What critics of the giant conservative event missed.
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There is something else, too: Hostile media coverage of CPAC portrayed a distorted image of the event. One person involved in staging the conference told me that, if all you knew about CPAC was what you consumed from the mainstream media, you might be excused for believing that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher and 13-year old Jonathan Krohn were the de facto leaders of conservatism.
Republicans out of power today are no more loud and angry than the Democrats of 2005 who, in the wake of Sen. John Kerry’s presidential defeat, installed Howard Dean as DNC chairman and demanded that the party fight more aggressively. However, liberal media coverage has a way of making loud, angry Republicans seem scarier than loud, angry Democrats.
Finally, most of the “energized” rank-and-file CPACers believed that the basic conservative message is sound, and believed that those like Coulter and Limbaugh who advocate the basic message are on the right track. The critics — Frum, Dreher, Moran, Meghan McCain and others — all want a conservatism that is somehow different from the basic message.
Given the small-“d” democratic nature of coalition politics, the basic-message conservative majority is in no danger of losing out to the disgruntled minority. But the disgruntled few remain disgruntled, spreading demoralization, despair and defeatism where confidence and good cheer might otherwise flourish.
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