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Sarah Palin: Nukes are Best Putin Containment Strategy
by Naharnet Newsdesk
09 March 2014, 08:15
Sarah Palin offered unsolicited advice Saturday to President Barack Obama on containing Russian aggression, saying "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke."
The Republican former vice presidential candidate used a predominantly crass tone throughout her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
But she hit home by attacking what she called a feckless Obama foreign policy that she said has helped embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Failing to show peace through strength has allowed some "very, very, very bad dudes (to) gain ground," said Palin, who remains a darling of the far-right.
Obama "would gut our arsenal while he allows others -- enemies -- to enrich theirs, she said.
"Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke."
The comments follow Russia's invasion of neighboring Ukraine last month, action which sent tensions soaring and U.S.-Russia relations to perhaps their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.
The remark may have sounded flippant, but it was red meat to conservatives mindful of similar language used by the head of the National Rifle Association, America's largest gun lobby.
In the aftermath of a December 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre poured fuel on the gun control debate by saying that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Mitch McConnell’s Musket Stunt Backfires as He Gets Busted For Not Owning A Gun
By: Jason Easley
Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 8:37 pm
The wheels are falling off of Mitch McConnell’s Senate reelection campaign faster than you can say, not from my cold dead hands. It turns out that McConnell looked so uncomfortable waving that musket around at CPAC because he doesn’t even own a gun.
According to the Courier-Journal:
Whatever the case, McConnell just didn’t look comfortable waving the flintlock musket above his head.
Instead of recalling images of Charlton Heston at NRA conventions, where the late actor incited the crowd by raising a similar gun, McConnell looked a bit more like Michael Dukakis riding in a tank or President Barack Obama shooting skeet at Camp David, or Jimmy Carter doing much of anything.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he didn’t look natural. A search of Courier-Journal archives and the Internet found no other photos of McConnell holding a gun and despite his constant support of gun rights, McConnell has never cultivated the image of a hunter — unless his prey is that of a political sort.
His campaign refused to say if McConnell hunts, shoots targets or even owns a gun and last fall when Grimes challenged McConnell to a shootout at a gun range, he ignored a reporter who asked if he would take her up on her offer and walked away.
This is where common sense comes into play. If McConnell owned a gun, hunted, or had remote familiarity with the thing that he was waving over his head at CPAC, his campaign would have been crowing about it in ads across the state. Mitch McConnell already possesses a lower than dirt approval rating, and the electorate feels little connection with him. That’s the whole reason why Mitch was waving the rifle over his head like a demented cross between Charleton Heston and Charles Bronson at CPAC.
McConnell was looking for the photo op. He was hoping that the picture and video would show the folks back home that he really is one of them. He never expected anyone to ask whether or not he shoots, or if he even owns a gun. Sen. McConnell has never played the good old boy hunter before, and his attempt to send a misleading message has completely backfired.
It is a symbol of Minority Leader McConnell’s desperation to keep his seat. This stunt also highlights why he is in serious jeopardy of getting bounced out of the Senate. McConnell thinks Kentucky voters really are that dumb. His campaign believed if he was seen with a gun, the voters would be convinced that he is regular folk.
All candidates do this kind of posing, but when asked do you own a gun? They usually don’t refuse to answer the question. The McConnell campaign’s refusal to answer is the equivalent of answering no. Figuratively speaking, Mitch McConnell shot himself in the foot by trying to pretend that he was something that he wasn’t.
Voters aren’t buying what their senior senator is selling, and McConnell is sending himself into retirement by treating people as if they are total morons. Mitch McConnell is fooling none of the people none of the time, and his act has worn thin in Kentucky.
McConnell’s Bad Week Leaves Mitch Looking More and More Ditched
By: Sarah Jones
Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 4:16 pm
It wasn’t a great week for Mitch McConnell. It didn’t help that he capped it off by over compensating, waving a rifle around at CPAC. The Grimes campaign collected some of Mitch’s headlines over the past week, and it’s not pretty. The sources range from from Breitbart to Huffington Post to the AP, so it’s not a partisan thing. Rather, everyone agrees, from the right, left and middle, that Mitch McConnell is in trouble:
McConnell Looks “More Vulnerable” Now Than the Week Before, “Tea Party Still Winning GOP Debate.” “Bottom line: Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, and Thad Cochran look MORE vulnerable today than they did last week.” [NBC News, 3/7/14]
HEADLINE: McConnell Gets Lukewarm CPAC Reception. [The Hill, 3/6/14]
HEADLINE: CPAC Gives Cold Shoulder to Mitch McConnell. [Breitbart, 3/6/14]
McConnell Campaign Manager Says McConnell Will “Probably Not” Win Back Conservatives. “‘Rand has been very careful not to criticize Bevin directly, and he won’t,’ said Benton. ‘Rand will be able to go to those [more conservative] voters and make the case. Will he win back all of them? Probably not, but he’ll get a lot of them for Mitch.’” [Huffington Post, 3/6/14]
Oklahoma Sen. Candidate: McConnell “Should Resign Immediately For the Sake of Our Country’s Future, And For the Good of the Republican Party.” [AP, 3/5/14]
ABC/Washington Post Poll: “Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Has Reached 25-Year High.”
[ABC News, 3/4/14]
NYT on McConnell’s Seat: “Could Flip to Democratic.” [New York Times, 3/2/14]
The Grimes campaign observed dryly that it’s more than a bad week, it’s actually been a bad year for McConnell, “It’s only one week into March, and 2014 has already been terrible for Mitch McConnell. Our campaign noted his year was off to a rocky start just 72 hours into the New Year – who knew that January 3rd would be his campaign’s highpoint.”
Indeed. Mitch McConnell was so busy getting rich off of the healthcare industry, among others, that he hadn’t been paying attention to his Senate seat. Who can blame him for taking it for granted, after all, he’s the longest serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history– he’s had his seat since 1985. Suffice it to say, McConnell hasn’t exactly felt compelled to court the folks in his state. The relationship as it is works just fine for him, thanks.
But he’s paying attention now, with Matt Bevin breathing down his neck from the right and Alison Grimes pushing him from the sane middle to come up with a jobs plan after 30 years. It’s tough to be Mitch McConnell, and that’s why he just made a fool of himself pandering to the base at CPAC, who don’t trust him because they think he works with Obama too much.
In the meantime, McConnell still doesn’t have a jobs plan and is against raising the minimum wage, against veterans benefits, and against extending emergency unemployment benefits — but he’s all for giving himself a raise. It’s no wonder the folks at home are beginning to question McConnell’s lack of reciprocity.
Will Mitch McConnell’s very bad year continue? No one expected him to be in this precarious position, but here he is, thanks in part to a strong Democratic candidate in Alison Grimes and a Tea Party challenger that won’t sit down and shut up for the GOP. And instead of really addressing his plight by coming up with some policies to champion, McConnell seems content to wave a rifle around.
CPAC – An Absurdist Theater Where Reality Goes to Die
By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 8:13 am
CPAC seems to be the place conservatives go to make themselves feel good about all the lies and dishonesty they are responsible for. A place where they can slap each other on the back, wink, wink, nod, nod, and pretend among each other that they are not all full of sh*t.
It’s a place where reality has no sway, like one of those “mystery area” houses built at weird angles that seem to defy gravity, where things actually fall or roll uphill. When you go to one of those places, it is so realistic that you want to believe that this is somehow all really happening, but deep down, you know it’s impossible. Things don’t roll uphill. It just does not happen. And when you leave, the world returns to normal. You don’t stay in that silly house.
But I’m not sure the same holds true at CPAC. And I am not sure these people ever really leave CPAC when it’s over, but take it with them instead. You want to hope it does, that deep down, all these conservatives know that the first casualty of CPAC is the truth, that CPAC is where reality goes to die, but you cannot really be sure. You have the lingering notion that some of these people might actually believe the truly absurd things they are saying. And I don’t know if that’s more frightening or sad.
We have already seen Rand Paul conclude that because Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with another adult that all Democrats must be sexual predators. I just want to know what it means when aberrochristians have extramarital affairs. You know, like Newt Gingrich. Or Senator John Ensign. Aren’t all Republicans sexual predators then? And I mean, c’mon D’nesh D’Souza. Really? Forget your guns. Obama is coming for your cars – and your couches? Is that really what you want to go with?
CPAC panelists, handsomely paid by the fossil fuel industry, held a little gathering called “What’s the Deal with Global Warming?” and did their assigned jobs and called climate change a “silly debate” and “modern witchcraft.” I’m not sure if they meant that they think people with wands are magically melting the arctic ice or that believing in global warming is like believing in witchcraft. I would assume the latter, but then i remember that these are the people who anointed Sarah Palin so she would be protected against witches, that her pastor was an actual witch-hunter, and that they think people become possessed by demons, and even by Satan himself. No, it’s never same to assume with this crowd.
Rick Santorum was introduced by billionaire Foster Friess as the most persecuted man at CPAC: “If any of us in this room has received more persecution than Rick Santorum, I don’t know who you are. This guy just knows what he believes, knows his heart and is willing to take the grief people throw at him.” So what has Santorum done to deserve “persecution” (by which, of course, he means “criticism” but he’s a Christian, so…ya know)?
Well, let’s see…he thinks Obama’s SOTU address shows he’s a tyrant, and that after making a really bad faith movie that he’s the guy to create “The Pixar of Faith Movies” – oh, and he says “Satan” controls the actual film industry (remember what I said about witchcraft above?), he tried to save Ken “No Sodomy Between Married Couples” Cuccinelli by leading a special task force to Virginia; he said that marriage equality will destroy America; he wants Obama to apologize for winning the election in 2012; he wants all non-Christians to get out of America; he doesn’t believe in separation of church and state; oh, and says don’t hate on the Crusades that murdered every man, woman, and child in Jerusalem.
I’ll end my list with how this guy with the billionaire friend told Iowa to vote for him because he “sticks it to the man.” Since Friess, being a billionaire, IS the man, and IS Santorum’s very particular friend, as they used to say, you might have to reinterpret what, precisely, “Old Frothy” means by “sticking it to the man.” Though that’s far from a complete list, I think it gives some clue as to why Santorum might take some heat from critics.
But Rick Santorum is far from the most clueless participant at CPAC this year. Mike “I Love Me Some Rapists” Huckabee talked to the audience about “the things that I know,” among them he “fact” that God created the United States. I don’t know that I’m willing to throw aside my history books based on Huckabee knowing something that’s patently and demonstrably untrue. Not only did God not sign the Declaration of Independence, his signature is nowhere to be found on the United States Constitution. He never held any political office in this country and his name does not appear on any military roster that can be found. I think we know pretty well who founded the United States, and God had no part in it.
And because Barack Obama opposes segregation, Ralph Reed thought it would be cool to compare Obama to George “Keep ‘em Segregated” Wallace. Reed thought it was clever to say to tell Obama, “Let those children go!” Heck, even Pink Floyd can say “leave those kids alone,” which amounts to pretty much the same thing, and makes more sense, since Republicans are determined to fleece both parents and children with their voucher programs, and refuse to feed them along the way.
And I don’t even know what to say about Michael Medved telling CPAC that no American state has ever, EVER, banned gay marriage: “There’s never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage, that’s a liberal lie.” Oh really? You want to stick with that, Medved? I don’t know, but I think such a list includes Alaska, Nevada, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona, Nebraska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Kansas, and that’s not a complete list.
You know what Medved’s answer is, of course: that gay marriage is not really marriage because real marriage is between one man and one woman just like the Bible does NOT say, and that therefore there is no such thing as gay “marriage” and that because it does not exist it could not have been banned. But if it does not exist, why do they keep trying to ban it? Just sayin’.
Look, CPAC is one long Saturday Night Live skit, or better, Monty Python, or South Park, because it is so over-the-top absurdly unreal. These people have become caricatures of conservatives in a post-conservative world. It is difficult to believe they take each other seriously, and that they can get through their shticks without laughing, but they somehow do, and expect the audience to applaud this absurdist theater. It’s crazy, but it’s the Republican Party. This is what they think America wants, and this is what they are going to give America. Really, I’d rather by a broken ant farm full of fire ants.
In the Bubble: How CPAC Showcases Modern Conservatism as a Fringe Movement
By: Trevor LaFauci
Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 12:29 pm
Anybody who thinks the two major political parties in this country are exactly the same has never been exposed to the joyful madness that is the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC for short.
This year’s conference, held just outside of Washington, DC is now two days old and we have already seen some bold statements from marquee conservative speakers on issues that face the Republican Party today. In addition to addressing conservative voters, the CPAC is also seen as a valid litmus test for any high-ranking Republican government officials who aspire to one day hold the nation’s highest office.
In short, it’s an opportunity to see who can out-crazy the crazy.
Each speaker knows that he (I’d say she but let’s be honest we’re talking about conservatives here) has a captive audience hanging on his every word. This is not a national audience, but rather an audience that shares the exact same values and core beliefs of today’s modern Republican Party: Only the Christian God is important, poor people are moochers, our guns are under attack, ObamaCare will lead to the apocalypse, the liberal media is out to get us, our military should assert its might internationally, and Barack Obama is a dictator/Kenyan/Muslim/socialist/Hitler incarnate that should be stopped at all costs. Already through two days, we’ve seen a speech from Rand Paul claiming all Democrats are sexual predators and a speech by Paul Ryan taking credit for a child poverty story that wasn’t his.
It is this CPAC world that shows just how out of touch today’s Republican Party is with the rest of the nation, especially when it comes to social issues.
To see this discrepancy, you need only to look at the people who have already spoken at this year’s event. For example, everyone’s favorite gun manufacturing shill Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Thursday and offered up his typical, incendiary rhetoric. LaPierre mocked the “liberal media” for distorting the truth and then claimed that politicians were in league with the media to pass legislation that they didn’t even read. He asked the audience if they believed that the government could properly protect them and then he willingly repeated his infamous quote that “The surest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” LaPierre concluded his speech by saying, “The NRA will not go quietly into the night. We will fight. I promise you that.” Strong words for a man whose own organization overwhelmingly supports background checks in addition to the 90% of Americans who support expanded background checks.
In addition to their undying admiration for the NRA, conservative members in attendance also got to take in some smaller, but important, panel discussions. The first of which had to deal with the reconciliation of the beliefs of libertarians and social conservatives. It was during this panel discussion that radio host Michael Medved addressed the issue of state-sponsored discrimination against the LGBT community by saying, “There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage. That is a liberal lie.” Apparently, the liberals are lying when they say that 30 states have gay-marriage bans in their state constitutions and only 17 states recognize gay marriage. Liberals are also apparently lying when the state of Arizona tries to pass its ‘Turn Away the Gay’ bill allowing for state-sponsored discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.
As informative as that panel discussion was, it was another panel that made news on Thursday, not for what was said, but rather the size of the audience. The panel was titled “Reaching Out: The Rest of the Story” and featured former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie and three Republican strategists discussing ways to bring minorities into the RNC camp. The panel was held in the main conference room with the expectation that it would be well-attended, seeing as how minority outreach has been a priority for the GOP since 2012. However, as pictures have shown, the event was poorly attended, helping to reaffirm the notion that the Republican Party has lost the minority vote and doesn’t seem to want to make any effort whatsoever to get it back. It’s almost as if they refuse to acknowledge the changing demographics of this country.
That, in short, is exactly the problem with everything CPAC represents. It’s a bunch of White, wealthy American men who have no idea how the majority of Americans live their daily lives. People like Paul Ryan can mock the poor because him and his friends were never on free and reduced school lunch programs growing up. People like Wayne LaPierre can advocate for more guns because he’s never seen how a lack of background checks has led to dangerous neighborhoods. People like Michael Medved can pretend that LGBT discrimination is a liberal lie because he’s never had gay friends who have been told that their love for each other legally makes them second class citizens in this country. And people like the CPAC attendees can ignore a panel discussion on the minority vote because they don’t realize that outside their homogeneous suburban neighborhoods there exists a country that will be majority minority by the year 2043.
The CPAC may feel good for like-mined Republicans now. They’ll pat each other on the back and laugh when a speaker makes a joke about Obama or the big bad federal government. However, year in and year out as the country becomes more liberal, especially on social issues, the CPAC continues to showcase itself to be more and more out of touch with everyday Americans. If Conservatives really wanted to have a valuable CPAC panel discussion, they should discuss how and why the party continues to ostracize itself from the majority of Americans on social issues.
Of course knowing the audience in attendance, nobody would should up.
Paul Ryan Gets Caught Telling A Huge Whopper Of A Lie About School Lunches At CPAC
By: Justin Baragona
Friday, March, 7th, 2014, 2:55 pm
On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a speech where he referenced a poor young boy who preferred having his lunch made for him rather than getting a free lunch at school since it showed that somebody cared for him at home. The way Ryan framed the story, it was made to appear that free school lunches were harming our children and American society. Essentially, his case is that we might be filling the stomachs of our children, but we are emptying their souls. Below is the relevant excerpt.
“The left is making a big mistake here. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. The American people want more than that. This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson. She serves in the cabinet of my buddy, Governor Scott Walker. She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
As Rmuse wrote earlier on Friday, there seemed to be something ‘suspiciously specious’ about this story. Well, he was absolutely correct. Glenn Kessler, who writes the Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post, decided to look into Ryan’s claim and found that it was a complete fabrication. Eloise Anderson never actually spoke to a young boy who told her this story. She lifted this story from a book that was written in 2011 called “The Invisible Thread.” The book detailed the story of an 11-year old homeless boy, Maurice Mazyck, that was befriended by the book’s author, Laura Schroff.
Schroff gave the boy two options for help with food. Either she could give him money at the beginning of the week and he’d have to budget it, or she could take him to the store, buy food for the week for him and then provide him with a lunch every day. The boy asked if he could have food for lunch and if it could be packed in a brown paper bag. He stated that if it was packed for him in a bag, it would show he had someone at home that cared for him.
Anderson apparently got her inspiration when Mazyck, at that time an adult, repeated the story on a talk show when talking about the book. Anderson acted as if she had spoken to a young boy directly, who had told her this story, when she spoke to Ryan and Congress last year. She then added the part about him being ashamed of having a free school lunch. Nowhere in the book did Mazyck bring up free school lunch programs. Also, the interaction between Schroff and Mazyck described in the book happened 25 years ago. Anderson insinuated in her remarks to Congress that this had all happened recently.
The best part of all is that Anderson, and then Ryan, used the story of the relationship between Mazyck and Schroff. Mazyck and Schroff are advocates trying to end childhood hunger in America and want school lunch programs and SNAP benefits to be EXPANDED, not cut back or eliminated. They are in complete opposition of Ryan’s views and went on the record against his budget. So it seems pretty darn funny that Ryan is using their story to further his agenda.
Kessler gave Ryan’s speech Four Pinocchios, essentially calling it a flat-out lie, and a dangerous one to boot. Below is what he wrote in handing out that rating.
Here at The Fact Checker, we often deal with situations in which people misspeak. We certainly don’t try to play gotcha. But this is a different order of magnitude. Anderson, in congressional testimony, represented that she spoke to this child — and then ripped the tale out of its original context. That’s certainly worthy of Four Pinocchios.
But what about Ryan? Should he get a pass because he heard this from a witness before Congress? It really depends on the circumstances. In this case, he referenced the story in a major speech. The burden always falls on the speaker, and we believe politicians need to check the facts in any prepared remarks.
In this case, apparently, the story was too good to check. We appreciate he is regretful now. But a simple inquiry would have determined that the person telling the story actually is an advocate for the federal programs that Ryan now claims leave people with “a full stomach and an empty soul.” So he also earns Four Pinocchios.
Ryan has tried to give himself an excuse for using that huge lie in his speech. Obviously, he’s blamed Anderson, who pushed the fib to begin with. He also said he should have done a better job verifying the story before including it in a speech. The only thing he is truly sorry for is that he got caught. That story was just too good not to use and if nobody fact-checked it, it would have been used over and over again. Without that story proving to be true, especially how it was presented in his speech, the entire substance of what he was trying to convey crumbles apart.
While Trying to Avoid Prison Michele Bachmann Calls Obama a Threat To America’s Survival
By: Jason Easley
Saturday, March, 8th, 2014, 3:18 pm
As she is facing numerous federal investigations that could land her in prison, Rep. Michele Bachmann is claiming that President Obama is a threat to America’s survival.
You see, our movement at its core, is an intellectual movement. We are based on the greatest ideas that have ever been conceived in the minds of man. I would put those magnificent ideas up against any other idea for freedom in the world. Because the Constitution, limited government, free enterprise, strong families, these are the principles that have passed the test of time. Nothing in our constitution says government is supposed to be a charity.
Government is not the family. It is not the church, and certainly, it should never be our doctor’s office. And you know as well as I do that America hasn’t survived for more than two hundred years because of Washington bureaucracy. It has survived because it has been preserved by the millions of men and women who have risen to the challenge, and made our country great, and we will survive Barack Obama too.
Now is a good time to remind everyone that Michele Bachmann is the focus of no less than four federal and state investigations surrounding her 2012 presidential campaign. Bachmann is the central player in an FBI investigation into allegations of money laundering and wire fraud. The Department of Justice is investigating her presidential campaign for illegal coordination with a super PAC. Her campaign bribed an elected official in Iowa, and she is the focus of a House Ethics Committee investigation.
While in the middle of her one woman campaign crime wave, Michele Bachmann wants you to believe that the real problem is that Barack Obama wants to extend unemployment benefits, raise the minimum wage, and give 40 million Americans access to affordable healthcare. Bachmann may be the perfect mouthpiece for the do as I say, not as I do activists that populate CPAC, but to everyone else, she is the living embodiment of Republican hypocrisy. Bachmann claimed that the government is not a charity, but she took over $1.1 million from taxpayers in the form of farm subsidies, salary, and benefits.
Michele Bachmann probably believes that the criminal activity that forced her out of Congress is also President Obama’s fault. The biggest threat to America isn’t Barack Obama. The largest threat facing our nation is corrupt charlatans like Michele Bachmann who are wrap themselves in the flag and Constitution while using their elected position to take millions from the taxpayers.
Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Preference Straw Poll
By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
Sunday, March, 9th, 2014, 8:06 am
If you want to know who the most popular fascist is at CPAC’s “little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” as Texas Gov. Rick Perry put it, it is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who won with 31 percent of the vote, repeating, and improving slightly upon, last year’s CPAC victory of 25 percent. Apparently, his irrational objection to a black man being elected twice to the highest office in the land, and obeying and upholding the Constitution, resonated with the audience.
Paul’s words were jingoistic if not factual, just the sort of thing a CPAC crowd loves: “He’s got a pen, he’s got a phone, he doesn’t care what the law is,” Paul said. “A tyranny will ensue, and we must stop this President.”
Will ensue, has ensued…they can’t make up their mind and don’t know what a tyranny is anyway, but what the heck, it makes an ignorant audience angry, and that’s the point.
There were 25 Republicans on the ballot, including some write-ins (Calvin Coolidge among them). The Cuban anarchist, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), had nothing new to say at CPAC and came finished second with 11 percent (a tepid increase of seven points over last year), with Dr. Ben Carson third with 9 percent (who tied with in last year’s poll) and New Jersey Gov. and self-professed Koch-sucker Chris Christie fourth, with 8 percent. Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied for fifth, each garnering a meager 7 percent of the total.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) go a whopping 6 percent of the vote and Rick Perry 3 percent, tying Rep. “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). It was Perry, who, seemingly unaware that it is his own party that is killing the USPS, who tried to fire up the crowd Friday with his cry, “And what the heck: deliver our mail; preferably on time and on Saturdays.”
CPAC was a triumph of “red state principles,” which are a combination of unbridled arrogance, limitless stupidity, and irrational hatred of humankind, with a whole lotta dishonesty mixed in.
We are all used to thinking in terms of millennials and liberal ideals, but at CPAC, we were not talking about a collection of geriatrics. According to CNN’s coverage of the event, “it was a very young voting group” – 46 percent of the voters were between 18 and 25. It comes as less of a surprise that they were mostly male, at 63 percent.
According to Politico, GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, “who has run the straw poll since 1986,” said, “This is a sampling of people from all 50 states who are at the forefront of the conservative moment. They’re the people who go knock on doors.”
Oh dear. Time to lock your doors, and if you’re a geriatric and irrelevant, maybe wave a musket around.
This was Rand Paul’s statement following his victory as the most popular person in the least popular political party in America:
The fight for liberty continues, and we must continue to stand up and say: We’re free and no one, no matter how well-intentioned, will take our freedoms from us. Together we will stand up for the Constitution. Together we will fight for what is right. Thank you, and onwards to victory.
It is unclear what freedoms Paul thinks are being taken from him and his fellow hooligans, or to which Constitution he was referring, since it clearly was not the United States Constitution. Yesterday, I called CPAC a theater of the absurd and certainly seems absurd that these conservatives are rallying around an America that has never existed, and will never exist, except in their imaginations. What they have accomplished is about as meaningful as if they made their 2014 rallying cry, “For Frodo!”
It would help, I think, if the GOP decided it was time to live in the same world as the rest of us. Just sayin’.