|In the Exhibit Hall at CPAC today.|
The main group that apparently did not get the business dress memo were the energized Ron Paul Entourage who were busy walking the hallways handing out buttons and stickers and looking far more like refugees from my Creative Writing classes. It was hard to pass by without taking a sticker (though I did refrain since I haven't actually read his most recent platform) just because they dared to be different.
|Dr. Stephen Bird and staff of the NJC at CPAC today.|
|Listening to presentations at a CPAC seminar on Friday.|
There is certainly lots of buzz and energy at CPAC this year, but I am not sure any particular people have risen above the fray to speak for either the future of the conservative movement or how the Tea Party fits in for the future. There is still another day to go and perhaps that person(s) will show up tomorrow. What is clear that it was almost Déjà Vu with the pictures and videos of Ronald Reagan all over the place. It was as if I was streaming back into time - why, even the blue suits and power ties are all back as well. Seeing the videos of Ronald Reagan, though, is a constant reminder that his voice - that brought together both Republicans and Democrats with a gentle wit and optimism - just hasn't be rediscovered yet. But what is also clear is that many in the room seem to know it.