The Scott Walker Factor

The end of February marked the passage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and with it one of the earliest Republican cattle calls leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The convention allots potential candidates the opportunity to test their mettle with the base of the GOP and see if they have what it takes to mobilize grassroots activists. The straw poll released at the end of the event rarely acts as an accurate litmus test for who will win the nomination, but it does act as a benchmark…

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…