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March 16, 2013

CPAC 2013: Props and Crutches


Given the widely noted fractures in the GOP, it’s understandable that this year’s conservative CPAC shindig would feature so many different props, verbal assists and visual aids. Beyond Marco Rubio’s unwitting SOTU Poland Spring reprise, here’s a cross-section:


The wardrobe doubles for a libertarian statement?  (This shot of Paul also reminded me of this.)


Rick Perry. Spelled out. (Just be careful with the meds this time.)


Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO. Did someone check inside the speech roll?


Mitch McConnell and his stack of Obamacare regulations. Today gay marriage and immigration reform. Tomorrow recycling?


I know. There’s not a prop here exactly. It does evoke, though, all the women who shrank, then peeled off from the Romney campaign.


I give up. …North Korea?


What with distance learning going mainstream, Newt’s gonna be fine.


Because Getty hit Palin a little hard with this expression, below is the “Statue of Liberty” version from Sarah’s Facebook CPAC gallery:

Palin CPAC Facebook

Seriously though, this shot from Reuters (beware the hotel art!) is the best visual commentary I saw of the event. Everywhere you look, it’s about broadening the base.

CPAC Reuters

(photo 1-6: Alex Wong/Getty Images. caption: (From) the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. A slate of important conservative leaders are slated to speak during the American Conservative Union’s annual conference. photos 7-9: Pete Marovich/Getty Images. photo 10: Sara Palin Facebook. photo 11: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters. caption: A woman uses her mobile phone as she sits under a portrait of a young girl while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 14, 2013.)

  • black_dog_barking

    For some reason the Rand Paul shot reminded me of Paul Reubens. Maybe Senator Paul and Pee Wee share a similar distance from the main stream, the familiar?

    • Scarabus

      “I meant to do that!” seems to be the CPAC response to everything that went wrong in 2012.

    • bill

      Rand Paul is the GOP’s Zune in a world of iPods. They want SO bad to be cool.

  • irishdave3

    Regarding Chicken Mitt and the Little Women…not like those binders were that big.

  • GeorgeMokray

    Rubio looks like Nathan Thurm with flop sweat instead of cigarette smoke.

  • bill

    What’s with all the blue? Not a drop of trademark GOP red.

    • Spiny Norman

      They spilled it all. In Iraq.

  • Gasho

    Love that Palin pic – it shows us that she’s on the wrong side of any issue, by design, because her followers are idiots that like to think Freedum is Awwsome even if they confuse drinking a big pile of sugar with what it means to be free. I also love that the soda, which is meant to represent said freedom is actually a form of extremism and irresponsibility — and that is somehow conflated with “conservatism”. Hello, Orwell.

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