Ted Cruz & CPAC: What a Pair!

If CPAC is a key barometer of the conservative movement, then let’s face it — all hopes that the right side of the political spectrum is ripe for a re-boot in its approach to defense strategy and foreign policy are sadly misplaced. Sure, there was a millisecond of opportunity when Republican Sen. Rand Paul stood … Continue reading “Ted Cruz & CPAC: What a Pair!”

CPAC Devolving on Defense

Contrary to what some outsiders might believe, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is not a big happy tent for conservatives. Rather, think of the vaunted “CPAC” as a veritable planet of partisan uniformity, to which its predominantly college-age participants instinctively flock each year, their behavior, language and dress code all working off the same … Continue reading “CPAC Devolving on Defense”

Old Guard Moving Aside at CPAC

“The United States has the reverse Midas touch – everything we touch turns to crap.” – Military historian Bill Lind, talking on American foreign policy to a standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Something unusual has happened at the annual CPAC confab in Washington. It’s looking less and less like the … Continue reading “Old Guard Moving Aside at CPAC”

CPAC Sends Founding Fathers Spinning

Everywhere you looked at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington this year, there was Lady Liberty, an eagle soaring, a patriot with fife and drum and a tri-cornered hat. Freedom – everyone and everything declared – was under assault. According to the three-day schedule, it was under attack by socialists, unions, the taxman, … Continue reading “CPAC Sends Founding Fathers Spinning”

Ron Paul!

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which has been going on for many years, is a bellwether of where the action is on the right side of the political spectrum – and the news from the latest gathering has both the traditional Buckley-style right and the Obama-ite liberal-left in shock. The CPAC presidential polls … Continue reading “Ron Paul!”

CPAC and the Wars

Antiwar sentiment was a major issue for the first time at this year’s giant CPAC meeting in Washington. Thousands of young conservatives attended, some 5,000, and for the first time, Ron Paul was voted the favorite presidential candidate with 31% of the vote. His speech about how governments use wars to take over dictatorial power … Continue reading “CPAC and the Wars”