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At CPAC: Awesome Empty Chairs & Awesome Chris Christie

Yesterday, the same day as Gov. Christie’s speech was delivered to a standing-O but plenty of empty seats (as Paul Mulshine notes), John Hudak, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and editor of their Fix Gov blog made this observation:

But when did the room fill up? Right afterward, as Hudak notes, when that panel ran over and into Wayne LaPierre’s time.

And that about says it all for CPAC. Except for that New Jersey  governor they gave 15 minutes of stage time to yesterday. One of the things Christie did do, in a speech that never mentioned his scandals, dropping polls or scrutiny of his Sandy spending, was to mock income inequality as a legitimate issue. While 24.7% of his constituents are living in poverty. And that about says it all for Gov. Chris Christie.

Hat/tip to Daily Kos for Hudak’s first tweet.  

Now That He’s Embroiled in Scandal, CPAC Conservatives Embrace Christie

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Last year the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) disinvited NJ Governor Chris Christie due primarily to the apostasy of not being conservative enough to refuse federal Sandy funds.  It was seen as a snub from the right, but a benefit to his presidential aspirations since it showed he was “moderate.”  (No it didn’t, but pundits said it.)

But now Christie, the former darling of bipartisan centrism, is under attack from Democrats and embroiled in scandal.  Apparently that, rather than actual policies or beliefs, is what it takes to be embraced by the radical right at CPAC.

Christie is expected to speak at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference organized by the ACU next month, Yahoo News reported Sunday.

“We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas told Yahoo News. “At this year’s CPAC – and through our theme ‘ACU’s Golden Anniversary: Getting It Right for 50 Years’ – we will celebrate how conservatism has shaped our past and look to the future with excitement.

See, last year when he was loved by Democrats and actually helped his constituents Christie wasn’t conservative enough for CPAC.  But now that he’s under attack he’s beloved on the right!  

‘Cause that’s all it takes to be a conservative these days — corrupt and disliked by the left.

(Almost) LIVE from the CPAC 2011 Conference in Washington, DC

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I am here at the CPAC conference in Washington DC, and had the opportunity to see Mitt Romney speak this morning. CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference – is as crucial a gathering of neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, Tea Party people and rank-and-file Republicans as the Netroots Nation conference is for our side. The place is crammed with Republican presidential hopefuls and I’m enjoying walking around talking to people who probably disagree with me on just about everything.

I have met a large contingent from NJ, and got a chance to interview some of them. Will post video later.

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Wingnut Alert: Lonegan compares himself to George Washington

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While Chris Christie was addressing Republican Governors in Washington DC, his opponent Steve Lonegan was preaching to the choir at the CPAC convention in the same city.  GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell acknowledged the importance of the New Jersey election this year, reminding them that GOP victories in New York City (Rudy Giuliani) and New Jersey (Christie Whitman) in 1993 presaged the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994.

When Lonegan spoke it was like feeding time at the zoo.  The wingnuts were in a voracious feeding frenzy as Lonegan unleashed a bucketful of red meat, comparing himself to George Washington in the “Second Battle of Trenton” with Democrats in the role as Hessian mercenaries.  

With his sourpuss mug Lonegan does bear some resemblance to Washington, but at least the latter wore a wig that fit.