CPAC Follies of 2013
CPAC Convention, March 2013
Yes we do, Wayne. Yes we do.
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is finally over. It was a weekend that seemed to last a month. The most comprehensive, yearly gathering of Conservative activists has folded up the tents and have gone their separate ways. Were there lessons taken away from the 2013 CPAC convention? You bet'cha! And what - you may well ask - was the fundamental lesson learned this past weekend? Hold onto your hats, kiddies:
"If you're not free to protect yourself when the government puts its thumb on that freedom, then you're not free at all."
Sarah Palin was there, mocking the attempt New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg made to stem the health crisis posed by obesity when he tried to initiate a ban on those huge mega-sodas (mega-pops if you live in the Midwest or Alaska) that are sold by nearly every fast-food restaurant in the nation. While she addressed these nitwits she was drinking out of one. Isn't that a scream? Last month I wrote that in the wake of her getting canned by Fox Noise, her fifteen minutes of fame were up and that she'd probably head back to Wasilla, destined for eternal obscurity. Although most people are in agreement that she is pretty-much irrelevant these days, that irrelevance is not quite apparent to the insanity junkies who plan these CPAC parties. To them, Sarah Palin's star is still on the rise. Go figure.
Our gal Sarah (or "Fascist Barbie" as I always called her) also had a few choice words for Karl Rove. Rove's latest cause has been a herculean effort to prevent the Tea party crazies from getting on the ballot and dooming the party on Election Day. He's trying to kill the Frankenstein monster he is partly responsible for creating. Show me a political party that has become too weird for the likes of Karl Rove, and I'll show you a political party that has lost its marbles; a party that is within less than a decade of disappearing into the trash heap of history. Remember, you read it here on The Rant, folks.
Mega-knucklehead Ted Cruz was there. Since arriving in Washington in January, this freshman senator from Texas has gone out of his way to show the American people that he is the second coming of Joe McCarthy. He has so many McCarthy-like mannerisms that I am utterly convinced that he has thoroughly studied the long-dead Wisconsin red-baiter. Did you catch that incident a few weeks ago when he accused the now-Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, of somehow being in cahoots with the North Koreans? That was pure Joe McCarthy - with every i dotted and every t crossed! Keep your eye on Ted Cruz. His will be an interesting sideshow.
What if someone gave a speech and nobody came? Donald Trump found out the hard way. When his turn came to stand before the masses, the "masses" (so to speak) had disappeared from view. Trump was forced to give his little tirade before a room that was nearly devoid of human beings. It really was oodles of fun to watch. I get such a kick out of the Donald.
The highlight of the weekend was Mitt Romney pleading with the Republicans to learn from his mistakes. My guess is that they turned a deaf ear toward him. I can see it now. When this party attempts to "moderate" itself, it will disintegrate into a million pieces. What we have here is the nucleus of the ideological thunderclap that could easily destroy and extinct the Republicans in a matter of a few years.
I cannot wait for 2016. I'm giddy with anticipation.
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