"Say You Put Me in the White House"
by Jen Green
No Surprises at CPAC
After being there on the ground in D.C. at CPAC, I’m certainly not surprised that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll. His was not the best speech at CPAC, but it was the only one where a sea of young people stood in the audience, waving signs that read, “Stand with Rand.”
The ubiquitous red signs with black lettering and an unmistakable shadow outline of Rand curly-haired profile were everywhere. At one unfortunate juncture, CPAC “officials” tried to tell Rand’s supporters that signs weren’t permitted in the main auditorium. A bit ironic, don’t you think? Telling the folks who are celebrating a man who bucks the system that they have to abide within the system while that same man is giving a speech about how he is bucking the system?
Needless to say, the signs stayed . . . in fact, I made sure I got one, too, just because I could. (I didn’t wave it, though.)
Riding the wave of popularity from his filibuster, Rand Paul was almost a lock to win, his legions of young followers notwithstanding. His speech didn’t have to be spectacular–and it really wasn’t, although it was good–it was simply a continuation of what he said for those 13 hours on the floor of the Senate.
And while he did not mention social issues in his speech, the very same day he was speaking at CPAC he introduced the “Life at Conception Act” a brilliant piece of personhood legislation based on the 14th amendment.
Actions speak much louder than words.
John Boehner Trusts Obama
You want to know what’s wrong with our current Republican leadership in a nutshell? How about this brilliant soundbite from John Boehner on ABC’s “This Week, ”
“The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We’re open with each other. We’re honest with each other,” said Boehner. “Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked. “Absolutely,” Boehner replied. “Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized. “Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.
The most liberal, socialist President we’ve ever had, who has shown absolutely no regard for the Constitution, the rule of law, the well-being of our country and its sovereignty, who has misused and abused his executive power . . . this man John Boehner says he “trusts absolutely?”
Oh, wait a minute. That’s right. It’s us he hates.
Dr. Ben Carson Understands the Power of the “The Hook”
In radio we call it “a hook”–that little tease of something important or interesting to come that keeps listeners tuning in to the next segment or the next show. Dr. Ben Carson may be a neurosurgeon, but he understand the power of the hook like an entertainment industry pro.
At CPAC, the newly minted outspoken conservative hero said in almost a throwaway line to an eager audience, “Let’s say you magically put me in the White House . . . ”
And the crowd went wild.
He reminded the audience he will be retiring from Johns Hopkins in “106 days.” He reminded them policy making according to the Constitution “is not brain surgery.” He made the audience laugh, clap, stand to their feet, and simply, want lots more from America’s newest presidential contender.
Hey, name was on the Straw Poll ballot–and he and Ted Cruz got the same percent (4). He finished ahead of Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin.
He was the first man to successfully separate conjoined twins. Maybe he can be the man to successfully separate Washington from our money and our power.