vice presidential contender will address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month.
Is this a signal that she may seek the presidency in 2016? If it were any other high-profile politician, I'd say yes. But it's Sarah Palin, so it could just mean she thought up a new synonym for "going rogue" and wants to give it a whirl.
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Four years ago, 13-year-old Jonathan Krohn was a conservative wunderkind pundit. He spoke at CPAC and appeared on talk shows. He was vilified and worshiped in equal measures. And now he's 17 and not much has changed except his political beliefs.
A week after Politico outed him as a center-leftist, he's been attacked by the right (and if his Twitter feed is any indication, some praise from the left as well). Yesterday, Salon published a piece from Krohn about how the right treats its prodigal children…
Since then, I have been treated by the political right with all the maturity of schoolyard bullies. The Daily Caller, for instance, wrote three articles about my shift, topping it off with an opinion piece in which they stated that I deserved criticism because I wear “thick-rimmed glasses” and I like Ludwig Wittgenstein. Why don’t they just call me “four-eyes”? These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13…
Once you join a side, you have to obey the house rules, go to all the parties, and defend your status as a member of the greatest club on campus. And this is what drove me away from conservatism to my admittedly center-left position of independent mindedness (if that’s a thing).
I'm glad Krohn deviated from the path of conservative punditry. He was a 13. The only thing 13-year-olds are experts on is which kinds of shorts hide boners the best. But I also don't think he should be a 17-year-old liberal pundit. As a 17-year-old, he should be going to parties and getting himself not-laid.
[NOTE: I used a picture of child star Jonathan Lipnicki in this post because it's close enough.]
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