We are getting near the end of our CPAC videos that are going up, this one is Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote

I found this video particularly apt considering this story from Shelia Jackson Lee’s district in Texas and the Holder justice department’s challenging of that law:

the group visited addresses and scoured property tax records. The group found many of the addresses were vacant lots or business addresses. Thirty-nine were registered at businesses and 97 of the addresses were nonexistent. One hundred six of the registrations revealed the same registrant registered more than once, and 207 of the addresses turned out to be vacant lots.

As Steve said at Granite Grok:

The researches estimate that 25% of the 3800 registrations in the sample present potential for fraud. If that were to remain consistent across all 19,596 suspect addresses, the result would be 4900 potential incidents of voter fraud in this one district, from this one research profile. No. We don’t need voter ID.

You can find more at True the Vote here.

One of the greatest people I’ve ever talked to at CPAC was Daniel Hannan of the European Parliament who also blogs for the Telegraph.

He is what you might call: A voice of sanity crying out in the wilderness.” The full field guide is here.

I was at an event hosted by Granite Grok’s Mike Rogers at CPAC when Robert Stacy McCain (one of the 5 non-pols that Politico says you have to watch) came up to me and thanked me for “forgetting” my hat at CPAC 2010 (Stacy partied till 5 a.m. and I flew out a 7 but be that as it may…) That led to my hat going all over the country.

Stacy in my fedora was seen from New Orleans to Las Vegas, From Delaware to Sarah Palin’s house. As Politico said

How can you find McCain? If the chain smoking and fedora don’t tip you off, he’ll be the guy in the press section who brings his family and boisterously laughs at Ann Coulter’s jokes, to the chagrin of mainstream types. And how do you know he’s pumped for this year? He’s already dubbed it the “best CPAC ever” and has planned how to “be in seven places simultaneously.”

And thus the Axis of Fedora was born.

Today Stacy is in Michigan doing shoe leather work, he went into a Romney HQ when that same Mike Rogers gave him a call just as he came through the door, well I’ll let Stacy tell the tale:

“I need to take this call,” I told the Romney volunteer lady, and retreated to the foyer area to talk to Mike. He was calling from an airport, about to board a flight back to New Hampshire, and said he’d been reading my campaign-trail blogging. As I was talking to him, however, a couple of young guys came out of a back office in the Romney headquarters, and I overheard one of them mutter the phrase “Santorum blogger.”

Busted.

By the time I got off the phone with Mike, one of the young Romney guys was standing there in a polite-but-serious posture. The dude looked like he might have played linebacker in high school. A brief conversation ensued, which I summarized on Twitter:

5:39 p.m.: Folks at Romney Michigan HQ recognize me, invite me to leave. Must be the hat.

The perils of notoriety. They didn’t even let me get a picture of the office.

The Fedora giveth and the Fedora taketh away.

An advantage of being in the bloggers lounge early is you get to see people come in. Grover Norquist was passing through the Bloggers lounge early in the morning and not only consented to an interview but he and his escort allowed me to follow them to see where the guests on stage entered:

Early bird gets the worm and all that.