CPAC 2013: Donald Trump but not Pam Geller?

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CPAC 2013: Donald Trump but not Pam Geller?

The high priest ques­tioned Jesus about his dis­ci­ples and about his doctrine.

Jesus answered him, “I have spo­ken pub­licly to the world. I have always taught in a syn­a­gogue or in the tem­ple area 10 where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said noth­ing. Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”

When he had said this, one of the tem­ple guards stand­ing there struck Jesus and said, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

Jesus answered him, “If I have spo­ken wrongly, tes­tify to the wrong; but if I have spo­ken rightly, why do you strike me?”

(John 18:1923)

Sen­a­tor Joe Paine: Do I actu­ally *see* this – ?

Mr. Smith Goes to Wash­ing­ton 1939

I crashed a lit­tle early yes­ter­day so I didn’t get a chance to com­ment on the exchange between Jen­nifer Rubin and the head of CPAC Al Car­de­nas

Also, this year we decided not to invite Pamela Geller for com­ments she made at CPAC crit­i­cal of our offi­cers. In each of these cases, their ad hominem attacks den­i­grate the debate and dis­tract from the real point of CPAC — to ener­gize and empower con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal activists and offer a plat­form to lead­ers to dis­cuss pol­icy issues that are impor­tant to the con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment and the nation.

If you are going to exclude peo­ple who cri­tique CPAC there wouldn’t be a mem­ber of the MSM com­ing through the door. As for Ad hominem, those can­celled checks for $10,000 each at Pam’s site don’t seem Ad-​hominem to me. Nor does the insight mag­a­zine arti­cle she quotes are pretty clear

Can­celed checks obtained by Insight show Alam­oudi pro­vided seed money to start a GOP-​oriented Mus­lim group called the Islamic Insti­tute, which Norquist orig­i­nally chaired and now is led by for­mer Alam­oudi aide and for­mer AMC staffer Khaled Saf­furi. A White House memo obtained by Insight pre­pared for coor­di­nat­ing Mus­lim and Arab-​American “public-​liaison” events with the White House shows that the Islamic Insti­tute was instru­men­tal in estab­lish­ing the con­nec­tion. The memo, from early 2001, pro­vides lists of invi­tees and the name, date of birth and Social Secu­rity num­ber of each. Norquist, as the first chair­man of the Islamic Insti­tute, tops the list.

Alam­oudi and oth­ers, includ­ing Norquist, tried to keep crit­ics at bay by brand­ing them as “racists” and “bigots.”

Rubin was unimpressed:

This is trou­bling on many lev­els (of which I will touch on only a few) – begin­ning with the will­ing­ness to make accu­sa­tions and then not explain the fac­tual basis for them (wav­ing your hand at unspec­i­fied news reports doesn’t cut it), the indif­fer­ence to the upset caused within the move­ment, the attacks on peo­ple of con­science as attention-​seekers and then the sud­den refusal to explain how the action came about with a ground rule ignored in the prior e-​mail

But when I got up today and looked at my e-​mail then my jaw dropped:

The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive Union (ACU) today announced Don­ald Trump will address CPAC 2013, the 40th annual Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence. America’s largest gath­er­ing of con­ser­v­a­tive lead­ers and activists to be held Thurs­day, March 14 – Sat­ur­day, March 16, 2013.

Don­ald Trump is an Amer­i­can patriot and suc­cess story with a mas­sive fol­low­ing among small gov­ern­ment con­ser­v­a­tives,” said ACU Chair­man Al Car­de­nas. “I look for­ward to wel­com­ing him back to the CPAC stage next week. Mr. Trump’s pre­vi­ous CPAC appear­ance was hugely pop­u­lar among our atten­dees and we expect it will be even more pop­u­lar this year.”

Don­ald Trump? Don­ald TRUMP? Cripes was Alex Jones booked that week? Did Trump have a bet­ter year than Christie? Did The Don­ald™ take big­ger risks to speak truth to power than Pam? Pam rou­tinely packs every event she had at CPAC, it the argu­ment is pop­u­lar­ity Pam brings it in spades.

There is one thing that Trump can do that Pam can’t. Trump can write those $10,000 checks, Pam, not so much.

Can’t any­body play this game?

Update: Just a reminder Pam received the Queen Esther Award for Jew­ish Hero­ism this year.

What heroic thing has Don­ald Trump done?

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Well this is another post unlikely to gen­er­ate a $10,000 check to sup­port this blog but the meter did move a lit­tle bit yes­ter­day mean­ing it will only take 6 read­ers kick­ing in $20 to make this week’s paycheck.

(as for cov­er­ing my cpac expenses I’ll have to worry about that later).

I’m no Nate Thayer and you likely won’t find me in Iraq any­time soon but like him I’m try­ing to eek out a liv­ing writ­ing and on the radio. If you think I’m deliv­er­ing value for money con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar below.





The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area 10 where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing. Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”

When he had said this, one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”

Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”

(John 18:19-23)

Senator Joe Paine: Do I actually *see* this–?

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

I crashed a little early yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to comment on the exchange between Jennifer Rubin and the head of CPAC Al Cardenas

Also, this year we decided not to invite Pamela Geller for comments she made at CPAC critical of our officers. In each of these cases, their ad hominem attacks denigrate the debate and distract from the real point of CPAC — to energize and empower conservative political activists and offer a platform to leaders to discuss policy issues that are important to the conservative movement and the nation.

If you are going to exclude people who critique CPAC there wouldn’t be a member of the MSM coming through the door. As for Ad hominem, those cancelled checks for $10,000 each at Pam’s site don’t seem Ad-hominem to me. Nor does the insight magazine article she quotes are pretty clear

Canceled checks obtained by Insight show Alamoudi provided seed money to start a GOP-oriented Muslim group called the Islamic Institute, which Norquist originally chaired and now is led by former Alamoudi aide and former AMC staffer Khaled Saffuri. A White House memo obtained by Insight prepared for coordinating Muslim and Arab-American “public-liaison” events with the White House shows that the Islamic Institute was instrumental in establishing the connection. The memo, from early 2001, provides lists of invitees and the name, date of birth and Social Security number of each. Norquist, as the first chairman of the Islamic Institute, tops the list.

Alamoudi and others, including Norquist, tried to keep critics at bay by branding them as “racists” and “bigots.”

Rubin was unimpressed:

This is troubling on many levels (of which I will touch on only a few) – beginning with the willingness to make accusations and then not explain the factual basis for them (waving your hand at unspecified news reports doesn’t cut it), the indifference to the upset caused within the movement, the attacks on people of conscience as attention-seekers and then the sudden refusal to explain how the action came about with a ground rule ignored in the prior e-mail

But when I got up today and looked at my e-mail then my jaw dropped:

The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced Donald Trump will address CPAC 2013, the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists to be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013.

“Donald Trump is an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “I look forward to welcoming him back to the CPAC stage next week. Mr. Trump’s previous CPAC appearance was hugely popular among our attendees and we expect it will be even more popular this year.”

Donald Trump? Donald TRUMP? Cripes was Alex Jones booked that week? Did Trump have a better year than Christie? Did The Donald™ take bigger risks to speak truth to power than Pam? Pam routinely packs every event she had at CPAC, it the argument is popularity Pam brings it in spades.

There is one thing that Trump can do that Pam can’t. Trump can write those $10,000 checks, Pam, not so much.

Can’t anybody play this game?

Update: Just a reminder Pam received the Queen Esther Award for Jewish Heroism this year.

What heroic thing has Donald Trump done?

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Well this is another post unlikely to generate a $10,000 check to support this blog but the meter did move a little bit yesterday meaning it will only take 6 readers kicking in $20 to make this week’s paycheck.

(as for covering my cpac expenses I’ll have to worry about that later).

I’m no Nate Thayer and you likely won’t find me in Iraq anytime soon but like him I’m trying to eek out a living writing and on the radio. If you think I’m delivering value for money consider hitting DaTipJar below.