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First big-name speaker confirmed for CPAC: Paul Ryan

posted at 1:02 pm on January 11, 2013 by

WaPo says he’s the keynoter but the ACU’s announcement says only that he’s a “featured” speaker. There’s usually some confusion about that: When Rubio was announced as a featured speaker for CPAC 2010, Politico dubbed him the keynoter. He wasn’t. He opened the conference but it was Glenn Beck who delivered the keynote on the last day.

This matters a tiny bit more this year than in an ordinary election off-year for two reasons. One: Ryan’s kept a conspicuously low profile since the election except for occasional expressions of support for Boehner. We’ll see more of him in the next month as the debt-ceiling brinksmanship escalates but CPAC is likely to be his first big national statement since November. Two: With a glut of young talent angling for 2016 — Ryan, Rubio, Rand Paul, Jindal, Christie — whoever does end up getting the keynote will have a tiny extra bit of conservative cachet going forward. If I had to bet, I’d bet Rubio gets it, but we’ll see.

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although I don’t think he’s a player for 2016, more Ted Cruz please, that guy is awesome.

gsherin on January 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

GOP? Paul Ryan??


Mr. Arrogant on January 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Why would Christie attend CPAC? It’s full with lots of yucky conservatives and it would make Christie’s cool new liberal and media friends sad if he attended.

Illinidiva on January 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Paul Ryan = Overrated. GOP must look to sucessful Governors like Martinez and Walker to lead. Tired of Beltway crooks and sweet talkers.

celticdefender on January 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

What about Jeb Bush or a Latino? /s

trs on January 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Paul Ryan = Overrated. GOP must look to sucessful Governors like Martinez and Walker to lead. Tired of Beltway crooks and sweet talkers.

celticdefender on January 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

HotGas in general likes this dude, even though as you lead to, his voting record is piss poor. Anyway, get ready to feel the wrath. Apparently you are accused of purity if you ask that a conservative not vote for liberal ideals. /shrug

LaughterJones on January 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Paul Ryan should be a dead subject to all conservatives. He is and shall ever be, a RINO

Conservative4Ever on January 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

First big-name speaker confirmed for CPAC: Paul Ryan

Oh be still my pig valve. Bet he will wow the crowd with Conservative words.
Yet when it comes time to debate someone as awesome as Biden or vote for a great spending bill he is not there(A) and there for(B).

arnold ziffel on January 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM


thphilli on January 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Palin should do it again. She killed last year.

Dack Thrombosis on January 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I just want a speaker who can help me manage the desair. And hold me… if only for a while.

SAMinVA on January 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Ryan couldn’t win his own state in a Presidential race.

portlandon on January 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

GOP must look to sucessful Governors like Martinez and Walker to lead. Tired of Beltway crooks and sweet talkers.

celticdefender on January 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

How come no one talks about Bob McDonnell? Is he interested?

Missy on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

CPAC-Where all the phony conservatives will go to get the imprimatur of the other phony, elitist conservatives.Regrettably, the conservative movement has become as gelded as the GOP.

redware on January 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM


Bmore on January 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM

We need to learn from failure and not get invested in those that had the chance and let it go by.

We nominated someone who failed to beat McCain.

In his second run, Romney failed to rout the schoolboy Obama (who could have been crucified on Benghazi – it was OK to say he was finding out what happened in one debate but Obama should have been stuck like a pig on the following one).

Romney failed to get the base behind him. Ryan could have remedied that, but didn’t.

I am not expecting much from Ryan as a result.

virgo on January 12, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Paul Ryan, the guy who voted for higher taxes? The one who votes with Boehner every time? Paul Ryan isn’t a leader.

I was going to say something about him being a RINO but let’s face it – this is actually standard party behavior. I vote we change it to something like:

RALAFD – Republican Acting Like a Freakin’ Democrat
RALAR – Republican Acting Like a Republican

Submit your own acronym

Panther on January 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Myron Huntsman!!!

trs on January 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Scott Walker should get a lot of attention. I’d actually like to see all the Republican governors, to show off our talent bench. And then have a big showy panel q-a with the female senators and governors, specifically to shoot down the “war on women” nonsense. I’d rather hear from officeholders than pundits on that issue.

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