March 3rd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Radio Political Notebook: Conservatives regroup in DC

Thousands of conservatives from across the country gathered in Washington late last week to consider the future of the movement. The first Conservative Political Action Conference since last fall’s election took place in a radically different environment than the one held right after the last presidential cycle: That year, there was widespread talk of a permanent GOP majority, and a never-ending housing boom. Now, Democrats sit in the White House and hold the power on Capitol Hill - and the housing bubble seems like a distant memory.

This year’s event was held as financial woes mount nationwide, and elements of President Obama’s blueprint for economic recovery continues to make its way through Congress. As House Republicans face an uphill climb in their quest to help shape the country’s fiscal agenda, Rep. Paul Ryan - ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, and the first speaker at CPAC this year - gave CNN's Bob Costantini his take on the latest developments.

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  1. Lynn

    "Regroup"..interesting word choice considering the chaos that is happening as they all try to give Limbaugh some lovin" while they attempt to distance themselves from him!!

    March 3, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Had It

    A whole room full of nothing but hate mongers and losers.

    March 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Franky

    Conservatives regrouping?? Good lord, where were they years ago...bunch of idiots.

    March 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. demwit

    Obama’s blueprint for economic recovery!!??

    Ha Ha!!

    March 3, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. chuck hope

    This is a complete silly, I see this group as people on drug. Can any body immagine after eight years of serious economic mess yet you have people like speedman rush and co who are dead to all sense of shame have the audacity to talk about spending. It's ridiculous

    March 3, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Obama - NOPE

    Saving America from Socialism is not a "movement".

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. america first

    WHEN WILL THE GOP HAVE THE GUTS TO TELL LIMBAUGH TO PUT A SOCK IN IT, HIS ANTI- AMERICAN REMARKS IS TEARING OUR COUNTRY DOWN, HOPING THAT OUR PRESIDENT FAILS IS THE WORST REMARK I'VE HEARD FROM SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE AN AMERICAN, HE SHOULD BE TRIED FOR TREASON.

    March 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Sue

    I think that America has headed naturally toward socialism...and exactly what is wrong with helping people get on their feet? Feeding children? Keeping them healthy? Oh, wait, that keeps them down, right? I guess you and Rush would rather they perish in their cold apartments of hunger or pneumonia. If it isn't abortion, it isn't still murder, evidently.

    March 3, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Will-South Dakota

    The GOP has embraced Limbaugh and his message, Steele is a mere figure head with no real power or authority, Boehner, McConnell and Cantor are Limbaughs attack dogs, DENY DELAY and DO NOTHING with out Limbaughs approval.

    March 3, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    These fools will never regroup until they find a mature leader. Maybe they should have a Democrat as their leader. They're all running around like chicken with their heads cut off.

    March 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. flybyshoeing

    Thousands of con serveatives from across the country gathered in
    Washington this week to party, drink, and bad mouth the rest of America. Who paid for this? Did they pay for this with political donations? Did it come out of campaign funds? What was accomplished? Did they divise a plan to get us out of this mess? Has anyone come forward with a plan? Seems to me that all they did was bow at their leader alter. Sad really. Are any of them out of work? Out of unemployment benefits? Without healthcare? Losing their homes? I doubt it. A few thousands ranting to their base. They won't convert anyone.

    March 3, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. cnnnewser

    Conservatives regroup? Isn't that an oxymoron?? ;)
    I find them hilarious and very entertaining – they preached their "conservative values" while they run our country through the ground. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt from the hands of the republican Party and G. W. Bush. They took the trillion dollar surplus left by Bill Clinton and created a debt we'll never be rid of.
    Have fun fantasizing about being conservative yea of the Republican party.

    March 3, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Colin

    Its not socialism, we have learned that any unfettered social plan or concept including democracy, socialism, capitalism and others do not succeed. Especially unrestrained capitalism, the concept by nature is too self consuming so government regulation of that that self consumption is vital to maintain our capitalistic economy. If you read history, sociology, political science and other subjects that are taught in higher education instead of listening to the fool on the radio you might actually learn something...like facts.

    March 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Angie in Pa

    Yes Conservatives Do regroup Continue to rely On the Comedian Drug addict, Continue to Bash President Obama, Lie, twist ,and Steal All of his Ideas Oh and keep Ranting Socialism I say Keep it up You will Find yourselves In the Wilderness For years to Come Thanks GOP Your the Gift that keeps on giving to The democrats!

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Brian

    All you people who actually believe that Rush is considered a leader for the Republican party are noting more than sadly mistaking. Rush even refers to himself as only an entertainer with an opinion. You have just fallen victim to a ploy by the liberal media to distract you from whats really going on...the fact that the our entire government is bleeding us dry and have no clue what they are doing in regards to this financial meltdown.

    March 3, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Ken

    A significant portion of those "beings" that attended the CPAC meeting were not conservative. After all, these are the very people who blindly followed and cheered-on the last admistration, and there was not much that was conservative about how those people ran our country the last 8 years. And today, what sense of true conservatism is being espoused by those bent on seeing Obama fail.....unless these people wish to "conserve" the very state of failure they inflicted on the rest of us? I'm sorry, but when you have failed so horribly for so many years, and then you maneuver so that the guy sent in to fix things also fails, your phliospophy is not "conservatism", it is "failure". And so it has always been...from before the civil war onwards through Hitler, through to today: rightwingers are FAILURES. The only time they get some momentum is when they meet and conspire with other like-minded FAILURES ......these days such gatherings are called the CPAC.

    You'd have to be dumber than a bag of wet rocks to support what went on at the CPAC, and then to call that gathering a "conservative" meeting? PLEASE!!!!

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

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