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Published: 02/23/11

Victoria Jackson's CPAC Comments and 4 More Controversial Moments From the 'SNL' Star [VIDEOS]

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Victoria Jackson's CPAC Comments and 4 More Controversial Moments From the 'SNL' Star [VIDEOS]

Victoria Jackson sure loves to talk about politics. The former "Saturday Night Live" star joined a panel called "Getting Started in Hollywood" at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. While some panel members, including Variety deputy editor Ted Johnson, doubted there was a widespread movement to suppress conservatives in Hollywood, Jackson disagreed: "They just don't dislike Christians, they hate God," said Jackson, who later added, "You don't know how liberal it is, even the Christians are communist. ... Do you see me on TV? No. Do you see me in movies?...

Published: 02/19/11

Mitch Daniels, Michael Dukakis, George Will and the 'Charisma of Competence'

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
Mitch Daniels, Michael Dukakis, George Will and the 'Charisma of Competence'

If columnist George Will really wants to get his friend Mitch Daniels elected president, maybe he should stop talking about "the charisma of competence." Will used the phrase in a praise-laden introduction of the second-term Indiana governor at the Conservative Political Action Conference recently in Washington. He repeated it a few days later at the conclusion of a column devoted to promoting Daniels. Those are very high-profile venues, and perhaps it's true that all publicity is good publicity. But competence has not been a terrific selling point in past presidential races for short...

Published: 02/18/11

Al Cardenas, New CPAC Head, Impresses

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Al Cardenas, New CPAC Head, Impresses

When it was announced that former Florida Republican Party Chairman Al Cardenas would head the American Conservative Union -- the group which organizes the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) -- I was skeptical. After all, Cardenas is a lobbyist who endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate in Florida. And he was elected to head a conservative organization? But just as Speaker John Boehner has, thus far, exceeded my expectations, Cardenas has, thus far, also impressed me with his calm leadership style. As you may know, CPAC has been plagued recently by a...

Published: 02/16/11

The Case for Conservatism (vs. Libertarianism)

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
The Case for Conservatism (vs. Libertarianism)

Anyone who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend knows that, although Republicans won big in November, the conservative movement is still facing an identity crisis. There are many facets to this, but one way of looking at it is to say that libertarian ideas are encroaching on conservatism. Of course, social conservatism -- which I would argue is an implicit component of traditional conservatism (though many Christian conservatives in America were politically dormant prior to the 1970s) -- has been, perhaps, the most vulnerable victim of the political...

Published: 02/15/11

Mitt Romney: Adult or Empty Suit?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Mitt Romney: Adult or Empty Suit?

Mitt Romney's crew likes to bill the straight-from-Central-Casting GOP presidential contender as the "adult" among the Republican 2012 wannabes. But the speech he delivered at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday was full of schoolyard immaturity. The gathering itself, the most prominent annual hoedown of conservative activists, was an out-of-touch affair. While much of the world was gripped by the pro-democracy uprising in Egypt, CPAC speakers, including many GOP presidential aspirants, derided Obama as an America-hating socialist hell-bent on weakening and/or ruining this...

Published: 02/13/11

Would Women Support Newt Gingrich for President?

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
Would Women Support Newt Gingrich for President?

It's November 2012 and voters have a choice between President Barack Obama and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Given the gulf between their personal lives, what's a social conservative to do? More to the point, what would moderate and independent women do? Stop, you say, Gingrich may not run for the Republican nomination and even if he does, chances are he won't win it. But Gingrich says he'll decide by the end of the month whether to set up an "exploratory committee" to raise money. The recent performances by a parade of prospects at the Conservative Political Action Conference make clear both...

Published: 02/12/11

CPAC 2011 -- The Only Winners Were Mitch Daniels and Ron Paul

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
CPAC 2011 -- The Only Winners Were Mitch Daniels and Ron Paul

The three-day Conservative Political Action Conference ended Saturday afternoon with a meaningless presidential straw poll (if you must know, libertarian gadfly Ron Paul won for the second year in a row). But what CPAC really illustrated (and the bizarro straw poll results underscored) is that the late-starting 2012 GOP race remains so wide open that Bob Dole at age 87 might have a plausible chance for a comeback. Even though both Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee were too busy with their Fox News slots and paid speaking engagements to appear at this premier celebration of all things...

Published: 02/12/11

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Mitt Romney Comes in Second

By  Carla Baranauckas - Politics Daily
Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Mitt Romney Comes in Second

For the second successive year, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the presidential straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, capturing 30 percent of the vote. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts was second in the straw poll with 23 percent of the vote, Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio announced at the conference in Washington held by the American Conservative Union. The others on the ballot finished far behind. Related Stories CPAC, Day 2: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and More Haley Barbour to Host Blogger Happy Hour...

Published: 02/11/11

Ron Paul Dismisses Donald Trump, May Yet Run for President in 2012

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Ron Paul Dismisses Donald Trump, May Yet Run for President in 2012

You can't fire a guy if he doesn't have the job yet. The same week that Donald Trump caused a stir at CPAC by declaring that Ron Paul couldn't ever be elected president in America, the Texas representative "relaunched his political operation," according to CNN. Despite Trump's assurances, Paul's PAC continues to raise money, Related Stories CPAC Controversy: Should Sarah Palin Have Called Rick Santorum a 'Neanderthal'? [VIDEOS] and the congressman has remained coy about his ultimate plans. Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, here was the Donald taunting Paul's...

Published: 02/11/11

Lady Gaga Pushes 'Born This Way'; Sarah Palin Backs Gay Group

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Lady Gaga Pushes 'Born This Way';  Sarah Palin Backs Gay Group

Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga on the same page? When it comes to expanding rights for gays and lesbians, the two powerful media mavens -- one on the left, one on the right -- appear to share some similar views. On Friday, Lady Gaga is blanketing the media to promote her new album, "Born This Way," which won't even be released until May 23. The title, which is also the first single released Friday, says it all, and the song is already being called a 21st century gay anthem by the likes of Sir Elton John. Earlier this week, Sarah Palin restated that she supported GOProud, a self-identifying gay...

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