Quotes from the annual conservative CPAC conference in Washington:
From Newt Gingrich:
The great irony of where we are today is that we had a Bush-Obama big-spending program that was bipartisan in its nature. … We got big spending under Bush, now we’ve got big spending under Obama.
Saul Anuzis (who campaigned for the chairmanship of the national Republican Committee):
There is nothing more troubling to the American public and there is no bigger reason why we lost this election than our own hypocrisy.
Last year presidential candidate Mike Huckabee joked at the conference “Dude, where’s my candidate?”. This year (and only half joking) he quipped “Dude, where’s my country?”
Recalling his trip to the CPAC conference in 1973, Allen Metzger said that at the time “it took an act of courage to identify yourself as a conservative.” Now “conservative” is the only title he uses, adding “I don’t call myself a Republican anymore.”