Reflections on CPAC 2015

For those who don’t know, the Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC for short) is the annual gathering of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Attended by over a hundred organizations, it is a coveted speaking platform for any conservative, mostly Republican, politician. And this year’s CPAC was an important one. With less than a year to go before the start of the 2016 Republican Party primaries, any major candidate interested in running for president was there; some of the faces attending the conference included Chris Christie,…

CPAC 2015: Looking to the 2016 Election

The excitement in the Potomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was palpable. Candidates and voters alike were in attendance at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference held this past week in Maryland, in high anticipation of what the 2016 election will bring. Speaker after speaker presented in front of eager and, for the most part, receptive audience. While some speakers could be considered outliers among the group, such as Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson who spent most of his time quoting from the Bible and appealing to…

Republican Reformation: How the GOP Can Turn it Around

In politics, connection with voters is everything. A candidate’s ability to relate to his or her voters is something that keeps campaign managers and the political consultant class up at night, and is a finicky force that can make or break a nominee regardless of how he or she might look on paper. If voters feel comfortable enough to place trust in the candidate, checking a box next to a name on a ballot becomes as easy and natural as texting a friend to catch a movie. Outside of the…