CPAC 2014: #MakeDCListen Style

Yesterday concluded the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

The lavish  Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor played host for a second year in a row. Unlike most D.C. area residents, I took immense joy in the 10-minute drive across the Potomac. This year marked my third CPAC conference, and the second time I attended on behalf of the company I work for.

The rush and heyday of these political conferences certainly give us seasoned political junkies a natural high. High-profile speakers, cool swag, a nice location, and plenty of events/parties leave attendees satisfied. It’s interesting how much CPAC has changed in the last few years…

Here’s a quick rundown of my thoughts on this year’s conference:

The Good

Big reunion – CPAC is a great event for reunions with activist friends. I certainly enjoyed seeing hundreds of people I know from  D.C. and outside the D.C. area. Given how busy life is, people rarely get the chance to be around so many like-minded people. CPAC is perfect for reuniting with new and old friends.

Unparalleled networking - If you come to CPAC, expect to network with big wigs and get your name out there. This is a great opportunity to land an internship or job in the D.C. area. Don’t take it for granted.

Blog Bash – Hands down, Blog Bash is the best party at CPAC every year. I’ve had the pleasure of attending it since 2012. One can’t go wrong with a piano bar! Definitely attend one if you haven’t already.

The Bad

Recycled, uninspiring speakers –  Apart from Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and a few others, I–along with countless others–found much of the speakers lineup to be  unexciting. This led many of us to jokingly (and seriously) classify the conference as “Squishfest.” Establishment Republicans aren’t going to lure in new people to the cause. Fresh conservative faces will.

Media everywhere - It’s an election year, and the general election is roughly two years away. The horse race is about to commence–brace yourselves.

Hypersexualizing CPAC - Apparently, the hook-up scene is the most newsworthy topic from CPAC to write about. Really?! Media outlets – especially one in particular – need to stop sensationalizing this. (What happened to maintaining personal responsibility?) DC is a morally bankrupt place — ask those of us who live here and abstain from such. Stop reporting on this crap and focus on important issues, like, saving the country from impending financial collapse.

What are some personal highlights from this year’s CPAC?

Hanging out with the lovely Dana Loesch:

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Meeting Senator Rand Paul (R-KY):

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And ensuring that all conservatives #MakeDCListen:

Having fun at the Jobs Growth booth. #MakeDCListen

Until next year, CPAC? We shall see.

New Townhall.com Column: Ladies – Less Selfies, More Time Outdoors

While promoting her new Sportsman Channel show “Amazing America” in California last week, Sarah Palin told reporters her show will inspire young women to discover the outdoors.

She said, “I think this world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture and fewer of them holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror doing a selfie.”

The former Alaska governor is absolutely correct.

In a time where female empowerment is exuded by championing so-called “reproductive rights” and support for cradle-to-grave government, being self-reliant is the contrarian thing to do. Thanks to poor role models like Miley Cyrus, a hypersexualized culture, and radical feminism, young women are craving alternatives to the status quo. Many women are tired of subscribing to groupthink and seeing their femininity undermined in the name of “equality.”

What better way to break the mold than to escape to the outdoors?

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Update I:

Miss Kansas 2013 tweeted praise for my article. (Pretty cool!)

UPDATE II:

Girls Just Wanna Have Guns reposted my column.

UPDATE III:

NRA News linked to my article.

Interview on NRA News: January 20, 2014

UPDATE IV:

RightWingNews linked my article to their site.

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Conservative Women Must Continue to Fight Back

To the Martin Bashir’s and Man-Child Eunuchs of the World:

Your attacks on conservative women like Sarah Palin are unwarranted and disgusting at best. Did your mothers not teach you to treat ladies with the utmost respect and kindness? Or does your wayward ideology get in the way of any rational thinking? Your ilk, which touts itself as “pro-women,” continues to defile us and justify government-subsidized birth control/abortion to satisfy your casual sex fixes all the while telling us to settle for victimhood. How peachy. If you disagree with conservatives, be respectful and polite – not crass and unhinged. Sadly, given the violent nature of leftist movements throughout history, we shouldn’t expect any civility from most of you.

We conservative women are constantly targeted by you on the Left for defying conventional wisdom that tells us to sulk off of the government from cradle to grave, to kill the preborn in the womb whenever convenient, to behave like sexual predators, and to treat men like dirt. Believing in personal responsibility, free markets, gun ownership, traditional values, and limited government is too much for you feeble-minded folks to bear. For example, your kind has called me a c*** and stupid b**** numerous times, told me to put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger, told me that “your parents shoulda died under Stalin,” and much more, for defying big government policies. Much to your dismay, your fighting words encourage me to expose you. The insults you invalids hurl at us won’t go unnoticed anymore. I hope more conservative women (and men) call you out for your sheer disregard of manners.

Fellow conservative females: Be fearless, continue to speak out, and have the courage to spread the good word of conservatism. Maintain class and poise when dealing with these creatures. And remember: #FightLikeAGirl!

Originally posted on Facebook.

Bachmann Leading Romney, Competitors in New Poll

Stephan Dinan of The Washington Times reported a post-debate surge in Bachmann’s poll numbers. As more Americans see and hear Bachmann, the more they gravitate to her:

Fresh off her well-received performance in last week’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann now tops the field of candidates in a new Zogby poll of Republican primary voters.

The poll found Mrs. Bachmann garnering 24 percent of the vote, well-ahead of businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who each received 15 percent support.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who officially announced his candidacy on Tuesday, scored just 2 percent support.

SarahPAC Presents ‘One Nation’ Tour

Whether Sarah Palin is running for president or not, you have to give her kudos for this latest venture. Her group—SarahPAC–unveiled a bus tour that will travel tcities across America.

Go to SarahPAC.com to see if your city is listed under the ‘One Nation’ bus tour.

In the meantime, check out this awesome video.