by Kathleen McKinley | February 14, 2011 12:33 pm
CPAC is kind of like Christmas for conservatives without the presents. We all get together with our friends. We eat, drink, and care about our country. Together. This is my third CPAC, and every time I come back more committed to the conservative cause. Every time I come back with more love for my country.
Now, let’s get to it.
You cannot miss the speech of our keynote speaker, Rep. Allen West:
For part two and three, go here. It’s worth your time to listen to the entire thing. Trust me.
He said all the right things. I’ve been writing about Allen West for a long time. I met him last year at CPAC and I knew then he would be a conservative star. I told him this year, “What a difference a year makes.”
He says in the 2nd part of his speech, “We are creating more victims. We are making more people dependent on the government. That must end.”
To me, that is the root of so many of our problems. As Allen said, “We must promote “the advancement of the individual.”
I’m going to try to keep this as brief as possible, but I do want to address the controversy of the gay conservative group, GOProud being at CPAC. I’ve gotten to know Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, the leaders of GOProud. They are committed conservatives. On that end, there is no reason not to support them, but the question is, should religious conservatives support them? I am a religious conservative, and I say yes.
There were those that boycotted CPAC because of GOProud, but we still had the highest attended CPAC ever. Everyone I talked to, without exception, did not mind if GOProud was there. It’s like this. We can’t all agree on every issue. I certainly don’t agree with every issue that libertarians bring to the table, and they are at CPAC in force. The Ron Paul vote is proof of that. Yet, we are a big enough tent for libertarians AND gay conservatives. The way I see it, if you are going to vote for my guy, then you are my friend.
We don’t win by pushing anyone away. We are like family. We will have differences. We will argue. But in the end, we are fighting for what is best for our country. That is what matters in politics.
I will add that our own Gov. Rick Perry made a terrific speech. He was animated and charasmatic. A very popular political writer I know told me that he thinks Rick Perry will end up running for President, and that he will win the nomination. What do you think about that?
Just a few fun notes. I got to talk to Richard Dreyfus. He was the big movie star when I was young, so that was fun. He’s a leftwinger, but lately has been espousing some more libertarian views. I asked him what he though of us rightwingers and he said, “Some are better than others.” Heh.
I was talking to Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour at an event. I’m from Mississippi, so we talked about all kinds of things, but at the end of the conversation I asked, “So, what is next for you?” He says, “I think I’m going to run for President.” I didn’t know he was actually talking about it, so it was a surprise to me. Sure enough, he was on Fox News the next day with Chris Wallace saying he was thinking about running for President. Do I think he has a chance? Not at all.
If any of you get to watch the late night fun show, RedEye on Fox News then you will be glad to know that the hosts, Greg Gutfeld, Andy Levy, and Bill Shulz are as crazy in real life as they are on the show. They were at a party I attended and I got to meet and chat with them. I won’t go into details, but let me just say for the record that Bill Schulz is NOT gay. Trust me on that one. I saw proof. Heh.
Another funny thing was that NYT’s Mareen Dowd tried to get into the blogger lounge and was refused. She said, “But I’m Maureen Dowd.” The receptionist said, “I don’t care who you are, you aren’t a blogger and you don’t have credentials.”
I’ll have some interviews up tomorrow, and more are coming down the pike because of CPAC.
One more note. I am still working on my other project, so I might not be posting as often. Just be patient with me!!!
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