CPAC reprises clown show
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
February 27, 2013 02:12 PM | 1605 views | 24 24 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a conservative heretic. His sin? Appearing with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy as the two inspected the widespread destruction along the Jersey shore.

 

This is the same Christie who, just a few months earlier, was the toast of the GOP, hailed as one of its leading lights, a man who could help conservatives win back the White House.

 

"EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie to Headline CPAC Chicago in June,"  the conservative Townhall web site breathlessly announced last spring.

 

But this year, Christie hasn't and probably won't be invited by the American Conservative Union to its national confab in Washington. Optics like those of last fall, a Democratic president and a Republican governor putting aside political differences to confront a huge natural disaster, can mean only excommunication from the conservative movement for Chris Christie.

 

Compromisers need not apply.

 

Instead, in the center ring, CPAC will present the very same people who helped Republicans lose the 2012 presidential election, starting with Mitt Romney.

Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, and the man who put the clown show together, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, will all be speaking.  

 

The CPAC sideshow will include failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, unhinged Obama conspiracy theorist Wayne LaPierre, and one-term Florida representative Allen West.

 

“As we extend our second round of invitations to these conservative leaders, it is easy to see why CPAC 2013 is shaping up to be one the best conferences yet,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.

 

If you say so, Al.

 

Meantime, Christie's snub by the ACU is the perfect prism through which to view today's American conservative movement. When you lose an election, you should become introspective and examine and question what it was the voters rejected. You should look in the mirror and see what the voters saw: anger, intolerance and intransigence. You should consider modifying or moderating past positions.

 

Not this crowd. They believe you do the same thing over again and, this time, expect a different result. So Christie is out. Romney is in.

 

Good luck with that.
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CobbCoGuy
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March 08, 2013
If you have information about something Carson said, or wrote, or did, please share. Maybe I'll join you in your disdain for the man.

Verbal, written - good call. You got me.
Kevin Foley
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March 07, 2013
@CobbCountyGuy - Verbal? This is written communications. Anyway, if Carson wants to be in the company of the clowns he should remember the old saying, "when you lie down with dogs, you get fleas."
CobbCoGuy
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March 06, 2013
LOL. Your verbal gymnastics are impressive; I said no such thing.

Back to you, why the snide comments about Carson?
Kevin Foley
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March 06, 2013
CobbCoGuy - What are you saying? Blacks who aren't conservative can't achieve the same thing Carson did? He's only accomplished because he's a conservative?

Anyway, your CPAC clown show is now complete. Donald Trump will be speaking. Congratulations!
CobbCoGuy
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March 05, 2013
@ Kevin Foley

What in Carson's background provides the basis for your comments that he only cares about remaining in the "13-14% tax bracket" and the "crumbs falling from his table"?

You're snide remarks confirm what we all know. Carson represents the thing that frightens liberals the most - an accomplished black conservative.

Before he was "...a member of the 1%..." he was in the 99% and all the cards were stacked against him (he and his brother were raised by a single mom). Yet, he earned his "membership" in the 1% through hard work (graduated from Yale and U of MI Med School, then became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33).

And therein lies an explanation for what makes the U.S. the greatest of nations.
Lib in Cobb
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March 05, 2013
@DEvlin: 93% of African Americans voted for President Obama because those voters are Democrats. You remember those are the block of voters which the GOP was attempting to disenfranchise within a few months of the election. Those attempts failed in every case.

Get it? Probably not.
Kevin Foley
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March 05, 2013
@ Adams - this is an adult discussion. Stay out of it.

@ Cobb County Guy - After the first 90%, who's counting anymore? And no, I don't begrudge Carson his success. He's just another member of the 1% worried about crumbs falling from his table. He'll be right at home with Mitt Romney when he's at CPAC.
DEevlin Adams
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March 05, 2013
Foley, "After you're done feigning outrage, please explain to me why it was 93% of America's blacks voted for Obama."

Any attempt to ex[plain it would be labeled as "racist" and "low information", and other insults, so why bother?
CobbCoGuy
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March 04, 2013
You don't begrudge Carson's success, do you? I hope not.

And may I suggest that he does care. Google "Carson Scholars Fund." There is a chapter here in Atlanta.

See, the Carson Scholars Fund is a perfect example of conservative caring - caring to TEACH a man to fish, so he can feed himself (or herself) for a lifetime.
CobbCoGuy
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March 04, 2013
It appears your stats are from the same exit polling source used by Alan Greenblatt of NPR. In his 11/06/12 article, he states, "Exit polling suggests that African-Americans are giving Obama 93 percent of their vote..."

What is more interesting is the remainder of that sentence: "...compared with 95 percent last time around."

So, to answer your question, I have no idea why 93 percent voted for Obama; but, it appears that about 2 percent of them came to their senses.

Back to you; why did Obama lose support among blacks?
Kevin Foley
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March 04, 2013
@ CobbCoGuy - Actually, I liked Bobby Jindal's characterization of the Right, "The party of stupid."

Is Carson there because he's black? Of course he is. That said, I'm sure his conservative views are genuine, probably because he's socked millions away as a successful doctor and wants to stay in that 13-14% tax bracket. That's all these guys care about, regardless of color.

After you're done feigning outrage, please explain to me why it was 93% of America's blacks voted for Obama.
CobbCoGuy
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March 04, 2013
Oh, by the way, 2nd comment from the bottom, didn't you mean to begin with "Lib (whoever you are)..."?

Just sayin'...

;)
CobbCoGuy
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March 04, 2013
@ Kevin Foley

Are you saying that Carson was invited to CPAC simply because he is a black conservative?

If that is true, then, Houston, we have a problem. The Left has had a lot of fun since the election criticizing the Right about how we've become the party of old white men and we need to broaden our tent. Fair enough.

So, we open up the tent, invite a black conservative to come in, and you call it "window dressing." The idea that Carson may have an important message never enters your mind.

I'm being nice now. I could go on about the venom thrown by the Left toward other conservative blacks like Herman Caine, Mia Love, Condi Rice and Allen West. I could go on about how the Left eviscerates any black who dares to demonstrate any independent thought. But I won't.

So, please explain your term "window dressing" and tell me that I'm misreading your comment.
Lib in Cobb
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March 03, 2013
@Nettie: Ahhhhhh, the majority of the sour grapes is being generated by the GOP since November, 2012, remember. that was when your badly flawed candidate lost. Additional sour grapes are being generated by your party because a very capable governor sought help for the people of his state, and he received it.

Rick Perry, right wing governor of TX, sought help from the federal government and did not get it. Why? Because he attempted to further his career by slamming President Obama. The White House has a very long memory.

The best shot that the GOP has in 2016 is Chris Christie. Let's watch and see how the GOP will change their minds about Governor Christie.
Kevin Foley
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March 03, 2013
@ Cobb Co Guy - Carson would be an impressive addition if his real CPAC role wasn't that of window dressing.
Nettie Stemm
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March 02, 2013
Mr. Foley, if your original article contained any "meat and potatoes" it might be worthy of some comment.

Nobody pays much attention to the "sour grapes" on the table.

Go back and try again.
CobbCoGuy
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March 02, 2013
Duly noted; however, Dr. Benjamin Carson is a guest this year.

Don't know Ben Carson? Google is your friend.

Search "ben carson speech national prayer breakfast." The 27 min. video is out there and well worth your time.
Kevin Foley
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March 01, 2013
@Lib - What can the usual suspects say? They loved these people, followed them, voted for them. It's not just the message. It's the product.

As Bobby Jindal said: "We have to stop being the party of stupid."
Lib in Cobb
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February 28, 2013
@Kevin: Add to your loser list: Perry, Caine, Bachmann and the ever present Newty and his "helmet head".
Lib in Cobb
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February 28, 2013
What none of the usual "whistle nut" suspects have bothered to comment? I am very disappointed.

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