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Tea Party Backlash Unites CPAC 2010

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Posted on February 23 2010 7:00 pm
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By Rachel Alexander

10,000 turned out for CPAC 2010 this year, 1500 more than last year. With Republicans out of power in Washington and Tea Partiers revolting against the Obama administration’s massive spending and bailouts, conservatives are coming together stronger than ever. Although there was a National Tea Party convention earlier this month in Nashville featuring Sarah Palin, attended by 1500, it was clear that Tea Partiers were unified with conservative Republicans at CPAC. Rumors of a Tea Party protest at CPAC never materialized. The wide variety of Republicans and Tea Partiers who spoke at CPAC – from Michelle Bachman to Ron Paul to Mitt Romney – were evidence that the right is united.

CPAC has become the most powerful national annual convention for conservatives. It has finally shaken off its reputation as the convention for stodgy Republicans. It now features a regular bloggers’ row, with over 150 bloggers. Bloggers were treated even better than the mainstream press, with a large room located on the balcony overlooking the main auditorium. The mainstream press was limited to a small room on the opposite side of the auditorium facing the audience, not the speakers. Blogger Ed Morrissey from HotAir.com won the blogger of the year award.

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