CPAC was likened by a number of critical (liberal) sites as a circus, and, at CPAC, amidst the political heavy hitters with carefully-calibrated messages, there was an amusing carnival-like atmosphere in many areas of the conference.
Left-wing bloggers view the various conservative and libertarian political positions themselves to be the circus, whereas the festive atmosphere present was for entertainment – as well as making political statements. (Who says conservatives have to be stuffy?)
Blogger Ana Marie Cox wrote, “CPAC is still very much a circus [with] sideshow acts like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter,” but she proffered hope that “someone in the movement is trying to put the clown car in reverse.” Note that Cox seemingly views conservatism itself as clownish.
Mini target ranges are a perennial favorite at CPAC, which has also become accustomed to costumed historical figures like George Washington and Patrick Henry. I was pleased to see my Tea Party friend, William Temple, again. He must be one of the most photographed patriots in history.
How Money Walks featured a retinue of Star Wars characters. The War on Youth booth invited attendees to arm-wrestle body builders in a fight for America’s youth. (Shockingly, I won, but I suspect the results are rigged.)
In radio interviews, CPAC Chairman Al Cardenas expressed a desire to exclude these humorous (non-serious, theatrical) elements from future CPAC conferences. That would be both a loss and a shame. Moreover, I’m sure the continually growing percentage of young attendees which CPAC caters to would disapprove.
Enjoy these photos from CPAC! J
Photos: Daniel Borchers
 See, for instance, “Insanipalooza, The CPAC 2014 Circus Has Come to Town,” LiesMyCountryToldMe.com, 3/8/14, http://liesmycountrytoldme.com/insanipalooza-the-cpac-2014-circus-has-come-to-town/.
 Ana Marie Cox, “CPAC 2014: maybe the Republicans aren’t so insane after all,” The Guardian, 3/7/14, www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/07/cpac-2014-maybe-the-republicans-arent-so-insane-after-all.