David Weigel gives a straightforward account of the just-concluded Conservative Political Action Conference in The Washington Independent
: The Conservatives` Lost Decade
Many conservatives who had felt shut out and marginalized in the Bush years felt vindicated by the defeat of 2008. Immigration restrictionists had a large presence at CPAC, bolstered by a new group, Young People for Western Civilization [sic — actually Youth For Western Civilization], and the omnipresent former congressman Tom Tancredo and Team America PAC leader Bay Buchanan. At a launch party Friday night for the group, Tancredo was mobbed for photos as Peter Brimelow, editor of the immigration restrictionist web site VDare.com, huddled in a corner nursing a cough.Brimelow, like Tancredo, scoffed at the idea that the Republican comeback would come when the party reached out to Hispanic voters. â€?Republicans fluctuate between disastrous and catastrophic with the Hispanic vote,â€? he said. â€?The problem that Republicans had was that they didnâ€™t turn out the white vote, and they didnâ€™t get as large a share of the white vote as they should have. What reason did McCain give them?â€?
This, of course, is what we at VDARE.COM call the Sailer Strategy
. I hope to write more on CPAC later this week.