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Race-Baiting, Godlessness, and Elitists at GOP’s CPAC

Conservative conference is an annual reminder of GOP's image problem.


Donald Trump speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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This was a bad day for the Republican Party. The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual reminder of how easily the GOP could slip into obscurity if right-wing activists are given full control of the party’s image.


Celebrity mogul Donald Trump opened CPAC’s second day with a rambling address that predicted “serious trouble” for his party and touted a racially tinged immigration agenda. Trump predicted that 11 million illegal immigrants “will be voting Democratic” if given legal status, and he endorsed freer borders for European immigrants – “people whose sons went to Harvard!”

That won’t help the GOP’s miserable standing among Hispanics.

NRA lobbyist Wayne Lapierre criticized “elitists” who support background checks for guns, ignoring the fact that he had just marginalized 90 percent of Americans.


Failed presidential candidate Rick Santorum suggested, absurdly, that Obama wants “a society that is Godless.”

Finally, Mitt Romney brought some sense to CPAC. "As someone who lost the last election,” he said, “I'm probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one.”

Wiser words were not spoken.

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