First big-name speaker confirmed for CPAC: Paul Ryan
posted at 1:02 pm on January 11, 2013 by Allahpundit
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.