Thursday, January 14, 2010
Well it looks like CPAC is the place to be for the real TEA Party people. Ron Paul, Judge Napolitano, and other libertarians will be there speaking. This contrasts sharply with what is being called the TEA Party convention in Nashville next month, which is filled to the hilt with GOP conservatives but quite lacking in those who advocate liberty.
Glenn Beck has been announced as keynote speaker for CPAC. My feelings go back and forth with this guy. I still remember during the presidential election when he equated Ron Paul supporters with terrorists. To be sure he has evolved, but...
Tea Party Movement Arrives With Beck’s CPAC Appearance
Ken Vogel and Michael Calderone muse on the meaning of Glenn Beck’s starring role at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which they argue “marks a new level of personal political engagement” from the talk show host. If anything, it marks the Tea Party’s move to the center of the conservative movement.
Last year, the first round of Tea Parties were held at the same time as CPAC — the D.C. Tea Party was held a few miles down the road. A month after that, Beck launched his “9/12 Project,” which has been surprisingly successful as an organizing force for local conservative groups. And a few months after that, Beck — aided by research from the once-ignored fringe — was a key reason for the resignation of Green Jobs Czar Van Jones and the sudden adoption of “No More Czars!” as a GOP rallying cry.
I’ll expect Democrats to hit Republican attendees of CPAC for sharing a stage with Beck, who faced weeks of scrutiny after accusing President Obama of bearing “a deep-seated hatred for white people.” But as Grover Norquist points out to Politico, people like Ann Coulter have always appeared at CPAC, said a few outrageous things, then gone on to sell their books. Beck (who’s also got books to sell) is going to provide some plan for action.
Posted by Nick Sorrentino at 9:31 AM