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#CPAC2016 Trump Pulls Out

Posted on | March 4, 2016 | 63 Comments


Donald Trump has pulled out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, opting to campaign in Kansas and Florida instead.
The Trump campaign released a statement to reporters announcing that it would be in “Witchita, Kanasas [sic] for a major rally on Saturday prior to Caucus.”
“He will also be speaking at the Kansas Caucus and then departing for Orlando, Florida and a crowd of approximately 20,000 people or more,” the campaign said. “Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years.”
“Mr. Trump would like to thank [American Conservative Union Chairman] Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States,” the statement continued.

Last night, I tried to watch the Republican debate, which looked like a badly written “Saturday Night Live” sketch. It was horrible, undignified, and I really don’t care how big Donald Trump’s hands are, OK? We are living in Idiocracy, and political discourse is turning into a clown show.



  • Quartermaster

    Why so serious?

  • Quartermaster

    What we don’t pay in taxes, we pay in other ways. The Piper always insists on being paid.

  • DeadMessenger

    You may recall from the Old Testament when the Israelites had a small government, in which the Judges resolved disputes and led the military, and which was pretty effective for them. But then they begged God for a king so they could be like other nations. God told them that each man should govern himself under the spirit of the law He had set forth, but no, they wanted a king. So He let them have one. Saul, who turned out to be a dud. So there we go.

  • NeoWayland

    Actually for a couple of decades, things went pretty well for Saul, didn’t they?

    But yes, I think government should be smaller than absolutely necessary.

  • Fail Burton


  • Fail Burton

    I once knew the mate of an argosy who was dismasted by a saucy little tart like you. We called ’em “Cap’n Hook” after that, because that’s scurvy sea-humor, me lass.

  • DeadMessenger

    Ans similarly, American government went pretty well for the first couple of decades, lol.

  • NeoWayland

    Government is not your friend.

    I keep saying that. It must be true.

  • DeadMessenger

    Seems to me that God thinks it’s true, too.

    And the only things of value that I can think of that the government ever did for me was to provide interstate highways, a defensive army, and a long time ago, when it used to protect the borders. Which, coincidentally, is essentially all it was supposed to do.

    Then, one day I woke up horrified to discover a giant Cthulhu extracting inappropriately large sums of worthless digital fiat currency from my paycheck before it was even given to me, and Cthulhu’s mini-me extracting a cut on everything I bought. And when I said “What the…?!?”, Cthulhu grabbed me around the neck and tried to make eye contact with me, that I might be driven insane like a statistical majority of America, dba The Idiocracy. Frankly, I just want Cthulhu to butt out and leave us all alone.

    Even if we don’t agree on some things, this is probably something we CAN agree on.

  • NeoWayland


    Just don’t be offended if I don’t sing hymns at the rally.

  • DeadMessenger

    If you sing like me, I would be offended if you DID sing.

  • NeoWayland

    We might agree with the Emerald Rose song Hills of America.

    ?They say there’s a land to the west of the sunset

    Where the hills are like emeralds and the streams run with gold

    Where a man’s hope and sweat can earn him his vision

    No child cries in hunger or dies from the cold?

  • Wombat_socho

    It’s not nothing, but it falls well short of what it could be. One could compare it to the World SF Convention, except that CPAC is growing.