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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We gave you one job, Dennis Rodman, ONE job. And by "we," I mean you gave yourself the task of traipsing off to North Korea to party with Kim Jong-un. And this is the best you could do?
North Korea threatened on Tuesday to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53 civil war and sever a military "hotline" with the United States if South Korea and Washington pressed on with two-month-long war games.
This is going to put a crimp in our plans to send Ron Artest to Iran and make Jose Canseco our diplomatic envoy to Venezuela. Nevertheless, there's at least one American who sees the next Richard Holbrooke in The Worm…
"It's probably better than what we have," [Donald] Trump told Fox News. "If you look at the world, the world is blowing up around us. Maybe Dennis is better than what we have."
This has got to chill Rodman to the core. He can go to North Korea, break bread — possibly the country's only bread! — with one of the world's worst dictators, and he's still not America's biggest attention whore.
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Tags: Dennis Rodman, Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, North Korea
The fact that some people are using the term "Woodwardgate" may very well cause a tear in the ironic space-time continuum.
— Mike Glenn (@mrglenn) February 28, 2013
White House also warned Bob Woodward he would regret liveTweeting for The Onion on Oscar night.
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) February 28, 2013
Tags: Barack Obama, Bob Woodward, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, NASA, Richard Nixon, Tweet Roundup, Twitter, White House
* It's the Sasha & Malia Show, starring Franchesca Ramsey and Abbi Crutchfield.
* "We're talking about sex in space, folks."
* Donald Tump gets photobombed.
* A new book looks at how Women Make Noise.
* Nathan Fielder has advice for his interviewers.
* David Neevel wants to get the cream out of there.
* Achewood is looking for a new television home.
* A fight over the Massachusetts state song: Jonathan Richman vs. Aerosmith.
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