There’s a predictable silence in the mainstream media about the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s three-day Road to Majority conference, which begins Thursday at a bustling hotel two blocks from the White House. The event boasts a veritable who’s who list of conservatives and Republicans ready, willing and able to rumble. Among the speakers:
Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Jeff Sessions; Reps. Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, J. Randy Forbes and Louie Gohmert; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Jeb Bush, Allen B. West, Rick Santorum, John Bolton, Michael Medved, Pat Robertson and Donald Trump.
The conference mission, a spokesman says, is grass roots: “The conference will energize, train, and equip our top activists and chapter leaders on voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote, lobbying their legislators, building a church and neighborhood organization, and utilizing social media to mobilize supporters.”
It’s not cheap. But it’s interesting. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership — a nonprofit devoted to Civil War history — is offering what they deem a five-day, “once in a lifetime” commemorative travel package for those with a close eye on the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. All lodging at the handsomely appointed Gettysburg Hotel and some meals are included, as is a gala that includes the food and dance of the era, plus a movie premiere, welcome gifts and other fare, which perhaps would have confounded those who lived in the area around 1863.
Prices start around $2,700 per person; information here: hallowedground.org.
POLL DU JOUR
• 59 percent of Americans say “high-ranking IRS officials” were aware of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups; 84 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.
• 58 percent overall disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the IRS matter; 83 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of Democrats agree.
• 54 percent overall are following the IRS story closely; 66 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agree.
• 50 percent overall say “high-ranking Obama officials” were aware of the targeting; 72 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats agree.
• 49 percent overall say the IRS matter is “very serious”; 69 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A Gallup poll of 1,529 U.S. adults conducted June 1-4.
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