Freedom pic.twitter.com/qAt1n0i3b9— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) February 26, 2021
“The people at CPAC are living in an alternate reality in which facts don’t matter, the Constitution doesn’t matter. They have no principle except whatever their leader says.”— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) February 27, 2021
Mickey Edwards, ex-CPAC chair, who left the GOP after the Capitol riot, says the Party is now a cult. pic.twitter.com/4Ebgkp2GLS
I will share my thoughts as I watch the videos.
DeSantis condemned the Republican establishment for its support for open borders and amnesty and highlighted his COVID record, election security effort and the shots he has fired against Big Tech. The speech was well and good, but DeSantis is best known outside of Florida for his crusade against anti-Semitism. Is he going to knock that off now that Sheldon Adelson is finally dead?
He has clearly seen the polls.
Pretty much everyone is angry about the same things and has the same view. What are you going to do about it though? What is your record on these issues? Are you going to tackle the actual priorities of voters or harness the backlash only to pull another bait and switch for the donor class?
Cotton is currently promoting a minimum wage increase paired with E-Verify. It is going nowhere in the Senate because the Democrats are committed to shielding cheap illegal alien labor for employers and will never compromise, but it is good political theater. I suppose he deserves credit for talking about the right things that are resonating: immigration enforcement, law and order, how much people hate “journalists,” heritage protection, raising working class living standards, anti-wokeness, anti-censorship.
He sounds more confident and aggressive. There was less mewling and platitudes compared to what I recall in previous years. The tone seems different even though much of the substance is the same. In Florida, the anti-socialism rhetoric uniquely resonates with Cubans and Venezuelan exiles.
Josh Hawley gave the most clear-eyed speech of the day. He talked about concentrated corporate power, oligarchy and trust busting. Yeah, we do need to break up monopolies.
Ted sounds like he downed 12 Red Bulls before he went on stage and tried to sound like Donald Trump. He is right though about the need to lighten up and strike a contrast.
Aside from the obvious hypocrisy of knocking Joe for bombing the Middle East, Don Jr. got in some sharp elbows here at Liz Cheney and Brian Stelter. Enjoying the change in tone.