What the GOP is doing now is kind of like what those old tv shows would do to create a new episode of a series by using flashbacks, so what you got was about three minutes of new material which existed to introduce clips from previous episodes. Cheap and quick!
Here is the story.
Below are excerpts.
Last Thursday and Friday, I broadcast my radio show from Washington, D.C., from CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference.
For Americansshocked at the rapid collapse of opportunity America, of our constitutional meritocracy, at the wave after wave of trillion dollar bailouts and handouts, the subsidy of failure and irresponsible borrowing from not-yet-born generations, CPAC was our rallying point.
Where were these shell shocked Americans in 2004 and 200 when Dubya presented all of these as part and parcel of his "Compassionate Conservatism"?
If the above list of grievances shell shock conservatives then they've been in a state of shell shocked since around 1965!
Most heartening was the outpouring of young people. Nearly half of attendees were younger than 30, most of them college students. Cynics noted that perhaps these younger voters finally realized that the Obama "change" would require higher taxes for the rest of their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Why would that be heartening? If the problem is immediate and redeemable come the next election cycle, then why would the presence of a 25 year old be any more "heartening" than that of a 45 year old?
These younger Americans certainly voiced opposition to Obama's proposals to guarantee security but pay for it with record debt and stifling big-government regulation. They were looking for leadership to reclaim their birthright – an America of equal opportunity, of liberty. They found thatamong themselves.
Now think about that one for a minute.
The came to find a leader.....and it was them?!?
Guess they don't need CPAC then, huh.
I wonder how much it costs to get into this thing....
In fact, all attendees at CPAC this year appeared liberated from the need to defend an incumbent Republican president who had betrayed conservative principles again and again (farm bill, Medicare prescription benefit, open borders, etc.) and who defended the big bank bailout by famously saying that he had "sacrificed free market principles to save the free market." Speakers who stood up for free peoples and free markets – traditional American philosophy until recent years and events – were heartily cheered.
Oh yeah, those who were heartily cheered "this year" were jeered last year (BY THE SAME CROWD) as being "fringe" and conspiratorial nut jobs.
And I would point out that the this year/ last year dichotomy seems a little over cooked. Its only been a little over three months since the currently cheered were then being vehemently jeered.
And P.S., company man Mitt Romney won the straw poll while traditionalist Ron Paul came in third with Piyush in between.
WoW! What a seachange!!!!
Too many of today's Americans are taught victimhood and entitlement, are saturated in a popular culture that derides all that traditional America has provided, and believe that government will provide guarantees against the need to strive, work hard and overcome to succeed.
But not all. Watching the eager, enthusiastic, young conservative activists pour into the CPAC meetings, I have renewed hope that the American legacy of liberty has found a new generation of defenders.
Those people are called minorities. The very people the "new and improved" GOP keeps chasing like a dog after a car being driven by cats.
My advice to the GOP?
Keep chasing that car boy! You've almost got em!