Luckily, I managed to find a seat to hear Romney speak. Now, Romney actually impressed me. I was totally with him on his economic platform and stances...his business sense and background gives him a lot of credence when discussing balancing budgets and cutting unnecessary programs.
To me, Romney's speaking style sounds like an oratory blend of Bush Jr and Obama---he has a slight accent reminiscent of Bush and takes lots of pregnant pauses, much like Obama.
Back to the content of his speech, I was totally with him...until he discussed being anti-gay marriage (in relation to his governorship of Massachusetts) and hating on planned parenthood. That's when I came back to my senses and realized that jk, he still is a conservative. But that being said, for moderate and independent voters to whom the economy is the most salient and important issue, I think Romney can win a lot of their support and votes. After hearing Santorum, and Gingrich (later in the day) speak, there is no question in my mind that Romney is the ONLY Republican candidate who has a shot at beating Obama. After hearing Romney speak, I think he could really give Obama a run for his money (let's hope they nominate Gingrich as their candidate!)
|all smiles this one|
|Occupy CPAC...to which the CPACers replied, "get a job!" #classwarfare?|
Ellie and I managed to get seats to hear Gingrich speak, which was disappointingly un-crazy. I was hoping for at least some sort of reference to a moon-base, but instead he spent the majority of the speech distancing himself from "the GOP establishment" in what I assume is an effort to rally teapartyers and other anti-establishment conservatives. In addition to his anti-establishment theme, the other part of his speech that stood out was the specifics he offered for his intended policies. Newt offered specific plans for executive orders regarding tax rates, job creation and program cuts.
|I think his spirit animal is a pug...think about it.|
Overall attending CPAC was an interesting experience...one that in many ways terrified me for the future of our country. There was a panel of conservative women who essentially were arguing that liberal women should never say that they don't need a man to be happy...and that every women should get married and immediately start a family. Sorry, last time I checked it was 2012, not 1950...#actuallynotsorry.
But like I said, an interesting experience....but I am so glad it is over.