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Unity schmunity! CPAC was three days of discord among Republican right-wingers!

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Perhaps the best characterization of the Conservative Political Action Conference of the past three days was offered by Republican activist Steve Schmidt, who likened it to the bar scene in “Star Wars” — which is to say it was a freak show.

For every political biped who speechified at CPAC (Jeb Bush, for example), there were two political quadrupeds (Sarah Palin and Donald Trump).

But more to the point, the doings were a festival of dissonance, as we see HERE:

If there was any doubt about the huge amount of discord within the Republican Party, the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference should put it to rest.

The suburban Washington gathering of the most conservative elements of the GOP this week featured speaker after speaker picking fights with other Republicans and offering criticisms — sometimes indirect and often direct — of party figures such as Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, Karl Rove, former president George W. Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Most of the speakers urged Republicans not to change but rather to double down on conservative principles. They included keynote speaker Sen. Ted Cruz, a leader of the new generation of Republicans whom McCain recently labeled “wacko birds.”

“If standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution means you’re a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird,” Cruz said Saturday. “I think there are more than a few other wacko birds gathered here today.”

Cruz also argued that the party’s new generation is starting to gain traction, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul — who had just won the CPAC straw poll — and his 13-hour filibuster this month against President Obama’s drone program, along with the spending cuts contained in the sequester that took effect at the start of the month.

“For the last three weeks, conservatives have been winning,” Cruz said.

The discord, while not new, is particularly noteworthy as the party seeks its way forward after a disappointing 2012 election.

Republican officials unhappy with their losses have begun to push for a new core message and changes or moderation on social issues and illegal immigration.

Two recent events have inflamed that debate. First was the launch of a new group headed by Rove that seeks to recruit and nominate more electable Republican candidates, which conservatives see as a veiled attempt to elect less-conservative Republicans. Second was Paul’s filibuster, which earned the ire of foreign policy hawks such as McCain and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.

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19 Comments

  1. No question about it we have to stop underfunding mental health services.

  2. Brian Opsahl

    Guy’s like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio spell a certain victory for the futher Democrats, if you can’t lean from your misstakes you are destin to repeat them. From everyting I have seen from the Republicans so far after this election is more of the same…If they really think that it will win on second try I have one word for you all….LOSER !!

  3. Except the guys you listed are all winners.

  4. Pat Cunningham, you are a perfect example that liberalism is a mental disorder. I started to rebuke some of your ignorant rants, but decided to not argue with an idiot.

  5. Neftali

    Hmm…other than a brief mention of Ben Carson, this column conveniently avoided discussing the other 10 black conservative speakers at CPAC. Also not mentioned is the $10 million that Reince Priebus announced for Republican outreach programs targeted towards minorities. Expect to see more of this “non-reporting” from the liberal media in the future.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Here we go…you really think throwing 10 million at Minorities is suddenly going to get them to vote for tired old white guys that clearly hate them…really
    You want the media to report something then vote on real imagration reform, and they will…idiots
    You guys just don’t get it, do you…you can’t buy them like so many Southern idiots who will blindly follow money like they do.
    Same goe’s for the Latino votes, they are smarter than you give them credit for and they vote based on who helps them NOT who plays up to them…as is now

  7. denny: Brilliant comment.

    Unable to intelligently dispute the points made in the post above, you simply resort to a lame disparagement of liberalism.

  8. Neftali

    Brian Opsahl – There is no question it will help. The biggest problem is that the GOP should have started doing this a few decades ago. A large number of voters are really uniformed. The message of lower taxes and more individual responsibility is very appealing to a lot of people. The GOP just hasn’t been trying hard enough.

    Also consider that religion runs with with many minorities. The GOP’s pro life message will swing some people over. Plus the gay marriage debate is finally coming to an end, so it won’t be an issue in the near future.

    Oh, and what’s this? The GOP is formally calling for Immigration Reform.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/gop-immigration-reform_n_2899736.html

    Will the GOP win over the majority of Hispanic, Black, and Asian voters in the next election? Very unlikely. But they don’t need to. They just need to swing about 10-15% over to their side, and they can win. I like our chances.

  9. Thanks for the hmm Neftali. Was that before or after CPAC’s vote on slavery and women’s suffrage.

  10. Brian Opsahl

    Slightly changing the message of hate,anti-imagration,low paying jobs, is NOT going to do it and I like your chances of doing exactly the same as just 3 short months ago…You guys never learn…just more of the same

  11. The “message of hate” is a delusion of the left.

  12. Brian Opsahl

    Akins…..Rape comment..Murdoc, Trump,Rove,Hannity preach hate every day…doe’s the word legitimate mean anything to you…?

  13. Neftali

    Akins – Doesn’t hold political office
    Murdoc [sic] – Doesn’t hold political office
    Trump – Doesn’t hold political office
    Rove – Doesn’t hold political office
    Hannity – Doesn’t hold political office

    I can play this game too. Here’s a link that will help you can keep track of your favorite comments from your leftist comrades.

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Liberal_hate_speech

  14. Brian Opsahl

    Based on the election that nef, kept saying” wait till the election is over” well now that its over and didn’t go the way you all thought. So now it’s wait 3 months say exactly the same thing but your suddenly going to get a new result after spending 10 million dollars….
    What fantasy island are you on. Boss da plane…!! Da plane..!!

  15. So first you want to criticize the Republicans for being out of touch with Hispanic and other minority voters and now you want to criticize them for trying to be more in touch with minority voters.

    Your nutty.

  16. Brian Opsahl

    No,not at all,you missed my point all together Doc.
    The message of hate is not some lefty delusion as your claiming. I work with many minoritys the fact is Doc they are smarter than Republicans think. When your party tries to surpress there vote,they see that ! when they make them stand in line for several hours like they did in Florida …they notice and they vote. When Republicans (Romney) tell them they are the lazy 47 % who just want a paycheck….yea Doc they notice that to…
    Even the way you still act as if suddenly all that should change because somebody spent 10 million on a study. and i’m nutty…? ..Do you really think they are that dumb not to see this for what it is….buying their votes will not work

  17. Suppress the vote?? Poppycock.

    Make them wait in line? Prove it.

    When did Romney say the 47% were minorities? Liar.

    I laughed out loud when you stated “buying their votes will not work”.

    You just succinctly described the Democratic/Liberal electoral strategy since FDR. Promise free things to the majority of the voters and make them feel entitled to these things. Paint the opposition as those mean,evil rich who want to take your free things.
    The ultimate example will be the ACA.

    If you can’t understand the certain failure that such a cycle will bring, then you haven’t been paying attention to the history of communist/socialist governments since time immemorial

  18. Careful Doc you may not get invited to the May Day Parade.

  19. Brian Opsahl

    Are you serious..Sir
    The 103 year old women who sat in line in Florida or the thousands on TV that election nite didn’t kick you in the gut but it sure as hell did to them. Fact..!!
    You know dam well what Romney said …thats BS it probably cost him the election …but go ahead ignor all this …we will just keep winning elections and you all will be a Loser..
    Exactly who can’t understand certain failure….? ..you just did you idiot…!! really

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