Washington (CNN) — Potential Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sen. John Thune, Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Ron Paul all get their chance Friday to address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — a gathering of more than 10,000 GOP activists from across the country.

The list of speakers for the three-day meeting is a virtual “Who’s Who” of GOP presidential politics.

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Romney may find himself in the spotlight as observers watch for a potential defense of what has been dubbed “Romneycare” — a health care overhaul he supported as governor of Massachusetts.


On Thursday’s opening day, the speakers ranged from die-hard conservatives like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia to Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has the backing of the Tea Party. Former Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance.

Real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump also showed up, as well as newly-elected South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem.

Some well-known names are no-shows at the conference, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former China Ambassador John Huntsman.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, another Tea Party favorite, kicked off the conference to thunderous cheers Thursday with a call for President Barack Obama’s defeat next year.


Santorum took aim at Obama’s handling of the crisis in Egypt, arguing that the administration’s position would make allies of the United States question the reliability of America’s backing.


Santorum also slammed the Democrats’ push for an extension of unemployment benefits, claiming it was slowing the pace of economic recovery.


Gingrich challenged Obama to model himself after President Bill Clinton and “move to the center.”

Repealing the health care overhaul, eliminating the estate tax and securing the Mexican border might help earn Obama an invitation to be the keynote speaker at CPAC in 2012, Gingrich joked.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told the crowd the GOP had successfully shifted the terms of the national debate and ensured that the “failed policies of the Carter era would stay where they belong — next to the bell bottoms and lava lamps.”


While the conference, first held in 1973, has traditionally been seen as a way to bring together economic, foreign policy and social conservatives, a rift has emerged this year over the decision to include a gay conservative group — GOProud — as a “participating organization.”

Several prominent conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the Heritage Foundation, are boycotting the conference as a result. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint are also skipping the gathering.


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21 responses to “CPAChydermititis

  1. jeb

    Ah yes, the failed policies of the Carter era. Good catch Yertle. Let’s harken back to the dark days of a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel or the tanking economy that Carter inherited from eight years of Rethug misrule. Oh we know, it was the wonders of St Ronnie that pulled us out of that and so we should focus on Carter’s failed presidency and policies as if Raygun and Bush I and II didn’t attempt to finally run the middle class into the ground. So make sure the Bellbottoms and lava lamp stay tightly hidden in the closet with the Gay Rethugs while you all continue your wonderful mutual masturbatory celebration of all your misguided right wing beliefs.

    P.S. Don’t stroke dogs in front of Ricky Santorum. He really gets nervous about that.

    • their selection of presidents to stroke or to diss speaks volumes.

      p.s. i would trust michael vick with a dog more than i’d trust rick santorum with one.

  2. Friend of the court

    wonder if those groups boycott airport bathrooms as well?

  3. jean-philippe

    Easy on Nick Carter. He did the best he could.

    On second thought, McConnell is right, screw Carter.

  4. Three is just too limited, but this music played through my head as I saw and read:

  5. Love your headline, too!!!!!!!!!!

    • oh thank goodness, because sometimes i post them not knowing if anyone else will get my stupid jokes. i can always count on you, m’liss.

      • I liked it because it made me work. I first put chydermititis together and wonder if it was the new Chlamidia. So it was CPA chlamidia..makes perfect sense in the context of Representative Christopher Lee. But the Pachyderm jumped out, then CPAC…which is technically communicable. So, I came full circle…like the zen of VD.

  6. If Donald Trump and Princess Sarah both run for the GOP nomination, it will make for a great reality show. Honestly, I think Trump’s best bet was to run on the Reform ticket in 2000, but he bailed on that one.

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  8. Surprised they didn’t start with Alf Landons appeal to do away with Social Security in 1936. The news snipets today show a rather testy bunch of assholes going after each other. Maybe when they get down to business, the Grinch can sponser a clinic with the two nancy factions on which sex to get the best blow job from. And with the whole world passing them by with monumental events going down by the hour, they can obsess about controling womens private parts.

    • they yak about freedom and all the other words they’ve tried to bogart. however, when it comes to the real world, they’re totally against freedom. they yak about how guns equal freedom, but they can’t explain how egyptians took over their own country without firing a single gun. they want to force their moral code (you, know what they say, not what they do) on everyone else, and they want the country run by corporations. they yak about jobs, but they haven’t introduced even one bill in the house to promote jobs.