Tea Party pic spam from Layfayette Park, Washington DC:
Tea Party pic spam from Layfayette Park, Washington DC:
Joe the Plumber speaks to the crowd:
An interesting morning, I bumped into numerous bloggers, notably The Other McCain AKA Stacy McCain, who was kind enough to set up MidnightBlue and Sundries Shack at the Victory Solutions Oasis. Free massages…YES!
Senator Inhofe? No dice.
Okay, I’m off to capture the scene at CPAC with Stix and JimmieBJR.
Check out my Flickr account tonight – later
H/T Sean Hackbarth
Senator Inhofe will be available for blogger interviews between 9:30-11:00am tomorrow morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Senator Inhofe has been one of the leading Congressional voices on today’s hot-button issues, such as opposing massive government spending and tax raises in the Stimulus Bill/Bailouts, opposing the unnecessary closing of GITMO, spreading the truth about Global Warming alarmism, and fighting back against Democratic attempts to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.
I bumped into Dr. Melissa Clouthier while checking in to CPAC and as we were chatting, Ed Morrissey strolled by..again. A great conversation ensued in the Omni Shorham’s lobby amongst the three of us over the state of the RNC and the tone of CPAC 2009.
Ed stated he would like to see more coalition building in the RNC and is curious to see if there is much finger pointing at this year’s CPAC. He also observered that Obama, like Reagan, had the edge in this past election cycle by paring his economic message down to the simple phrase “A tax cut for 95% of Americans”. Republicans and conservatives need to acquire better communication skills in order to win elections. Speaking of the bailout boondoggle, Pelosi and Co. dropped the ball by excluding Republicans from the construction of this monstrosity, and it might come back to bite them in 2010.
Melissa stressed that conservatives had to hold to fiscal responsibility. The big tent idea aside,there have to be core values, one of them being fiscal responsibility. That Republicans lost the election to a junior senator from Illinois owning the placard of fiscal responsibility. Hello! RNC..are you listening?? She noted that the recently adopted spending bill has lit a fire under the GOP/conservative activists – I heartily agree!
I’ll tell you what, It was great just to listen to their exchange. My thoughts on the big tent theory? Do the Dems really have one? It seems as though you are required to conform to the Dem orthodoxy or you are booted from the party – ala – Senator Lieberman. Anton Checkhov observed “Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” That is the Dem’s “Big Tent”theory in a nutshell. It is not that they are the party of tolerance, quite the opposite, actually. They simply used the abject hatred of George Bush to bring all types together. This was also the litmus test for inclusion in this ‘tent’. Does the RNC need to emulate this behavior?
As for CPAC? I’m with Melissa, a fire has been lit and this is the place for conservative activists to network and build coalitions. A big part of that will be building organizations that seed fiscal conservatives into the framework of the State GOP. Want to know how to go about that? Check out PACC. Other urgent needs are to re-tool our party message and take back ownership of fiscal responsibility. No small tasks, indeed.
Oh, with all my high tech photo gear I brought with me, you’d think that I’d have photos for you. Well, it does not matter how high tech your gear is, it doesn’t work when you leave it at the hotel.
I’m looking forward to this conference. The agenda is packed full of interesting lectures and training sessions. I signed up for Conservatism 2.0, with the plan of networking and sharing ideas with my fellow participants.
Yes, the shoes pictured to the left are packed as well. What is a conference without silver sequin heels?
Bringing the Tokina and the 40D to this event. Should make for some interesting photos.
Hope to see you there!
I wasn’t kidding about the photography, pictured below is what I’ve packed for CPAC:
Dissent is the highest form of … Secret Service bait? In Oklahoma City, police pulled over Chip Harrison because of an anti-Obama sign in his car window. The sign read: “Abort Obama, not the unborn.”
The man’s sign was confiscated by the police and his house searched by Secret Service agents. Never has there been a report of such governmental thuggery regarding free speech during the Bush Administration.
Somehow, I don’t believe the following characters worried too much about police confiscating their signs or home searches by the Secret Service during the Bush Administration:
A whisper down the lane political assault! Jim Smith WCA School Board President in concert with two disgruntled former candidates – Sue Tiernan and Gary Bevilacqua have launched an assault on the endorsed candidates for WCA School Board. Chicago Style politics has come to West Chester, Pa
I encourage my readers to contact Jim Smith, WCA Board President and ask him about the millions of Chester County tax dollars wasted recently in a rental agreement with UI. While you are at it, you can ask him why he is playing politics with his Party nominees for school board.
“……with Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo, we have established the precedent that if enough people lie, we will change our policies. It is dangerous enough when it applies to domestic policies; now we see how easily this administration will allow it to impact our military. There is nothing to stop the left from falsely destroying any other operation our military undertakes, and Obama’s decision shows he is in a lockstep march in that direction. This only puts our military in more danger, and because of it, America in jeopardy.“
Caleb Howe recently interviewed Commander Lippold after he and family members of terrorist victims met with Obama. The Commander had the following to say about Obama’s plans to close Gitmo:
“One of the questions the families were very focused on, and one which many of us at Redstate have been focused on, is what is going to happen to the Gitmo detainees going forward? I asked Commander Lippold if during this meeting the President was able to convey that he has a plan for dealing with all the detainees, and he said the President doesn’t seem to have an answer for that. He adds that the 1-year timeline for closure of Gitmo was “putting the cart before the horse” given that the administration hasn’t sorted out what to do with them.
Is this another example of Obama shrugging off this problem as being above his pay grade? The inattention to the details of this issue by the CIC should shock people. Where will the terrorists go? One by one our European allies are pulling support for rehoming these terrorists on their soil. Which state will Obama have to force to home the terrorists? Pa being the exception, although, I would support the terrorists being homed with families that voted for Obama in Pa.
Why Close Gitmo at all?
Melanie Morgan reports on exerpts of a recent study ordered by this administration:
The report, part of which was leaked today, shows that Gitmo “complies with the humanitarian requirements of the Geneva conventions” and that the prisoners are treated with dignity. A Pentagon official, who spoke anonymously, said that it showed that the Bush administration created a humane detention camp that has been unfairly characterized by critics. Speaking of the remaining 245 detainees there, this official said the report underscored that if the men are moved, they may “go from a humane environment to a less humane environment,”
Melanie has spent more time touring Gitmo that the President. Yet Obama would act in such a way that endangers American lives in favor of currying political support. First he steals our tax dollars, now our lives? Is this the change you voted for?