The left is looking for a reason to care about CPAC
Beware of lefties looking for a scoop.
Infiltrators come in all shapes and sizes.
As someone who has taken a camera into a hostile environment for the specific purpose of generating viral content, I can tell you that at pretty much any conservative event you attend, you’re going to run into at least one lefty with an agenda. It’s almost impossible to prevent—when you open up your conference to the paying public, you’re welcoming the public to attend.
The Conservative Political Action Conference isn’t just a 3-day sprint for conservative activists; it’s chum in the water for liberals looking for a scoop. Those who attend aren’t there to learn, or even to laugh—they’re there to catch you doing something stupid.
More from the Huffington Post:
Roaming the halls of CPAC on Thursday were five members of the group, American Bridge. They were wearing attendee badges, meaning they paid for the privilege of being there. And they were wielding cameras, five in all.
“We have done CPAC before,” said Jesse Lehrich, the group’s deputy communications director. “But not to this extent.”
Lehrich, who appeared dressed in an outfit that one would imagine fits a conservative conference — a patriotic splash of blue jacket, red tie and lighter shirt — said that the goal was to find a viral moment. He assumed that it would come from one of the side panels, when the cameras were off and some of the less polished speakers would appear.
“The panels off the main stage tend to be the stuff that other people don’t see,” he said.
It’s the “less polished” (read: untrained and most likely less famous) speakers that usually bear the brunt of a liberal assault. Most progressives already know that when they listen to someone like Ted Cruz or Ben Carson speak, they’re going to hear something they’ll disagree with. They might even hear something they think is crazy; but that’s pretty much old news because it’s something their audience is already expecting. Disagreement doesn’t earn clicks—the unexpected does.
This is why they target panelists and “men on the street.” Some of the best discussions I’ve ever been a part of occurred in the context of a panel, but those are also the discussions that involved disagreement, debate, and at least one person standing up and saying something controversial.
These situations are prime targets for people doing opposition research, mostly because the candid nature of the talk coupled with the relatively unsophisticated support structure backing panelists and other, more casual participants leaves those caught in the frame almost completely defenseless.
Confession: I only spent about 2 hours at CPAC yesterday, and still managed to encounter a handful of people who said something that I strenuously disagreed with. It’s the nature of CPAC—establishment, tea party, libertarian, all mashed up into a ball and thrown into the frying pan with branded swag and an open bar. This tells me that it’s going to be incredibly easy for people from American Bridge and other organizations to find something to post “proving” that CPAC is nothing but a reincarnation of the KKK. You’re going to see the videos scroll across your Facebook feed. It’s going to happen.
When it does, remember—the right has never been the party of the hivemind. In fact, we reject the hivemind at every opportunity because above all things we value the freedom of one man to speak his mind, and another to speak his mind about what he just heard from the other guy also speaking his mind. That’s the emphasis here, and something I’d push anyone confronted with this content to focus on: would you rather sit back and allow a little crazy in your life, or live in the kind of world where there’s no such thing as the freedom to speak your mind about what matters most?
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Also remember that if they can’t find somebody saying something goofy, they can always edit new words into existing footage or just use a plant.
the freedom to speak your mind about what matters most?
What you’re saying is that modern American political conservatism is not obsessed with Political Correctness. Which is true enough. PC has served our Left well; what can’t be said can’t be discussed, and what can’t be discussed won’t be thought about. And that’s about as close as they can get to the totalitarian dream of thought control.
There are kooks in every hue and shade of political thought. Except for moderates – it is difficult to get all worked up and crazy about being wishy-washy and splitting the difference on everything.
The main difference between kooks on the left and the right is that conservatives understand that our kooks are kooky and only think they are “the base,” whereas on the left, to be a kook is to be fully mainstream in the Democratic Party.
The Gotcha Patrol is depending upon dumb luck to find embarrassment, so they are mostly wasting time sitting through side panels. They should hang out in the bars, that is where the inhibitions fall away and the prospect of hanging Obama and Kerry for treason could raise a cheer.
Alternatively, they could have been following the right-blogosphere to know where the vulnerabilities are. For instance, ask R.S. McCain about feminism and he will bury you with citations and quotes proving they are all nutty leftists. But if you quiz him on racial intermarriage, you might get your sound bite after all.
Of course there is no way of knowing who might say what on which topic without actually reading some of the bloggers, which lefties can’t do – their heads would explode.
My favorite fake Stephen Glass story might be his hotel room “interview” with the CPAC attendees (which happened only in his mind yet was apparently accepted as a definitive account of “the kinds of things that go on at CPAC” by those who really, really wanted to believe).
The New Republic of course deleted it long, long ago; but it lives on in archives. Bless.
Keep an eye out for “Seth”, “Rick”, and “Jason” up there! 😉
And we’re looking for at least one candidate who doesn’t give a crap any leftist ‘scoop.’