CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

by Datechguy | March 2nd, 2018

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CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

[cap­tion id=“attachment_105470” align=“alignleft” width=“800”] DaT­e­chGuy­blog Team at CPAC 2018[/caption]

A long time ago I was dubbed, I for­get by who, “the hard­est work­ing blog­ger at CPAC”.

I have always been proud of that title and every year at CPAC I have done my utmost to con­tinue to earn this title I was given. This was not only for the sake of said title but for the sake of DaW­ife who was home work­ing and unable to take a week to go to Wash­ing­ton. Thus it has been a very rare thing to see me at a CPAC party, my nights are usu­ally spent upload­ing video, sched­ul­ing posts for said video or record­ing my DaTechGuy’s Mid­night Court seg­ments till late in the morn­ing. And, as old­time blog­gers will attest when I’ve been seen at par­ties in the past I have had my lap­top with me and been seen sit­ting on the floor with a can of soda and a plate of food next to me as I con­tinue to work.

This year had a dif­fer­ent dynamic for two rea­sons, the first being that the Gay­lord National Har­bor for­bade me from doing the mid­night court in the lobby as I had done the year before (appar­ently a guest com­plained) and since DaMid­night court was pred­i­cated on grab­bing inter­views with peo­ple return­ing from events late, set­ting up on radio row would not do, so I dropped it.

Sec­ondly for the first time ever at CPAC I had company.

Oh not the nor­mal com­pany of other blog­gers shar­ing a room or hang­ing out. This year I had family.

When I first secured my hotel room thanks the gen­eros­ity of my read­ers and the sud­den rever­sal of my work­ing for­tunes I asked my wife if she wanted to accom­pany me, she declined cit­ing Feb­ru­ary in DC, how­ever my two sons jumped at the chance to go to DC.

It was a big win for them, they had a base to oper­ate from while see­ing Wash­ing­ton, the use of the rental to hit DC and because they came as my assis­tants they were cre­den­tialed press giv­ing them access to the press area which gave them not only an excel­lent view of the President’s speech but a chance to see the MSM up close as they reacted to it (more on that later).

For me the plan was pretty much the same, shoot inter­views, upload videos and use my ques­tions to estab­lish the para­me­ters of the President’s sup­port and the chances for the GOP in Novem­ber. CPAC would be what it always was, 1215 hour days or more with a few min­utes taken to eat here and there.

The pres­ence of these young men how­ever changed this a bit and each in his own way.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_105600” align=“alignleft” width=“150”] Bob and Edith’s Alexan­dra VA[/caption]My old­est is the ana­lyt­i­cal one. He pointed out things I was miss­ing in inter­views in terms of light­ing, angels and poses par­tic­u­larly when I was in front of the cam­era rather than behind it. It’s a con­stant strug­gle to see what’s in front of you, that fresh set of eyes made a big dif­fer­ence. He also sug­gested direc­tions of inquiry and took notes as he observed the media dur­ing the Trump speech, the results of which you will see as a guest post in the near future.

My youngest one, while more into the polit­i­cal scene than the older made it a point to intro­duce me to the joys of the sur­round­ing area. It was he that sug­gested the trip to VUK that allowed me to dis­cover Lea, the key inter­view of the trip. He also sug­gested the trip to Bob and Edith’s Diner taken at 1 AM Sat­ur­day morn­ing result­ing in a good break­fast, inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion and this short inter­view with the overnight line cook

In other words, he make sure that I was OUT­SIDE the activist/​msm/​news/​blogger bub­ble for at least a few hours. This not only decreased my ten­sion level immensely but it pro­vided me the chance to speak to actual Mary­lan­ders and Vir­gini­ans who were not there specif­i­cally to serve me as a CPAC con­ven­tion goer and thus more free to be them­selves and give their own opin­ions in conversation.

Fur­ther­more on the final day my sons and I joined Nice Deb, Stacy McCain and oth­ers for the final day of the Unsus­tain­able Bartab party put on by the Four Tier Strate­gies peo­ple. In the past I might put a pro-​forma appear­ance at some­thing like this but this time I stayed, intro­duc­ing my sons around, speak­ing to friends and shar­ing a song or two with Stacy & CO as the sober song­bird of the bunch (I’m sure there is video of that on the net some­where) or put sim­ply I relaxed and I’m sure my body which is almost a decade older than when I attended my first CPAC is the bet­ter for it.

There was a cost to this of course. I didn’t take my lap­top with me to the diner, or to VUK or to the party so I wasn’t upload­ing and edit­ing. This is why I find myself on my day off from work sched­ul­ing posts that a year ago would have already been done by now.

It will be for you, dear reader to decide if I have still earned my old title based on the vol­ume of work and there will be a month’s worth of posts to back up that old claim.

But look­ing back at it a week later from my own bed I’m very pleased these young men decided to come with me, not only because I’m always pleased to spend time with my sons, but because on reflect I can say with cer­tainty that both in terms of labor and in psy­che I had a bet­ter CPAC this year because of them.


DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Fri­day March 2nd

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Dif­fer­ence For Me

Wednes­day Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Mon­day Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sun­day Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Can­noli Sicil­ian from Brook­lyn Approved

Sat­ur­day Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 /​Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Nar­ra­tive says Does Exist

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.



Con­sider sub­scrib­ing. 7 more sub­scribers at $20 a month will pay the monthly price for the new host/​server.


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

DaTechGuyblog Team at CPAC 2018

A long time ago I was dubbed, I forget by who, “the hardest working blogger at CPAC”.

I have always been proud of that title and every year at CPAC I have done my utmost to continue to earn this title I was given. This was not only for the sake of said title but for the sake of DaWife who was home working and unable to take a week to go to Washington. Thus it has been a very rare thing to see me at a CPAC party, my nights are usually spent uploading video, scheduling posts for said video or recording my DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court segments till late in the morning. And, as oldtime bloggers will attest when I’ve been seen at parties in the past I have had my laptop with me and been seen sitting on the floor with a can of soda and a plate of food next to me as I continue to work.

The Axis of Fedora

This year had a different dynamic for two reasons, the first being that the Gaylord National Harbor forbade me from doing the midnight court in the lobby as I had done the year before (apparently a guest complained) and since DaMidnight court was predicated on grabbing interviews with people returning from events late, setting up on radio row would not do, so I dropped it.

Secondly for the first time ever at CPAC I had company.

Oh not the normal company of other bloggers sharing a room or hanging out.  This year I had family.

When I first secured my hotel room thanks the generosity of my readers and the sudden reversal of my working fortunes I asked my wife if she wanted to accompany me, she declined citing February in DC, however my two sons jumped at the chance to go to DC.

It was a big win for them, they had a base to operate from while seeing Washington, the use of the rental to hit DC and because they came as my assistants they were credentialed press giving them access to the press area which gave them not only an excellent view of the President’s speech but a chance to see the MSM up close as they reacted to it (more on that later).

For me the plan was pretty much the same, shoot interviews, upload videos and use my questions to establish the parameters of the President’s support and the chances for the GOP in November.  CPAC would be what it always was, 12-15 hour days or more with a few minutes taken to eat here and there.

The presence of these young men however changed this a bit and each in his own way.

Bob and Edith’s Alexandra VA

My oldest is the analytical one.  He pointed out things I was missing in interviews in terms of lighting, angels and poses particularly when I was in front of the camera rather than behind it.  It’s a constant struggle to see what’s in front of you, that fresh set of eyes made a big difference. He also suggested directions of inquiry and took notes as he observed the media during the Trump speech, the results of which you will see as a guest post in the near future.

My youngest one, while more into the political scene than the older made it a point to introduce me to the joys of the surrounding area.  It was he that suggested the trip to VUK that allowed me to discover Lea, the key interview of the trip.  He also suggested the trip to Bob and Edith’s Diner taken at 1 AM Saturday morning resulting in a good breakfast, interesting conversation and this short interview with the overnight line cook

In other words, he make sure that I was OUTSIDE the activist/msm/news/blogger bubble for at least a few hours. This not only decreased my tension level immensely but it provided me the chance to speak to actual Marylanders and Virginians who were not there specifically to serve me as a CPAC convention goer and thus more free to be themselves and give their own opinions in conversation.

Furthermore on the final day my sons and I joined Nice Deb, Stacy McCain and others for the final day of the Unsustainable Bartab party put on by the Four Tier Strategies people. In the past I might put a pro-forma appearance at something like this but this time I stayed, introducing my sons around, speaking to friends and sharing a song or two with Stacy & CO as the sober songbird of the bunch (I’m sure there is video of that on the net somewhere) or put simply I relaxed and I’m sure my body which is almost a decade older than when I attended my first CPAC is the better for it.

There was a cost to this of course. I didn’t take my laptop with me to the diner, or to VUK or to the party so I wasn’t uploading and editing. This is why I find myself on my day off from work scheduling posts that a year ago would have already been done by now.

It will be for you, dear reader to decide if I have still earned my old title based on the volume of work and there will be a month’s worth of posts to back up that old claim.

But looking back at it a week later from my own bed I’m very pleased these young men decided to come with me, not only because I’m always pleased to spend time with my sons, but because on reflect I can say with certainty that both in terms of labor and in psyche I had a better CPAC this year because of them.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Friday March 2nd

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

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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