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The Return of Ideas at CPAC

Bob Barr, Jim Gilmore, Viet Dinh, and Rep. Dan Lundgren are in the midst of an interesting debate on security policy and liberty at CPAC. There have been some fireworks; when Barr declared that “waterboarding is torture” the room split between boos and cheers. This is really great to see. I was depressed at last year’s CPAC to see so little time spent hashing out ideas.

The mood at CPAC this year is much more positive than it was a year ago, as you would expect given recent Republican victories in special elections and the legislative quagmire that the Obama administration’s domestic agenda is sinking into. I don’t think it’s entirely coincidental that the political health and intellectual health of the conservative movement seem to be improving concurrently.

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