February 22nd, 2010
09:31 AM ET
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Preston on Politics: CPAC's winners and losers

Ron Paul was one of the big winners at CPAC in 2010, according to CNN Political Editor Mark Preston.
Ron Paul was one of the big winners at CPAC in 2010, according to CNN Political Editor Mark Preston.

Washington (CNN) - I am pretty sure I met the next leader of the conservative movement during a three-day confab of activists that wrapped up Saturday here in the nation's capital. I definitely shook hands with a future congressman or maybe even a governor.

Maybe it was the 14-year-old conservative wonder-kid Jonathan Krohn, who champions "conservatism based on reality" and was a prominent speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Seriously, 14 years old and he is talking about "conservatism based on reality." He has even written a book about it: "Defining Conservatism."

When I was 14, I was trying to learn how to hit a fastball. If you follow baseball, you know that spring training has started in Arizona and Florida, and I am writing this column from Washington.

Oh well. I wonder if Krohn can hit a fastball?

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. John

    Can he hit a fastball? Probably not.

    February 22, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. SuzyQ

    I would be very wary of this 14 year old!!! This is not normal and he does not understand nor know anything about which he is talking. By the time he is old enough to run for any office this country will be nothing like it is now and all of his thinking will mean nothing. HE IS ONLY 14 YEARS OLD PEOPLE , WAKE UP!!!!
    It amazes me how blind and ignorant people that have a brain can be.
    As I have said before we see all of these big mouths open and hear all the garbage that comes out but what do these gop and tea partiers do?
    NOTHING> I can do that

    February 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Welcome to Rome

    I think hes an honest guy ,but hes being hijacked by a pack of cowards and liars like Dick Armey and "Grover Norquist",the guy thats wants our Democracy to drown in a bath tub.

    February 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Reny

    The kid is a brainwashed tool.

    February 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. If it walks like a duck.....

    OMG....they are trying to indoctrinate the children!!! Run, kids, run.

    February 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. tony dunn

    I see no winner in 'Party of NO'. You cannot be a 'Party of No' and have any winner that would be hypocrisy. Tea party hypocrisy is not going to go anywhere. I saw an Anger Management seminar.

    February 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Marc

    Why is that?
    I read all tickers about this CPAC's conference and only now, days after it ended, is that I learn that a conservative gay group was present there?
    Did they had the right to speak or manifest their points of view? If so, why wasn't it considered to be news?

    February 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. mjm

    The only thing as certain as death (panels) and taxes (increases, that is) is CNN claiming Palin a loser and Democrats winners....regardless.

    February 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Gilliard

    Ron Paul would be the best choice for President. He would end the war on average Americans.

    February 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Publico

    Good luck following the words of wisdom of a 14 year old. What grasp of reality could a 14 year old possibly have? Truly pathetic. Next time have the meeting outside under tents outside and have the faithful take up serpents. Looks like a real bright future for this group.

    February 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    They don't call Conservatism "The Big Con" for nothing. Hasn't any Conservative voter ever noticed that no Conservative politician ever does anything to advance the Conservative agenda he promised before the election? What happened to smaller government, sanctity of marriage, flag burning, small town values, small business, entrepreneurship, a stronger free market THAT RESULTS IN HIGHER WAGES, a stronger middle class, and all that other stuff?

    It's not like Conservatives submit bills that are then defeated by ferocious and unscrupulous Liberals. They never write the bills. They never submit the bills to Congress. Conservatism has dwindled down to an economic philosophy of "borrow and spend." Borrow instead of raising revenue through taxation because that would reduce the income of the wealthy class. Spend at higher levels to keep the hayseeds happy. Oh, eventually there may be an economic crash of some kind, but it will not hurt the core Conservative constituency: the wealthiest 5%.

    February 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Every attendee was a loser....

    February 22, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. carlos

    go ahead CONS, listen to a 14 year old who CAN NOT EVEN HIT A FASTBALL.....proves that all those at the cpac were, simply put, less than imbeciles......and calling the low life pilot who crashed his plane into a building a hero?.......and then having the mormon beck speak to them?.....pee baggers, CONS and the rest of those amoral, evil subhumans......what a bunch......WOW!!!!

    February 22, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    How you can, in one-sub-head, proclaim Winner: Rick Santorum and in the immediately folowin sub-head Loser: Social conservatives escapes me: Santorum is the very definition of narrow-minded, self-righteous, "social conservatism."

    To win big in November, the GOP are going to have to sit down hard on the "social conservatives" and make it clear to them that, in America, you don't go around preaching more-moral-than-thou at everyone without getting a huge amount of push-back.

    Everyone can agree taxes are too high, everyone can agree the deficit and the debt are too huge, everyone from near-left to far-right can agree that Obama and the present-day Democratic Party are way too far left for America. Not everyone, even of the right, agrees about abortion and who goes to bed with whom.

    It's time for the GOP to get their act together–and I do mean "together"–and get rid of the divisiveness of "social conservatism."

    February 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. carlos

    winners?.......they were ALL loooooosers

    February 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. russell

    Probably not ....he's following all the wrong principles . Why is it that a certain group thinks that conservatism is the right thing to do and everything else is wrong ? Haven't we prove that it isn't ! That's just like going to another country and trying to tell them how to live their lives.....what hipocrits !

    February 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. beth

    As for 14 year old Jonathan(one of CPAC's stars)....this saddens me that at 14 you are already becoming a snotty, disrespectful, heartless little man. To think that his parents could be proud of a son who publically makes fun of our president sickens me. That's what's wrong in America....big mean people are creating little mean people.

    February 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Minnesota gal

    So what's so important about this straw poll? If people remember did Romney win the last one for president. And didn't he get snowed under and drop out after only a few primaries. I suppose the people don't want politicans picking their leaders for them.

    They might not do much better, but I think THEY want the change to do so.

    February 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They all showed America their "core family values"....lies....hate....and fear.

    February 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. puffery

    Ron Paul should be president of the United States presently. He has the right answers and is intelligent enough to put them in place.

    February 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |