CPAC is in session, a “new conservative order” called. Very smart. Gavel into 2010 a commitment to re-energizing conservatism now that George W. Bush is a memory, with the enemy, Barack Obama, seen as destroying all that the conservatives hold dear. With Republicans understanding that a vote against is never as powerful, see Dems against Bush during Kerry’s run in ’04, if it doesn’t have a vote for something that offers a true alternative. Conservatives hope 2010 will be their new beginning on the road back. A long way from politically dead, which is where they were seen to be when Obama was inaugurated.
Charlie Crist should be worried. Marco Rubio’s got the thing that’s in right now, Tea Party fever, but he’s also a political marketing man’s dream. Talk about delivery. He makes Sarah Palin look like a Toastmaster wannabe. Regardless of the details of his resume, the salesmanship of Rubio’s candidacy looks pretty flawless out of CPAC.
Karl Rove chiming in via the Wall Street Journal, warning the Tea Party to keep its independence from the Republicans and Democrats. This is hilariously naked triangulation. Tea Partiers and Democrats? In what universe? Evidently, only Karl Rove’s, because he wants to make sure to keep the Tea Partiers away from any formal alliance with the GOP, because he’s afraid the “birthers” and secessionist wackos won’t be able to do his dirty work if they’re officially attached to the Republican Party. But Rove also reveals he’s very worried that a Tea Party entry in Nevada will end up re-electing Harry Reid. As I’ve said many times before, Reid is on the ropes and he may go down, but anyone betting against this man in a state he owns better not bet it all. Rove:
The tea party movement will be more effective than it otherwise would be if it refuses to allow itself to become an appendage of either major political party,” Rove writes in his Wall Street Journal column. “Allowing third-party movements to co-opt the tea partiers’ good name, which is happening in Nevada, will only serve to elect opponents of the tea party philosophy of low-taxes and fiscal restraint. It could also discredit the tea party movement.
American Conservative Union chairman David Keene invoked Pres. Obama’s teleprompters, which brought howls of laughter from the CPAC crowd.
C-SPAN will have lots of tape from the conservative’s winter meeting. Their kick off rally to their dreams of taking back Congress come November.
…and one last note directed straight to E.J. Dionne, who just woke up. What’s with the “we,” Kimosabe?
But if liberals and Obama are so smart, how did they — or, if you prefer, “we” — allow conservatives to make this argument so effectively?
I’ve been railing for months now that, to quote you, “President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing,” and don’t even get my readers started(!) on the subject. Question is, where have you been?
TM UPDATE: Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance at CPAC, with both the Vice President and his daughter, Liz Cheney, hitting Obama very hard.
“I think Barack Obama is a one term president,” he told a roaring crowd. “It’s a great time to be a conservative.”
Liz Cheney also came out swinging in her conference address. “There’s no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed,” Cheney said, accusing the Obama administration of missing warnings from the intelligence community that Yemeni terrorists were plotting an attack. “There is no doubt that the daily intelligence briefings that the president receives contained much more information on the threat from Yemen,” she said, without a hint of irony at the failures of the Bush-Cheney years, bemoaning “incompetence, misjudgment and presidential neglect.”