Voices of CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

by Datechguy | February 23rd, 2018

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Voices of CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

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One of the things that makes being at CPAC very inter­est­ing, both from the stand­point of the aver­age attendee and for a reporter and blog­ger is the fact that you never know when you are going to find your­self next to a per­son of prove­nance, an author you admire, a tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, an activist you’ve seen on TV or a mem­ber of the house or sen­ate or can­di­date for same.

Now in the old pre-​gaylord days for a blog­ger like me, this was actu­ally a lot eas­ier, par­tic­u­larly for that final cat­e­gory, we blog­gers were dis­tinct from the MSM in our own area above the stage to the left as you’re fac­ing it and if you were a GOP can­di­date or mem­ber of con­gress you made it a point to make the to blog­gers row where you knew you had friends who would not only give you a fair hear­ing but would be delighted to speak to you.

With the move to National Har­bor and the expan­sion of the num­ber of blog­gers that changed. Blog­gers and the MSM media were now together rather than dis­tinct in both our badges and our loca­tion mean­ing that while we were “ele­vated” in pres­tige, our access dis­ap­peared. Sud­denly a GOP can­di­date or mem­ber of con­gress could no longer by our loca­tion in blog­gers row where the MSM was not allowed (I have found mem­o­ries of Mau­reen Dowd try­ing to get in and get­ting kicked out of the old blog­gers row, yes we know who you are, get out!) or at a glance at our badges or selves know if we were friend or foe and unless we had per­sonal rela­tion­ships with such peo­ple and their staffs we were locked out and thus had to stum­ble into such peo­ple by luck or skill or both.

This also com­pli­cates things for me as I like to inter­view a lot of atten­dees in my cov­er­age who look at my badge see “media” and cringe if they don’t rec­og­nize or remem­ber me. (Yes folks there IS a rea­son why I always wear a hat, a twelve-​foot scarf and carry cannoli)

Thus yes­ter­day did I find myself after con­duct­ing inter­views at the far end of Radio Row did I acci­den­tally find myself next to Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz just as he fin­ished one inter­view and head­ing for the NRA TV area for another before going on stage.

As a rule I nor­mally avoid scrums but as I was right there and quickly boxed in I decided to turn on my cam­era and start recording.

The Sen­a­tor was answer­ing ques­tions from the media who had grabbed him first and I was quickly sur­rounded to the point that I wasn’t going any­where so I looked for an oppor­tu­nity to ask a ques­tion but couldn’t get one in as he slowly nav­i­gated the pha­lanx of fans and media to the NRA area.

At this point I had a deci­sion to make, I was at the front of the bar­rier with a crowd behind me. I could work away and do some­thing else or wait for the Sen­a­tor to fin­ish with the NRA and be in a good posi­tion to get in a ques­tion or two, as I had thought of ques­tion that fit my cov­er­age I decided to wait it out and took the time to get in some decades of the Rosary (get­ting the daily 60 decades is a real prob­lem when you are con­stantly on the go)

When the sen­a­tor was fin­ished he posed for a pic­ture or two and he started mov­ing toward the stage entrance area and his han­dlers were expertly mov­ing peo­ple back, but the Sen­a­tor rec­og­nized me, greeted me remem­ber­ing my sup­port and endorse­ment early in the cam­paign and being the man he is and also know­ing I do walk­ing inter­views granted me a cou­ple of ques­tions as he walked to the stage entrance to the stage.

As always my ques­tion were designed to com­ple­ment my cov­er­age, My first ques­tion was to note the con­trast I had seen in my inter­views with CPAC 2017 atten­dees who were happy to have beaten Hillary but mixed on Don­ald Trump and this years’ atten­dees who if you have been watch­ing my inter­views have embraced him. I asked if had earned con­ser­v­a­tives sup­port and he listed the admin­is­tra­tion accom­plish­ments that had done so.

His answer was con­cise enough for me to get in a sec­ond ques­tion so I asked him one of the ques­tion I’ve asked every­one this year, about the GOP chances for retain­ing the con­gress. His answer was pretty much that is was on them, if “we ” that is the con­gress did what we said we would the GOP vot­ers would turn out, if not then not.

The video is here

Thus CPAC remains the place where with a lit­tle luck a mere blog­ger can score an exclu­sive, if short, inter­view with a key sen­a­tor and player in Wash­ing­ton, but I have to give a lot of credit to the Sen­a­tor. While he knew I was a pub­lic sup­porter of him very early who stuck with him till the day he pulled out, it was to no great advan­tage for him to give me that time. He knew it would likely not win him a sin­gle vote that he wasn’t about to wow on the stage. But he knew that for a per­son who makes his money and rep based on hits on the site and hits to DaTip­Jar that two min­utes is invalu­able and gave it to me.

You had bet­ter believe I’m not going to for­get that any­time soon and I sub­mit and sug­gest to any vot­ers in Texas con­sid­er­ing an alter­na­tive that if he will remem­ber and reward the sup­port of a blog­ger like myself, how much more will he remem­ber the con­ser­v­a­tive who have sup­ported him dur­ing the pri­maries and the vot­ers of Texas who elected him by stand­ing firm behind the con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples we embrace?


DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Fri­day Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz Answers Two Ques­tion for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Inter­rupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Con­trol Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Asso­ci­a­tion of Devel­op­men­tal Edu­ca­tors We talk Stu­dents and Math

DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my inter­views my youtube chan­nel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nos­tal­gic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer avail­able at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will hap­pily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon


If you’d like to con­tinue to sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, help defray the $140 a month extra I’ll need for my new host­ing site) and think my CPAC 2018 report­ing is worth­while please con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar here.



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Finally might I sug­gest my book Hail Mary the Per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excel­lent Gift.

Ted Cruz CPAC 2018

One of the things that makes being at CPAC very interesting, both from the standpoint of the average attendee and for a reporter and blogger is the fact that you never know when you are going to find yourself next to a person of provenance, an author you admire, a television personality, an activist you’ve seen on TV or a member of the house or senate or candidate for same.

Now in the old pre-gaylord days for a blogger like me, this was actually a lot easier, particularly for that final category, we bloggers were distinct from the MSM in our own area above the stage to the left as you’re facing it and if you were a GOP candidate or member of congress you made it a point to make the to bloggers row where you knew you had friends who would not only give you a fair hearing but would be delighted to speak to you.

With the move to National Harbor and the expansion of the number of bloggers that changed. Bloggers and the MSM media were now together rather than distinct in both our badges and our location meaning that while we were “elevated” in prestige, our access disappeared. Suddenly a GOP candidate or member of congress could no longer by our location in bloggers row where the MSM was not allowed (I have found memories of Maureen Dowd trying to get in and getting kicked out of the old bloggers row, yes we know who you are, get out!) or at a glance at our badges or selves know if we were friend or foe  and unless we had personal relationships with such people and their staffs we were locked out and thus had to stumble into such people by luck or skill or both.

This also complicates things for me as I like to interview a lot of attendees in my coverage who look at my badge see “media” and cringe if they don’t recognize or remember me.   (Yes folks there IS a reason why I always wear a hat, a twelve-foot scarf and carry cannoli)

Thus yesterday did I find myself after conducting interviews at the far end of Radio Row did I accidentally find myself next to Senator Ted Cruz just as he finished one interview and heading for the NRA TV area for another before going on stage.

As a rule I normally avoid scrums but as I was right there and quickly boxed in I decided to turn on my camera and start recording.

The Senator was answering questions from the media who had grabbed him first and I was quickly surrounded to the point that I wasn’t going anywhere so I looked for an opportunity to ask a question but couldn’t get one in as he slowly navigated the phalanx of fans and media to the NRA area.

At this point I had a decision to make, I was at the front of the barrier with a crowd behind me. I could work away and do something else or wait for the Senator to finish with the NRA and be in a good position to get in a question or two, as I had thought of question that fit my coverage I decided to wait it out and took the time to get in some decades of the Rosary (getting the daily 60 decades is a real problem when you are constantly on the go)

When the senator was finished he posed for a picture or two and he started moving toward the stage entrance area and his handlers were expertly moving people back, but the Senator recognized me, greeted me remembering my support and endorsement early in the campaign and being the man he is and also knowing I do walking interviews granted me a couple of questions as he walked to the stage entrance to the stage.

As always my question were designed to complement my coverage, My first question was to note the contrast I had seen in my interviews with CPAC 2017 attendees who were happy to have beaten Hillary but mixed on Donald Trump and this years’ attendees who if you have been watching my interviews have embraced him. I asked if had earned conservatives support and he listed the administration accomplishments that had done so.

His answer was concise enough for me to get in a second question so I asked him one of the question I’ve asked everyone this year, about the GOP chances for retaining the congress. His answer was pretty much that is was on them, if “we ” that is the congress did what we said we would the GOP voters would turn out, if not then not.

The video is here

Thus CPAC remains the place where with a little luck a mere blogger can score an exclusive, if short, interview with a key senator and player in Washington, but I have to give a lot of credit to the Senator. While he knew I was a public supporter of him very early who stuck with him till the day he pulled out, it was to no great advantage for him to give me that time. He knew it would likely not win him a single vote that he wasn’t about to wow on the stage. But he knew that for a person who makes his money and rep based on hits on the site and hits to DaTipJar that two minutes is invaluable and gave it to me.

You had better believe I’m not going to forget that anytime soon and I submit and suggest to any voters in Texas considering an alternative that if he will remember and reward the support of a blogger like myself, how much more will he remember the conservative who have supported him during the primaries and the voters of Texas who elected him by standing firm behind the conservative principles we embrace?


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon


If you’d like to continue to support independent journalism, help defray the $140 a month extra I’ll need for my new hosting site) and think my CPAC 2018 reporting is worthwhile please consider hitting DaTipJar here.



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