- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The greatest conservative show on earth is coming to town.

How appropriate for the once-sleepy southern metropolis of Washington, D.C.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, presented annually by the American Conservative Union, draws a larger paying audience than any other conservative conference in the world.

The Republican Party, which has the most conservative platform of any major party in any democracy on earth, rules the roost not just in Washington but in governors’ mansions and state legislatures across America.

The nation’s top political bananas Donald Trump and Mike Pence will lead the lineup at this year’s annual CPAC.

Senate big kahuna Mitch McConnell and House grand poohbah Paul Ryan, both of whom draw frowns from the political right, aren’t listed on the CPAC lineup this year.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is the slated conference windup speaker Saturday afternoon.

He has threatened to put officials of the Justice Department and the FBI on trial if need be for Fourth Amendment violations, if any are found.

Jeff Sessions, Rick Perry and about half of President Trump’s Cabinet will speak — a CPAC record for any Republican president.

Ronald Reagan, who addressed CPAC 13 times between 1974 and 1988, saw a maximum of about 30 percent of his Cabinet say yes to CPAC speaking invitations in any given year during his eight years in the Oval Office.

From all over America and from Japan, China, France, Britain and you name it, more than 2,000 news people from broadcast networks, cable TV news organizations, major and regional newspapers, big-circulation glossy magazines and tiny circulation journals will descend on the Gaylord Hotel in Maryland.

Beginning Thursday morning, they’ll scramble to cover speakers and interview members of an expected paid attendance of 10,000 adult and student activists and curious members of the public.

All this Republican-conservative action will unfold at a time when Democrats, resembling a fringe interest group, can claim only 16 governors and 13 state legislatures in America today.

Republicans hold the commanding heights in Washington and almost everywhere else in this country. In addition to the White House and Congress, they hold 33 of governors’ mansions and all but a handful of legislative bodies in the 50 states.

Republican presidents appointed five of the nine sitting justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

All that’s huge.

When then-President Reagan addressed the 1987 CPAC, Democrats owned both the U.S. Senate and House. And beyond the District of Columbia, America looked more like a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic party than like a functioning two-party democracy.

Republicans in that year controlled only nine of the legislatures in the 50 states.

The party of Lincoln was a 24-26 minority among state governors.

Yet because America’s news media are overwhelmingly owned, operated and staffed by liberals, most foreigners and even many Americans may have the impression that it’s Republicans who are a minority. So it’s easy to get the impression that it’s Republican policies, legislation, programs and ideas that are kooky and go against the grain of the real America.

If you have that impression after three days and nights of CPAC, capped by Mr. Nunes’ closing presentation late Saturday afternoon, you’ll probably want to consider emergency visits to an ear specialist and an eye doctor the following Monday.


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