Field Guide to CPAC 2014: The Breitbart Panel on Ukraine

Michael Corleone: Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.

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During my first day at CPAC 2014 I was greeted by Steven K Bannon, who amazingly recognized me sans fedora & scarf. He informed me that he was having a new “Uninvited” panel at the Westin where I was staying and suggested I drop on by.

The next day, dead tired after an early start and a lot of running around I headed back to my hotel for a midday nap when I remembered Steve’s panels. I inquired at the Westin front desk about an “Uninvited” panel. While they knew nothing about it there was a sign in the lobby concerning a daylong National security event. When I went over to see what it was it turned out to be Breitbart’s Uninvited 2.

In one of the conference rooms I found Steve sitting looking even more bushed than me, nevertheless he agreed to an interview on the spot.

The panels were covering topics from Benghazi to Ukraine to radical Islam, topics that were, coincidentally being ignored by at CPAC.

Senator Ted Cruz was not inclined to ignore them. He came down to a panel and spoke at length on Ukraine and Venezuela. It was quite a coup for Steve & Breitbart.

I was tired but given how much work Steve had done I couldn’t go back to the room without seeing at least one the panels so I stopped in to see one on the Ukraine crisis.

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I had missed opening remarks and some speakers but I recognized Frank Gaffney & Claire Lopez who I had covered before. I sat in the front and turned on the camera to catch Ariel Cohen’s speech:

I was still ready to drop as Sebastian Gorka was being introduced.

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So I turned off my camera and prepared to leave but the Mr. Gorka said this…:

“Why should we care about Ukraine?” he asked simply. “Because we are Americans.” The issue of helping freedom-loving people was one of “morality, and what this nation stands for,” he asserted. “If we don’t care about Ukraine, 1776 means nothing.”

So moving were his words I sat back down and turned on my camera to catch the rest of what he had to say.

It was good stuff.

By the time he was done I was simply too exhausted to continue so I didn’t stay for Claire Lopez remarks or the James O’Keefe event so I can’t bring you video of what was said, but I can inform you the Steve’s efforts, while tiring, made a difference:

As late as Monday, the topic was missing from an agenda released by the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event. But, according to an email from ACU Chairman Al Cardenas reviewed by Breitbart News, the group is scrambling to put together a panel on the topic.

“Moving quickly to implement your Ukraine/Russia panel: would you like to host it? Any suggestions re panelists?” Cardenas wrote to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

It’s amazing how a little light on a subject can get others to notice.

I don’t know if there will be an Uninvited III next year at the Westin, but if there is I’ll make it a point to be there.


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