I had the privilege of attending CPAC 2010, not only as an attendee; but as a member of the Blogger’s Lounge. Therefore I had a chance to see, hear, meet and greet and be a part of many “behind the scenes” stories and events. There were also a couple of “events” which have stuck in my memory I stumbled on by happenstance. So in particular order, from #10 to #1, my Top Ten Reasons Why to Attend CPAC.
10. Meeting many of the candidates. I interviewed Patrick Murray, a retired army colonel who is running for VA #3 against Jim Moran. I also interviewed Marty Lamb running for MA #3. More on these two guys in another post.
9. Chuck Devore. The up-and-coming candidate for US Senator in California. Ya know, the home of Babs “ma’am” Boxer and CarlyforCA. I had a chance to meet Chuck, talk with him for a sec. And I even got my pic taken with him. If you don’t believe me, ask Brockway. He has seen it. And also John Dennis. Ya know, that other dude in California. This one happens to be running for Madame Pelosi’s seat. I had a chance to meet John as well, and have a pic of the two of us together. Both of these two gentlemen are very gracious and well-spoken. I believe the entire Conservative Movement needs to support these two gentleman. “As California goes, so goes the nation.” Mike Pence also came into the Bloggers Lounge later in the day. When he was asked if he was “running,” he gave an emphatic “no.”
8.John Boehner. Of course all of you know John is a fellow Buckeye. I didn’t have a chance to meet John, but he was a dynamite speaker. Boehner’s best line was:
Never, ever give up.
7.Jim DeMint. A memorable quote from his speech that first day was:
The best way to re-earn the trust of the American people and to reclaim a Republican majority is to find and support more candidates who believe in the Principles of Freedom.
6. Being with 9,999 other Conservatives.
5. Newt Gingrich. Love him or hate him, he entered the ballroom to a standing ovation and an SRO crowd as “Eye of the Tiger” was played.
4. Marco Rubio. Our next US Senator from Florida. And I don’t think I am being overly confident.
3. Glenn Beck. I don’t think I need to say anything more about this one;)
And when one is in close proximity with 9,999 other people, expect the unexpected. So for the last two “events” I was lucky enough to be “in the right place at the right time.”
2. Rant on Obama by an English exchange student. I posted this on RedState earlier. I ran into the dude again last night. He didn’t remember anything about it, surprise! And he was even further surprised he was actually on the Internet. Still good stuff.
And the drumroll is:
1. Catching the last half of the Breitbart/Blumenthal confrontation in the lobby of the Marriott. Since I am a small blond woman, I am able to cram myself through the crowd and be “up close and personal.” I even got to shake AB’s hand.
It just doesn’t get any better than this.