There was a bit of a backup at the registration table as there was apparently a different list for CPAC bloggers than regular registration (sadly Tommy Christopher had a pre-set credential and I did not) but once Tabatha Hale got here all was cleared up. (Is there a young lady who works harder than her?)

The bloggers lounge is slowly filling.

Midnight Blue is just settling down next to me and Katy of Katy’s conservative corner is near her:

The internet has been very spotty I’m trying to upload video and photos and everything freezes.

Michelle Bachmann spoke early. I guarantee you that Chris Matthews will complain that the debt didn’t start in 1776 (actually the debt began on independence once we started borrowing money) I’m sure that they will avoid showing the entire speech. It’s very hard to paint her as a “balloonhead” if people actually hear her talk

Update: Pictures we got Pictures!

Fausta and Midnight blue
Midnight blue and Katy's conservative corner

After flying in went to the Radison Largo right at the end of the Metro line. Not a bad hotel but it’s a long trip to CPAC from here, but when I get the credit card bill it will feel better.

I’ve run into a dazzling array of bloggers and movers and shakers, managed to meet Herman Cain and have interviewed quite a few folks (posts up during the day).

There is a 2nd conference that is leaving a liberal Good Jobs Green Jobs conference that drew maybe 500-1000 (about a 10th of a boycotted CPAC) and I interviewed some of those folks too.

this morning it is off to the CPAC to get my credentials and be ready for Michelle Bachmann at 10 a.m.

Allenn West as the keynote is brilliant choice.

BTW I don’t get a vote for the Reagan award but I’d give it to Andrew Breitbart.

I’ll update when I can

Last year Maggi cook was an activist, now she is a blogger and she was kind enough to talk to me again:

You can find the rest of my field guide here. Her blog the Madison project is here

After long day of promoting the show door to door it’s nice to come home to good news like this:

Finally, after weeks of canvassing, absentee ballot counting, and legal challenges, Rep. Dan Maffei (D) has conceded to Ann Marie Buerkle (R) in the NY25 race.

A press conference is scheduled for 4PM today.

Ann Marie is a treasure and I didn’t realize her pro-life credentials were so strong

Remember that (a) Buerkle was endorsed by Sarah Palin, and (b) Buerkle is pro-life and was a former spokeswoman for Operation Rescue.

I wonder what Morning Joe will say about this race where Palin endorsed and nobody outside of Me Stacy and the Lonely Conservative thought was a winner?

Ann Marie is a fine woman and will be an even finer representative, I just wish more of the stories were “Ann Marie Wins” rather than Maffei concedes.

There is also good news of a non political nature as not only is BBC America going to be showing the Dr. Who Proms this year but the Christmas Special actually be shown, on Christmas.

BBC America have confirmed they will be showing the 2010 Doctor Who Prom on Christmas Day, the same day they show the 2010 Christmas Special A Christmas Carol.

And if that’s not enough the new preview of the Christmas special is out:

Is that awesome or what?

Oh and today some blogger out of Tennessee you might have heard of has confirmed as a guest for January 15th show.

Now if the potential customer whose ads I’m now writing like them then my cup will runneth over even more.

With less than 18 hours to the show premiere I’ve had little time for blogging but I see there is great news from two districts where Registered Nurses rather than career politicians are changing the face of the congress.

Renee Ellmers has won in NC-2. My congratulations to Renee, Lorie Byrd and all those who supported her but the real congratulations go to the people of NC 2 who will have a spectacular lady in congress. I had the pleasure to meet and interview her at Blogcon and wrote about her here NC 2 is in good hands.

In case you missed it here is the interview with the congresswoman elect.

As for NY 25 just before my interview with Ann Marie Buerkle I said this:

By my calculations Maffei needs to win the Absentees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even counting any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s looking good.

Well it’s officially not over yet but the news is REAL good:

At the last official count earlier this week, Republican challenger Buerkle lead by 824 votes. Friday, elections officials in Wayne County found a discrepancy in votes from election night, giving Buerkle another 144 votes, for a lead of 968 votes.

Onondaga County finished counting its absentee ballots Friday afternoon. Democrat Maffei picked up 557 votes over Buerkle, which gives her a total lead of 411 votes.

557 votes is just not going to cut it but the Lonely Conservative knows that the missing Maffei is going to put those lawyers and union activists to work if he can:

But that doesn’t mean it’s over. Maffei will probably wait until after the absentees are counted in Wayne County. And there’s a very good chance he’ll call for a full hand recount of every ballot cast in the district as he bitterly clings to his seat in the House. If he does that, it could take another month before we have an official outcome.

Update: A re-canvass (not the absentee count) in Wayne County netted Buerkle another 144 votes, bringing her lead up to 411.

I’ll wager that Maffei wishes he had some of the money or activists that we 300 Spartans in Massachusetts pinned down:

But the price was high; the state democratic party and candidates had emptied their war chests. John Olver spent over $800k on television and Richard Neil $1.5 Million. Barney Frank was forced to lend his campaign $200k and gave a victory speech so full of vitriol that it produced scorn around the nation.

He had cause to be upset, Massachusetts money and candidates who normally spent their time and cash helping the party nationwide were tied town as the GOP rolled through Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and New Hampshire in a wave not seen in nearly a century. The MA delegation held their seats but lost their chairmanships and the power that came with them.

Now Maffei’s strategy is just more counting, it’s not like the democrats are going to be pulling new voting machines out of their trunks or something.

We all have heard of ballots being found in the trunks of cars, and elsewhere during recounts. In a hotly contested race for the State Senate in New York, Democrats have gone one better, and found two new (and uncounted) voting machines.

This is in buffalo however, lucky for Ann Marie corrupt involved local democrats in the state are more worried about stealing winning the three contested State Senate seats necessary to give them a majority then to reduce a national republican landslide by one.

Stacy is feeling his oats:

C’mon, Ann Marie. This one’s for the history books, sweetheart.

Did I hear somebody say “mandate”?

And here is Ann Marie talking to the press back from our road trip:

Remember this optimism was the day after an “interesting” poll claimed she was down 12. I’ll wager Stacy and I were the only reporters at that press conference that didn’t think the campaign was over.

This race will be a cause for celebration for Axis of Fedora!

I’m sure the mainstream media will celebrate and report in-depth on the election of these two republican women in the same way they sometime after they give total scrutiny to Candidate Obama’s record 2008.

Update: Jazz Shaw is on it

William Jacobson was kind enough to host us at his house in Ithaca NY while we posted to get the Buerkle News conference stuff up:

His wife was a charming and excellent host as well. It’s also kinda strange, but I think he looks better than the shot on his site, what do you think?

Legal Insurrection + the Other McCain = a lot more hits than me

Update: I just re-read the sentence above and the punctuation is bad and it conveys the wrong meaning. It’s not his wife that’s kinda strange, but the fact that he looks better than the shot on his site, normally a shot on a site is the best shot you have.

Update 2: The full field guide is here.

Never had a general instalanche before so rather than hitting the sack here is a summary of posts on my road trip with Stacy McCain. I should note the Massachusetts races were covered with McCain on his trip to Mass as we did daily road trips.

VA-11 Keith Fimian

Voices of the Voters Edward in Va-11

11:39 A.M Fairfax Va Va-11 (report from the Fimiam HQ)
UPDATE:

Pa-10 Tom Marino

Voices of the people: Jason Fitzgerald and Hughey Woodring (If you watch only one of my videos make it this one.) UPDATE Bad link fixed
Williamsport PA 7:11 P.M Update: Talking to Jason Fitzgerald

NY-25 Ann Marie Buerkle

Ann Marie Buerkle talks to the press in Ny-25

Voices of the voters: Joyce at the Buerkle event
Ann Marie Buerkle Press conference and the Maffei Halloween Whoppers
Voices of the voters: John at the Buerkle event
Voices of the Candidates: Ann Marie Buerkle republican for congress Ny-25
Voices of the people: Joe at the Ann Marie Buerkle press conference

Ny-22 George Phillips

Jamesville NY 10:10 PM
Hancock NY 12:35 p.m.
New Paltz NY 9:55 a.m.

ma-4 Sean Bielat

Voices of the Candidates: Sean Bielat after the commercial shoot
Some shots from the Making of the new Sean Bielat TV ad
You’ve found that Scott Brown Feeling
Voices of the Voter: David Anderson
Voices of the Candidates Sean Bielat ma-4 interviewed with Robert Stacy McCain

Ma-1 Bill Gunn

Bill Gunn and Neal Heeren answer questions in Leominster

Live blog of the Bill Gunn event in Leominster

ma-3 Marty Lamb

Voices of the Candidates: Closing statements ma-3 Debate
Questions from the ma-3 Debate
Voices of the Candidates: Marty Lamb (r) ma-3 post debate
DaTechGuy’s Field Guide to Bloggers: Right Wing Granny
Voices of the Voters: Brian Hood
Voices of the voters: Tina Hood
Tonight’s Debate between Marty Lamb (R), Jim McGovern (D), Pat Barron (I)

Jeff Perry ma-10

Voices of the Voters: Jody
Voices of the Voters: Tom Savanti at the Perry HQ
Voices of the Candidates: Jeff Perry (R) ma-10
You’ve found that Scott Brown Feeling

There is absolutely no reason why we can’t win all of these seats if you give time and effort, we can’t do everything but all of us can do something!

And it goes without saying you should hit Stacy McCain’s site, just keep scrolling.

Update: And don’t miss Stacy’s latest on the Bielat/Frank race

After 528 miles today (actually more since I hit Gettysburg on the way) and over 1200+ miles over 70 hours ( since 3 a.m. Sunday ) I’m home at last.

I’ll be doing a quick summery post and I’m still working on an examiner column, but for now, as promised I made it back for the boy’s 17th birthday.

Thanks all of you for reading, will likely be blogging a bit light as I catch up on sleep.