The Other McCain

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National Review Institute Summit: Will This Controversial Event Make Headlines?

Posted on | January 18, 2013 | 55 Comments

My decision yesterday to kick Jonah Goldberg in the knee promises to yield enormous dividends both ways. Goldberg has denounced my criticisms as “preening b.s.,” and he’s vowed to fire back at length later today, so I look forward to a (no doubt well-deserved) ass-chewing.

Do I expect Jonah to say nice things about me? No, but neither did I expected to be invited on a Caribbean cruise after the election. The world is generally divided that way: The cruise-worthy intellectuals and everybody else, and I’ve adjusted to life among the landlubbers.

Speaking of which, the National Review Institute “Future of Conservatism” Summit convenes next Friday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and it would be a terrible thing if the summit were to be embroiled in controversy because a lot of pissed-off conservatives showed up and started asking questions like, “Who was it that convinced us that nominating Mitt Romney would be a good idea?”

Who would pay $250 to go raise hell at the NRI Summit? Maybe the Ron Paul crowd would think that’s a fine way to spend a weekend. Did I mention that college students can attend the NRI Summit for free?

Our friends at the National Review Institute are providing a limited number of full “scholarships” for the upcoming “Future of Conservatism” conference this January 25-27 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This covers the conference fee, which includes participation in all events, receptions, and meals. This is an excellent opportunity for a conservative college student to learn and network.

OK, so the “limited number” of scholarships probably diminishes the chances of Ron Paul supporters packing the NRI Summit with dopehead stooges yelling ugly things about “neocon warmongers,” but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities for headline-making controversy during the event. Everybody’s favorite MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s going to be there, after all. For some reason, while Scarborough is an honored participant at the NRI Summit, they didn’t invite Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin. Probably an accidental oversight . . .

So when the “Joe Scarborough’s OK, But We Don’t Like Mark Levin” conference convenes next Friday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., maybe you’ll want to be there to raise hell. If there are angry shouting matches in the hotel corridors and fistfights in the lobby bar, that might actually be newsworthy.

And I’m strictly a Neutral Objective Journalist . . .



55 Responses to “National Review Institute Summit: Will This Controversial Event Make Headlines?”

  1. Thane_Eichenauer
    January 19th, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda… It’s a nice dream but Cain’s dream faded.

  2. richard mcenroe
    January 19th, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I’m going to do what I did last year, start as far away from the RNC as I can without winding up in Stormfront country and get dragged back towards the East Coast Golf Club GOP kicking and screaming. I not only don’t believe the DC GOP can win an election, I’m prepared to believe Romney’s kid: they don’t want to.

  3. CPAguy
    January 19th, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    It did. Nobody denies that.

    In fact, I knew Doom was upon us the second he got out the race.

    If he wasn’t willing to go through the ringer (and he was likely guilty of at least some extra-marital activity)….I knew those other bums certainly weren’t going to be sticking out their necks for Conservatism.

  4. Thane_Eichenauer
    January 19th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm
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