Mitch McConnell at CPAC: If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

posted at 1:21 pm on March 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Spoiler alert: He’ll let us down.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a ballroom full of activists Thursday that he would fight “tooth and nail” for a conservative agenda if he takes the helm of a Republican majority next year…

“If I’m given the opportunity to lead the United States Senate next year, I won’t let you down,” McConnell said. “I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reforms that put this country back on track, we will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear, and we will govern with the understanding that the future of this country depends on our success.”

Oddly enough, his reception in the hall today was “lukewarm.” Serious question: What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”? He’ll happily hold a vote to repeal ObamaCare, which will either be filibustered by Democrats or die on Obama’s desk. He might be willing to stand his ground on spending cuts, veto or no veto. Is that good enough? Ain’t no way he’s going to shut down the government or let Treasury hit the debt ceiling, and the closer we get to 2016 the surer that is. So if that’s the litmus test, consider him having failed already.

Actually, I think there are two litmus tests, neither of which has to do with fiscal standoffs. One is on Supreme Court (or cabinet) appointments, the other is on immigration. If Obama gets a vacancy on the Court and nominates someone far enough left to alarm grassroots righties but not so far left that GOP centrists like Mark Kirk won’t vote for him/her, McConnell will face a ton of pressure to keep the nomination off the floor. I think there’s a fair chance that he’ll pass that test. In fact, Obama himself might anticipate it by nominating someone radical-ish in the expectation that he or she will be torpedoed and then nominating the person he really wanted all along as a “moderate” compromise back-up pick. On immigration, though, it’s unfathomable to me that McConnell would block an amnesty bill passed by the more conservative House, knowing that there are more than enough amnesty fans in the Senate to break a filibuster on it, purely to pander to tea partiers. The party leadership wants immigration done by the time of the next presidential election. Mitch the Knife won’t stop them. So yeah, he’ll let you down.

Here he is this morning waving a gun around onstage. I know he feels like he’s being attacked on all sides by conservatives lately, but good lord, man. (Kidding. It was a present for Tom Coburn.)


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How many terms does Mitch the Liar get..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

FIRE HIS A**!!!!!!!!

williamg on March 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I have to say that I was disappointed in Sen. Lee’s reception at CPAC before The Won cut in. He said it was time to stop talking about Reagan and start acting like Reagan and it only got a few standers. Heavy on the Establishment I guess.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

BWAAAAHHHAA.. Your track record says you already have and will continue to do so.

melle1228 on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

F*ck you, Mitch. The CPAC audience, having been thoroughly insulted, called names, disappointed by and backstabbed by this f*ckwit, didn’t simply boo this piece of shit off the stage?

Pity.

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

CPAC…Pffft

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

This will not end well.

de rigueur on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Why didn’t he carry out Today’s version of the common foot soldier’s and citizen’s ‘musket’ – The AR-15?

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Integrity? Is he a politician?

vnvet on March 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Dang, is CPAC going on? It’s only a few blocks from my crib and usually I go, but I’ve been busy with work and totally forgot.

Yeah, we’ve got some big problems within the movement.

Great snark in the post though AP.

WhatSlushfund on March 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I blame the McConnell/Bohener tax hike in exchange for the non-existent sequester on McConnell/Bohener. Especially since this year we reached the “pay your fair share” bracket.

I blame continuously borrowing more $$$ on McConnell/Bohener.

I must have missed his floor speech to shut down $$ for Obamacare during the Cruz fillibuster.

Time for him to go.

kringeesmom on March 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I think there’s a fair chance that he’ll pass that test.

Oh, hell, AP – *why* the f*ck would you even begin to think this? If it comes to this, I’ve got $20 that Mitch will allow it to the floor with weasel words like ‘preserving the comity of the Senate’, ‘the right thing to do’, ‘embracing the role of the Senate to advise and consent, while allowing the President *his* role of nominating who he wishes’, etc.

For f*cks sake, giving MM (and similar others) the ‘benefit of the doubt’ when they’ve already demonstrated their proclivities is just… well, it’s f*cking stupid.

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Mitch McConnell at CPAC: If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

…I call…bullshit!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Sorry, not buying it.

rightside on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

HAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh that’s Rich, Mitch.

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

What a joke. And Drudge has a headline up about Chris Christie getting a standing ovation. Huh?

Jack_Burton on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Considering his past record of uselessness, he won’t let conservatives down and he won’t stab them in the back.

He will do it head on and screw everyone.

Along with that slimy worm Boehner and his clown caucus of democrats in all but name in the House.

NWConservative on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

And there you have it folks. The GOPe is asking us to vote for it based on FAITH! As a social conservative, I laugh at this contortion that we call “leadership”.

nobar on March 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

$100 billion in cuts. Take it to the bank!

El_Terrible on March 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So CPAC appears to be joining the ranks of ‘conservative in name only’, perhaps.

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

“On immigration, though, it’s unfathomable to me that McConnell would block an amnesty bill passed by the more conservative House, knowing that there are more than enough amnesty fans in the Senate to break a filibuster on it, purely to pander to tea partiers.”

At this point, it is becoming clear that there is no conservative leadership in the House! Certainly not in the Senate…..leadership wants immigration reform by 2016? Keep dreaming, AP. They don’t always get what they want!

tomshup on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

What a joke. And Drudge has a headline up about Chris Christie getting a standing ovation. Huh?

Jack_Burton on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

They had to. He needed all the seats for himself.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

AP is as wrong on McConnell as he was yesterday, claiming that Chris Coons is not up for re-election this year. He is.

McConnell held together the entire GOP caucus in 2009-2010 against Obamacare when he had only 40 votes, including those of Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, among other dubious Republicans. Every member of the GOP caucus was under IMMENSE pressure from the Administration, the MSM, Reid, et al, to BREAK RANKS to give the Obamacare monstrosity the patina of bipartisanship.

To those who believe this was an easy sell at the time for McConnell or any other leader, you are certifiably nuts. The pressure, up to and including Christmas Eve 2009, was UNPRECEDENTED. The Administration had all the goodies, the freebies, to offer.

You and I didn’t keep 40 free agents in camp. McConnell did.

McConnell also delivered the sequester in 2011, which cut discretionary spending, and kept a 2013 tax increase away from most American families.

The true test of McConnell as majority leader will be his determination to attach a repeal of the risk corridors to a debt extension limit. At that point, working with the House, it’s over for Obamacare, because Obama cannot afford a default.

It is both astonishing and disappointing to me how many armchair pundits have zero conception of a leader’s role and zero knowledge of Senate procedure and tactics.

matthew8787 on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Mitch McConnell at CPAC: If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

Blow me, you lowlife surrender weasel.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Serious question: What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”?

Simple. First, kill Obamacare. If the GOP controls both chambers of Congress, why would they not be able to defund it? And short of that, cripple it so that it inevitably dies. Get rid of the bailout for insurers for starters. Think they’ll stick around in the exchanges once that little provision is removed?

Second, put a stop to the endrun around Congress by Obama. Defund the IRS, the EPA, HHS, the NSA, and every other agency that’s being used by this regime to unilaterally impliment its agenda(not to mention target and destroy its political opposition).

Third, pass a balanced budget amendment and reform the tax code. If Obama wants to veto them, let it be his and the Democrats’ funeral.

Look, I’m a realist. I understand there are hurdles to rolling back the Obama agenda as long as Obama is President. But if the GOP is handed the Senate and House and sits back does nothing for the next 2 years while claiming they first need the White House in order to impliment their own agenda, they ain’t gonna get my support anymore. I don’t recall Pelosi and Reid sitting around twiddling their thumbs from January 2007 til Obama’s inauguration before they started pressuring Bush to do their bidding.

Doughboy on March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Next time I’ll really be conservative…but damn those TEA Party radicals.

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Maybe if he waved around a sweet Barrett?

WhatSlushfund on March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

When do we fight..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Liar…

PatriotRider on March 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I’m seriously considering going to this event this Saturday.

A certain Woman is speaking…don’t have the time yet, but
I can pretty damn well be certain she’ll blow the roof off
the Effing place.

And Mitch, she actually SHOOTS her guns.

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Serious question: What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”? He’ll happily hold a vote to repeal ObamaCare, which will either be filibustered by Democrats or die on Obama’s desk. He might be willing to stand his ground on spending cuts, veto or no veto.

He would need to either pass conservative legislation (something substantial that actually cuts spending as opposed to symbolic bills designed to fail) or at least hold the line on several major conservative priorities such as immigration. “Mavericks” who vote with the Democrats on every issue would need to reprimanded in some way, either openly or through leaks to Politico and other organs from “anonymous” sources the same way attacks on conservatives have occured. Attacks on Tea Party candidates come to a full stop. All of Obama’s appointees for everything are frozen out. This is all just stuff off the top of my head.

Some combination of these, basically.

That being said, McConnell and Boehner have damaged themselves so badly they would really need to do a complete 180 on everything they are doing right now, and I have little confidence they will. McConnell is doing exactly what McCain did when he ran against Hayworth.

Doomberg on March 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

What a joke. And Drudge has a headline up about Chris Christie getting a standing ovation. Huh?

Jack_Burton on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

They probably took the experience Romney got in the debates (booing) to heart and packed CPAC with their paid supporters.

Don’t want anyone booing and generating more bad publicity for the big donor’s and the US Chamber of Fascism’s choice.

NWConservative on March 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Was that the Charlton Heston pose..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Our best option until Obama is gone:

Formulate a “Weekend at the Supreme Court” strategy to ensure none of the Un-Holy 9 retire or die.

We’ll probably need some Muppeteers to work under the robes to keep up appearances.

Volunteers?

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

McConnell held together the entire GOP caucus in 2009-2010 against Obamacare when he had only 40 votes, including those of Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, among other dubious Republicans. Every member of the GOP caucus was under IMMENSE pressure from the Administration, the MSM, Reid, et al, to BREAK RANKS to give the Obamacare monstrosity the patina of bipartisanship.

To those who believe this was an easy sell at the time for McConnell or any other leader, you are certifiably nuts.

You can blow my dog.

The pressure, up to and including Christmas Eve 2009, was UNPRECEDENTED. The Administration had all the goodies, the freebies, to offer.

matthew8787 on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Oooooh. How did he possibly resist??

Good ol’ B**ch McConnell even was nice enough to allow that midnight vote so that they could all go home for the holidays (to celebrate the destruction of America). And he had the gall to claim that he did it so that the debt limit vote would be around election time … which the GOP caved on in no-time flat, time and again.

I think you must be B**ch’s cousin, or something. He sucks. He’s a dirtball. He should stick with his turtle friends and not venture into human endeavors, anymore.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”? He’ll happily hold a vote to repeal ObamaCare, which will either be filibustered by Democrats or die on Obama’s desk.

Mike Lee’s Balanced Budget Amendment is still sitting there and it does not require Obama’s signature. All McConnell has to do is get some of his Democratic buddies to sign on.

Occams Stubble on March 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Mitch! Mitch? Mitch, is that you? Hey, Mitch!

Get out, you worthless piece of flesh.

Get out. Now.

chuckh on March 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

What a joke. And Drudge has a headline up about Chris Christie getting a standing ovation. Huh?

Jack_Burton on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

They had to. He needed all the seats for himself.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

When last we checked in on the Round Mound of Sound….

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Abolish the IRS

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

….YOU LIE!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Why didn’t he carry out Today’s version of the common foot soldier’s and citizen’s ‘musket’ – The AR-15?

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Because he is not on the side of today’s citizen. He will say anything in front of any audience, to hold on to his personal status. Keep in mind that he has openly declared war on the TEA Party and Conservatives; mobilizing the Republican Party machinery and donors against them. If he defeats his primary opponent, in this one case it would be well worth it to send money to the Democrat moonbat running against him. Given his long history of enabling the Left from his position of power in the Republican party, McConnell’s loss would be at worst a wash, and would actually move the Republican caucus in a more Conservative direction.

Subotai Bahadur on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

McConnell, Christy, McCain, Graham: There’s leadership for us.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”?

Retire. This isnt even about his voting record or his anti-Cruz, anti-SCF machinations. He was part of the old Bush-area leadership and if he put the good of country and party behind his personal interests, he would grant his party the chance for a fresh start and new faces in the leadership.

Valkyriepundit on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

“If I’m given the opportunity to lead the United States Senate next year, I won’t let you down,” McConnell said. “I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reforms that put this country back on track, we will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear, and we will govern with the understanding that the future of this country depends on our success.”

Imagine that obama spoke…just as hollow…

What’s with the gun?

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

That pose of good ol Mitch with the gun is just like
John Effing Kerry saying
“Where can I get me a huntin License?”

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

For some reason I’m seeing a very blurred division between Liberal Progressives and Republican Progressives. Hell, Geraldo Rivera, a so called Republican even admits to voting for Obama. Mitch McConell and Chris Christi, what a pair, can you imagine what this country would look like with these guys in charge. Instead of Bush signs posted stating miss me yet, there would be Obama signs up stating miss me yet.

DDay on March 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Oh, and I forgot one other thing. Stop pussyfooting around the IRS, Benghazi, F&F, and NSA scandals. The GOP is stonewalling almost as much as Obama is.

Doughboy on March 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

McConnell held together the entire GOP caucus in 2009-2010 against Obamacare when he had only 40 votes, including those of Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, among other dubious Republicans. Every member of the GOP caucus was under IMMENSE pressure from the Administration, the MSM, Reid, et al, to BREAK RANKS to give the Obamacare monstrosity the patina of bipartisanship.

He should have done what the Dems do, and sent everyone to Illinois.

kringeesmom on March 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Why didn’t he carry out Today’s version of the common foot soldier’s and citizen’s ‘musket’ – The AR-15?

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I like the way you Think.

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

Just like John Boehner in the House…!

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

On immigration amnesty, though, it’s unfathomable to me that McConnell would block an amnesty bill passed by the more conservative House, knowing that there are more than enough amnesty fans in the Senate to break a filibuster on it, purely to pander to tea partiers. The party leadership wants immigration amnesty done by the time of the next presidential election. Mitch the Knife won’t stop them. So yeah, he’ll let you down.

Traitors, all, and all who’re for amnesty.

Immigration reform is NOT amnesty.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

he’s pile of crap encased in the skin of a liar.

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

How many terms does Mitch the Liar get..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

In a just world, 20 to life. Cell to the right of Bammy.

hawkeye54 on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

matthew8787 on March 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

So caucus unity is an achievement? I expect this from Senators, not hope for it.

And considering that he allowed Murkowski to keep her seniority in the senate after she ran as an INDEPENDENT in Alaska against her own party’s nominee, or tolerating McCain’s incessant crazy rantings on the Senate floor, I’m not seeing this so called iron clad leadership here.

Not to mention his support of returning cloture rules back to the norm after the Democrats got what they want or his constant support of amnesty ( just watch, after the election he will retake his rightful place as amnesty supporter #1).

Stop schilling for incompetents and liars.

NWConservative on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell: We only control 1/3 of the government so we cant get everything we want. But we’re going to fight during the debt ceiling in two months. You have to have the right tactics, and this isnt the battle we fight.

ritewhit on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Serious question: What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”?

Simple. First, kill Obamacare. If the GOP controls both chambers of Congress, why would they not be able to defund it? And short of that, cripple it so that it inevitably dies. Get rid of the bailout for insurers for starters. Think they’ll stick around in the exchanges once that little provision is removed?

Second, put a stop to the endrun around Congress by Obama. Defund the IRS, the EPA, HHS, the NSA, and every other agency that’s being used by this regime to unilaterally impliment its agenda(not to mention target and destroy its political opposition).

Third, pass a balanced budget amendment and reform the tax code. If Obama wants to veto them, let it be his and the Democrats’ funeral.

Look, I’m a realist. I understand there are hurdles to rolling back the Obama agenda as long as Obama is President. But if the GOP is handed the Senate and House and sits back does nothing for the next 2 years while claiming they first need the White House in order to impliment their own agenda, they ain’t gonna get my support anymore. I don’t recall Pelosi and Reid sitting around twiddling their thumbs from January 2007 til Obama’s inauguration before they started pressuring Bush to do their bidding.

Doughboy on March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

What he said^^

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

If Obama gets a vacancy on the Court and nominates someone far enough left to alarm grassroots righties but not so far left that GOP centrists like Mark Kirk won’t vote for him/her, McConnell will face a ton of pressure to keep the nomination off the floor. I think there’s a fair chance that he’ll pass that test.

I agree with you AP. McConnell has been a strong supporter of putting constitutional conservatives on the SC.

shubalstearns on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Don’t like Mitch McConnell. He’s an opportunist.

terryannonline on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The Rs have said “wait until so-n-so gets elected, then…” since the ’60s.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:48 PM

If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down

What does this mean?

It doesn’t mean what most of us would like it to mean, I tell ya.

hawkeye54 on March 6, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reforms that put this country back on track, we will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear, and we will govern with the understanding that the future of this country depends on our success.

Odd, why dont you do this now? Do you have to be in the majority to do this?

ritewhit on March 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Don’t like Mitch McConnell. He’s an opportunist.

terryannonline on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

But Rubio isn’t. Thanks for the smirk.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Occams Stubble on March 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

As juicy as a BBA is, just do the math.

To achieve a balanced budget there are 3 options, and only 3 options. I grant you the power to decide, for all time and for all people, which one will be used. Ready?

1) Increase taxes to cover spending
2) Decrease spending to match year-to-year revenue
3) Options 1 and 2 in a ratio you will define.

Go!

[cue Final Jeopardy music]

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Why didn’t he carry out Today’s version of the common foot soldier’s and citizen’s ‘musket’The AR-15?

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Because he is not on the side of today’s citizen. He will say anything in front of any audience, to hold on to his personal status. Keep in mind that he has openly declared war on the TEA Party and Conservatives; mobilizing the Republican Party machinery and donors against them. If he defeats his primary opponent, in this one case it would be well worth it to send money to the Democrat moonbat running against him. Given his long history of enabling the Left from his position of power in the Republican party, McConnell’s loss would be at worst a wash, and would actually move the Republican caucus in a more Conservative direction.

Subotai Bahadur on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I would tend to agree with most of that.

I kind of meant that as a rhetorical question – besides it would have been too ‘controversial’ to show up with a firearm “Common use”.

Pandering in the worse sense of the word.

Those people wouldn’t have a prayer if they didn’t have millions of ordinary citizens working on their behalf – but at best they ignore those efforts and at worst they spit on them.

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Odd, why dont you do this now? Do you have to be in the majority to do this?

ritewhit on March 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

His Big Boy undies have been on back order, and he’s predicting delivery pretty soon.

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Why didn’t he carry out Today’s version of the common foot soldier’s and citizen’s ‘musket’ – The AR-15?

DinaRehn on March 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Because the National Harbor is technically in Maryland.

bigmacdaddy on March 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I will lead with integrity, we will fight tooth and nail for conservative reforms that put this country back on track, we will debate our ideas openly, we will vote without fear, and we will govern with the understanding that the future of this country depends on our success.

Odd, why dont you do this now? Do you have to be in the majority to do this?

ritewhit on March 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Exactly.

A) that he feels he has to even say this shows that he knows his reputation and history do not comport with his claims.

B) Why anyone would believe that if given leadership over a majority that he will do that which he hasn’t yet worked to do with a minority, well… I don’t know why an intelligent person would believe him.

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I agree with you AP. McConnell has been a strong supporter of putting constitutional conservatives on the SC.

shubalstearns on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Where in the constitution does it say that the government can force you to buy a service. Please name a article and section where it is stated.

Because Mitch voted for “constitutional conservative” John Roberts who said it was there.

NWConservative on March 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

What a joke. And Drudge has a headline up about Chris Christie getting a standing ovation. Huh?

Jack_Burton on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

CPAC obviously isn’t what it used to be.

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

CPAC:

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Is there a spotify playlist yet for #djcpac?
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McConnell: “They’re too busy trying to fix Benghazi for Hillary”
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canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

1) Increase taxes to cover spending
2) Decrease spending to match year-to-year revenue
3) Options 1 and 2 in a ratio you will define.

Go!

[cue Final Jeopardy music]

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I pick option 4 – decrease taxes, *and* decrease spending to below the new and improved/decreased revenue level, along with an absolute prohibition on ever increasing taxes (period).

Midas on March 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

CPAC:

Zeke Miller ‏@ZekeJMiller 1h

Jindal on Obama: “If I were him, I’d consider suing Harvard Law School to get his money back”
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Jindal saying Obama is now the worst president of his lifetime: “To president Carter, I want to issue a sincere apology.”
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RT @jameshohmann: You know which governor did NOT get a shoutout from Chris Christie? Bobby Jindal. He’s speaking right now. #CPAC2014
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Christie: “We don’t have an income inequality problem, we have an opportunity inequality problem”
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Christie: “We need to be pro-life when they leave the womb as well”
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Christie on Dems: “They’re the party of intolerance, not us”
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Christie: “We have to stop letting the media define who we are and what we stand for”
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Christie: “If that’s your attitude Mr. President, then what the hell are we paying you for?”
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Christie tells a poor version of the Chuck Schumer and a camera joke
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RT @TMannWSJ: @ZekeJMiller Not by name, interestingly enough.
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…and Snyder
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Christie now highlighting the work of Walker and Kasich. All three are looking at running in 2016
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Christie is attacking Harry Reid for attacking the Kochs: “Harry Reid should get back to work and stop picking on great Americans”
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Christie: “Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that’s what we have to stand up for”
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Christie: “The fact is we’ve got to start talking about what we’re for, and not what we’re against.”
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canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

When does Karl Rove speak..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Results for #CPAC2014

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CPAC2014&src=hash

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

And let’s not forget this cute little piece of maneuvering.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

For the good of the party he should step down, the Republicans need fresh blood… and the current hierarchy has done nothing to show they’re up to the task.

That being said… Mitch really really really needs to be defeated. I want Boehner gone too but these guys, they’re not the type to be deterred by threats from within their own party, blood must be spilt and less blood will be needed the further up the chain the heads come from.

Ukiah on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

More news from CPAC: our own Mary Katharine Ham won the ‘Blogger of the Year’ Award.

Congratulations MKH!

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

If the GOP make gains in the House and take the Senate, Boehner and McConnell have to go. Time for new leadership.

monalisa on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Seriously, how many times are people going to believe the lies, and then have him go to Congress and stab us all in the back?

I guess people still haven’t had enough deceit and betrayals.

Meople on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

@shadenfreude

Most politicians are opportunists. But McConnell was an opportunist when it came to the Iraq war amd that is beyond the pale for me.

terryannonline on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Serious question: What would McConnell have to do, or not do, as Senate majority leader for tea partiers to say, “He was right, he didn’t let us down”?

How about showing as much respect for the TPM as he shows to the filthy Democrats? How about not treating the TPM as if it is something that got dragged into Congress on the bottom of his shoe? How about trying to make the answer “yes” instead of long lectures as to why he has to cave and give more support to the Dems than he does to his own party members?

Chris Christie gave much the same message- STFU and vote for the surrender weasels so that we can do something! That is not a winning message. It is more of the same crap sandwich that included John McCain giving the rebuttal to Ted Cruz’s filibuster attempt.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

When does Karl Rove speak..?

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

d1carter:)
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March 6-8, 2014 Washington, D.C.
Conservative Political Action Conference

CPAC 2014 – Presented by One America News Network and Tea Party Patriots.

http://www.cpac.org/schedule-events
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View the Full CPAC 2014 Schedule
by Andrew Kirell | 11:04 am, March 6th, 2014
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View the major speakers schedule below and watch a live-stream of the conference HERE:

THURSDAY

9:00 a.m. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
9:24 a.m. – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
9:40 a.m. – Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
10:19 a.m. – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
11:45 a.m. – Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
12:00 p.m. – Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
12:16 p.m. – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
12:31 p.m. – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
2:45 p.m. – Donald Trump

FRIDAY

9:00 a.m. – Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
10:23 a.m. – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
11:15 a.m. – Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition
2:26 p.m. – Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
2:40 p.m. – Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union
2:51 p.m. – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

SATURDAY

12:45 p.m. – Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
1:12 p.m. – Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation
5:23 p.m. – Straw poll
5:45 pm. – Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)

You can view the full CPAC 2014 conference schedule HERE.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/view-the-full-cpac-2014-schedule/

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

But, there didn’t seem to be much debate over who deserved the prestigious ‘Blogger’ title this year. Last year, the award went to Townhall’s own Katie Pavlich.

Two great choices in a row CPAC!

The two don’t even compare, on any scale. Katie has a very bright future. She is a lady of substance and knows how to debate, without coming across like Kirstin Powers.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

CONGRATS TO MARY KATHARINE!!

ToddPA on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

YOU LIE!

I guarantee you if GOP takes over senate… they will cave to Obama/the Dems in 2015 and 2016. The excuse will be either “We can’t risk losing the White House in 2016″ or “We can’t throw away the majorities we just gained that we worked so hard for”

Then if GOP has senate, house, and presidency in 2016, excuse for growing government and not cutting spending and doing other progressive things will be “We can’t risk this super majority”

tcufrog on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Meople on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

All’s it takes is Kentucky and they got a brand new bridge coming their way. He’ll be back.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

If you give me a Republican majority in the Senate, I won’t let you down…again

FIFY

Marcus Traianus on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

More news from CPAC: our own Mary Katharine Ham won the ‘Blogger of the Year’ Award.

Congratulations MKH!

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Darn my money was on Ronan Farrow. ;0

Seriously, it is always great to see nice things happening for nice people. Congrats MKH!

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

blink on March 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I agree, I guess you can say it is Allah’s call. Seems like he could have a proxy to pick up the award.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Spoiler alert: He’ll let us down.

No shit?!

In other news, water is wet, the pope is still Catholic a closet liberation theologist, and the sun rose this morning in the east.

gryphon202 on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

MKH might have deserved this years ago.

Now?

This proves how insane the judges or whoever are.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

our own Mary Katharine Ham won the ‘Blogger of the Year’ Award.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

…bluegill is going to be upset!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Name the “blogging” which gives MKH this ‘honor’.

Shows how truly stupid the Rs also are.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Yes Christie, let’s talk about what you’re for:

Amnesty
Building the Muslim victory monument at the WTC site
Gun Control
Big Government
Pork, lots of it (anyone remember the schilling for Sandy “relief”?)
Implemented Obamacare
Criticizes conservatives who were against medicaid expansion and Obamacare

Oh and he yelled at some teachers screaming about their union bennies.

Scott Walker took them out in Wisconsin and survived a concerted recall effort easily against the combined effort of the entire communist left. And he did it with a smile on his face while leaving them crying about the death of their version of “democracy.”

NWConservative on March 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Does that mean the Gov. Palin is the keynote again? That ought to thrill the Establishment.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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