Nice to see the libertarians misbehaving again
Apparently the organizers of CPAC need to set a minimum age requirement for libertarians attending the conference. I suggest 40.
The ballroom for big events fills up many minutes in advance. In this instance, the people who wanted to hear Rand Paul speak at 3:45 had to arrive around 2:30, and stay there. If they did, they sat through a speech from Donald Trump (a surprise to attendees who weren’t checking the news frequently), and used every possible moment to yell “RON PAUL” at the Donald. When Trump responded to one of the heckles, and said that Paul “can’t win” the presidency, there were loud and righteous boos.
It takes a while to exit the ballroom. This means that hundreds of Paul fans — recognizably younger and sometimes beardier than the median CPAC attendee — are in the room or in lines as Donald Rumsfeld is introduced.
“I am pleased to recognize our chairman, David Keene, to recognize Donald Rumsfeld,” says emcee Ted Cruz.
There are loud boos.
Keene mentions that this is the “Defender of the Constitution Award.” More boos; also, shouts of “RON PAUL! RON PAUL!”
When Rumsfeld takes the stage, the boos keep going, because some anti-war conservatives have stuck around to heckle. When it sees Dick Cheney, the crowd’s din drowns out the boos… for a while. I find a place on the floor next to several activists wearing Ron Paul gear.
“Bringing in Cheney made it worse,” says Nathan Cox, a Richmond, Va. activist and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “I kinda feel like yelling something.”
He doesn’t yell, but another activist yells “Show us the shekels, Dick! Show us the shekels!” It’s a not-so-veiled critique of Israel that gets him immediately kicked out. Another anti-war conservative yells “Draft dodger!” and he’s kicked out.
What an ugly display of behavior by the Ron Paul supporters. Of course, no Paul-ite demonstration can go too long without anti-Semitism. I’m surprised that they didn’t resort to yelling 9/11 Truther nonsense while they were at it.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) must make a statement how this behavior is unacceptable and condemn the anti-Semitism that was evident today. His supporters embarrassed him, and he needs to address it.
Part of the problem is that the stupid Presidential straw poll has become a magnet for these Dungeons & Dragons players with nothing better to do that try to stuff the ballot box for Congressman Ron Paul (L-Cuckoo Land). I’d suggest to the organizers of CPAC that they try to find a way to ask the candidates to leave the nuts at home, but they proudly list the John Birch Society as attending this year.
Perhaps the leadership change at the American Conservative Union will fix this mess in time for next year. Don’t hold your breath.