CPAC, Day 2: Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal

posted at 10:41 am on March 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

To paraphrase Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his speech here this morning, it is not only appropriate but wise to revisit and closely examine last November’s defeat in the interest of learning from past mistakes — but most of the CPAC messages so far have focused on optimism for the future, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry pretty much crushed it with the crowd with his declaration that America can’t possibly have rejected conservatism the past couple of cycles, because we haven’t actually nominated conservatives.

…Enter Mitt Romney. I’m thinking this could get a little on the awkward side, considering that the theme of this whole shindig is “America’s future: The next generation of conservatives” and half of the speakers are up-and-comers just trying to move us the heck on from that electoral disaster, so I’m pretty curious to see how Mitt plays it.

Also today: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who laid out his ambitious plan for tax reform in his state on Thursday, and my Townhall colleague Guy Benson will be emceeing for the early afternoon — good times all around.


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Oddly, I’m looking forward to Romney’s speech. I could very well be disappointed, but the others are here mostly to burnish their own credentials, and Romney’s not (or is delusional if he thinks he is, and I don’t think he is). That could open up some interesting avenues for Romney to take.

LukeinNE on March 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The real story from All-white, All-the-time MSNBC will be, “Look at all those pasty white faces! No diversity at all!”

Liam on March 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Romney? I thought this was CPAC, not RPAC.

mythicknight on March 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Uh, no mention of Wayne LaPierre? LaPierre is speaking now.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

ABR fest in 3…2….1

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

It’s the Ides of March……. Happy Resist Tyranny Day!!

TBinSTL on March 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Uh, no mention of Wayne LaPierre? LaPierre is speaking now.

… any minute.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I’ll repeat my question of yesterday.

Given the young demographics of CPAC, is this little confab even relevent?

Happy Nomad on March 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Uh, no mention of Wayne LaPierre? LaPierre is speaking now.…

… any minute.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Show a little cation lest Ed or Allahpundit rebuke you for questioning their pro 2nd credentials.

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Wayne LaPierre is the exact wrong person to be spokesman for the NRA if they want to attract new people to the cause. He looks like Skelator, a caricature of what people think the NRA is.

commodore on March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

The real story from All-white, All-the-time MSNBC will be, “Look at all those pasty white faces! No diversity at all!”

Liam on March 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

You won’t see the pasty white faces from Iowa on a White House tour. You will see Beyonce, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

crash72 on March 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I’ll repeat my question of yesterday.

Given the young demographics of CPAC, is this little confab even relevent?

Happy Nomad on March 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

So what exactly is it you are attempting to assert here, that no youth can be Conservative, that none of the young people involved in CPAC are actually Conservatives, that all of the youthful participants of CPAC are RINO’s? Or that simply by virtue of their youth they have little to no political impact or voice?

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

America can’t possibly have rejected conservatism the past couple of cycles, because we haven’t actually nominated conservatives.

No, the Republican Party has rejected the candidates who have offered themselves as the conservative “choice”. That’s a separate issue then conservatism itself. Mr. Perry has conflated philosophy with candidacy.

Mr. Perry is perhaps one of the finest governors to serve Texas. But he was obviously a lousy presidential choice who didn’t appeal to the party or this finicky electorate.

Certainly we want a candidate who espouses a conservative philosophy and can simply articulate their goals. But that person also needs to be a pragmatic and thus, electable, politician who appeals to voters. We also need someone who isn’t tepid about their beliefs or accomplishments but not overly restrictive in espousing them.

The problem with our party is we are more effective at fighting each other than the opposition. Until that ceases, get familiar with the view. Nobody gets everything they want in a negotiation and I am sick of the whining.

Marcus Traianus on March 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Wayne LaPierre is the exact wrong person to be spokesman for the NRA if they want to attract new people to the cause. He looks like Skelator, a caricature of what people think the NRA is.

commodore on March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

If you honestly believe American’s are that shallow, then I am inclined to believe that the ole commodore has been hitting the
Rum a bit too much and has run his boat up on a reef.

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

So what exactly is it you are attempting to assert here, that no youth can be Conservative, that none of the young people involved in CPAC are actually Conservatives, that all of the youthful participants of CPAC are RINO’s? Or that simply by virtue of their youth they have little to no political impact or voice?

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Wow! What pissed you off this morning? Because I know it couldn’t possibly be my question about the relevence of CPAC.

Simply put, CPAC is largely a mid-20s crowd. Of course they can be energetic and passionate conservatives. But you don’t win elections simply through energy and passion. Beyond a forum for aspiring politicians to give speeches I’m inclined to believe that CPAC has little purpose in the political process.

Happy Nomad on March 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Hallelujah! Awesome speech, Wayne!

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Romney will be bashed by the Hot Air commentators in a Huffingtn Post style nastiness, but I for one am glad hes speaking. He would have made a fantastic President, and hes just a kind and decent man, the polar opposite of who currently occupies the White House.

Jack_Burton on March 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Paul Ryan’s speech …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4Fj_Ch0blIg

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

America can’t possibly have rejected conservatism the past couple of cycles, because we haven’t actually nominated conservatives

…and whose fault is that?

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

…someone is missing from this thread…that will be a first!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

So what exactly is it you are attempting to assert here, that no youth can be Conservative, that none of the young people involved in CPAC are actually Conservatives, that all of the youthful participants of CPAC are RINO’s? Or that simply by virtue of their youth they have little to no political impact or voice?

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Wow! What pissed you off this morning? Because I know it couldn’t possibly be my question about the relevence of CPAC.

Simply put, CPAC is largely a mid-20s crowd. Of course they can be energetic and passionate conservatives. But you don’t win elections simply through energy and passion. Beyond a forum for aspiring politicians to give speeches I’m inclined to believe that CPAC has little purpose in the political process.

Happy Nomad on March 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I’m not pissed off in the slightest, I am just trying to understand why you are being so dismissive of CPAC, and particular it’s youthful participants. Look, I am in my 50′s and would attend a CPAC event in a heartbeat if I could afford to.

As to their having “little purpose in the political process“? I have trouble grasping what this phrase is even suppose to mean.

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Mitt Romney will take the gloves off any minute and attack Obama. Any minute now…. Any minute.

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Go Mitt Go!

No Really, Go. Get out.

portlandon on March 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

OT: What has happened to Bob Woodward? Haven’t seen or heard him in quite a while now. Is he being re-educated?

Mirimichi on March 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Announce for 2016, Mitt, and bus in more troops to stack the straw poll! Mittmania!

rrpjr on March 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Senator Tim Scott’s speech …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jps5UibXZrA

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I look forward to Mitt’s speech. There is certainly no reason to chace him out of the building. I’m sure he’ll have something constructive to add.

dczombie on March 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Mitt Romney will take the gloves off any minute and attack Obama. Any minute now…. Any minute.

SparkPlug on March 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

That is a very interesting shade of blue. Stop and take a breath now.

katy the mean old lady on March 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

America can’t possibly have rejected conservatism the past couple of cycles, because we haven’t actually nominated conservatives

…and whose fault is that?

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

.
So, in a way, those who supported Romney are guilty of underestimating the integrity and intelligence of the American Voting electorate?

Come to terms with the fact that this country is headed for Total Socialist controlled $hithole status, and the votting majority are OK with that – and willingly welcome the demise.

Then this group would also include those who felt Romney was no more conservative than the Marxist-raised purple lipped Corruptocrat who showed his true colors over 4 years of ineptness- but remains for another 4.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

OT: What has happened to Bob Woodward? Haven’t seen or heard him in quite a while now. Is he being re-educated?

Mirimichi on March 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

.
Banished by his own.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

OT: What has happened to Bob Woodward? Haven’t seen or heard him in quite a while now. Is he being re-educated?

Mirimichi on March 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

check Fort Marcy park ….

conservative tarheel on March 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Rick Santorum’s nephew has passed away; Santorum completely rewrote his speech, remembers nephew in emotional speech …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhdL5_P_7ZQ&list=PLmqnjF1D2hhaZ0r5hw-0beF9R7oaB9lOt&index=33

Very moving. Powerful.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Wow…longggggg standing ovation for Romney at CPAC.

GOPRanknFile on March 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Wow…longggggg standing ovation for Romney at CPAC.

GOPRanknFile on March 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Getting a lot of favorable tweets from folks who are there, too, it looks like.

crosspatch on March 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Romney’s speech was mediocre. I wish he had not included Christie in his list of governors that “we need to hear from” (Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Susanna Martinez, Chris Christie, Brian Sandoval), but his speech was okay – not his best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddj8Fz4u2KI&list=PLmqnjF1D2hhaZ0r5hw-0beF9R7oaB9lOt&index=37

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

…he’s still…a good man!…unlike JugEars

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM