NATIONAL HARBOR. Md. -- So what were Republican presidential hopefuls telling conservatives Thursday on opening day of the annual CPAC conference?
Republican Texas Sen.
Republican U.S. Rep.
Republican New Jersey Gov.
Yes, I paraphrase, but that was pretty much the takeaway from a fairly tamped down beginning to the American Conservative Union's annual three-day ideology fest. What accounted for the relative torpor here?
Maybe it’s been a long winter. Maybe it’s just not as exciting to think about a presidential campaign three years before the election. Or maybe world events have taken the wind out of even the most partisan sails. It’s hard to get excited about Iowa in 2016 when the world is obsessed with
While the politicians made carefully crafted pitches, the crowd only truly came to life when fire-breathing NRA Vice President
Authenticity, however loopy, always carries the day.
What did we learn about a few potential 2016 Republican presidential aspirants, apart from the fact that they feel about
"Washington is corrupt," he said. "There is a corrupt and interlocking system of lobbyists and lawyers and consultants that are suckling off Washington. More and more people are making great wealth in Washington -- and Wall Street prospers, and Main Street suffers."
A slimmed-down Christie, who hopes the shadow cast by the ongoing
“Republican governors across this country have stood up and done things,” said Christie, who did not mention their ability to have busy bridge lanes closed but did single out several for praise, including
Governors get things done, said Christie, but Washington? Full of blowhards.
“What you see in Washington is people who only want to talk,” Christie said, whose last press conference lasted almost two hours. “They can’t stop talking. The most dangerous 10 feet in
"The way the left tells it, the Republican Party is in a big civil war--back-fighting, infighting, discord," Ryan said. "Look, I'm Irish. That's my idea of a family reunion."
Funny. But not authentic.