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Paul, DeMint, Beck Share Important Common Theme at 2010 CPAC

This year's CPAC was particularly energetic given the political disaster that awaits Democrats this November. But thanks in large part to the Tea Party movement, another very important theme emerged among several speakers at this year's conference. Republicans finally acknowledged how far they have deviated from their core principles. They are publicly admitting that George W. Bush was not a fiscal conservative and that progressivism within the party renders them indistinguishable from the Democrats. This is an enormous step forward.

Ron Paul, not surprisingly, chided Republicans over the same issues he raised during his 2008 run for the Republican nomination. "Though we've certainly gotten ourselves into a mess because the Conservative movement that was designed to bring us back to our roots, like limited government, smaller government, more individual liberty; it hasn't happened," said Paul. "And now, since we did not do the job we were supposed to do, the opposition has taken over and guess what, they're criticizing the Republicans and the Conservatives for not having balanced the budget."

Jim DeMint also addressed the issue of conservative cohesiveness, saying, "I've been criticized by some of my Republican colleagues for saying I'd rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in the principles of freedom than 60 who don't believe in anything. Let me make myself even clearer: I'd rather have 30 Marco Rubios in the Senate than 60 Arlen Specters."

Glenn Beck keynoted the conference, also addressing the same issue. "This is the disease in America. It's not just spending. It's not just taxes. It's not just corruption. It is progressivism. And it is in both parties. It is in the Republicans and the Democrats." Beck added, "Dick Cheney, a couple of days ago was here, and he says it's going to be a good year for conservative ideas. That's true. That's very true. It's going to be a very good year. But it's not enough just to not suck as much as the other side."

This year's CPAC embraced Tea Party ideologies and may have changed many people's perspectives about conservatives and the Republican Party. While rank-and-file Republicans probably did not appreciate the admonitions, these public exhortations for a return to core conservative values comes at a time when third-party candidacies could threaten the Party's efforts to recapture one or both houses of Congress. The self-examination we saw at CPAC was a huge step in the right direction and could go a long way toward galvanizing the party.


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I agree. Unfortunately to m... (Below threshold)

I agree. Unfortunately to many in the Republican party including many in the leadership think they must run as Dem-lite to win. To them winning is everything. However they are chasing fool's gold. Many of the Democrats that won last year ran on conservative issues. Unfortunately they don't govern that way.

I think if Glenn Beck becam... (Below threshold)

I think if Glenn Beck became president he would have the same problem with overreaching as Obama, just in the opposite direction. Just like Obama has pushed a more liberal agenda than the American public will stand so would Glenn Beck push a libertarian agenda farther than most Americans would be happy with.

Luckily for America the next president will be Mitt Romney not Glenn Beck.

Our country needs a revolut... (Below threshold)

Our country needs a revolution, voting for a Democrat or a Republican is not revolutionary, it is big business as usual.

Neither party represents the average hard working American. America needs a populist third party alternative to break up the corporate globalist controlled oligarchy we now have.

THE DNC = On the surface they appear to represent a march towards socialism, the welfare state, amnesty for illegal aliens, multiculturalism, and a beacon to those who look to the government for free cheese. However, if you follow the money and their votes, they are nothing but globalist whores for big business and Wall Street just as much as the Republicans.

THE GOP = Appear to be patriotic, flag waving, constitution loving, Lee Greenwood playing Americans, However, follow the money - they are New World Order globalist who are pro Wall Street, pro Communist China, pro Fed, pro illegal immigration, pro outsourcing American jobs, pro shipping our manufacturing base overseas and just all around lying sacks of manure.

Worried about splitting the vote? Well turn to the words of Republican Senator Jim DeMints for comfort... "I'd rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in the principles of freedom than 60 who don't believe in anything

A third party would not need to vote out every RINO, neocon, Republican or Liberal Democrat. We only need to take 10% of the House seats; this is very doable in conservative states. With 10% of congress we could control the agenda in Washington. Eventually, as the party proved itself and grew, we could take the Whitehouse.

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