I spoke to Fingers Malloy and April Gregory at CPAC 2018

When you record as many videos as I do you are bound to forget to upload one of them. This is the one that I forget which is why it’s the penultimate video that I’m posting.

You can find him here.


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

Friday April 6th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Fingers Malloy and April Gregory
Voices of CPAC 2018 (abbreviated) Ed Morrissey of Hotair

Thursday April 5th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Vito and Vito of the Vito and Vito Show
Voices of CPAC 2018 Lee Stranahan

Wednesday April 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 William Hoge of Hogewash
Voices at CPAC 2018 Byron York of the Washington Examiner

Tuesday April 3rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Erik Svane of ¡No Pasarán!
Voices of CPAC 2018 Gregory Wrighforce Inconvenient Facts

Monday April 2nd
Voices of CPAC 2018 Becky Noble of Politichicks
Voices of CPAC 2018 Andrew Mangioni of the Association of Mature American Citizens

Sunday April 1st
Voices of CPAC 2018 Dave Weigel of the Washington Post
Voices of CPAC 2018 Walking Interview James O’Keefe

Saturday March 31st

Voices of CPAC 2018: Michael from Scotland.
Voices of CPAC 2018 Gina Roberts Log Cabin Republicans San Diego

Friday March 30th

Voices of CPAC 2018 The Great Evan Sayet
Voices of CPAC 2018 MaryAnn after President Trump’s Speech

Thursday March 29th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kathleen Wepner of Patriot Guardians
Voices of CPAC 2018 William Nardy of Rousa News PLUS the Lone Conservative Kassy Dylan

Wednesday March 28th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Peter from Reno
Voices of CPAC 2018 Tyler from Florida Post Trump Speech

Tuesday March 27th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Ricard from NY post Trump speech
3 Clips of President Trump at CPAC 2018 plus Rachel from VA again

Monday March 26

Voices of CPAC 2018 Jeff Hulbert of Patriot Picket
Voices of CPAC 2018 Adam from NY of the Young Republicans

Sunday March 25

Voices of CPAC 2018 Betina Viviano of the Media group America’s Voice
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susanne Monk of Trump Talk

Saturday March 24th

Voices from CPAC 2018: Tyler

Friday March 23rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Debra (Nice Deb) Heine

Thursday March 22nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Traci Belmonte

Wednesday March 21st

Voices of CPAC 2018 Evan of the College Republicans

Tuesday March 20th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Chris from EWTN

Monday March 19th

Voices at CPAC Heather of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Saturday March 17th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Seton Motley of Less Government

Friday March 16th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Leo from MA

Thursday March 15th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Yvonne from Illinois

Wednesday March 14

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kurt Schlichter

Tuesday March 13th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Tony (Don’t call him Anthony) Katz

Monday March 12th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Elizabeth of the Mt. Holyoke College Republicans (Yes you read that right)

Sunday March 11th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Grizzly Joe

Voices of CPAC 2018 Rachel from Virginia

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Wednesday March 7th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Michael from Liberty University

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

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 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


My apologies for the lateness of this post but after going the full gonzo during the NH primary (without benefit of alcohol, drugs or coffee) and an utter failure despite my body’s best efforts, to fall asleep at the wheel on the ride home with Stacy McCain at 3 a.m. Wednesday ,and the breaking of assorted speed limit laws while driving Stacy to the airport I was not physically able to stay awake long enough to get this last post up until now.

One aspect of Morning Joe that I didn’t mention was noting how the live bit reminded me of a stage play with the people involved rushing to get ready during commercial breaks

Chris Matthews prepares for his appearance on Morning Joe

The bit with Willie Geist doing the town hall paid off in terms of prep time

Joe Scarborough speaks with Sen Rick Santorum

The live pub location also meant the green room was pretty much the Pub bar or the chair before going live.

Dan Rather prepares for his segment

After Morning Joe was over I went out looking for Barnicle hoping to score an interview. I couldn’t find up downstairs so I headed for Radio row figuring he might park be grabbing some interviews.

The morning team of Margery Eagan and Jim Braude for 96.9 FM

It turned out he had not however I was informed that Gov Huntsman took the opportunity to hit Radio Row after Morning Joe. In retrospect it was a wise move.

At this point I had been up for about 28 hours and I had to find a place to get my posts ready etc I looked for a place to plug-in but the only plugs I spotted untaken were at the top of the stairs heading to the radio row. Unfortunately there was no chair available (the CBS Radio room had extras but when I asked for one I was informed they weren’t allowed to give them out. As I have absolutely no dignity when it comes to reporting I plugged in my PC, took off the sweater I was wearing and laid it down on the floor, crossed my legs to and sat down at the top of the stairs on my sweater to do my work.

This actually worked to my advantage as those stairs were the primary access point to Radio Row so almost everyone heading there had to pass by me…

Bret Baier from Fox News Walks by

…quite a few interviews took place right in front of me…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz interviewed by CBS radio

…and I could see if anything of interest happened near the CNN setup downstairs

I've seen those two somewhere before...

After I finished writing and scheduling posts (a slow process as my brain functions were slowing down considerably I called Stacy McCain who I dropped off at GROK land at approximately 3:15 a.m. He was up and I offered to come and pick him up, he said he could get a ride here at 2 p.m. and suggested that I might consider crashing somewhere. This was in retrospect a sensible suggestion as I was at the 30 hour mark and after a night at the bar meeting people

Chris from unregular radio tries on one of my hats

and making friends

The Boston Phoenix and the American Spectator were well represented at DaBar

I was in no condition to drive, absence of alcohol not withstanding and crashing somewhere was infinitely preferable to crashing while driving to pick Stacy up. So I packed up my computer and looked for a chair, ANY chair and as luck would have it Michael Graham was inexplicably doing show-prep in an uncomfortable chair with an incredibly comfortable chair empty next to him.

Michael Graham hard at work 3 hours later

He informed me the chair wasn’t taken and so I sat in it at once, looped my laptop bag around my leg, wrapped by scarf around my eyes and tilted my Stetson style hat over my eyes. The non-fedora paid off as the wider brim blocked out everyone else and I was asleep within minutes.

No I did not take this photo of Breitbart on Radio Row in my sleep

Around 3:15 or so I woke up. The first sight I saw was Fingers Malloy sitting across from me talking to an incredibly attractive woman I know from somewhere but whose name escapes me.

After assurances that I was not only sawing logs for about 15 minutes (was he keeping count?) I suddenly noticed that Rick Santorum picked that moment to come out of the hall right in front of me and head to radio row. Instantly fully awake I grabbed my camera and started recording:

I was a tad perturbed at my ejection from the radio room but it could be justified for three good reasons: 1. The place was swamped. 2. WCRN did not have a table there. 3. After having just woken up in a chair after 30 hours straight of being awake I was less presentable than Vermin Supreme on a bad hair day. (The irony that the previous night the occupiers assured me that they showered as I stood in the room unshowered for 33 hours was not lost on me) I did think however that closing the door on me so I couldn’t take still shots was bad form and uncalled for.

and hey at least being kicked out of Radio row where less that 6 hours earlier I was welcome and less than 24 hours earlier I was on the Michael Graham show was at least a story.

At this point I called Stacy again and this time he was ready for me, so I hopped in the car to go pick him up grabbing gas along the way.

and those are the tobacco prices in the Cheap state of NH

Stacy being Stacy he wasn’t ready when I got there but that gave me time to finish a Rosary before we left for the DerryField Restaurant

There was a back room near the bar that was setup as an alternative filing room, I set up there with Stacy even though he had a place in the front and prepared to eat

While setting up in the back I noticed a table of fellows taking a look at us, never one to pass up the chance to talk to voters I went over and talked. It turned out the party included the owner of the place. Like many restauranteurs I’ve interviewed he talked about the need to be careful about expenses during harder times while keeping up quality. One method used is this 3-7 Menu:

that's quite a deal

I passed that menu around a bit and a lot of folks took advantage of it. I had the plain pizza as an appetizer, it was first-rate. Stacy had the Pepperoni for Supper. Ed Morrissey had the Crab Cakes.

Stacy and the Santorum crew

As the returns came in, it was apparent that my bet was pretty much doomed thanks to democrats who choose to vote Huntsman over President Obama (who drew just under 49,000 votes failing to out-poll Ron Paul but edging Vermin supreme.) but that apparently thanks to the lack of an air game due to the time already purchased, the SOPA issue and Todd Palin’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich 4th place would be a battle as each candidate took turns in the spot.

The Senator arrives

After Romney, Paul and Huntsman spoke Senator Santorum arrived.

I thought the snark when he was introduced as the “Next president of the United States” as is traditional was uncalled for and unprofessional. Senator Santorum took the stage with his wife, daughter and son making his case:


He then greeted supporters for a bit

Senator and Mrs. Santorum with supporter

The final numbers gave Newt a 49 vote edge over Santorum. That was painful but it could be worse consider these numbers.

UPDATE New figures from the Sec of state of NH just up show Santorum edged Gingrich by 138!

Rick Perry (r) 1766

Vermin Supreme (d) 831

A sitting governor of Texas managed to edge this fellow

Vermin Supreme: Image via Wikipedia

by under 1000 votes.

And you want me to be worried about Rick Santorum missing 4th by 50 winning 4th by 138 votes

Around 11 p.m. or so Stacy was complaining about upload speeds so we prepared to leave:

I suggested we head to my house where he could upload but he preferred the Radison, so we headed there giving a lift to a fellow from the Wall Street Journal and I went over to J D’s pub to wait for Stacy who said he would only be an hour.

I ran into Fingers again along with Kerry Picket. One of the Democrats on the ballot showed up holding this sign

I would have done an interview but I was still too tired to do it coherently however something someone said, I don’t remember who it was inspired the muse and got me writing a piece that I’ll finish today for posting tomorrow, the writing was slow as I was a tad tired but I shortly noticed some of the guys I thought had done the Morning Joe setup 24 hours earlier. So I packed up looking for Stacy and found him hobnobbing near the front desk and we were on the road by 2:15 a.m.

It was slightly annoying for Stacy to keep asking me if I knew where I was going and if I was awake but in the end that helped keep me awake and uncrashed.

We got to the house at 3 a.m. but there was an issue with his boarding pass. It was just too late to worry about it I hit that sack figuring I’d fix the issue in the morning. The plan had been to leave by 8:30 to get Stacy to the Airport at 10, but I woke up at 9:30. I woke up Stacy and had him log onto my laptop and print his passes from there while I rushed his bags into the car. Thanks to a total disregard for speed limits and ignoring my usual disdain for toll roads I managed to make it to logan airport before 11 a.m.

My plans to hit the sack when I got home were unfortunately shattered by circumstances so I started uploading the videos and photos that you have just seen literally falling asleep at the keyboard until I woke up this morning to tell you this tale.

Update 2:
Fixed the Wasserman-Schultz photo that didn’t scale properly