Politics doesn't get much more pathetic than this. pic.twitter.com/f6AmIvT3mw
— billmon (@billmon1) March 6, 2014
Joe Coscarelli, at NYMag:
It’s that time of the year again. All of the country’s important Republicans have gathered in Washington for the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, to stock up on talking points and bumper stickers for 2014. Kicking things off right this morning was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who gifted outgoing Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn with a rifle onstage…
But I count on my favorite Speaker-to-Republican reporter to sniff out the true crazeballs. Dave Weigel:
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—It’s a short but frigid walk from CPAC to a less scripted and more intense all-day event. This year, as they’ve done since at least 2010, a group of foreign policy hawks and critics of “creeping Sharia” have put on an alternative program, inviting conservatives who either aren’t at the main event or being given only a little time there.
In the past, this event’s usually amounted to the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney reairing charges that Grover Norquist is a simp for the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s more fascinating this year—Breitbart (which sponsored 2013’s event) has teamed up with EMPact, a group that raises awareness of the danger of possible electromagnetic pulse attacks, to put on nine hours of national security speeches. Sen. Ted Cruz had given a pretty agreeable but rote speech at CPAC. He saved his best material for a 39-minute address at the alternative event.
“Speaking the truth speaks courage,” Cruz said at the start, “and that’s one thing that Frank Gaffney has an abundance of.”…
…”When Iran describes Israel as the Little Satan, and America as the Great Satan, we have every interest to make sure they don’t acquire the weaponry to kill millions of Americans.” Cruz imagined a nightmare scenario in which Iran detonated a bomb over “Tel Aviv or New York or Los Angeles.” Detonated here, the effects of an EMP attack could kill “tens of millions of Americans.”
Tens of millions? This was an incredibly effective line in the room, which contained about 100 people, to CPAC’s 11,000.