The Other McCain

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CPAC 2023: Trump Is Still the Big Dog

Before former President Donald Trump spoke to a capacity ballroom tonight at CPAC, they announced the results of their 2024 presidential straw poll, and it wasn’t close: Trump 62%, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 20%, and everybody else in single digits. Of course, we’re still many months away from the first televised debates among primary contenders, […]

CPAC 2023: ‘Media Logistics’ & a Strange Memo From the National Affairs Desk

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Because I was busy doing other things, I didn’t notice this email that went out yesterday from CPAC Communications: MEDIA LOGISTICS FOR CPAC IN DC 2023 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center . . . Saturday, March 4, 2023 2:00 AM – 5:00 AM: A security sweep will be conducted at this […]

CPAC 2023: Why Not This Guy?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Vivek Ramaswamy is the longest of long shots among 2024 Republican presidential candidates, but anyone who knows me, knows I love an underdog. The official results of the 2010 midterms hadn’t been counted before I jumped aboard the “Cain Train,” backing Herman Cain’s 2012 campaign, which nobody gave a chance until, a […]

CPAC 2023: Celebrity Sightings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Wandering through the exhibition space here at CPAC, we turned a corner and saw people standing in line. “What is this about?” my friend asked. “Book signing,” I guessed, without any idea what author might be up at the head of this queue. But then I looked and saw it was … […]

CPAC: Founding Fathers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland My old friend George Washington — James Manship, who has been portraying the Father of Our Country for more than 20 years — was among the familiar faces I encountered on the first full day of CPAC, but of course not the only old buddy who crossed my meandering path. Just moments […]

Back to CPAC With the Big Yellow Button

  For something like 15 years, I never missed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), covering it first for The Washington Times, then for The American Spectator. And by “covering it,” of course I mean hanging out with all my friends and filing late-night screeds of semi-incoherent gibberish. The liberal media always feasts on […]

CPAC: Not Worried at All

  ALEXANDRIA, Virginia We’ll be checking out of here early this morning, relocating to the Gaylord, where my podcasting partner John Hoge will have a room for us to do tonight’s special 2-hour episode of The Other Podcast. Friday was kind of my “chill” day at CPAC because, unlike Wednesday and Thursday, I didn’t have […]

CPAC: Still Not Worried

  ALEXANDRIA, Virginia “Lady MAGA” is “America’s Conservative Drag Superstar! Activist” and just happens to be staying in our hotel for CPAC. My brother Kirby got, uh, her photo (click to enlarge) and my only comment is that America has Lady MAGA while Canada has Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv. Don’t hate us for our freedom, bro. […]

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