Esby here, just got back form CPAC. Now I now you've heard some people were booed, and I just wanted to give the background on what happened. In one part of the Marriott Wardman Park was CPAC, but on the other was the Bruce Springsteen Lyrics Lover Luau. And it looks like the crowds got a bit mixed up.
So when Donald Trump was speaking, everyone was thinking "Born to Run," though I don't think his hair could make it through an actual jog. So they started shouting "Brooooce, Brooooooce!" and it sure sounds like booing, but it was actually just people from across the hotel. And when Ryan Sorba was up, it was right before lunchtime, right? "Hungry Heart." And when they saw Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, why wouldn't they think "Hearts of Stone?," only because their hearts are immoveable. Well, I think Rumsfeld might actually have a rock in his chest, but they can't take it out because it will kill him.
Anyway, hope that clears that up. There is no split in the conservative movement! Will try to post photos later of Andrew Breitbart in a grass skirt.
I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them. —Rick Santorum about Sarah Palin.
I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal*. I’ll let his wife call him that instead. —Sarah Palin.
*But fundamentalists says Neanderthals were wicked smart, Sarah, and did not evolve.
Luntz keeps everything moving quickly, so I don't blame anyone for failing to tie their beliefs to substance. No, wait -- I do. Is there anything in this that's not obviously based on watching Fox News or YouTubes of the various candidates and Obama? —Dave Weigel, on Frank Luntz's recent focus group.
Bring it, bring it, I love it, I love it. —Paul Sorba of the Young Americans for Freedom* at CPAC, after he was booed for condemning GOProud.
*Where do they get these group names?
For a progressive who thinks the Internet is increasingly driving the narrative, this is heartening. For a conservative, it's terrifying. —Dave Weigel on the AOL/Huffington Post merger.
I agree with Alterman that the deck is stacked against progressives, but it always is. Money never welcomes the hippies into the country club. —Digby.
While she passes the conservative test, my opinion from my association with her is she's not going to be an electable candidate for us. And even if she were elected I don't believe she would be ready for the position of the president of the United States. —Ron Carey, Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff*.
*Carey was the fifth in five months.
Where's Bin Laden? —Anonymous Ron Paul Supporter, yelling out to Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney at CPAC.
He doesn't play baseball. Why would he sign a baseball?* —Rachel Mills, Rep. Ron Paul's (R, TX) Press Secretary at CPAC., explaining why Paul wouldn't sign a baseball.
*Maybe because he used to play for the Congressional baseball team? (Paul signed the baseball).
Rep. Paul’s refusal to support our nation’s military and national security interests border on treason, aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States Constitution and defend our country and citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic. —YAF’s Senior National Director Jordan Marks* about why Paul was kicked off of the board.
*Jordan, do not mess with the Paulites.
I think that the only person looking at a world that’s changing in the way that it’s changing catechistically, John Bolton would be my candidate*. —Pam Gellar.
*PAC suggestion: How about Cash for Stache?
Liberals want the family destroyed. Then you have loyalty directly to the state*. —Ann Coulter.
*She's on to us! Pull back, Alpha Team, I repeat, pull back.
It just goes to show that people who dress up in 18th century breeches and believe that the American president is an African socialist are Serious Thinkers, and you're all a bunch of irrelevent hippies.—Jake McIntyre on the media's coverage of CPAC.
How could you not schedule this story when all of America's talking about him? —Juan Williams on Sean Hannity about resigning Rep. Chris Lee (R, NY).
I’ve also been asked to alert him: Auditions for Chippendales will be immediately after tonight’s event in the Grand Foyer. —Jake Tapper on Lee at the Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner.
I don’t recommend it. —Anderson Cooper to David Letterman about being attacked in Egypt.
You are watching the beginning and the birth of the new world order. And you want to call me crazy? Go to hell. Call me crazy all you want*. —Glenn Beck.
Playing to the coalition's independent streak, he asked: "Are we going to let Washington co-opt the tea party?" "No!" the crowd shouted – even as the GOP was busy co-opting the tea party. —Liz Sidoti on Rand Paul.
Look, as long as Obamacare isn't a big issue in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Romney will be fine. —Jim Geraghty* of The National Review.
*Finally, someone with a sense of humor on the other side.
We just can't have a combover president. —Hooman Majd on Donald Trump.
We are the last stop*. —Glenn Beck, claiming the unrest in the Middle East will come here as well.
*On the crazy train?
Long-term sharing of the world with a race of intelligent robots doesn’t seem realistic to me. —Matthew Yglesias, on the rights of cyborgs*.
*Whew! I was worried.
The mugshots* are included. —Ryan Castle of Palintir, hired by the US Chamber of Commerce to investigate political opponents, on the Facebook profiles and info acquired.
*Tell your aunt you like her new mugshot on Facebook!
It's like being in a Jim Jarmusch movie! —The Daily Show's Jason Jones, from inside Glenn Beck's head.
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