Michelle Goldberg “reports from CPAC”:http://salon.com/news/feature/2005/02/19/cpac/index.html on Rep. Chris Cox’s wisdom:
bq. America’s Operation Iraqi Freedom is still producing shock and awe, this time among the blame-America-first crowd,” he crowed. Then he said, “We continue to discover biological and chemical weapons and facilities to make them inside Iraq.” Apparently, most of the hundreds of people in attendance already knew about these remarkable, hitherto-unreported discoveries, because no one gasped at this startling revelation.
She then offers an unparalled description of conference attendees’ evident willingness to believe this nonsense:
bq. Like comrades celebrating the success of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, attendees at CPAC, the oldest and largest right-wing conference in the country, invest their leaders with the power to defy mere reality through force of insistent rhetoric. The triumphant recent election is all the proof they need that everything George W. Bush says is true….For much of the rank and file, though, the thousands of blue-blazered students and local activists who come to CPAC each year to celebrate the vÃ¶lkisch virtues of nationalism, capitalism and heterosexuality, Bush is truth.