Let’s go back

Let’s see what they’re saying at CPAC:

Paul, a favorite of younger libertarians who packed the hall, called for a new direction in Republican politics: ‘‘The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered.’’

Earlier at the gathering, Rubio implored fellow Republicans to reconnect with middle-class voters. He drew thunderous applause by proclaiming that the Republican Party doesn’t need any new ideas. ‘‘There is an idea. The idea is called America, and it still works,’’ he said in a speech aimed at middle-class voters.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, held out the prospect of the nation’s greatest century if the GOP were to evolve into the party of ‘‘inclusion and acceptance.’’

Bush, perhaps the highest-profile establishment figure as the son and brother of presidents, pushed for a more tolerant party in a Friday night speech. ‘‘The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American,’’ he said, and called on conservatives to move beyond ‘‘divisive and extraneous issues.’’

Earlier Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana urged Republicans to ‘‘recalibrate the compass of conservatism.’’

and they voted for:

Participants in the conference later gave Paul a narrow victory in their presidential preference poll Saturday.

He won 25 percent of the vote in the unscientific straw poll, just ahead of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who had 23 percent. Former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was third with 8 percent.

Oh that’s funny. They want to appeal to a more diverse populace and vote for someone who thinks private businesses should perhaps be able to discriminate. They want to appeal more to the middle class and vote for someone who thinks BP and Massey Energy (the company responsible for the big West Virginia mining disaster) are good examples of government overregulation. He basically wants to bring the federal government back to how it was in the late 1800s, that’s his ‘new direction’. Great stuff.

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