Alas, despite what I had promised myself last year, I didn’t make CPAC this week. I would have liked to. However, due to the magic of the Internet, I was able to catch a number of the speakers and panels in varying degrees of live.
I thought Liz Cheney’s stories about her daughter were hilarious, and I loved her father’s confidence during his surprise visit. I thought Marco Rubio’s speech was fanastically inspiring. I enjoyed John Boehner’s remarks more than I thought I would. Jim DeMint was Jim DeMint and his conservative values showed. And, while Mitt Romney started off a little rough–jokes aren’t his strong suit, no matter how much of a sense of humor he has–but finished with a flourish that made me think “well, there’s the next president of the United States” and be happy about it.
But then, yesterday morning as the rest of the world watched a contrived apology from an exceptional golfer, I watched Indiana Congressman Mike Pence give what may be the best contemporary political speech I’ve ever heard. Yes, I have a habit of looking at footage of Reagan and Thatcher and Churchill and Goldwater, but I’m talking about the here and now.
Listen to and watch the speech. Please. I did not include a transcript for this one, because I want you to watch. I want you to watch his emotion, his candor, his passion.
This was a coming out party for Mike Pence, plain and simple. This blew me away, but I already liked the guy. I’m curious now to hear your impressions.