After a day away from CPAC yesterday I was itching to get a good dose of conservatism today…and I must say that I am certainly satisfied.
I got a late start mainly because I was sleeping on the floor and it was cold, but I did manage to catch the tail end of Jim DeMint’s speech. DeMint focused mainly on the economy and how big government never solves problems, it always causes them.
After DeMint House Minority leader John Boehner took the stage. He was certainly enthusiastic, as he should be, getting the crowd fired up talking about how not a single republican voted for the stimulus. At the end of his talk he urged everyone in the room to join the fight.
After that we got to hear from the other side of the Capitol Building when Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell addressed the crowd. He was the only speaker of the day that addressed Obama’s plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. He asked where all the inmates would go, and then answered his own question by saying they should stay in the prison cells of Gitmo. That line got the crowd on their feet.
In between that and Newt I got to hear two panels; one on bailing out big business, the other on building a conservative coalition online.
By the way, it should be duly noted that all of this was before noon. At noon the highlight speaker of the day addressed the crowd; Newt Gingrich. Newt was…well…Newt.
He was fiery, enthusiastic, and more importantly he spoke with passion. Obama’s nomination is the best thing that happened to him. I’m beginning to believe that he didn’t run in 2008 because he saw the writing on the wall. He knew the Dem was going to win in 2008, regardless of who it was, by not running he’s been able to attack the liberals without being politically correct while laying the ground work for a run in 2012 in the process. And after hearing his speech if he doesn’t run in 2012 there’s something wrong with him.
Newt gave a good speech because it covered all bases. He didn’t just attack the liberals, he offered up a conservative alternative. He attacked the stimulus, yet offered a conservative plan to help the economy. And he was able to pick on the left with content and style. He has all the ingredients of an unstoppable presidential candidate, especially if Obama tanks in the next four years.
After Newt my CPAC day was over. I headed out to lunch and then back to the hotel to do some volunteer work for the Michigan GOP. And now here I sit, in a hotel lobby, at seven o’clock at night, with nothing to do.
Don’t worry, there’s another round of conservatism coming up tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s agenda basically includes everything. To insure that we get a seat to hear Rush we’ve decided to go to the first speaker and rotate through people all day long, saving our seats the entire day. It’s the only way we can ensure a seat in the ballroom tomorrow night.
And that means a ton of tweets from the convention and a good helpin’ of blog posts too.
Should be a good day.