Mar
16
2013
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Back *from* #CPAC2013…

…odd mood this year.  Not as snarling as some, but the new location coupled with the ongoing controversies and mixed with the lack of a looming election cycle made it somewhat low-key for me.  Also: I found it surprisingly jarring to not have five billion Ron Paul supporters trying to get me to vote in that freaking straw poll.

Ach, well.  I ran into a goodly number of colleagues and peers, who mostly had flattering things to say about both RedState and myself. That’s always nice to hear.

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Mar
14
2013
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…Well, that was certainly a day at CPAC.

My video camera is showing its age, the traditional Politician Migration Patterns were all messed up from CPAC being in a new site, and apparently my cell phone network has decided to go off the grid and go live in a shack in Wyoming.  Seriously, Verizon apparently erased the cell phone from the timeline itself; I can’t get them to admit that it ever existed, let alone that it exists now and has a phone number that I’d like to keep because that’s what’s on my business cards.

I suspect that there will be no CPAC attendance for me on Friday.  There’s some stuff that needs straightening out.

Moe Lane

PS: One bright spot of the day? I received some nice unsolicited compliments from various professional colleagues.  Flattering, but appreciated.

PPS: Other bright spot? Seeing a bunch of Senators speak who had been put there via the efforts of a lot of grassroots activists.

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Mar
14
2013
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Off to CPAC…

…to hopefully do some candidate interviews (it’s a good place to mine for that).  Sporadic posting today.

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Feb
26
2013
2

Tea Party News Network demonstrates how to ensure good publicity.

By stepping up to the plate:

The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced that the Tea Party News Network will sponsor free WiFi for all CPAC 2013 attendees, including media.  The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013.

“We are thrilled that the Tea Party News Network stepped forward to sponsor Wifi for all conference attendees this year,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.

“We’re delighted that we could provide free internet for all CPAC 2013 attendees,” said Scottie Nell Hughes, News Director of the Tea Party News Network. “We wanted to ensure that at the largest annual gathering of conservatives the thousands of bloggers and grassroots conservative activists have the ability to share their thoughts and message with the world.”

Via the Right Sphere.  There were a bunch of people covering CPAC who were kind of annoyed about this; the life of a conservative blogger is a life where you are expected to make bricks without straw, or sometimes even without clay* – and God knows that CPAC and the ACU are already in the middle of its perennial PR battle anyway. TPNN was pretty smart to volunteer to cover the email tab.

Moe Lane

PS: Mind you, the dedicated cellular access and cheap data plan that you can get from Apple for their iPads is a really good reason to acquire one of their tablets.  Now, if I could only get them to let us jailbreak the damned things…

*Thank you, Harry Turtledove.

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Apr
03
2012
4

Walp, the Maryland primary is today.

Thank God Perry’s still on the ballot: it’s about the only thing motivating me to vote in the primary.  Although that’s not really fair, given that we have a pretty big slate of candidates who want to go up against Ben Cardin in the Senate race.  I interviewed one of them (Dan Bongino) at CPAC, in fact.  Still, the Republican primary started too early and I am completely ready to see the next President kill ethanol subsidies once and for all, then urinate on the cooling ashes.

…OK, maybe I shouldn’t RedHot this one.

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Feb
24
2012
6

#rsrh CPAC moving to National Harbor.

Joy McCann has the details.  Short version: CPAC 2013 will be at a site with better parking, much worse commute if you don’t have a car.  I’ll add: expect a lot of complaining next year about the new venue.  People hate it when a site changes, unless the change is either truly trivial or the change is an improvement in every way.

Also: dagnabbit, this is going to complicate my life.  The commute really was convenient.

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Feb
14
2012
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#rsrh RS at CPAC: Question and answer with Allen West.

I forget why I needed to know about Syria at the time; it was getting blurry at the end.  And I didn’t exactly enjoy myself at CPAC this year.  Up at 5 AM to take a train in and be ready for the 9 AM festivities, then spend the day trying to arrange five minute sessions for interviews with candidates and politicians; I didn’t eat enough, I certainly didn’t drink enough, and I was pretty much wiped by 5 PM.  As in, there were a couple of times that I dozed off in my chair.

Well.  Mustn’t grumble.

Feb
13
2012
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RS at CPAC: Sarah Steelman (R CAND, MO-SEN PRI).

Sarah Steelman is one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri – which is, of course, a prime nomination to have, considering that sitting Senate Claire McCaskill is widely expected to be a prominent member of the next wave of Democratic politicians slated to die the political True Death for the greater glory of Obamacare.  We spoke for a bit at CPAC about the race, and about the fact that it was Sarah’s first CPAC:

Sarah’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Feb
12
2012
1

RS at CPAC: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRI).

Ted Ctuz is an old friend of RedState, of course: so we made sure to spend a couple of minutes talking about the race, how the ongoing redistricting dispute in Texas is making everybody’s elections difficult, and about CPAC generally.  And if you’re wondering why a Texas federal Senate race would be affected by redistricting, it’s because nobody really wants to have three primary dates this year.  Anyway, we chatted for a bit:

Ted’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Feb
12
2012
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RS at CPAC: Rep. Sandy Adams (R, FL-24)

Rep. Sandy Adams is a freshman legislator who is now running for re-election in the new FL-07 district (the maps were thoroughly shifted around as per the redistricting process in Florida); as a result, she’ll be running a contested primary with Rep. John Mica.  Sandy and I talked a bit about that race, as well as CPAC generally:

Rep. Adams’ site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Feb
12
2012
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RS at CPAC: Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04 PRI).

We’ve spoken before: Mia is the mayor of Saratoga Springs in the new UT-04 district, and if she wins the primary she hopes to beat Jim Matheson in the general.  We spoke for a few minutes at CPAC:

Mia’s site is here.  I don’t often say this, but if I lived in this district I’d be voting for her.  Which is no reflection on the other candidates, of course.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Feb
11
2012
1

RS at CPAC: EJ Otero (R CAND, FL-11 PRI).

Florida is volatile, this cycle: the combination of redistricting, the adding of two seats, and the status of Florida as a battleground state has caused for a lot of jockeying for positioning and seats.  It was pretty much a relief to speak to Col. E.J. Otero, USAF (Ret.), who simply wants to toss out the liberal Kathy Castor from the 11th district. As usual, we talked about CPAC and this race.

Col. Otero’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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