"CPAC 2015 is all about the 2016 Republican presidential field, and Boehner and McConnell don't figure into that equation," said Ford O'Connell, a Republican Party strategist. "While they are not exactly crowd favorites at CPAC, their time is better served at the Capitol working to prevent a government shutdown."
"Outside of Bush it is going to be harder for old blood to break through," said Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist. "And even in Jeb's case he has to be Jeb, not Bush. GOP voters are looking for something new to rally around particularly with Hillary waiting in the wings."