The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

CPAC: Who Brought the Gonzo?

With author Timothy Denevi and some Flying Dog beverages. NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Checkout time has already passed, and I’m typing this in the hotel lobby, while waiting for my ride. My habit of associating with, er, eccentric characters continues to put me in the near vicinity of controversy. Laura Loomer, whom I covered at a […]

CPAC: Guilt by Association

  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland The hate-watchers at the SPLC can click on that photo above to enlarge it. Peter Brimelow is author of the 1995 bestseller Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, and Michelle Malkin wrote the 2002 bestseller Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, And Other Foreign Menaces To Our Shores. […]

CPAC: Getting the Big Ticket

  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland After breakfast this morning, I stepped out front for a smoke and the street was lined with cop cars, lights flashing. A minute later, up the block, I saw the vice-presidential motorcade speed past, bringing Mike Pence to speak at CPAC — a speech I will watch from my hotel room, […]


  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland In the lobby of my hotel, the Young Jewish Conservatives are meeting tonight, and the national media are nowhere in sight because of course, this doesn’t fit the liberal narrative which is that (a) Trump is Hitler and (b) Republicans are Nazis. So many things about CPAC are beyond the perimeter […]

CPAC 2019: #FightOn Video

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Today, after the national anthem opened CPAC proceedings in the Potomac Ballroom, they played a five-minute video that captures what it is that conservatives are fighting for, and what we are fighting against. The video was so popular that CPAC officials received requests to make it publicly available on YouTube.   Very […]

CPAC: Another Day, Another Deadline

  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland After I hit my deadline about midnight, I strolled down Fleet Street to The Public House, where I was hailed by a guy who was talking to a group of college Republicans attending their first CPAC. “This is Stacy McCain — he’s been at 14 consecutive CPACs,” said the guy, whose […]

CPAC 2019: Wednesday Scenes — Don’t Hate Me, I’m Only the Media

The National Affairs Desk for the next four days. NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Just after 2:30 p.m. today my son dropped me off in front of the hotel and I checked into my room, unloaded my luggage and immediately went over to pick up my media credentials for CPAC. Even though the sign said check-in wouldn’t […]

CPAC 2019: Great Minds Think Alike

  Tuesday night, while I was working on my latest American Spectator column, I kept getting distracted because my office TV was tuned to the A&E Network’s documentary The Trump Dynasty. On the one hand, this was entertaining and informative. I did not realize, for example, that Trump’s grandfather was a German immigrant who made […]

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