CPAC attendees energized but realistic

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This weekend, thousands gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to hear conservative political leaders including Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Glenn Beck and many more. 

Still running off adrenaline from the recent high-profile GOP victories in Massachusetts and Virginia, conference goers showed no signs of slowing down. In fact, conservatives and Republicans are far more energized than they were a year ago. 

After a discouraging presidential election in 2008, many believe that President Obama may have been the best thing that’s happened to this country in a long time. As Gingrich said in front of a packed audience, Americans wouldn’t be nearly as united today without him, nor would the outlook for the 2010 elections be as optimistic. 

“This year, the momentum is definitely on our side,” said Sarah Huckabee, daughter of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.). “But, it’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to get done in a day,” she added in an interview with Xtreme Media’s Stephen Baldwin. 

While conference attendees are confident America will experience a turnover come November 2 (according to the CPAC 2010 Straw Poll Results, 33 percent of participants believe we can regain a House majority), they’re leaving nothing to chance.

Come election season, expect a concerted grassroots effort from conservatives, Republicans and non-Republicans alike—from people who are sick of the “change” they’ve witnessed since President Obama’s inauguration.

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