By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Hate to say “told you so” but I will anyway…
This year’s CPAC attendees currently gathered near the nation’s capital this Saturday and hankering for a major dose of populism and low-brow humor are out of luck, Save Jerseyans:
— CPAC 2018 (@CPAC) March 4, 2016
Don’t get mad. Get smart:
(1) Trump is skipping CPAC because he’s not as inevitable as shills like Hannity and Ann Coulter want you to believe. Nursing a large and significant delegate lead? You bet. But the #1 reason for today’s pull-out likely relates to unexpectedly close weekend contests in Missouri and Kansas. He doesn’t want to lose the annual straw poll, either, which he likely will because 2/3 of Republicans on average are still voting against the guy. Roughly 72% of North Carolina GOPer’s are ready to vote against him. If it was ANY other candidate, the media would be debating the Donald’s glaring “base problem” as the race consolidates and moves to closed-primary states. But they have an agenda, folks. That much is clear. So he’ll protect his “winner” narrative by campaigning instead of showboating on national TV.
(2) Trump will only remain loyal to the conservative movement when it suits him. He’s not a conservative or a liberal, Save Jerseyans: he’s a Donald. He does whatever is best for the Donald, at all times, with no regard for ideology or morality which is why his many flip flops – and “explanations” – were so comical Thursday’s debate. Conservatives pretending he’s anything OTHER than what we saw on television last night are playing with fire and likely to get burned. Ask the folks who bought tickets to see him at Gaylord National on Saturday. They should’ve asked the Trump University people before buying the tickets.
(3) The Conservative Movement needs to get back to basics. I can’t say this strongly enough. A clown like Trump was able to infiltrate the party with frightening effectiveness because too many “conservatives” don’t even know what that means anymore. The coalition’s leaders – including past CPAC organizers – share the blame. We’re not teaching anymore. We’ve traded intelligent discourse for celebrity and 140-character put-downs. Who can blame the newly-engaged or ill-informed for mistakenly believing nationalism and conservatism are synonyms? My advice for all young #CPAC attendees: less Breibart/Fox News, more Federalist Papers and Milton Friedman. Mind your diets! I want to see you avoid the mistakes of your predecessors… we will grow the movement NOT by compromising our values BUT enticing other Americans to share them like Reagan did.
For anyone who isn’t willing to sleep on those three points above?
Here’s a Friday-appropriate musical consolation note from me to you for the long trip home: