This weekend the American Conservative Union (ACU) is hosting CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) DC. As a political junkie, I feel like I have died and gone to Heaven.

Marco Rubio kicked off the conference this morning with an inspiring speech that brought the room to tears as he reminded us why America is the greatest country in the world and what it means to be an American. He is truly a rising star in the GOP. Look for a run for the Presidency in 2016 or 2020. Assuming he doesn’t pull a Mark Sanford or make some other unforgiveable, bonehead move, he will be the future of the Republican Party.

Jim DeMint was not as exciting as Rubio, but discussed the problem with Washington’s spending spree. He spoke of a bill that he created last week to put a one year moratorium on earmark spending in Congress.  If you’d like to read more and see which Senator’s have co-sponsored the bills and which haven’t, go to his website at

Dick Armey was forgettable and Liz Cheney was predictable, until she introduced her father as a surprise guest speaker. Dick Cheney continued to rattle liberal cages when he announced that Obama would be a one term President. Say what you will about the man, but he knows how to keep this country safe and forces the Obama Administration to defend their decisions on the treatment of terrorists. For that, I will forever be grateful.

Scott Brown was the next surprise guest and brought the house down. The energy in the room was like nothing I’ve ever felt, but he didn’t speak long before introducing Mitt Romney.

Romney was the disappointment of the day.  He spent an entire half hour bashing Obama and all of 30 seconds discussing very high level solutions to the problems this administration is creating.  My advice to Romney: Know your audience.  There wasn’t a single person in that room that needed to be sold on conservative values and a lesson on why Obama’s policies are detrimental to our country, with the obvious exception of members of the liberal elite media that were being paid to be there.  As a potential presidential candidate, he should have provided specific actions that he would take now or 2012 if he were President.

By contrast, John Boehner was excellent. His began his speech by discussing his accomplishments this year as the House Minority Leader and discussed 3 lessons that he learned while serving in the House: Have the willingness and ability to listen, good things will happen if you do good things and always work harder than your opponents. To close, he provided 7 specific, measurable actions that he would implement if he becomes Speaker of the House in 2010.  That is exactly the kind of speech that Republicans should be giving going into the 2010 elections.

If you’re at CPAC this weekend and would like to meet for a cup of coffee or listen to one of the speeches together, please feel free to email me at