March 04, 2007
At least something sounded good at CPAC!
I'm still nursing a grudge as a result of the notorious McCain-Feingold bill, pretty much for the reasons Don Surber outlined and Glenn Reynolds linked here, and I haven't been at all impressed with the McCain candidacy.
But the something happened over the weekend which moved McCain up maybe half a notch in my estimation.
Of the 1,705 votes cast in the CPAC straw poll, Romney got 21%, compared with 17% for Giuliani and 15% for Kansas Senator Sam Brownback.Crazy as it sounds, and despite the fact that I'm no McCain supporter, I wish I had a video just so I could hear the boos.
They'd sound good to me right now, a soothingly perverted lullaby for my tired and angry nerves.
This is not to say that I'm in any way disappointed in Giuliani, for whom I'd have no problem voting despite my reservations about him. But McCain showed some balls by snubbing the bastards, and by booing him (not long after cheering Ann Coulter's use of the word "faggot"), CPAC not only honored McCain, they showed that they've got what it takes to lose an election. (Fortunately, they don't speak for the entire GOP.)
UPDATE (03/05/07): Via Pajamas Media, The American Mind's Sean Hackbarth offers a reminder that not only were a number of CPAC attendees not cheering Coulter, they've signed a petition which they urge other conservatives to sign:
Denouncing Coulter is not enough. After her "raghead" remark in 2006 she took some heat. Yet she did not grow and learn. We should have been more forceful. This year she used a gay slur. What is next? If Senator Barack Obama is the de facto Democratic Presidential nominee next year will Coulter feel free to use a racial slur? How does that help conservatism?I'd be delighted to add my name, except didn't I just "thank CPAC for a much-needed reminder of why I am not a conservative"? Or can I call myself a non-ACU, non-CPAC conservative?
Frankly, I don't know what I am, and because labels disgust me, I tend to acquiesce to whatever people want to call me. Occasionally, though, I have to distance myself from people with whom I don't want to be associated, and my goal in writing this post last night was to distance myself from Ann Coulter's cheering minions -- whoever they might be.
My concern is not so much with Ann Coulter, but with the unavoidable fact that what she said was intended to please the crowd in front of her. Had they not liked hearing a remark with the "f" word, they would not have cheered.
I mean, it's not as if they don't know how to boo.
posted by Eric on 03.04.07 at 11:59 PM
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