Look, this CPAC convention is increasingly the Star Wars bar scene of the conservative movement. I mean all that’s missing at that convention is a couple of Wookiees.
~ Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist
CPAC Day One: Rat Heads In a Coke Bottle
Nikki Haley introduces Mitt Romney at #CPAC2013: "This is a leader who is back to tell you thank you." trib.al/O2QzIhr
— GuardianUS (@GuardianUS) March 15, 2013
Romney speaking now... still wearing that odd flag lapel pin with the hole in it.
— Patrick Terpstra (@PatrickTerpstra) March 15, 2013
I am sorry that I will not be your president. But I will be your co-worker, and I will work shoulder-to-shoulder alongside you.
. . . "It's up to us to make sure that we learn from our mistakes, and my mistakes.
~ Mitt Romney at CPAC, March 15, 2013
When is that empty chair due to speak at #CPAC2013? That dude was good.
— Todd Bentley (@thetbentley) March 15, 2013
If the #GOP was serious about reinventing themselves, #CPAC would have been an empty room! @joenbc
— Amy Tidd (@AmyTidd) March 15, 2013
Now Donald Trump had his turn #Eastwooding to a room full of empty chairs. #CPAC2013 #Hardball
— vicki (@EarthMuffinHugs) March 15, 2013
Trump and that dead rodent on his head spoke to a room full of empty chairs.Which matches his empty head.
— Carol (@Tonette67) March 15, 2013
The "Crowd" for Donald Trump
What's going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership.
. . . I'm continually criticized by total lightweights all over the place," he said. "It's unbelieveable. When you see these guys on television, they can't buy a clean shirt, and they're saying 'Donald Trump, he's nothing.
. . . Republicans and Mitt, and I told him this, didn't talk enough about the things he did, the great things. They were in the defensive instead of taking that offense.
. . . When you spend $400 million and it's a failure, and you don't have one victory, you know there's something seriously, seriously wrong.
. . . When I heard that we were first going to Iraq, some very smart people told me we're actually going for the oil, and I said, 'Alright, I get that, there's nothing else, I get it,' We didn't take the oil. And then when I said, we spent $1.5 trillion, we should take that -- you know, they have the second-largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia, so $1.5 trillion is nothing ... we should take it and pay ourselves back.
What are we thinking? And this is whether it's Obama or [former President George W.] Bush or whoever -- what the hell are we thinking?
~ Donald Trump
Who will have the courage to start a CPAC speech without a joke?
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) March 15, 2013
Bobby Jindal begins with a waterboarding joke #CPAC2013
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 15, 2013
Oh Bobby Jindal you're just so funny joking about TORTURE yuk yuk. Hey clown waterboarding is not funny AT ALL
— Jody (@FishHawkRdJody) March 15, 2013
"Mark Sanford is so committed to outsourcing, he even shipped his wife's job overseas," actual Bobby Jindal joke told at #CPAC
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 15, 2013
Bobby Jindal on 2016: "I am too skinny to run. At least that’s what my friend Chris Christie keeps telling me." trib.al/oKwU7jy
— GuardianUS (@GuardianUS) March 15, 2013
For those of you not watching CPAC: you just missed Bobby Jindal making a "Chris Christie is fat" joke.
— Alex Koppelman (@AlexKoppelman) March 15, 2013
Jindal: “Our liberal critics in the media” will say we haven’t changed “unless we endorse abortion and socialism” #cpac
— Katrina Trinko (@KatrinaTrinko) March 15, 2013
Chris Christie wasn't invited to #CPAC, neither was Truth, Science, Data, Objectivity, Humanity, Compassion, Education... #p2 #GOP
— Paul W (@whatsamatta_u) March 15, 2013
Hors d'erps anybody?An amuse douche perhaps? Devilled Yolkals? Teaparty Sandwiches? #CPACatering #CPAC #p2 #GOP
— Paul W (@whatsamatta_u) March 15, 2013
Conservatives may realize their leaders are batshit crazy, but take the attitude: "What are you guano do?"
— Mary W. Matthews (@MWM4444) March 15, 2013
Reason 386 to attend CPAC: Everyone gets this free giant poster of Sarah Palin twitpic.com/cbmcyt
— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) March 15, 2013
Trump, Ryan, Romney, LaPierre and Santorum on the same day. It's like the Woodstock of people who scare women.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 15, 2013
RT @johannabarr: Wayne LaPierre may still be standing, but all these other people aren't. twitter.com/JohannaBarr/st…
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 15, 2013
That's their answer to criminal violence? Criminalize 100 million law-abiding gun owners in a private transfer? Build a list of all the good people? As if that would somehow make us safe from violent criminals and homicidal maniacs?
That's their answer? Are they insane?
What's the point of registering lawful gun-owners anyway—so newspapers can print those names and addresses for gangs and criminals to access? You know that's happened before! So the list can be hacked by foreign enemies like the Chinese, who recently hacked Pentagon computers? So the list can be handed over to the Mexican government that, oh by the way, they've already requested that list from our government? In the end there are only two reasons for the government to create that list of registered gun owners: to tax them, or to take them.
~ Wayne LaPierre
The Chinese are going to confiscate our guns, and then sell them back to us via Walmart!
~ 1Pokey4 on Mother Jones
The gun owners list will be sold to Mexico and China. Wayne you've figured out our hidden agenda. Yes Wayne U R Crazy #NRA #ParanoidBastard
— Eat the Rich (@RATM4) March 15, 2013
Washington Post Story
The tea-party sponsored a panel called “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?”
The short answer was provided by this panel, which was run by KCarl Smith, an African American father and grandfather who started the ConservativeMESSENGER in 2009 and who has appeared on the “700 Club” and the “Huckabee Show.”
. . . Frederick Douglass is the key to appealing to “blacks, Latinos, women, young people.” How?
He offers the “answer to the diversity inclusion problem, a way to defeat vile and malicious attacks of the left’s propaganda machine. They call us a racist, we back up…. They want to humiliate us. They want to intimidate us.”
(At this point a man comes in dressed as a revolutionary soldier carrying a giant yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.)
“The word conservative,” Smith explains, “the word ‘Republican,’ the word ‘U.S. Constitution,’ those words have a negative connotation in this country. We’re losing the propaganda battle. You might as well call yourself a racist. Say ‘Frederick Douglass Republican.’ It piques interest. Those who frame the debate win the debate.”
He explains that Douglass was “born below poverty. When you’re born into poverty at least you own your own body.”
Douglass, Smith notes, never slept in a bed until the age of 10. He escaped from slavery at the age of 20. What does that mean?
“Slavemaster-run health care,” Smith says. “Slavemaster entitlements. Douglass was a 47 percenter. Slavemasters were Democrats.”
. . . an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?”
ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been “systematically disenfranchised” by federal legislation.
When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”
He claimed to be a direct descendent of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
“Martin Luther King was a Marxist!”... “SHUT UP!”... Suffice it to say, there was plenty of screaming until Smith wrangled a microphone and calmed everybody down. Audience members, still piqued, reached the consensus that Brown and Terry were both plants paid by George Soros. “Was that the liberal media?” one elderly woman asked another. “This event ... has been ruined,” said another.
~ The New Republic
Lord Jesus... they are defending slavery as "it gave food and shelter to blacks.."at #CPAC
— Julie (@LuvXtravagantly) March 15, 2013