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Naturally, a humongous gathering of enthusiastic conservatives brings out the glee in the mainstream media. A sampling of their, uh, press wisdom via headlines in the last 24 hours.

“How Trump and LaPierre outshone Christie, Ryan and Cruz” (Los Angeles Times); “CPAC: Las Vegas for young conservatives” (CNN); “Christie makes frenemies at CPAC” (Daily Beast); “Republicans test drive stump speeches” (Wall Street Journal); “CPAC split: should conservatives be uncompromising or more inclusive?” (NBC News); “Old white guys pose with big gun: Welcome to CPAC 2014” (New York magazine).

MEDAL FOR A HERO

Just a single line from a once-classified 1945 report is convincing enough: “With full knowledge of the extreme hazards involved, T/Sgt/ Mayer volunteered to parachute into enemy territory as leader of a clandestine intelligence team.”

The sergeant is question is Fred Mayer, one of the precious few surviving members of the Office of Strategic Services — the OSS — which is the predecessor of the CIA. Mr. Mayer, now 92 and a Jewish American, indeed dropped into Nazi territory and spent three months behind enemy lines with forged papers and, yes, often wearing a German officer’s uniform.

He led highly-productive covert missions, relayed vital information and critical military intelligence and was eventually betrayed, arrested, tortured and imprisoned. Now his allies want to know why he has not been recognized, lo these 69 years later.

“The White House recently announced that it will present the Medal of Honor to veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War whose heroic service was not recognized because of discrimination, on March 18th. We believe Office of Strategic Services veteran Fred Mayer, who lives in Charleston, West Virginia, should have been included in this list,” says Charles Pinck, president of the OSS Society, a historically-minded interest group.

Sen. John D. Rockefeller, West Virginia Democrat, has contacted President Obama, also seeking recognition — a letter even — for this stalwart American. The lawmaker describes him as “a very humble man who does not brag about his wartime accomplishments.”

Three cheers for Mr. Mayer. And maybe a medal, please.

MR. WEST AND MR. TRUMP

Allen West has an event that is now on the radar: That would be the “First Allen West Black Tie Boot Camp,” which should be a most unusual gathering in late March, hosted by the former Florida congressman at a historic hotel on Palm Beach Island which has hosted myriad celebrities and politicians over the last six decades. Zounds, this is a spot that still serves Chateaubriand for two, all gussied up with asparagus, bearnaise sauce and fancy potatoes.

Meanwhile, Mr. West will only reveal that it’s a strategy session for those intent on electing conservatives in as the midterm elections creep ever close.

And among the noteworthy activities: a morning workout with Mr. West, a swank reception with Donald Trump, plus visits with Fox News host and author Greg Gutfeld and Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and newly-declared Republican congressional hopeful from Maryland.

ALONE IN ARIZONA

A memo from the That’s-a-Shame Desk. Sen. John McCain has been declared the “least popular senator in the country” by Public Policy Polling, based on a close survey of 870 Arizona voters released Thursday. It revealed that 54 percent of the respondents disapproved of the job the veteran Republican was doing. Ironically, Democrats were a little more kinder and gentler: 53 percent of the Dems disapproved, compared to 55 percent of Republicans. And the ideologies? Don’t even go there.

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