The bus from the Springhill suites hotel took us to the Grand Hyatt where Redstate was taking place on the 2nd floor:
I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Amb John Bolton’s presentation
and colorado GOP Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn who impressed everyone who heard him
But since the full speeches of them all are available in better quality online I went straight to what I do, interviews
I started with Dave who I hadn’t seen in years.
I also talked to Amanda of the Future female leaders who provided Ice Cream
and local write in candidate for state senate in district 21 Kara Palfy
Dave Weigel of the Washington Post was there
My primary camera died during the interview so I continued it with my emergency backup camera and spliced the two of them together.
There was a table for Bill Whittle.com and while Bill wasn’t there Carla was
and as promised Larry O’Connor
I love that he brought up the Breitbart table interview, it’s one of the highlights of what I do
Matthew Bellis of Liberty Healthshare also gave me a few minutes
I was invited to a reception that night put on by Liberty Healthsare and Valery who had been doing other things the last two days decided to join me.
As she arrived I managed two more interviews one with Casper Stockham candidate for Congress CO-1
and radio talk show host Steve Kelly who was broadcasting live during the presentation
But for all of the pleasures of seeing interesting events and learning new things, and the joys of meeting new people and seeing old friends the highlight of both Redstate and Amplify choice was the same, the chance to introduce these friends I’ve met from blogging to my wife Valery and vice versa.
Nothing tops that.
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One of the advantages of being a liberal who covers conservatives (and actually mixes with them) is perspective and at the Washington Post Dave Weigel brightly illustrates the difference between being owned by a campaign and not. (emphasis mine)
In outrage mode, it was easy to ignore something Clinton spokesman Jake Sullivan said in his reaction. Trump didn’t just praise Hussein. He “yet again lauded” him. As the Post’s Jenna Johnson pointed out, Trump had used this language many, many times, with plenty of cameras pointed at him. The narrowing of the field, the fact that the rally was on prime time television — some of that contributed to the furor, which began before anyone from team Clinton spoke out.
And remember many of those speeches were televised by the same media outlets that are now shocked Shocked at his words:
By consistently covering Trump’s argument over time, and by following up on it, media outlets did their job to inform voters. That was why Tuesday night’s collective Captain Renault moment was so strange, and so demonstrative of why many media consumers are skeptical of what they’re hearing. Instead of a debate on the facts — should Hussein have been removed? Did he “kill terrorists,” in a contradiction of what Americans were told before the war? — there was manufactured outrage, straight from a rival campaign.
or as a Daily Mail reporter quoted by Dave put it:
Remarkable part about the Saddam thing isn’t what Trump said. He’s said it before. It’s how media jumped on this when Hillary needed it.
Actually I disagree, there is nothing at all remarkable about it, it’s the standard operating procedure of the media in full Clinton protection mode and Dave Weigel deserves a lot of credit for noting it, particularly for doing so at the Washington Post.
However unfortunately for all those media outlets because they DID carry so many of those Trump rallies live their viewers likely have likely seen Mr. Trump say these words before and have come to the same conclusion that Dave Weigel did.
It’s very hard to define your opponent when you’ve already allowed him to define himself.
Dave Weigel’s beat is covering conservatives. You will see him regularly at CPAC and on the campaign trail with GOP hopefuls.
So it is no surprise that Ted Cruz’s appearance before the national firefighters union was on his radar.
Cruz entered the less friendly climate of the International Association of Firefighters, for its bipartisan presidential summit. Firefighters’ unions are not as solidly Democratic as most labor unions.
Given that unions slavishly follow the Democrat line that’s not a high standard to reach but more interesting was his reaction to a video put together by MSNBC noting the reaction, or lack thereof of the Union crowd to things that were applause lines at CPAC
No one had anything good to say about Cruz. “I had to take a shower after listening to that,” said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.
You can likely count on one hand the number of State Union leaders who are conservatives and in liberal Washington you can probably count them on one finger so the above reaction is frankly not much of a story.
What IS a story is this: Ted Cruz didn’t give a “feel good” speech about his family history (like Marco Rubio) or steering away from domestic issues (like Lindsey Graham).
Nope Ted Cruz, rather than tailoring his speech or spinning his audience, went before a hostile crowd and did what he always does made his case for the things he believes. He told the truth.
MSNBC not withstanding this is what we used to called “Character” and I’m old enough to remember when we the media used to celebrate this kind of character in candidates.
One of the things I enjoy in life is something well done. It doesn’t matter if it’s selling shoes, cutting meat, cooking or a computer program when I see something done well I smile.
I find myself smiling a lot when I see Dave Weigel.
Two stories explain it first on Fl-13 where he cuts through a lot of the BS being spun about the Florida 13 race:
How much worse was than that previous Democratic campaigns? Actually, I can save everyone some time and just reprint the background info from a October 2013 DCCC email on the race.
President Obama won a majority of the vote across the district in 2008 (51.9% of the vote) and again in 2012 (50.7%). In 2010, in a challenging election cycle for Democrats, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink received 51.1% of the vote in FL-13 despite losing statewide to Rick Scott. In 2006, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson won the district with 63.7% of vote, compared to the 61.3% he received statewide.
In November, Sink was leading the unknown Jolly by as much as 20 points. As recently as January, the DCCC was including FL-13 in its list of top “open seat opportunities.” And I’ve got maps.
There is no substitute to actually being there and Dave is constantly there, past disagreements not withstanding the more you see of his work and of the man, the more you respect and like him.
While the Florida 13 story demonstrates Mr. Weigel skill another, less prominent illustrates another side of being a good reporter.
Saturday night I joined Stacy McCain for the “unsustainable bar tab” event after CPAC. One of the first faces I recognized there was, to my surprise, Dave Weigel standing and watching people in the hot tub.
After saying my hellos and some small talk I repeated my well known opinion concerning politics, alcohol and rooms full of people with internet ready camera phones, Dave noted it was understood the party was “off the record” and we went on to other subjects.
An organizer found me and told me that “what happens in the room stays in the room.” For that reason, I won’t say who else was there or who might have taken the photo. But Stockman’s a public figure, and he talked to me after I told him who I was and who I worked for.
Anyone reading the piece can see it respected the inherent off record of the event. By writing when he did as he did he not only followed the best traditions of his craft, but showed respecting for the people he was covering, it was a stark contrast to something I had seen from a young hungry reporter just twenty four hours earlier.
It’s no secret that I consider Stacy McCain my model for how to do what I do, but if someone asked me to name a second person to emulate if you want to learn how to be a good reporter, the person I would tell them to copy is Dave Weigel
Update: I can’t believe I forgot to put in my interview with Dave Weigel from CPAC in this post
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Tea Party-endorsed candidate in Texas for U. S. Senate, Dwayne Stovall, just received a notification from JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People – one of the largest constitutional conservative grassroots groups in Texas, that Dwayne Stovall has earned the enthusiastic and unanimous support from its board of directors. The organization will release a full statement of support later today.
Stovall also wins the support and endorsement of Southern Conservative, a group that formerly supported Rep. Steve Stockman. Southern Conservative uses all means necessary to promote conservatism and remind the country of our roots.
the Houston Young Republicans, announced the results of their straw poll, and they overwhelmingly chose Dwayne Stovall as the winner. Stovall won with three-quarters of the votes cast, and Stockman and Cornyn split most of the small remainder. This is the seventh straw poll win, and that out of seven straw polls. Stovall has won every straw poll to date across a variety of conservative groups.
Stovall won the straw poll of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Congressional District 36, which is Rep. Steve Stockman’s district. Stockman placed 4th after Stovall, Cornyn, and Undecided, and has yet to win any straw polls.
and the media won’t care.
You can even produce a pretty good ad on your opponent’s record
and not much will happen if the MSM doesn’t want to notice you.
If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day
Update: That didn’t take long
“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”
…you release an ad not only highlighting Cornyn flip on the debt ceiling for the sake of McConnell but comparing the minority whip to a cartoon turtle.
In the primary for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat, Dwayne Stovall hasn’t gotten as much coverage as Rep. Steve Stockman. The reason, mostly, is that missing “Rep.” Stockman, for all his issues, has been elected to Congress. Stovall is a more typical Tea Party challenger, the kind who runs and wins a small share of the vote on the way to an incumbent’s re-election.
U.S. Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall stole some attention Thursday from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Now maybe it’s just me but I’d say beating Rep Steve Stockman and winning a straw poll in his own district (not to mention beating him & Cornyn in 7 others) constitutes stealing a man’s thunder considerablly more than an ad with a picture of a turtle & a talking dog.
However Weigel, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Huffington Post and Greta didn’t think he was newsworthy when he was winning straw polls, nor did they notice the highly substantive ad concerning Cornyn’s voting record.
He only became worthy of note when he compared the appearance of a GOP senator the MSM wants to defeat badly, Mitch McConnell, to a cartoon turtle and he only became worthy of Greta’s attack when the comparison might stick.
It does say something unflattering but not about Dwayne Stovall & his run for Senate but about the MSM who care more about cartoons than substance.
To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:
If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…
…just like Andrew Breitbart did.
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I think the introduction of the piece suggests that Derbyshire is purposely hitting the concept of “The Talk” suggesting that the idea that Black Americans have to have “a talk” to warn them about white people then perhaps the reverse should be true. I find it just as offensive that Black Americans would feel the need to have “a talk” to warn their sons and daughters about me as a black American might be by Dreb’s piece.
I think all American should be offended at the concept that one American needs to beware another based on race.
The bravest person on the internet however seems to be Dave Weigel for this:
There’s a sort of micro-movement building to shame National Review into firing Derbyshire. Why would they? Derbyshire is saying something that many people believe but few people with word-slinging abilities know how to say: There are differences between the races, and whites should watch out for blacks. One popular Internet hobby of the moment is grabbing dumb blog comments or tweets and assembling them like a Pinterest page, to show what racists think. Derbyshire isn’t stupid and he isn’t being caught out. If someone wants to publish this, someone should.
All that said, I don’t think I’ve taken much of this column’s advice.
I strongly suspect that Dave Weigel will get a lot more flack for that paragraph then Derbyshire will for the entire piece but rather than provoking thought Derb will provoke outrage. Since this is exactly the type of thing that those playing race games with the Trayvon Martin case dream about and I would be shocked if you didn’t see the panels on every single Sunday show this weekend go long with it.
We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.
I don’t have a problem with NRO booting Derb over this, it’s up to them to decide what views they are willing to associate themselves with, I DO however think it’s weaselly to apparently shut off comments. I’m seeing this at 11:26 p.m. EST (in 35 minutes I can watch Dr. Who again!) and nobody is telling me that four hours after dumping a longtime writer over a post that has generated nearly 2000 comments nobody has anything to say.
You would think it was huffpo doing a post about Cheney being sick about something, it shows very little faith in the readership
Derbyshire published in Taki magazine, which is the latest iteration of a rich man’s controversialist web site. He’s not talking this up on a cable news network. He doesn’t have the cover of Time magazine. This isn’t like the (successful) campaign to boot Pat Buchanan from MSNBC. It’s a public shaming of a stupid article on a fringe site. And if you’re going to have anti-black sentiment, would you rather have it dumb and exposed or would you rather have it subtle?
I still think people will be after Dave, I hope not, for all his left leanings I like him, he’s a decent guy and any mag would be and should be proud to have him.
Update 2: Woke up with a question for Derb: In his list he notes that his children though half Chinese would be consider “white”. I wonder how if any his rules would have changed if his children would have been considered “Chinese”?
Also If I was him and I could cause one story to break on the net the day I was fired by NRO, it would be this one.
The rule about straw polls: They only matter if someone’s trying to win. In 2010, Rep. Mike Pence made an effort to take the straw poll, and he won it. And then he decided not to run for president. In 2011, the only campaigns with real victory strategys were Ron Paul’s and Rick Santorum’s. This was limited — Paul’s spin-off Campaign for Liberty organization bought tickets, but the presidential campaign didn’t do anything.
That’s why I didn’t like my friend at Valley of the Shadow weeks ago concerning Paul and California. The rules allow Paul’s people to pay the way for his people to go, it may allow him to fool those who don’t pay attention but it’s all smoke, after all why do you think Paul wins the CPAC straw poll over and over, how many Paul kids get free trips to DC to attend and vote? Plenty.
the point to which I wish to call the reader’s attention is this: The Paul campaign is smart to spend money on getting their supporters to events, and other campaigns are stupid in spending money to hire a bunch of staffers and consultants who don’t necessarily provide value-added to their efforts.
It’s a principle concerning bloggers too, What is a better investment for the conservative movement than $10,000 in 100 tip jars for bloggers who will produce stories day in and day out pushing a shared agenda, covering stories (like the John Lewis business) that the media will not and will share it everywhere?
It’s not a tough call.
And that brings us to Hallie Miller
Yesterday the blog had a linkback from Hallie Miller, her post thanked me Stacy McCain and Smitty for supporting her in the past and promoted my radio show and the blog which is now my only job. It brought a big smile to my face.
She is running in another modeling contest. One of the top 10 finishers will be considered for a grand prize including a magazine cover, cash and exposure vital to a modeling career.
Unlike the last online vote contest people can cast unlimited votes online, you can vote here I like the voting system for the other contest better, but like Ron Paul I’m going to use the rules to my friend’s advantage and vote for Hallie Miller early and often.
Here is the thing, take a look at this post, other than the title of the blog there is no indication that he was involved in a new contest and needed a hand, she didn’t mention it or ask me, but instead she remembered me and my friends. I only found out about the contest by looking deeper in the blog.
Hallie Miller hasn’t asked, but I’m Going to ask. Go over there and vote, 10 times or 100 times a day or more. At a time when a bunch of people her age are tearing up parks all over the country it is a real pleasure to support a conservative girl playing by the rules to succeed.