AFP Defending the Dream Summit: Day 1

posted at 8:01 am on August 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Originally, I planned on doing morning radio shows all week at the Minnesota State Fair for AM 1280 The Patriot, but the opportunity to cover AFP’s Defending the Dream Summit 2014 was too good to pass up. I flew to Dallas yesterday afternoon and will be at the Omni Hotel for both days of the event, covering the various talks and speeches  – and there is plenty of great topics and speakers to cover.  They will have some live streaming for those who could not make it, but Guy Benson and I heard that over 3,000 people will be on hand for this event, making it AFP’s biggest event ever.

The main action will come in the afternoon. Governor Rick Perry will speak, as will Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Senator Rand Paul. Dr. Ben Carson, a favorite of the grassroots, will also be on hand today, as will be AEI president Arthur Brooks. All of these speeches will take place between 1:30-4:30 CT.

In the morning, conference attendees will have a wide range of choices in three breakout sessions. The agenda is live at the above link, but I’ll probably attend these today:

  • Obamacare & You – What the Bill Really Says and What it Really Means — Avik Roy has done amazing reporting on ObamaCare, and he’s one of the panelists. Definitely want to see where this goes with open registration season fast approaching.
  • Wastewatchers – Tightening the Belt on Government Spending — This was a tough choice, because Guy will be on a panel focusing on social-media branding, and Jim Geraghty on another that delves into the problems of overregulation and cronyism. I’ll probably end up with Wastewatchers, as Governor Mike Pence will be on that panel. I ran into Gov. Pence on an elevator just after I arrived at the hotel, and we chatted for a couple of minutes. With 2016 not too far off the radar, it might be interesting to see what Gov. Pence has to say.
  • Social Media – Short and Sweet — An easy choice for the last session, as Jim, Guy, and Tabitha Hale are all on this same panel.

I’ll post during the morning about any interesting exchanges that take place in these breakout sessions, but I’m hoping to get interviews with some of the principals while I’m down here. We have confirmation with one already, which I’ll leave as a surprise for later, but I’ll be working on others as well. Stay tuned.

Note: For full disclosure purposes, AFP is covering my travel costs to this event, but Townhall Media (our parent organization) is a sponsor of this event as well anyway.

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renalin on August 29, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Enjoy the late Aug weather in Big D. And let us know if ya spot the Cowboys’ defense as they havent been seen in years.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Enjoy the late Aug weather in Big D. And let us know if ya spot the Cowboys’ defense as they havent been seen in years.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Cowboys??? Cowboys?

Didn’t there used to be a professional football team that called themselves the Cowboys…?

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM

If only Perry hadn’t hired Steve Schmidt I’d take him seriously.

ConstantineXI on August 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I’ve always wondered what Hot Air would do if WWIII started before 8:01 a.m.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Can’t wait to hear the receap.

gophergirl on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Let’s hope the summit is interesting. There ain’t much to do around the Omni.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Cool beans
Have fun

cmsinaz on August 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Speaking of the Pauls, I see Papa Paul finally admits to being the nut we all know he is:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/08/28/ron-paul-government-had-foreknowledge-of-911-attacks/

NotCoach on August 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

hillsoftx on August 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

It’s raining. Well, between two bands of rain for the time being.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

I’ve always wondered what Hot Air would do if WWIII started before 8:01 a.m.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Same thing Obama would do if nukes were launched on the US before 10AM.

ConstantineXI on August 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I’ve always wondered what Hot Air would do if WWIII started before 8:01 a.m.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

It wouldn’t happen. They’d wait until Ed made his first post of the morning.

NotCoach on August 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Had to Google AFP. No clue.

Jaibones on August 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

It wouldn’t happen. They’d wait until Ed made his first post of the morning.

NotCoach on August 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Heh. “Raven 1 to base, we have acquired target. Authorization to launch?”

“Negative Raven 1. Repeat negative. Waiting on Ed’s post. Ed is late. Repeat Ed is late. Wait … Allah is covering for add this morning. Full abort. Repeat Full Abort!”

Jaibones on August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Ed, ask one or both if you get an opportunity about the upcoming battle.

Bmore on August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Run Ben, run!

MT on August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Bmore on August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I would rather he interview these important people.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Just saw a score this morning…someone 27, Cowboys 3.

ToddPA on August 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Sure you would. Would love to hear their take on ISIS and Putin.

Bmore on August 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Heh. “Raven 1 to base, we have acquired target. Authorization to launch?”

“Negative Raven 1. Repeat negative. Waiting on Ed’s post. Ed is late. Repeat Ed is late. Wait … Allah is covering for add this morning. Full abort. Repeat Full Abort!”

Jaibones on August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

+∞

NotCoach on August 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

What is AFP?

crankyoldlady on August 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

crankyoldlady on August 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

American’s For Prosperity.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Americans for Prosperity, lest I be mistaken.

Bmore on August 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I’ve always wondered what Hot Air would do if WWIII started before 8:01 a.m.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

We’d have written about it the day before.

AFP is Americans for Prosperity. I linked the site in the post.

Ed Morrissey on August 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Just funnin’ you Ed.

Jaibones on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Ed Morrissey on August 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I forgot to say please. Thanks in advance. ; )

Bmore on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Long about the time the Clint Murchison / Tex Schramm cadre made an ill-advised ‘sale’ of a certain NFL franchise……. a local ghetto high school team stole the single star adorned uniforms and has been pathetically attempting to emulate an NFL football team ever since…………

Katfish on August 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Just funnin’ you Ed.

Jaibones on August 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Oh, I know! Just couldn’t pass up the zinger. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on August 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Did you set your reservation?

Just a little beyond walking distance.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

American’s For Prosperity.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Thanks. I don’t always see the links above.

crankyoldlady on August 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

NO to Perry. Judy say NO.

If you want a Texan you can back Ted Cruz, a Conservative.

glsmith36 on August 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Just say no. Not Judy.

glsmith36 on August 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

crankyoldlady on August 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Anything to make you non-crankylady.

glsmith36 on August 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

We hear you Judy.

You prefer shrub.

cozmo on August 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

HA has become all about Ed, all the time it seems. I’ve been here since Ed had Captain’s Quarters and Michelle and Preston were still here. I really liked Bryan. Hell, they even still had the “Rant” when I signed on. Being the “star” seems to have gone to his head. I mean, he even cites himself as his source for much of his work here and is a total name dropper. I’m surprised he hasn’t changed the name to The Ed Blog yet. But, like the Cubs fan that I am, since I have no where else to go, I still keep coming back to see what’s gonna happen and the site still seems to draw the crowd. And at least many of the comment gallery are pretty entertaining, so…

Big John on August 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM