Day 1 of CPAC was full of activity but also full of issues as the wi-fi was iffy all day.
Marco Rubio brought the house down with a roaring speech that was well received. Rubio noted that many who live under poverty and oppression look at America and realize that there are people here who come from the same background as they have; this gives them hope.
Michelle Bachmann also spoke, and she deserved better luck in her campaign:
Rick Perry also visited the bloggers’ lounge; it was the first time I had met him, and it was rather amazing that this man, so poised and confident in person, just didn’t play on the national airwaves:
And of course there are friends who stopped on by:
And if that doesn’t end all, it turns out there is a separate pro-life/catholic convention here as well. I interviewed two priests when I returned from Blogbash:
I have more video and photos than I have time to post, and I am already frankly overtired—so tonight I absolutely need to make it to Smitty’s to make sure I’m prepared to do the show live tomorrow morning.