CPAC’s Greatest Hits

I had planned to do post making fun of some of the agenda items on the CPAC schedule, but MoJo’s Tim Murphy beat me to the punch with a item entitled: “9 CPAC Events We Initially Thought Were Parodies.”

You should read it all, but here’s a brief sample of some of CPAC’s odder offerings:

* “Should we shoot all the consultants now?,” featuring Pat Caddell: Finally, a Democrat! Except it’s Caddell, a former Jimmy Carter pollster who now plays the part of the Good Democrat on Fox News. In the run-up to the 2012 election, he repeatedly argued that President Obama should remove himself from the presidential race and be replaced by Hillary Clinton. We don’t think Pat Caddell should be shot, but it’d be tough to find a consultant who offers worse advice.

* “Stop THIS: Threats, Harassment, Intimidation, Slander, and Bullying from the Obama Administration,” with Ben Shapiro: In which the reporter behind the “Friends of Hamas” smear accuses someone else of slander.

Tim did miss a couple that caught my attention:

* “The United States vs. The United Nations: The End Run Around the American Way of Life,” headlined by Dr. Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College.. I dunno what particular insight the doughty Christian Right warhorse and homeschool advocate Farris has into the nefarious takeover schemes of the U.N. But it’s comforting to know he’ll undoubtedly share it with his students at Patrick Henry, the hard-core Right’s most important transmission belt for landing young militants jobs in Washington.

* Book Signing: Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush, with The Honorable Eric Draper, former Special Assisstant to the President and Chief White House Photographer. Wait a minute: I thought W. had sold out his conservative principles and plunged the RINO-dominated GOP into defeat and the proud American economy into recession with his Big Spending. I’m confused.

Ah, CPAC. The hits just keep coming.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.