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thehighwaymanq
02-11-2011, 11:14 AM
My CPAC 2011 adventure began as my friend and I arrived at the hotel around 11 am.

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We were immediately greeted by the sight of hundreds of suit-wearing, smiling, young people. The group, majority in Campaign for Liberty / Students for Liberty / Young Americans for Liberty pins and stickers, was massive! We made our way to the C4L booth, on “Liberty Row”, where a massive C4L sign was posted.

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We got our passes, and were quickly showed the way to the Straw Poll booth. I voted for Ron and Rand, with limited government and government spending the two most important issues. We and made our way around the dozens and dozens of booths.

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Outside the “Gary Johnson 2012” booth, we ironically saw Gary Johnson! We spoke quick, took a photo, but he had to be whisked off to a meeting.

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We took photos with John Mcmanus from JBS as he talked to us about his favorite part in the Constitution.

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The YAL booth had a great graphic on school chapters.

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Alexander McCobin was hanging out around the SFL booth which was doing great stuff as usual (their conference next week should be GREAT!)

We went to the main room to catch a little of McConnell's speech. For my first CPAC, being in the main room with the thousands of people was really something special. It makes you step back and just take it all in.

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We had lunch, which was a heavy on the wallet, and went in the hallway behind the stage to catch Newt coming out. His people were pushing a lot of us to clear the way for him. It got a little testy with the press and all.

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We then caught Rick Santorium getting interviewed for Fox, I think.
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thehighwaymanq
02-11-2011, 11:14 AM
We went back to the ballroom with the booths. Newt was signing books with his wife.

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We ran into this guy and we just had to take a photo!
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We made our way to attempt to get into the C4L event. It was PACKED!
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After that ended, Jack Hunter came up to introduce Thomas Woods.

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Even more people were there for this speech. The room was small, and bursting at the seams. People standing in the back and all up the sides.

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Woods got a standing ovation. His speech was by far the best of the day! Just a phenomenal speaker, he delivered a brilliant speech complete with humor and statistics. This speech will be on CSPAN, because they were in the back, and everyone should see it!
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And then all hell broke loose.

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Trump is introduced and I was extremely excited! As a surprise speaker, I thought this could be really good. Surprisingly, the speech consisted of Trump's nationalistic appetite to destroy every OPEC country, his brilliant plans to kill all Somali pirates, and how he will personally show China whose boss. He kept saying, "I wish there was a candidate" to which people would scream Ron Paul. Honestly, Trump / Rumsfeld / Cheney felt like a Ron Paul supporter trap to smear him and it worked out beautifully for them. But we'll discuss this later.

Trump left, with the room now divided because his RP comments. The atmosphere was a bit hostile and confusing on what just actually occured and what this lunatic just said. But Rand was next!

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Rand was great! Hit all positive points in the speech about spending. Asked the question to young people, "Who doesn't want to pay in social security?" Many of us, including myself, stood up excitingly for a standing ovation.

And then, the shit hit the fan.

thehighwaymanq
02-11-2011, 11:15 AM
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At the announcement of the introduction of Rumsfeld, people started booing. It was a divided room again. Hundreds of young people instantly stood up and made their way for the doors. The door to leave was extended to through the entire room. Some things were said, Ron Paul's name was thrown around a bit in the crowd. People then started to shout things back to the people shouting Ron Paul. A guy in front of me was going crazy cursing at kids. One thing leads to another, and the announcement of a guest has everybody questioning who. Once the crowd heard the word "Vice" everybody knew it was Cheney and the place erupted.

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Every single person stood up. Half cheered happily! Half booed angrily. I have never seen a more divided room in my life. Things were being shouted, there was a fist-fight in front of my chair. Old woman yelling at young kids. It felt like the fight scene in Anchorman. IT WAS INSANE! Security threw some people out. The line is getting longer for the door. People start chanting USA USA USA. Things eventually calm down, Cheney begins, and some kid yells, top of his lungs, "WAR CRIMINAL" and it exploded. Everybody stood up again! The kid was being berated by everyone. People were yelling at him, following him, as he walked out. Some lady was yelling at this guy in front of me and I thought he was going to hit her. I was personally scared for what was happening. More security people came out of the woodwork. So much in fighting going on at that point. I felt disgusting. It was a mockery of whats supposed to be a day of good feelings and good conversation and it turned into chaos. I couldn't stay in this room with all this pro-Bush Administration partying going on while our people were being heralded as speech ruiners. So we left. Walking through the crowds outside the ballroom everybody was talking about the insanity that just occurred. All day there was no wait to get into the ballroom, and now the line was about 300 feet long and not moving. It was INSANE.

We went back to the booths and I shook Wood's hand at his book-signing. http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg640/scaled.php?tn=0&server=640&filename=ktbz.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

As Rumseld and Cheney made a joke out of conservatism, we walked around some more and talked to people. Paul Ryan was next. We went back to the ballroom to hear the first ten minutes of his speech.

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He had by far the biggest ovation, mainly because the room was finally agreeing on something. We had to hit the train, so we left CPAC 2011 after that.

All in all, it was a truly incredible day! I had so much fun meeting amazing people and talking to liberty-minded individuals. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Dorfsmith
02-11-2011, 11:18 AM
Wow. Thanks!

Disconsolate
02-11-2011, 11:21 AM
So jealous! Thanks!

Baptist
02-11-2011, 11:35 AM
Awesome recap. Thanks.

" People start chanting USA USA USA. "

It cracks me up that every time somebody in the crowd heckles a necon god, the sheeple Republican audience starts chanting "USA, USA!" to drown out the heckler. I've seen it happen a number of times (like when Kokesh was waving his banner to McCain at the RNC).

sailingaway
02-11-2011, 12:06 PM
Did you vote for Ron?

robmpreston
02-11-2011, 12:11 PM
Did you vote for Ron?

Can you read?

thehighwaymanq
02-11-2011, 12:25 PM
I voted Ron for my first choice, and Rand for my second choice as a write-in. The one guy at the booth said a lot of people were writing in Rand!

torchbearer
02-11-2011, 12:30 PM
I voted Ron for my first choice, and Rand for my second choice as a write-in. The one guy at the booth said a lot of people were writing in Rand!

i wonder if its writing in for second choice or first choice?

georgiaboy
02-11-2011, 12:33 PM
great re-cap - thanks! +rep

thehighwaymanq
02-11-2011, 08:49 PM
Bump

Eric21ND
02-11-2011, 10:27 PM
Awesome!

TomtheTinker
02-11-2011, 10:37 PM
A+

Thank you..sounds like an action packed day..politics is an ugly game.

Kregisen
02-11-2011, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the pictures and story!

libertybrewcity
02-11-2011, 11:16 PM
did you get any pics of the walk out?

thehighwaymanq
02-12-2011, 09:43 AM
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Me, on the far right, on Fox News's CPAC piece aired last night.

Kregisen
02-12-2011, 10:20 AM
Pretty sweet

MelissaWV
02-12-2011, 10:34 AM
It would be a nice statement if Rand and Ron took 1st and 2nd in some order :D It wouldn't even matter which; it would just become a more interesting story, which makes it more likely to be fluffed up and run on the regular news.

I wish we'd thought of that more ahead of time :p

Baptist
02-12-2011, 10:34 AM
rofl. Your .15 seconds of fame.

TNforPaul45
02-12-2011, 11:28 AM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg640/scaled.php?tn=0&server=640&filename=hhejc.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

Me, on the far right, on Fox News's CPAC piece aired last night.

Ypu were on fox news?!?!?! Neocon!!!! Lol jk