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    As most of you are aware, the Conservative Political Action Committee just concluded its annual meeting this weekend just outside Washington D.C.

    Speakers included Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, among others. To read what the arch conservatives feel about the conference, click on the link below:

    http://personalliberty.com/2014/03/10/live-from-cpac-2014-a-roundup-of-the-event/

    Here's the report from a less conservative source:

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/8/cpac-gives-glimpseofamakeoverinprogress.html

    Winner of the straw vote, with 31% of the vote total, was Rand Paul, the guy who just introduced an amendment to a bill to allow guns in Post Offices. Ted Cruz, the man who shut down the government last fall (and read Green Eggs and Ham to Congressional Leaders) came in 2nd.

    I'm very concerned about the 2014 mid-term elections, since the Cook political report indicates that both the House and the Senate could go either way. However, the fact that even Mtich McConnell isn't extreme enough for the Tea Party should make it a little easier for Democrats to retain the Senate, and take control of the House:

    http://aattp.org/fighting-for-his-political-life-mcconnell-vows-to-crush-tea-party-candidates-everywhere/


    As long as groups like the CPAC exist (comprised largely of Tea Part politicians) we aren't going to see a Republican President for a long,long time.


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    Don't be too sure of yourself, there is a lot of anger out there and the target seems to be the AFA and now also Foreign Policy, which is pretty much perceived as weak at best, the Administration is addressing these issues with the IRS pretty lamely, by admitting that there isn't a smidgen of corruption at that Agency but then again you better take the 5th anyway is not working with the electorate, although the Administration weathered the NSA mess pretty well, the Benghazi incident just won't go away, so don't count your chickens yet.
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    Thanks Arizona for the links to the CPAC coverage. I have watched so many clips on MSNBC of the CPAC conference of Clowns it has my head spinning. Maybe I said something similar following the last CPAC in 2013: calling them clowns does an injustice to that profession.Yesterday, after watching Sarah Palin give one of her classic, disjointed, incoherent monologues in her screeching voice, I was happy to hear Joy Reid comment, "I never understand a word that woman says." Join the club. Why is Sarah Palin always a featured speaker? She is old news and has worn out my ear drums long time ago. Never has anything of substance to say. I guess she appeals to the bottom of the intellectual barrel because even some Fox News pundits cringe when she speaks. Oh and old white men love her too.

    However what did Paul Ryan say that got applause from the crowd? Instead of quoting the usual news sources, I found this article in the Philadelphia Progressive Examiner by Tim McCown:

    CPAC 2014 in closing sent in the clowns

    "I am still reeling from Congressman Paul Ryan's glib statement that what essentially amounts to child abuse somehow teaches children that they are loved. Anyone who is not outraged by Ryan's belief that humiliating and allowing children to be hungry is teaching love needs their head examined in my book.

    "It is telling to me that Ryan's little story to back up his despicable beliefs turned out to be a lie. Has lying become a necessary and moral behavior for Conservatives because more and more people would reject their ideas if they told the truth?"


    McCown goes on to label the Republican belief system as "disgusting, shallow, and inhumanely selfish and cruel." He asks, "What does it say about a group of people who feel no shame, guilt or remorse at intentionally causing pain and hardship to other people and in the process destroy peoples lives and families just to reward a group of people whose success is based on buying influence and using that to rig the tax and economic structure to reward only themselves while impoverishing everyone else?"

    I agree with Tim McCown. And I have to also question the psychological and biological make-up of people in the audience that cheer this kind of mentality.

    Oh well...maybe Paul Ryan is old news as well. He tied for 8th in the CPAC Straw Poll with just 3 percent of the vote. Bring on Rand Paul!
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: As most of you are aware, the Conservative Political Action Committee just concluded its annual meeting this weekend just outside Washington D.C.

    Speakers included Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, among others. To read what the arch conservatives feel about the conference, click on the link below:

    http://personalliberty.com/2014/03/10/live-from-cpac-2014-a-roundup-of-the-event/

    Here's the report from a less conservative source:

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/8/cpac-gives-glimpseofamakeoverinprogress.html

    Winner of the straw vote, with 31% of the vote total, was Rand Paul, the guy who just introduced an amendment to a bill to allow guns in Post Offices. Ted Cruz, the man who shut down the government last fall (and read Green Eggs and Ham to Congressional Leaders) came in 2nd.

    I'm very concerned about the 2014 mid-term elections, since the Cook political report indicates that both the House and the Senate could go either way. However, the fact that even Mtich McConnell isn't extreme enough for the Tea Party should make it a little easier for Democrats to retain the Senate, and take control of the House:

    http://aattp.org/fighting-for-his-political-life-mcconnell-vows-to-crush-tea-party-candidates-everywhere/


    As long as groups like the CPAC exist (comprised largely of Tea Part politicians) we aren't going to see a Republican President for a long,long time.


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    Apparently my crystal ball was a little cloudy when I wrote this in March of 2014:

    "I'm very concerned about the 2014 mid-term elections, since the Cook political report indicates that both the House and the Senate could go either way. However, the fact that even Mitch McConnell isn't extreme enough for the Tea Party should make it a little easier for Democrats to retain the Senate, and take control of the House:

    As long as groups like the CPAC exist (comprised largely of Tea Party politicians) we aren't going to see a Republican President for a long, long time."

    Oops.

    The Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2014, and a Republican won the presidency (but not the popular vote) in 2016.

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    Trump will speak at the conservative event known as CPAC on Feb. 28, his first public appearance and lengthy address since he left the White House for a final time last month.

    A senior aide to Trump confirmed that he would attend the Conservative Public Action Conference, which is being held in Orlando, Florida, this year, and that he planned to talk about the future of the Republican Party as well as President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, which have been aimed at undoing Trump’s.

    What Trump plans to talk about and what he ultimately says once he is onstage often diverge, as he discards scripts that aides prepare for him.

    The former president, who was permanently banned from Twitter and who is facing investigations into his businesses as well as whether he has culpability for the assault on the Capitol, has generally kept a low profile, except for giving a small round of interviews to sympathetic news outlets about the death of radio host Rush Limbaugh last week. Even though the interviews were supposed to be about Limbaugh, Trump still strayed into repeating his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

    The CPAC conference is the event where, a year ago, when it was held in Washington, D.C., Trump gave a speech downplaying the threat of the novel coronavirus and insisting that his administration had the situation in hand. A New Jersey man who attended the conference tested positive for the virus, setting off a scramble by officials with the American Conservative Union, who run the conference.

    Within two weeks of Trump’s speech, the pandemic was a full-blown crisis, one that ultimately engulfed his administration. The administration’s failed response to the virus was a key issue for voters in the 2020 election.

    Trump’s modern political life began with a speech at CPAC in 2011.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/02/21/nation/trump-schedules-address-before-cpac-next-sunday/

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    The stupidity in this country especially in the "media" is continuing as we speak. I bet even CNN and MSNBC will spent lots of time to report the event. So then Trump is back in the limelight, instead of being in jail where he belongs.

    Also right now I have the impression, looking at the stock market, that certain "rich" Trump lovers who donated lots of "money" to Trump, are trying to undermine the stock market, so Biden can't get headway on his planned platforms/programs.


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    Former President Donald Trump will proclaim that he is still in charge of the Republican Party and is its “presumptive 2024 nominee” when he makes his first public appearance at a conservative conference next weekend in Orlando, according to a report on Monday.

    Trump’s keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference next Sunday will be a “show of force,” and he will remind Republicans that he still has control of the bully pulpit even if he’s not in the White House, Axios reported.

    “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge,” will be Trump’s message to the group, the website reported, citing a longtime adviser.​

    The former president, who has been hosting Republican lawmakers at Mar-a-Lago, will huddle this week ​with advisers on his political future with an eye toward becoming a kingmaker in the 2022 elections.

    T​rump is also expected to pay back the ​10 House Republicans who voted to convict him in his impeachment trial and the seven GOP Senators who voted with Democrats to convict. ​

    Trump has found support from state Republican officials who censured some members of Congress who voted against him, and he retains a database of millions of names from his campaigns and as much as $75 million in his PAC he can shower on candidates he recruits to challenge sitting Republicans in primary elections.

    And a poll released Sunday shows that 46 percent of Republican voters said they would leave the party if Trump decides to create his own.

    An indication of how strong Trump’s support is within the GOP, 80 percent in the USA Today/Suffolk University poll said they would not back a candidate who voted against the former president.

    https://nypost.com/2021/02/22/trump-reportedly-to-claim-he-is-presumptive-2024-nominee-at-cpac/

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    Yes it is the way you describe it. I just wonder what will this country look like in 2024, if this idiot is then not yet in jail. I can only hope that all the lawsuits awaiting him do work and get results. If not then I fear Biden will end up in the "crazy" house.
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    Kind of strange; the Dow and Nasdaq are already dropping like stone this whole week. Guess "why". There is no real reason for it, the "economy" is just muddling along like before. There must be an "connection" to the CPAC conference as well the "rich" who want Trump back, because he "padded their wallets" during his tenure. Indeed during his "reign" the "rich" got "richer" as well got huge "tax cuts" . At the moment there are more "billionaires" than ever, regardless of the "Covid" and some of them made more money because of the "Covid" than ever. I just about bet, that Trump will say: "See the "market sink" because of Biden and his policies as well he wants to increase the taxes on the "rich" . Just looking at Texas where the "power grid" billionaire bought a yacht of 250 million dollars says enough. In any normal country these types pay at least 70% of there income to the tax man. But not here!! La la land for sure! Also because of the "influence peddling" by these types (PAC'S) on the Supreme Court, likely Biden will hit a "brick wall" if he wants to increase taxes on these people.

    Yes the "rich" are now in "power" not Biden. Trump always wanted to be like Putin; he made it "half way" and even "the half" he achieved is difficult to undo. Amen

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    I just got a person note from Trump inviting me to the CPAC convention, which will be held this year in Orlando from February 24-27.

    If I sent a modest amount of money to him, I could win a free hotel stay and free airfare.

    The list of speakers can be found at the link below:

    https://cpac.conservative.org/speakers/

    "The usual suspects " include Jim Jordan, Trump himself, Kari Lake (Arizona governor candidate), Sean Hannity, Lauren Boebert, Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, Glenn Beck, and Matt Gaetz.

    I can't imagine being in the same room with that many crazy people.

    For folks who can't attend the Orlando event, CPAC will also be sponsoring a convention in Hungary on March 25-26 - and it's likely that Tucker Carlson will be there. In addition, "several U.S. senators and representatives" will be there too.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/hungary-host-global-right-wing-populists-support-pm-orban-2022-01-26/

    Viktor Orbin is up for re-election on April 3.

    The event could also help the American right strengthen ties to Europe. Former U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed Orban as a candidate on Jan. 3, praising him for stemming illegal immigration.

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    In one word "sick"! Biden and the Dem's are sound asleep and tolerate all of this and pats them on the back and let the country go down the drain. Sorry this country is on the wrong track, if all of this continues. Nothing good will come out of this. The standing of this country in the world is getting worse by the day.

    The GOP and lot of the "rich" have become an Nazi bully party without brains. Sorry, if I was you I would burn the invitation and would write a letter to Biden and ask why he does tolerate all this crap. All these guys you mention never did any "good" for the country and belong in jail instead of the CPAC. An very sick country indeed.

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    Michael Sean Winters had some interesting comments on this year's meeting:

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is listed second. Does this mean he and the former president have kissed and made up after their tit-for-tat about disclosing their vaccination status? DeSantis no doubt has increased his street cred with the conservative crowd with his recent decision to deny license renewals to shelters that care for undocumented migrant children. DeSantis has also staked a claim to be leader of the obscurantist caucus of the GOP with his efforts to block vaccine mandates.

    What is more, after initially opposing a bill that would strip $200 million in funding from school districts that enforced mask mandates, the governor now says he will sign it into law. Perhaps DeSantis will use his CPAC speech to announce the creation of a new major at all state schools in, say, alchemy, or the introduction of bleeding at all state-funded hospitals.

    One other item on the agenda is especially frightening. The conference organizers list "Catholic Mass, 8:00am, St Johns" on the official agenda for the first day of the event, Feb. 24. There must be enough Catholic attendees that the organizers thought to include this.

    Our God, however, has a wonderful sense of humor. That morning's first reading is from James, Chapter 5, Verses 1-6:

    Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
    Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
    your gold and silver have corroded,
    and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
    it will devour your flesh like a fire.

    I wonder how many people, after hearing this reading, will say, "Thanks be to God" — and mean it.

    https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/buckle-scary-ride-cpac-comes-orlando-week

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    It is interesting to browse the agenda and speaker lineup. Lots of "Biden bashing" planned, but I'll be curious to hear what they say about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The agenda was put together before Russia's invasion, so will it be an excuse to lay all the blame on Biden?

    CPAC 2022 Agenda | CPAC 2022 (conservative.org)

    I would like to see a straw poll of how many CPAC attendees would support replacing Biden with Putin.

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    Yes it is going to be an meeting of all the "traitors" of this country. Sure they love to have their friend (guess who?) of Putin back. The "oligarcs" here are standing ready to fill there pockets even more and want to "tax" the poor a lot more in order so that they can buy their "tax" free yachts and trips on their space rocket ships. Wonderful, for sure.

    Biden will "pray" a lot ; that will be super fantastic and saves this country. May be he can invite Putin and Trump and go together to "church" and steal the "church donations"; Trump is an expert in that. Hallejuja, don't you love those guys?

    The US will never be the same again.