Monday, March 18, 2013

CPAC Follies of 2013

"And they call us crazy!"

Wayne LaPierre
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:


As the late Jack Parr liked to say in his day: "I kid you not."

Chris Christie
New Jersey governor Chris Cristie has got to be thanking his lucky stars on this fine Monday morn. By not being invited to this freak circus he was spared the embarrassment of being photographed with any of the clowns - photographs that would surely come back to haunt him shoul he be nominated as GOP standard bearer in 2016. Of course he's dreaming if he thinks that's ever going to happen. The half-wits and maniacs in the South and Midwest who now control "the party of Abraham Lincoln" (What would I do without quotation marks?) will NEVER nominate a non-extremist Northeastern Catholic with a vowel at the end of his name. 'Tain't  never gonna happen, Bubbah. 

"If you're not free to protect yourself when the government puts its thumb on that freedom, then you're not free at all."

 Wayne LaPierre
That was uber-doofus, Wayne LaPierre, again. When all else fails you can count on this hideous jackass to try to make people paranoid about the big, bad government; that it's coming to kill them. By the way, the government he is referring to is armed to the teeth with tanks, predator drones, jet fighters, and nuclear weapons. There lies the idiocy behind poor old Wayne's argument. Forget about the might of the federal government; any state National Guard worth its weight in rocks could, within minutes, make mincemeat out of any self-raised army of anti-government yahoos and their puny little AK-47's. He must know this. Why would he keep broadcasting this message to a group of not-too-bright reactionaries - that they could take on the military of the United States - AND DEFEAT THEM??? What's the matter with this asshole? Does he even have a pulse? What gives?

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.

Allen West
That was the main problem with this year's CPAC gathering. So many of their speakers are walking illustrations of why conservatism in America is going the way of the 8-Track tape. One of their speakers was the recently defeated, former congressman Allen West. ALLEN WEST! The same guy who accused most of the Democrats in congress of being card-carrying members of the Communist Party! You can't get more irrelevant than this blabbering twit. My guess is that the geniuses at CPAC felt they needed to get as many black people into the act as they possibly could in order to spotlight their "racial diversity". As you're probably aware, African Americans are quite the rarity among the screaming right wing fringe these days. Gee, I wonder why.

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.

Marco Rubio
To be fair, CPAC  is not affiliated with the Republican party - at least not officially. But let's be honest; we all know whose bread they are buttering. The interesting thing about the entire debacle is that it seems they didn't even attempt to get their stories straight  when they charged into this thing. This was emphasized by the speeches made by Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. According to Rand, the GOP has got to move further to the right. That's not what Marco thinks. According to him the party is fine 'n' dandy just the way it is, thank you very much. The whole affair was quite amusing.

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.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY   

Molly Colgan

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I never dreamed when I wrote this piece four years ago that Donald Trump would be tweeting away in the Oval Office today. I should have known better.

Idiot Nation.


At 9:25 AM, Blogger Brick1101 said...

In one of his first speeches John Kerry explained how "Americans have the right to be stupid." (
The CPAC losers sure displayed American stupidity at it's finest.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Frank Pitz said...

Nah, Tom, they aren't crazy it is all the fault of those doggone consultants, right?


At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Mervyn King once said it was not rational to start a bank run but rational to participate in one once it has started. The governor of the Bank of England was right, of course. On Saturday morning, the finance ministers of the eurozone may well have started a bank run.

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Jay said...

Damn it Tom!! You beat me to it--again.

I value true conservative input--not this obnoxious, blow-hard, ignorant, conspiracy-addled lunacy that now is accepted as "modern conservatism." That being said, I honestly feel sad for conservatives--both true conservatives and even the blow-hards.

Christie is polling at a 70%-75% approval rate in New Jersey among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. While not everyone agrees with every one of of his policies, the sheer fact that this guy was willing to put politics aside, govern, and show leadership is sooooo refreshing. Refreshing for anyone except conservatives.

I don't know what those of modern conservatism thought Christie was supposed to do. Was he supposed to leave his citizens in the cold & dark to improve Romney's chances during the election? Is that the price of conservatism?

The leadership shown by Christie in a hyper-polarized political climate has given many people confidence and that is what is really needed to end this recession. Confidence.

I don't know if I'd vote for Christie, but I'd at least hear him out. The man has my respect at this point and for now.

So what does CPAC do with a potential 2016 Candidate who is polling well nationally across the political spectrum?

They don't invite him!!

Now if you're a conservative and you've given money to campaigns or believe Obama is indeed a Kenyan-born, Muslim, anti-Christ, hell-bent on destroying this country; you ought to be pissed! Your best chance got left out in the cold for doing his friggin' job!

Who, oh who, did the "great minds" of your movement decide could save you from the supposed 'anti-Christ?'

The guy with the strongest bladder! Rand Paul.

Honestly conservatives this is just becoming beyond comedic. Your entire movement has turned into an SNL skit!

Paul officially won the straw-poll, even though "undecided" and "other" scored higher than any of the nitwits that attended CPAC.

Paul. The guy who has been canonized by conservatives as the new (...and this weeks) 'savior.' What has Paul done to earn such accolades? He gave a 12 hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate to gripe about drones and a question that has already been answered. (But in reality kiddies, he was just testing the waters for a Presidential run. Does it strike any of you supposed conservatives 'odd' that Paul gives this dramatic speech before CPAC?

Yes, dear conservatives, you're going to field the candidate with the strongest bladder!! I even heard that Paul contemplated using a catheter to avoid such a "call of nature." Myself, I was thinking that something ought to have been shoved up Rand's cock, but I was thinking something bigger than a catheter.

You guys should be pissed!! Why does your leadership continue to pick and try to 'patriotic package up' these loser-lunatics? Christie is a good bet to put some on and behind.


At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...


The photo you labeled as Alan West shows the true racism of you and other liberal/progressives towards any minority who isn't a liberal.

You should be ashamed of yourself, surely your mother raised you better that than.
Why don't you post a photo of the late Democrat Senator Byrd in his KKK robes? Just as disgusting.

There is no excuse for your actions.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger edwin_ said...

CM commented on "The photo you labeled as Alan West"

I can't speak for Tom but I think the he is showing the analogy that both are singers pretending to be black. Just a guess on my part . Hope that helps

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...

Edwin, you made my point with your comment "both are singers pretending to be black". In the eyes of liberals and progressives, you can't be Black unless your liberal!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Just like liberals believe if you are a Conservative you are a racist.
So much for diversity. This is a great example of progressive racism and stereotyped.

Blackface! - The History of Racist Blackface Stereotypes

Blackface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person.

N.Y. state lawmaker apologizes for blackface costume -
Feb 26, 2013 – A New York state lawmaker said Monday he's sorry he offended anyone by dressing in blackface, but a colleague says that's not enough.

But it doesn't stop there. Tom continues the liberal war on women, with his sexist slur of Gov Palin. Again, the only woman worthy of your respect is a liberal one?

Shame on you, shame on all of you, shame on every last one of you!

You are 100 times worse than what you think the members of the Tea Party are. And to think not one of you fair minded, mankind loving, liberals has objected. Instead one of you has defended these slurs.

Two faced and double standards.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger edwin_ said...

CM , when you googled "stereotyped caricature of a black person" did clarence thomas come up???

At 12:42 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom and Jay, excellent points from both of you. Unfortunately, it looks as if it is going to be another long and draining rundown to 2016. I suppose that the best we can do is buy a lot of popcorn to watch the clown show destroy itself.

At 12:45 PM, Anonymous James Wilson said...

Chuck Morre, you are both tedious and tiresome with nothing of any consequence to say. Why don't you just shut the fuck up?

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Only a cult member would think liberals are "sexist" against Palin for being a woman. What part of stupid don't they get?

Only a cult member thinks liberals believe if you are a Conservative you are a racist. This is "stereotyping" they pretend to abhor as they hypocritically believe liberals are all a bunch of commies.

NO wonder they love the hateful nitwit, Quitter in Lipstick.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...

James Wilson,

Why don't you put down your pacifier and pull up your big boy pants and make me!

I love it when liberals show their real, racist, hateful, sexist, violent, real selves. Just like Edwin_ and DD.

Note how the anger is not with the racist poster who used the left wing code words "black face" but his angry is directed at the person who brought it to his attention.

All of you should be ashamed of your selves.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Speaking of "conned-servative", Orwellian style, "two minute hate":

Remember the Palin rallies? When Obama’s name was mentioned, shouts of “traitor” and “terrorist” and “kill him” were tolerated from her fanatic crowds.

These ignorant, frightened, and angry people are the American version of fascists. And they believe liberals are America-hating commies. They are that far gone into their cult belief system.

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, what about communism don't you like?
Is it the view of religion?
Is it the belief that all wealth come from the work of labor?
Is it the way it redistributes wealth?
Is it the standard of living it has historically provided?
Is it the freedom it offers it's citizens?
Is it not liberal enough?

You see Dave when one reads your posts one truth comes blasting through, you really don't like wealthy people or conservative people, regardless of race, sex or income. You have often said you have been falsely called a being a communist. So here's your big chance to tell us why you aren't one by sharing what don't like about communism?
The readers of this blog want to know.

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Morgan Thompson said...

Chuck Morre, you are like a broken record, a little Johnny One Note. The only thing you can write about is racism. No matter what the sibject is, it all boils down to acqusations of racism from you.

And Dave, what you neglected to mention about the Palin rallies is that when her supporters were yelling "kill him", she stood there with a simple minded grin on her face like she was getting a sexual thrill out of it.

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...


You must be new here. I have written a lot about the legalized killing of humans while still in their mothers womb.

Did you read my question to "Den"
Tell us what liberties liberalism is protecting these days? Is that about race? BTW never did get an answer.

If you think I talk a lot about racism, you need to do a word search on each page of Tom's blog and see who brings up race. Its the liberal poster who says conservatives are racists cause they cant stand a black man in the White House.

One of the favorite tactics of the left is to brand someone who disparages their failed policy's as a racist. What I find interesting is how liberal/leftist/progressives devote so much of their time claiming its the rich white man who is at the root of all our problems. But that's not about race?

Look what liberals/lefties/progressives(the unholy political trinity) said about Conservative blacks, women and Hispanics. That's not racism?

Can you name the two groups who have been granted racial status by liberals resulting if one says anything negative about them they are deemed racists?

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama went after MSNBC host Chuck Todd for asking too many questions at a press conference today in Jerusalem, Israel.
Obama told Todd, who had asked about the president's failures to achieve Middle East peace, that he should be more like the Israeli press, and only ask one question. And the president called Todd "incorrigible."

I know, lets talk about Bush, maybe that will take our minds of this abject failure in the Peoples House.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "President Obama went after MSNBC host Chuck Todd for asking too many questions at a press conference today in Jerusalem, Israel."
This is an outrage! An outrage!*

* Or it would be if, you know, no context. In context, no so much.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "President Obama went after MSNBC host Chuck Todd for asking too many questions at a press conference today in Jerusalem, Israel."
This is an outrage! An outrage!*

* Or it would be if, you know, no context. In context, no so much.

At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want context?
You cant handle context!

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The liberty that progressive liberalism has given us.

Makes me feel proud to be an American, how about you?

At 12:16 AM, Anonymous James said...

I think we have a very sick person posting here. We are seeing a twisted and ugly side to a very angry, unhappy person. This is not about politics, this is about a mental health condition. Go get help before you hurt some one.

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wats the matter James, didn't like the results of liberalism?

Oh, I forgot, we need to focus on the remote possibility that a Bush might run for President.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA TODAY "U.S is now less popular in the region than at the end of the George W. Bush administration."

Love that hope and change, oops, forgot, BLAME BUSH, ANY BUSH!


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