Today kicks off three days of conservative pageantry at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. The large field of potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 will be well represented, but a major sideshow is stealing some attention. Some conservative leaders are boycotting the event in protest of the gay rights group GOProud's participation, among others. We take a look at the regulars, the surprise guests, and the surprise absences of this year’s CPAC.
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