Here we are at the largest attended CPAC ever – close to 8,000 people and there is not one panel or speaker on Islamic supremacism, freedom of speech, or foreign affairs save one panel:
Mark Krikorian over at NRO noticed:
the Conservative Hispanic Coalition" on Thursday.) One thing that
struck me is how little there will be on foreign policy. No doubt some
keynote speakers will focus on it (John Bolton, for instance), but
there seems to be just one panel on the topic, featuring two critics of
an activist foreign policy (Doug Bandow and John Hostettler) and one advocate (Frank Gaffney). I'll guess that the moderator is also not a fan of our efforts in the Middle East: Suhail
Khan of Grover Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute (and board
member of the American Conservative Union, whom Gaffney wrote about here).
But the personalities aren't really the point — I don't know Bandow but
both Gaffney and Hostettler are great guys and it sounds like it'll be
a good discussion. But how can a three-day conference on conservativism
have only one session devoted to the entirety of foreign affairs?
What a squandered opportunity. Think of it. There is such a groundswell – people want to take back their country. There are "tea parties" popping up all over the nation. It would be inconceivable for CPAC to break records on an off election year but they have. And why? Because this country is under siege.
Something will have to be done. As David Keene, President of the American Conservative Union, fades to black, it will be critical who replaces him.
Who will lead the conservative movement?
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