More Highlights from CPAC

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read Frank's other days of coverage:

"Are you really tired of liberal elitists defeating your values, diminishing your freedoms, and stealing your money?" [enthusiastic cheers from the crowd]

Taking a seat in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC for the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, this is what I heard from Lori Roman of She started her organization to "hold the liberal elitists accountable" for "doing things in your home town or home state." It's a democratic ("SMALL d," she emphasized) website where people can post their latest outrage, and take action. And they've "trained" talk radio hosts to go there for stories.

I see banter on my website... Sometimes people ask: Does it really matter? It does matter. It matters when we shut down the [Congressional] switchboard... Sometimes it feels like the liberal elitists are trampling over you every day... Remember, we are our only hope. We have to use every venue we can. There's more of us than them. We need to fight back!
Thanks to Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin, they're listening to Regular Folks... I said to myself, 'I want those bitter, gun-and-religion-clinging folks on my site.'

Day 2 at Conservative-palooza

I came to the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference to see what the future of the movement held. In the lobby, a group that was unable to get into the ballroom watched Newt Gingrich on a TV screen as he scared everyone with terrorist doomsday scenarios.

Eric Cantor: the New Voice of Dead Conservative Ideas

Rising from the heart of an enduring Republican delusion, a Virginia Congressman, whip Eric Cantor has emerged as the heir to the hero of 1994, Newt Gingrich:

As Republican whip, Mr. Cantor succeeded again on Friday in denying the White House the support of a single House Republican on the stimulus bill. That was a calculated challenge to the president, who, in his weekly address on Saturday, hailed the bill as “an ambitious plan at a time we badly need it.”

Mr. Cantor said he had studied Mr. Gingrich’s years in power and had been in regular touch with him as he sought to help his party find the right tone and message. Indeed, one of Mr. Gingrich’s leading victories in unifying his caucus against Mr. Clinton’s package of tax increases to balance the budget in 1993 has been echoed in the events of the last few weeks.

“I talk to Newt on a regular basis because he was in the position that we are in: in the extreme minority,” he said.

Republicans dream that the first Obama years will mirror the first years of the Clinton administration, but they will live a nightmare with Eric Cantor apparently leading the way.

Longer than You Think

The 1985 Stephen King short story anthology Skeleton Crew, included a futuristic teleporter tale called The Jaunt. In the story, the world has been revolutionized by the invention of a device which dismembers an individual, molecule by molecule, and sends the bits anywhere in the world at light speed for reassembly. The process is completely safe, except that it requires the subject to be unconscious. Of course, this is a Stephen King story, so one precocious young child decides to fake the sedative. He emerges from the torture of molecular dismemberment aged, seething, and deranged, proclaiming that the excruciating ordeal was "longer than you think", before plucking out his own eyes.

Here, at the end of 8 long year of Conservative Republican hegemony, Americans have every reason to empathize with Stephen King's feckless traveler.

Virginity Pledges - Because Conservatives Love Teen Pregnancy and STDs

A new study shows that whether they wear purity rings, pledge chastity to their fathers at a purity ball, or sign virginity pledges, half of all American teens become sexually active. Those who base their sexual education on abstinence are much more likely to engage in risky behaviors, failing to use condoms or other birth control and placing them at much higher risks for pregnancy and STDs.

Conservative: A New Form of Mental Illness

As many of you know, I like to read the blogs from the "other side", mostly for comic relief, since they rarely focus on issues. Click the link and read this blog post from From on High.