CPAC Interview: Tommy Christopher

posted at 7:40 pm on February 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Want the perspective of the Left on CPAC? Tommy Christopher of AOL’s Political Machine infiltrated CPAC today … well, not really infiltrated, since everyone knows who he is, but managed to be the only liberal reporting from the conference.  I asked him for his perspective on the doings, and he responded with a William Shatner impression:

Actually, Tommy had some interesting thoughts on the conference, including the fact that almost no one here knew what Michael Steele said about civil unions this week.  He also admitted that he thought John Ziegler was a good guy and that Media Malpractice was “entertaining”, but that he thinks Ziegler is just attacking Obama by other means.  Tommy is also surprised to discover the hotness gap here at CPAC.  Conservatives, of course, already know this …

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Quite frankly, my give-a-s–t’s busted from overuse. Steele leads a political party, and he’s not one of us (meaning philosophical objectivist-conservatives).

This just grinds my gears, burns my bacon, and crushes my cupcakes (upsets me, for those of you in Rio Linda) all at the same time. Throughout coverage of CPAC, I’ve heard the terms “conservative” and “Republican” used interchangeably.

If we are to heal the party from within, we, as conservatives, must literally disavow ourselves from the Republican party just as Reagen disavowed himself from the Democrats.

And “attacking Obama by other means?” Tommy, you’re probably the second-most intellectually honest liberal I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to (only behind Juan Williams), but it’s not an ad hominem attack, or not even really an attack, if it’s true. Liberals consistently follow the playbook of attack-the-messenger when they don’t like the message. Project much, Tommy?

You’d better look out, Cap’n. The more I hear from Tommy Christopher, the less I like him. And that, my friends, is ad hominem.

gryphon202 on February 27, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Oh yeah. Hotness gap? Color me completely unsurprised. Anyone get a look at Anne Freeman over at RFC? She is the total package, my friends — as well as a rock-ribbed red-blooded gun-toting conservative.

She kinda reminds me of something out of “The Banger Sisters,” only she doesn’t look her age. I hate to sound like I’m typifying the average conservative female, but there you go.

gryphon202 on February 27, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Likeable guy… but I ask: he suggests that people are hateful who laugh at Barack Obama. (12:20) Really? Did Tommy the self-admitted center lefty feel the same way toward everyone who laughed at Bush?

Is it balance if I both laugh at and cry about Barack Obama’s presidency?

beatcanvas on February 27, 2009 at 8:19 PM

I am so sick of embedded media players that won’t let you skip to a precise point… if I slide it to 22:00 I want it to start playing at 22:00, not jump back to 19:30–or whatever.

DaveS on February 27, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Why is Christopher so shocked that a lot of Republicans don’t fall in lock-step with everything on the Republican party platform? Is that the norm for dems? A big old army of yes-men for the DNC?

Jewels on February 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM