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Neo-Cons Rumsfeld and Cheney Jeered at CPAC

by Bill Rolen

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, held in Washington, DC this weekend drew a record attendance of 10000 guests. Tea Party activists were prominent in the crowd this year, and they gave the Neo-Cons a cold reception. When former Bush Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney were introduced at the podium, the audience booed and jeered both of them.

The Neo-Cons got another unwelcome shock when Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll with 30% of the vote.  Neo-Con Newt Gingrich was near the bottom of the poll with 3%.  Significantly absent from CPAC was reality TV celebrity Sarah Palin, who has tried to herd the Tea Party movement into the Neo-Con camp.

The Neo-Cons got in one cheap shot against Ron Paul. The Jewish director of Young Americans for Freedom, Jordan Marks (pictured above-right) announced that Ron Paul was being kicked out of the YAF. Accusing Rep. Paul of foreign policy failures, Marks released this statement:

“Rep. Paul’s refusal to support our nation’s military and national security interests border on treason, aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States Constitution and defend our country and citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The literal translation of what Marks said is that Ron Paul has not been a slobbering lapdog and spendthrift in support of Israel.