CPAC 2011 – Greatest Hits

CPAC 2011 – Greatest Hits

By Christine Morabito, CPAC 2011 Attendee, GBTP Steering Committee member

Following are the most powerful quotes from the latest Conservative Political Action Conference. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Greater Boston Tea Party.

1. Ann Coulter, author and commentator:

“They say we need a path to citizenship–we have a path to citizenship, it’s called legal immigration.”

2. Tim Pawlenty, former MN governor:

“Just because we followed Greece into democracy, does not mean we need to follow them into bankruptcy.”

3. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform:

Thanked Obama, “the community organizer who did us the favor of organizing the Tea Party.”

4. Newt Gingrich, about Mayor Bloomberg’s denial of Islamic terrorism after the foiled Times Square bombing:

“Do you know how willfully and deliberately you have to hide from reality to assume that after thousands of radical, Islamic, terrorist, suicide-bombers—that your first thought is that it’s somebody opposed to healthcare? This would be a psychological problem if it were not a public official.”

5. Senator John Thune, referring to Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“A new seating arrangement is not bipartisanship, and new rhetoric is not a new agenda.”

6. Representative Ron Paul:

“Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country.”

7. Andrew Breitbart, author and commentator:

“I got spit on and called a “fag” at a ‘Stop the Hate’ rally.”

8. Representative Allen West, on Obamacare:

“If healthcare is so great, then someone explain to me why over 200 democrat, political groups are going to the president and asking for waivers?”

9. Senator Rand Paul:

“If you refuse to acknowledge that there’s any waste that can be culled from the military budget, you are a big government conservative and you cannot lay claim to balancing the budget.”

10. Representative Allen West:

“I believe that we should celebrate the diversity of the melting-pot called America, but never allow multiculturalism to grow on steroids and define itself as making American culture subservient. Because—yes—there is a definitive American culture.”

11. Phyllis Schlafly, conservative icon:

“Our pending decline is not China’s fault. We eroded from within.”

12. Senator Mitch McConnell, on Obamacare waivers:

“If it’s not good for their union buddies, it’s not good for you either!”

13. Representative Raul Labrador:

“We weren’t elected because Americans love Republicans. We were elected because Americans love Republican principles.”

14. Donald Trump:

“I like Ron Paul…but he has zero chance of getting elected.”

15. Rich Lowery, editor of National Review, referring to the decline of liberal media outlets:

“The marketplace is correcting media bias.”

16. Ann Coulter, referring to the Obama administration’s national defense policy:

“It’s always a problem when people who don’t really like America are asked to defend it.”

17. Representative Paul Labrador, on diversity:

“Kristi Noem, Allen West and I represent the 3 shades of the GOP. Now, if Speaker Boehner were here, he’d represent the fourth.”

18. Mitt Romney, former MA governor:

“It’s going to take a lot more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president!”

19. Christopher Preble, CATO Institute, about nation building in Afghanistan:

“It is incoherent to believe that the same government that can produce neither jobs nor well educated children here at home can build viable states in foreign lands with unfamiliar languages, unfamiliar customs and no tradition.”

20. Ann Coulter, on the 2012 presidential playing field:

“If we don’t run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we will lose.”

21. Lew Uhler, National Tax Limitation Committee reprimanding Ron Paul supporters for disrespecting Senator Orrin Hatch:

“We can disagree, but we will disagree agreeably. The hallmark of the conservative movement, and the difference between a mob in the street, is civility!”

22. Herman Cain, businessman and radio host:

“Too much legislation, too much regulation and too much taxation–the attack of the ‘ations’ is killing the American dream.”

23. Representative Allen West:

“You endured the relentless and hostile attacks from the liberal left, such as being called racist. Perhaps they should see who’s standing here as your Keynote Speaker.”

24. David Horowitz, author, on education:

“Stop the government from destroying the lives of millions of black and Hispanic children by giving full tuition education vouchers to every child.”

25. Representative Thaddeus McCotter:

“Never underestimate Washington’s ability to fix something until it’s broken.”