March 9th, 2014
09:19 AM ET
6 months ago

5 things we learned from CPAC

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – It would be a mistake to read too much into the speeches, breakout sessions and late-night parties that took place at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Thousands of right-leaning activists made the pilgrimage here this year, to a convention hall outside the nation's capital. They were greeted, as they are every year, by a bevy of candidates, bloggers, political operatives and more than a few hucksters out to make a buck.

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  1. Marie MD

    All we learned is that they are never going to get the votes of women, seniors, gays, minorities, young people and if veterans don't wake up they are going to have even less when they come home after deployment and after deployment!
    The party who claims Obama is lying about the shutdown of government they orchestrated, wanting to privatize Social Security (thanks demi Hollywood god reagan for taxing our SS earnings) calling pregnant women hosts. I don't want to spend my whole Sunday morning making the list why these fools just don't get it.
    Did anyone see the Daily KOS photo of the cpac "minority" session? Empty!!! :)

    March 9, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. g

    that the republican party wants to go forward into the past

    March 9, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. don in albuquerque

    What did we learn from CPAC? Really only one major thing. The GOP (even the GOTP) is dead and gone, replaced by extremist going places that most Americans would never want to venture. Rand Paul wins with Cruz coming in second.
    GOTP is beginning to look like Brown Shirts R Us.

    March 9, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. rs

    We need to add that the allure of faux radicalism and anti-government and anti-Americanism still intoxicates the GOP and our friends on the Right. Too bad that stuff is ultimately toxic, and will kill their party. Mr. Paul is the poster child for that problem- and hence the perfect candidate for 2016 if that truly is the route the GOP wishes to take.

    March 9, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama care is not working; it didn’t treat Putin so repeal Obama care that is CPAC argument ?

    March 9, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. dave

    Change is scary. Conservative is coward.

    March 9, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Anonymous

    What did we learn? CPAC is nothing but a money grabbing enterprise catering to a certain group of malcontents acting like babies in need of a much deserved time out.

    March 9, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The demise of the Republican national brand is only hastened by extreme party zealots who demand blind adherence to conservative purity. The Republican Party will remain relevant only in regional and local state elections.

    March 9, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. never to vote republican again

    The Dems will win!

    March 9, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Tommy G

    g - that the republican party wants to go forward into the past
    -–

    Yeah, those days gone by when we were an economic juggernaut, the worlds champion of freedom and a legitimate super power that the world dared not mess with, are just too disgusting. Who would ever want that again? Obama and Democrat Party policies and leadership are sure putting the nails in that coffin, FAST.

    Obama decided that was just not nice and the power of his voice was all that was really needed. It sure is working isn't it? Middle east in flames, the legendary Clinton/Obama Russian reset a total farce, Syria still laughing at us, AQ back in Iraq because Obama was too incompetent to come to a status of forces agreement (the only real work he needed to do in Iraq), Afghanistan all be forgotten and ignored which will bring the Taliban back.

    Obama is now showing demonstrating the same incompetence in foreign policy that we have been witnessing with his domestic economic policy. Obama has shown he lives in some far left fantasy land, not the real world. And we, and many others around the world, are paying the price for that delusional fantasy.

    March 9, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    GOP garbage no one is buying now-enough nonsense.

    March 9, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Obama is now showing demonstrating the same incompetence in foreign policy that we have been witnessing with his domestic economic policy."

    Obama blah, blah, blah. Elect Rand Paul and we'll see the damage GOP foreign and domestic policy will do to America as ideological fools such as he drives America over a cliff never yet seen in America. Same applies to each of the 2014 CPAC speakers.

    March 9, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Tommy G

    The time you speak of is way in the past when the Tax Rate on the wealthy was like 90%. This was dropped by an incompetent Repub President and the country has never been the same. If you want to give history lessons, I suggest you give the whole story and not just the parts you like. Obamas incompetence is merely a by-product of Repub obstructionism. Again if you purport to tell the truth, tell the whole truth. Not just the part that fits your agenda.

    March 9, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. J anthony

    Yes gurgyl Obama is weak but is single-handedly bringing down America. No one else is responsible for anything. I'm no Obama fan,but not because of some delusion of him as some far_left dictator. he is no different than any president of the last 40 years- a corporate centrist that allows the monetary powers to run things behind the scenes. When the next plutocratic Dem or Repub takes over the Executive branch in 2016,and nothing changes, who will you blame then? If it's progress that scares you, i wouldn't worry. Aside from a few social issues in which he's just reflecting majority opinion, Obama is no progressive.

    March 9, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Thomas

    Rick Perry will be King !

    March 9, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Tommy G

    don in albuquerque
    The time you speak of is way in the past when the Tax Rate on the wealthy was like 90%. This was dropped by an incompetent Repub President and the country has never been the same.
    -–

    It is nice to have somebody on the left FINALLY be courageous enough to say that they think the government is entitled to 90% of the fruits of somebody elses labor. If it was 100%, wouldn't that be called slavery? I guess you want us all to only be 90% owned by the government. Gee, thanks for giving me that 10%!

    What on earth makes you and the far left believe that any government is entitled to 90% of what people make? That is pure confiscation, theft and oppression. As it is, when you combine all of the federal, state and local taxes many are already paying well into the 50-60% range. But that just isn't enough for the greedy far left that thinks they know better how your hard earned money should be spent. Your family can just learn to do without and live off the crumbs so generously granted by a take it all government.

    Wake up America! People like this are running your government!!

    March 9, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Tom

    I think the main thing we learned is the 2016 Republican Presidential primary race is shaping up to be a replay of 2012 and 2008 - a contest to crown the craziest Republican rather than a process to find the most competitive candidate. Oh, and we also learned that CNN will chase any manufactured "news" story as long as the coverage is cheap and the content is provided gift-wrapped to generate instant controversy.

    March 9, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Dear CPAC,

    You love Rant Paul, so please tell us what nation in the history of the planet has had sustained, broad-based economic prosperity as a result of implementing his ideas?

    *crickets*

    March 9, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Hooper

    Here's a sixth. Some people in this country don't know when they are being bought on the cheap. Koch Brothers rule baby.

    March 10, 2014 01:51 am at 1:51 am |