CPAC Day One Part 2

Chris Christie dolls were not for sale at CPAC.
Chris Christie dolls were not for sale at CPAC.

The Curious Case of the Leaf Blower that Didn’t Roar

Sen. Marco Rubio walked on stage and contrary to rumor, he wasn’t wearing a sombrero. In fact he gave what could be called a surgical speech, because he completely buried any reference to his amnesty mistake late last year.

In fact he talked about almost everyone’s border but that of the US. Rubio is for protecting Japan’s border. Ukraine’s border. Even Israel’s border, but not a peep about the border violations Mexico encourages. We’ve being invaded, too but no one but the taxpayers seems to care.

Rubio’s new focus is obviously on foreign policy, since amnesty policy was disastrous for him. He goes East and Easter, touching no points South. He touched on the tax code, regulations and energy. And he still has that problem with words–per–gallon. In a speech that was only 15 minutes long, Rubio still had to stop to take a drink.

Verdict: Nice young man, but not ready.

In a very fitting bit of scheduling, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke just before lunch.

The bully governor used his bully pulpit to talk about his fight against public employee unions and the struggle to reform their pensions. Christie told the audience how he faced union members in their den as he went to the firefighter’s convention and walked through the crowd to get to the podium. But Christie misses the point. No one questions his courage. Conservatives question his convictions.

At the end of his firefighter’s speech he said two–thirds of the audience was cheering him. I don’t know if two–thirds of the conservative base will be cheering for a candidate who also favors amnesty. A topic Christie also failed to bring up.

Christie wants the party to start talking “about what we are for and not what we are against.” He contends that government is about “getting things done.” But that’s what intrusive Democrats say, too.

It was obvious from his speech that all the Sandy storm money is now in the bank, because the governor felt liberated to criticize his new best friend Obama, “What the hell are we paying him for, if he won’t lead?”

Christie summarized by saying under his administration there are fewer state employees, less spending and teacher tenure reforms. He added he’s pro–life but did so in the third person. But there was not a word about smaller government or less intrusive government. I get the feeling he’s Teddy Roosevelt with bariatric surgery. Activism got us in the mess we’re in today.

Christie got a standing ovation, but it was as he was leaving.

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  1. Can’t belive you resisted a comment on Perry’s “new nerd” look. We’ve (Texans) have been curious why he was going to California so often…Acting lessons? He has been a good Governor, but that doesn’t necessarily have to equate to a Nation’s leader.

    Most seem to rather blah and much as expected with little ‘new’. I agree with your opinion of Rubio. I think he’s still trying to ‘find’ himself. He has previously sided with Amnesty.

    My BIG disappointment from the last ‘go around’ is that immediately after the primary indicated that the majority of voters selected Romney….they ALL disappeared….Perhaps egos took precedence over “service” to Country ???? We see what that got us!! Let’s HOPE that CHANGES !!!!

    Really appreciate you’re taking time to share your information….I must say I’m a bit envious that you get to ‘be there’.

  2. Miserable WiFi at CPAC meant no ability to file as it happened. I plan to get to Gov. Perry over the weekend.

    It’s a mystery to me why CPAC organizers tolerate substandard service from Gaylord. It’s not the government, try the competition!

    Thanks for the compliment.

  3. Perhaps Rubio is a Diamond in the rough – we all hope so. I don’t toss him out with the bath water but hope he will grow up and find his way. Like everyone else who keeps the faith I am still searing with the amnesty debacle in the Senate.

    My comments on amnesty are very simple – obey the LAW! This world is HARSH! Not everything is fair. Some of us were born here. Some of us were not. Nor am I rich! Tough!! Suck it up and do what is right. If you break the law and invade our country you need to pay the consequences! Same principles that have been a part of this Planet for eons!

    As to Christie, I regret that I could not attend CPAC if for no other reason than to hisss and booo at that fat-tard! NeoCon! I WILL NOT vote for him – any more than I would vote for Hillary! Period!!

    Jan. I don’t hear enough about Perry. I am dubious of both Perry and Jeb Bush. We go back and forth between Republican and Democrat presidents and even though we want conservative values it seems like we keep going down the wrong path regardless of WHO is in office! It is like we walk taking each step one at a time first the “right” foot; then the “left” foot! Right left right left – right down the path to Global slavery!

    We need to STOP electing NeoCons who “say” all right things but continue doing all the LEFT things!!!


    1. As Ann Coulter pointed out Saturday the GOP establishment is preparing to sell out the base on amnesty. They are in thrall to bad political science and corporate money.

      And even it they don’t approve amnesty, LEGAL immigration is changing the character of the nation because it’s too high.

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