The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a political version of the Golden Globes is set for tonight in Washington, minus a couple of notable exceptions.
Think of it as coming out for Republicans who are in the mind-set of becoming America’s next president. Like a comedian testing out new jokes, this is where presidential hopefuls such as Pennsylvania’s own Rick Santorum, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Governors, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, and a lot of others will test out or refine messages aimed at wowing social conservatives and those that carry the torch for the tea party.
As many as 10,000 people will listen first-hand to speeches ranging from fiscal restraint to same-sex marriage, and abortion.
Republican Strategist Ralph Reed told the Washington Post,”There is some concern that if people become too comfortable in not talking about the cultural issues, that could ultimately curdle into a lack of interest.” A concern that Reed says he shares.
The three-day conference also serves as a strong reminder that the Iowa caucuses are now only a year out, and for those that want to be in the hunt its time to switch up a gear. It’s also a chance to win an early crown, on Saturday the CPAC will conduct a straw poll.
Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, are the two biggest names passing up this year’s event.
The conference got its start in the mid-1970′s, with the idea of giving political leaders a proving ground for displaying true conservatism.
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