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We've had the establishment pick another loser for us. The fight we have, and the fight I want you to engage in, is the establishment against the grassroots. The establishment has given us a whole series of losers. Bob Dole and John McCain. Mitt Romney.
. . . Why is it that the establishment has given us this bunch of losers?
~ Phyllis Schlafly at CPAC
Ask Reince. RT @byronyorkSchlafly at CPAC: 'Why is it that the establishment has given us this bunch of losers?'— Michael Steele (@Steele_Michael) March 16, 2013
Schafly: Again, we need a choice, not an echo. 'We don't want an establishment echo, and we don't want a Karl Rove echo.'— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 16, 2013
Phyllis Schafly: "We're conservatives. We want people who'll go in there and vote NO on everything". Damn straight, Phyllis. #notoeverything— John McGuirk (@john_mcguirk) March 16, 2013
Phyllis Schafly has just bashed every Republican presidential candidate in the past 20 years #cpac— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 16, 2013
One of the rare surprises at #CPAC is how the crowdsare not only unhappy with, but deeply hate Karl Rove now.— Martin Gelin (@M_Gelin) March 16, 2013
Out walks Calista Gingrich's hair, followed by Calista.— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) March 16, 2013
Every single hair on Calista Gingrich's head is in place. I don't think they could move if they wanted to. #CPAC2013— Katie Todd (@KatieATodd) March 16, 2013
Callista Gingrich's hair hasn't moved since the first #CPAC in 1973.— Stevie J. West (@StevieJWest) March 16, 2013
"For most of us, election night was a very sobering experience." - Callista Gingrich— Paige Lavender (@paigelealav) March 16, 2013
I think Callista Gingrich expected applause for Ellis the Elephant. She didn't get it #cpac— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 16, 2013
Calista Gingrich plugs "online courses at Newt University." That'll teach those Ivy League elites! #CPAC2013— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) March 16, 2013
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) spoke at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, bringing a candle and a lightbulb as props.
"[Politicians in Washington are] all trapped in the age of candles," Gingrich said.
Gingrich, who hasn't been shy about criticizing Republicans before, offered up more negative commentary about his own party during his speech.
"We have the dominant wing of this party that has learned nothing," Gingrich said.
~ Huffington Post
It is virtually impossible to get people in Washington, D.C., to actually learn how to think about a new world. It is sobering to me to be standing here, as a senior member of this party, telling you from 1976 to 2013 we have the dominant wing of this party, which has learned nothing and is as mired in the past and mired in stupidity as it was in 1976.
~ Newt Gingrich, via CBS News
Couldn't imagine a worse hell than being at CPAC early on a Saturday morning listening to Newt Gingrich. cc: @daveweigel— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) March 16, 2013
At CPAC, Bachmann is truly in her element, and she worked the crowd like a red-meat slinging virtuoso -- a contrast to her often halting and hesitant performances in the 2012 primary campaign. Bachmann very effortlessly shifted from the Benghazi outrage, to touch briefly on the effort to curb gun violence, to Obamacare's "war on the young" to a criticism of sequester politics.
"Why are we paying for someone to walk the White House dog when we can't even get a veteran in for a White House tour."
~ Michele Bachmann, via Huffington Post
Ted Cruz gets standing o for wanting to abolish the Dept of Education. You stay classy, CPAC.— Touré (@Toure) March 17, 2013
Now speaking at CPAC: Ted Cruz, the only man in America who has ever read the Constitution*. *According to Ted Cruz.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 16, 2013
Cruz: "If standing for liberty and standing for the constitution means you’re a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird." #CPAC— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) March 16, 2013
Ted Cruz at CPAC: I Would Not Be in Senate Without Sarah Palin patriotupdate.com/2013/03/ted-cr…— Gary (@redpens68) March 17, 2013
The morning was full of how to take America back, but mostly the speechifiers were surprisingly quasi-sorta reasonable, with much in the way of hollow but appreciated gestures suggesting that hey, evil liberal democrats are people too, sort of, and we should maybe all maybe work together sometimes, to do something good for the country. All this was noticeably strange, considering they were all there as part of the the run up to the CPAC crowd favorite, and our favorite frumious bandersnatch ever, Sarah Palin.
. . . but the amazing thing was, she read her Obama teleprompter joke FROM A TELEPROMPTER.
While delivering her speech at CPAC, Sarah Palin drank from a big gulp. This was appropriate because just like her jumbo soda, her twenty minute speech was filled with empty calories.
~ Daily Beast
Sarah Palin's Complete Speech Transcript Via Before It's News
And background checks, yeah, I guess to learn more about the person’s thinking and associations and intentions. More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President – should have started with yours. [audience going wild]
. . . Remember ‘No Drama Obama?’ If only. Now it All Drama Obama. We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television. It’s really bad reality TV and the American people tuned-out a long time ago. Entertainment TV is a good description of what is going on in DC because more than ever it feels like a put-on.
. . . Even our guys in the GOP too often have a habit of reading their stage directions, especially these days. They are being too scripted, too calculated. They talk about rebuilding the party. How about rebuilding the Middle Class? They talk about rebranding the GOP instead of restoring the trust of the American people.
. . . We just lost a big election. We came in second out of two. Second position on the dogsled team is where the view never changes and the view ain’t pretty.
. . . [Obama is] considered a good politician, which is like saying Bernie Madoff was a good salesman, the difference being the President is using our money.
. . . Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama, you lied.
. . . Mr President we admit it, you won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.
. . . One of my idols, Lady Margaret Thatcher, she offered this advice after her party lost at the poll. She told fellow conservatives not to get lost in abstract debates and green-eye-shade accounting. Mrs. Thatcher advised conservatives to focus their concerns first and foremost on the people. She said, look at every problem from the grassroots, not from the top down. She also cautioned Conservatives not to go wobbly on their beliefs, to which I offer a hearty Amen Sistah! We can use a leader like Maggie Thatcher today.
. . . Is there any wonder there was such a run on guns and ammo for Christmas presents, considering the attack on the Second Amendment? A couple of months ago – oh you should have seen what Todd got me for Christmas. Well, it wasn’t that exciting. It’s a metal rack, a case for hunting rifles to put on the back of a Four-Wheeler, then though, I had to get something for him to put in the gun case, right? So this go-round, he got the rifle, I got the rack. (big applause and she pulls out her Big Gulp and takes a sip till the crowd calms down.)
. . . If we truly believe the words of our other founding document, The Declaration of Independence, that yes all men are created equal, then there are no Hispanic issues or African American issues or women’s issues. There are only American issues.
. . . It’s time we all stopped preaching to the choir and let’s grow. America already has one party that’s expert at pitting groups against one another. We’ll never win a contest of identity politics. We shouldn’t even try.
. . . Whenever government expands, it’s the well-connected that reap the benefit. The more government intrudes into our lives and businesses, the more it picks winners and losers. The more crony capitalists win, the more the rest of us lose. Whether it’s green energy or free Obama phones or prophylactics, if you don’t have a team of lobbyists in DC or a cancelled contribution check, you’re not at the table – you’re on the menu.
. . . If these experts who keep losing elections and keep getting rehired and getting millions , if they feel that strong about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck-up or stay in the truck. Buck up or run. The Architect [Karl Rove] can head on back to the great Lone Star State and put their name on some ballot – though for their sakes, I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting services.
. . . from the heart looking out, and this I know, there is more wisdom, more character, more grit and common sense in the soldiers and the Mom’s and the teacher’s and the laborers and the firemen and the fishermen and the students and the cowboys – and other extraordinary Americans that I’ve met along the way, than will ever be found in the cocktail parties of power across the river, and …
…if We the People have one message to send to Washington, I’m sure it would be this: Get Over Yourself. It’s not about you.
Sarah Palin says Obama should "Stop reading the Teleprompter and do his job!" While reading a Teleprompter and having NO job.Well played.— Tammy (@tamytoo2) March 16, 2013
Sarah Palin: "We don't have leadership coming out of Washington. We have reality television. And catch my show in reruns on TLC."#CPAC2013— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) March 16, 2013
For 100 years, the left and government have made it their mission to have a government program to address almost every pain. As their allies in education deny truth so there is no wrong and therefore nothing to worry about, and their allies in Hollywood and the media promote a culture of titillation and violence that numbs our senses in an attempt to please us — all of this has resultsed in an epidemic of psychological, moral, and spiritual pain and suffering.
Objectively speaking, thanks to technology and the dynamics of our economy, a low income American has creature comforts that would exceed the wealthiest of Americans 100 years ago. Yet the suffering is greater today because our culture and our leadership has robbed them of the ‘why’ of America, our purpose.
~ Rick Santorum
As conservatives we shouldn't take a back seat to anybody," Walker said. "We have a moral cause. It's not just about balancing budgets. It's not just about getting the economy going again. What we stand for is not about taking things away from people, that's the other side.
This president and his allies measure success in government by how many people are dependent on the government," he said. "We measure success in government by just the opposite, by how many people are no longer dependent upon the government. Not because we kicked them out to the street. Not because we threw them out to the curb . . .
"ecause we understand in this country that the true way to live the American dream is not to grow up someday to dream big about being dependent on the government, it's empowering people through the dignity of work to control their own destiny.
~ Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
“Torch of liberty” scion Rand Paul was the choice of the plurality of conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as Paul won the much-hyped straw poll with 25 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second with 23 percent.
. . . Rick Santorum finished a distant third with 8 percent. Popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was not invited to CPAC, finished fourth with 7 percent; Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice-presidential candidate was next at 6 percent; then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 5 percent; neurosurgeon Ben Carson and keynoter Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tied at 4 percent; followed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin percent.
Forty-four others, including write-in votes for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Allen West, got 14 percent.
~ NBC News