February 11, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's Friday speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference was his latest attempt to persuade his party's base that he is one of them — but a far cry from the message he delivered at the same gathering just a year ago. The difference explains what has happened to Romney and his party during the Republican presidential race. Romney arrived to CPAC in February 2011 as the nominal, though hardly dominant front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The GOP contest was slowly taking shape at the time, and...
February 21, 2010 |
For most of the past year, Mitt Romney has been off the stage. While Sarah Palin has commanded headlines, while other Republicans have jumped into intraparty controversies over purity and as GOP leaders have vied with one another to bash President Obama the loudest, Romney stayed largely out of the fray. That is about to change. The former Massachusetts governor has spent much of the past year working on a book called "No Apology" that will be published next month.
February 9, 2012 |
Just 15 months after a huge election victory, members of a fractured conservative movement gathered on Thursday to agree on one thing: If they don't get their act together soon, the country will really be in trouble. "Being America has changed the world and made it better," Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) told the crowd on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference . But that basic identity will be at risk, he said, if Republicans let President Obama win reelection.
January 26, 2009
4 DAYS: The 168 members of the Republican National Committee cast votes for their next chairman. No clear front-runner has emerged, and incumbent Mike Duncan, former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis and South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson are considered potential winners. 31 DAYS: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference begins in Washington. While it's not likely to carry the drama of last...
March 13, 2013 |
From its founding four decades ago, the Conservative Political Action Conference, set to begin Thursday in Washington, has come to function as an annual gut check for the political right. At the CPAC gathering in post-Watergate 1975, then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan famously exhorted the demoralized group to raise "a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people. " And CPAC was where, on the heels of his landslide...
February 10, 2012 |
"How many of you," Scott Rasmussen asked the crowd at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, "have ever mocked or made fun of the president's call for hope and change? Raise your hands. " Most people in the Marriott Wardman Park hotel ballroom raised their hands. There were cheers and whoops. "With all due respect," the conservative pollster and commentator told them, "I'd like to say that's really stupid. " This time, there was uncomfortable laughter. "Voters are looking for hope and change as much...