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So much for the afterglow: A history of CPAC straw poll whiffs, misses, and ‘seriously?’

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Freak Show has closed up shop after another year of dishing red meat to attendees who came to town with a dull gleam in their eyes and a three-pack of condoms in their wallet (purchased during the first G.W. Bush administration) and then…

CPAC Demonstrates The Limits Of The Conservative Brand

The idiot who has contempt for everyone smarter than you act is a bit, well, limiting.  CPAC happened last weekend, and apparently there’s been some grousing that it gets so much more media attention than similar progressive events, such as Netroots Nation. Or, at least that’s a question that Josh…

CPAC: Dr. Ben Carson takes on the liberal ‘lies’ about him

We’ve been fans of alicublog writer Roy Edroso for years. Is there anyone who understands the angst of conservatives better than Roy? He’s our man on the ground at CPAC — Ed. The crowd loves Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who once sassed Obama and is now mentioned, at…

David Silverman: CPAC is crawling with closet atheists

We’ve been fans of alicublog writer Roy Edroso for years. Is there anyone who understands the angst of conservatives better than Roy? He’s our man on the ground at CPAC — Ed. I finally got to talk to That Atheist Guy, American Atheists President David Silverman. You’ve probably heard about…

Fred Thompson and Dinesh D’Souza light up CPAC with some holy Hollywood-bashing

We’ve been fans of alicublog writer Roy Edroso for years. Is there anyone who understands the angst of conservatives better than Roy? He’s our man on the ground at CPAC — Ed. At CPAC John Sullivan, a producer on troubled politico Dinesh D’Souza’s breakout anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama’s America, moderated…

Conservative alternatives — even atheists — make their case at CPAC

Traditional Republicans, stand aside — or at least make room under your tent. Renewable energy conservatives, Tea Party faithful opposed to the death penalty, and GOP loyalists who support legalizing marijuana are among new bands of Republicans seeking political inclusion at CPAC, America’s top conservative confab. Even conservative atheists —…

Rick Perry gets day two at CPAC going with some righteous blue-state bashing

We’ve been fans of alicublog writer Roy Edroso for years. Is there anyone who understands the angst of conservatives better than Roy? He’s our man on the ground at CPAC — ED Texas Governor Rick Perry caught the early bird crowd at CPAC today with some good old blue-state bashing.…

Cheers at CPAC when audience member shouts that Obama is going to ‘hell’

Think Progress captured video of conference-goers attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near St. Louis on Saturday as they cheered on a suggestion that President Obama going to hell after he leaves office. In this latest outburst of conservative fervor at a CPAC conference, former National Rifle Association President…

CPAC chairman: We don’t exclude LGBT people ‘based on sexual preference’

The chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference is denying that certain groups were not invited to this year’s event because they support LGBT rights. When CPAC announced its schedule earlier this year, pro-LGBT groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud were conspicuously not on the list, even though…

Conservative conference exposes Republican divisions

Still nursing election wounds, soul-searching Republicans gathered Thursday at the first conservative casting call for the US presidential election in 2016, with the party divided over how to broaden its appeal. Several prospective White House candidates including Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Paul Ryan lined up for a chance to…

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