Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin repeatedly brought a jam packed crowd to its feet during her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday. Palin covered everything from overpaid Washington D.C. consultants, gun control and crony capitalism to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s recently shot down big gulp ban. As Townhall readers know, elections are always on our minds and the next one was on Palin’s mind today as she advocated for an outside-the-beltway approach to the future. “The next election is 20 months away, now is the time to toss the consultants,”
Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders who will take the Republican Party into the 2016 election. Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote, and Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum was third with just 8 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference —
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) delivered a blistering attack on President Obama on Saturday, using a string of one-liners to rile up a raucous crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. Palin hit Obama on everything from gun control to transparency and likened his administration to a TV reality show. At one point, she even alluded to a years-old controversy over a House member shouting, “You lie” at Obama during a major address before Congress. “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama: You lie!” she said.
If Sarah Palin understands anything, it´s the theatrics of a speech, and she can get a crowd riled up better than pretty much anyone in the GOP. That´s how it went this afternoon at CPAC, where she launched a fusillade of caustic zingers at President Obama, Washington, and the professional political consultant class. At no point, however, was the packed audience louder than when Palin stuck it to the man by whipping out a Big Gulp full of "pop" (soda) from behind the podium and posing for the cameras while taking a big, freedom-loving sip. Outside the ballroom afterward,
Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin mocked President Obama, GOP consultant Karl Rove and the mainstream media in a folksy speech to a gathering of conservative activists outside Washington Saturday. During her address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, Palin accused Obama of failing to lead, instead maintaining a permanent campaign approach of demonizing the opposition. True leadership, she said, means "ending the poisonous practice of treating members of different social, ethnic and religious groups as different electorates, pandered to with different promises."
The New York Times says that the administration has decided to build missile defense systems to defend against possible nuclear missile attacks from North Korea. (Snip) It’ll take two years to get the defense sites up, though. The administration was apparently relying on China to defend it; to ‘handle’ North Korea. Now that this has failed it is building a “bullet to hit a bullet”: missile defense. (Snip) Too bad the North Korea’s handlers let Obama down. The more basic question is: why didn’t this strategy work? Maybe they couldn’t pay the handler’s rate.
In the not-so-distant past, the 1994 American-French film Stargate spawned a television series, comics and video games and ran over and over again on some network akin to Lifetime, on a kind of channel you tuned to when nothing better is on. Whether it´s the film´s provenance or the premise that deciphering symbols could connect seemingly dissimilar worlds, there´s a comparable element of connectivity and alignment — minus the science fiction, ancient Egypt component — when considering the proposition of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts collaboration with Paris collective 9éme Concept.
As novice to the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) media pool, I was excited to attend. As we approached the venue in Maryland, the Gaylord hotel, the multitude of buses were discharging throngs of young people dressed in their best, happy and excited to be there. Security was tight everywhere and nobody could sneak in without a pass. I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of attendees were young people under the age of 30. The theme was a perfect fit: “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.” In the Potomac Ballroom, the American Conservative Union chairman,
“We’re at CPAC not to rebrand a party; we’re here to rebuild a country,” said former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, in a speech that shows for many conservatives she’s still a rock star of the right. Before the former Alaska governor spoke, Ted Cruz in a surprise move introduced her, hours before he was slated to be the featured closing speaker at CPAC. Her funniest line referred to Christmas gifts exchanged by her and her husband: “You got the rifle; I got the rack,” a double entendre
Dr. Ben Carson -- who during his speech at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast criticized some of President Obama’s economic policies -- hinted Saturday that he might be interested in a 2016 presidential run. Speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, Carson resumed his sharp critique of Washington and the rest of the United States, which included his vision on how to fix the country’s problems. “Let´s say you magically put me in the White House,” Carson, a Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon, said to a loud applause. The remark was a bit unexpected, considering Carson has said
Just when CPAC attendees expected Sarah Palin to take the stage for her speech this afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stole the podium to give her a second introduction. “The mainstream media wants us to be timid and hide in the corner and the mainstream media is absolutely convinced that women cannot be conservatives,” Cruz said. “And if they are [conservatives], they especially cannot shoot really big guns and hunt grizzly bears. Let me tell you, that’s why Gov. Sarah Palin drives the mainstream media bat-crap crazy.” Cruz then rattled off a list of Palin’s successful endorsements —
On his Friday program, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ranted against junior Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for questioning the constitutional merits of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control proposals. “I don’t mean to go on and on here, but I am so shocked that he would continue to use his seat in the judiciary committee to just mislead millions of Americans and put forward a willfully ignorant position on what the Constitution says and what it does not say,” Scarborough said.
Hostility has been mounting this week in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, after two plainclothes police officers fatally shot 16-year-old Kimani Gray after he allegedly pointed a revolver at them on Saturday night. On Monday a group of about 130 people were marching toward the 67th Police Precinct station when about two dozen young protesters splintered off — drawing riot police — and trashed a Rite Aid. Tuesday the crowd was mostly calm, but on Wednesday — the same day Gray´s autopsy showed he had been shot seven times ...
While GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced he had a “change of heart” about the issue of same-sex marriage, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he doesn’t see himself following suit. Portman on Thursday became the first sitting Republican senator, and one of the highest-profile members of the GOP, to support same-sex marriages. The shift happened, he said, after his son, Will, came out to him as gay. On Friday, McCain told CNN´s Anderson Cooper that he wouldn’t be changing his mind, as the issue is at odds with his beliefs.
Republicans have targeted a federal phone subsidy, widely referred to as the "Obama phone" program, as a prime example of wasteful government spending. But supporters of the program are coming to its defense, arguing that it is crucial for ensuring that needy people are able to communicate with their loved-ones and call for help in an emergency. "Allow me to set the record straight," said Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, in a speech on Friday. "Without this program, 15 million low-income families would literally be choosing between feeding their children or going without a
President Barack Obama is doubling down on the administration´s plan to reinvest federal oil-and-gas drilling revenues into next-generation alternative energy technology, unveiled during his State of the Union address last February. "After years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to take control of our energy future," Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday, comparing recent increases in gasoline prices "to getting hit with a new tax" at a time when American´s can least afford it. "The only way we’re going to break this cycle of spiking gas prices for good is to shift
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Thursday compared the series of automatic federal budget cuts that took effect on March 1 to the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people and left millions more without power and water, while sparking a nuclear reactor meltdown. “And for those whose memories fade, I want you to be reminded of the tsunami,” Jackson Lee said. “For it does not give notice and it is tragic and reckless for those who say ‘You know what, the sequester has started and I feel pretty good’ because you
A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not ´a criminal condition´. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody ´who chooses to do something like that´. Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week,
A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional national security provisions that permit federal investigators to access customer information from some companies without court approval. The provisions ‘suffer from significant constitutional infirmities,’ and violate the First Amendment and separation of powers, Judge Susan Illston of the District Court for the Northern District of California wrote in an order on Thursday. The judge´s decision stems from a ‘National Security Letter’ that the FBI issued to an unnamed telecommunications
A Georgia mother says it was a pair of 9 and 10-year-old neighborhood boys who ran to her rescue and instructed her how to perform CPR on her two-month-old son after hearing her desperate cries for help. When Susanna Rohm’s son Isaiah abruptly stopped breathing on Monday afternoon she was sitting home alone and in her panic lost her cell phone and as she immediately felt any chance of calling 911. ´I was sitting in the living room with the baby and I noticed that he was off that day. He seemed kind of non-responsive to my smile.
President Obama praised the growth of the U.S. energy sector during a visit to Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Il., on Friday, crediting his administration’s “all of the above” energy policy for increased oil and gas production. “We produce more oil than we have in 15 years. We import less oil than we have in 20 years,” he said. “We’re producing more natural gas than we ever have before — with hundreds of thousands of good jobs to show for it.” Those numbers are true. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2012, total U.S. oil
Outspoken critic of ObamaCare, Dr. Ben Carson, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, detailing why he felt he had to speak out against the new health care law. Carson made headlines for criticizing ObamaCare in front of President Obama during his keynote address at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast. Some said his remarks were inappropriate at a non-political event, while conservatives hailed him for voicing their concerns with the new law. “Health care is one-sixth of our economy. If the government can control that, they can control just about everything.
After listening to Rand Paul speak at National Review’s Washington office, Bob Costa concludes that the senator is leading one side of what is “nothing less than a fight for the soul of the GOP on foreign policy.” Let’s hope so. Whether what emerges is also a conservative foreign policy depends as much on which Senator Paul wins as on whether he wins. If it is the Rand Paul who perceived the common hegemonic denominator between Soviet totalitarianism and Islamic-supremacist totalitarianism in a provocative speech at the Heritage Foundation last month, there is cause for optimism.
There are two reasons conservatives should be excited about "The Lead With Jake Tapper," which premieres Monday on CNN at 4 pm ET. The primary reason, of course, is Tapper himself -- who in my opinion is one of America´s ideal reporters: Smart, tenacious, objective, and ethical. That´s an extremely rare are combination these days. A few hundred more Tappers and I´d be out of a job. The other reason is that from the looks of it, Tapper has no intention of being a Narrative Slave. In an interview with TV Guide, Tapper describes "The Lead" as a program