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Four years ago, the Conservative Political Action Conference featured a parade of Republican stars. There was Ted Cruz! Chris Christie! Marco Rubio! Rand Paul! Even the reality TV personality Donald J. Trump made an appearance.
Fast forward to 2019. Now, there’s only one attraction: President Trump.
This year at CPAC, attendees can pose at a fake White House podium, admire an enormous mural of Mr. Trump with a bald eagle, and buy MAGA gear at an official Trump store set up at the front of the convention center. Wandering the halls are once-high-profile supporters of Mr. Trump like Kris Kobach, who lost his bid for governor of Kansas, and the former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Founded in 1974 as a protest of sorts against President Richard Nixon, the conservative confab used to be a wild event, a mash-up of religious leaders, Tea Partyers in colonial garb and all kinds of fringier parts of the right. From the stage, rising Republican stars fought for their support.
This is where Ronald Reagan, as governor of California, tested early versions of his message of a “shining city on a hill.” Where Newt Gingrich celebrated becoming House speaker. Where Mitt Romney described himself as “severely conservative” as he tried to win over the base in 2012. And where Mr. Trump first alluded to running for president as a Republican eight years ago.
CPAC is the place where conservative activists have long declared their priorities to the Republican establishment.
But in 2019, they don’t need to make their agenda known to the establishment. They are the establishment.
“This is probably my eighth or ninth CPAC, and it feels very different,” said Mark Lloyd of Virginia, who headed up a Tea Party organization before backing the Trump campaign. “You’ve actually got people here now that they don’t doubt Trump. Trump doubt is dissipated.”
During my visit, speaker after speaker thanked the president: for nominating Brett Kavanaugh, fighting abortion rights, standing up for Israel, supporting gun rights. They blasted Democrats for threatening impeachment.
“We’ve got a lot in common now — I like him and he likes him,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a onetime critic of Mr. Trump who has become one of the president’s strongest supporters. “Four more years.”
Of course, the biggest attraction on the agenda is the president, who will address the crowd on Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence speaks tomorrow, along with a number of other administration officials and supporters.
But conservative celebrities, not political leaders, are the big draw. Diamond and Silk, two African-American women who have become minor internet stars for their videos praising Mr. Trump, got the liveliest reception today. “When they try to play the race card, I want you all to stand up and play the Trump card, so we can win and win,” they said, as the audience jumped to their feet, cheering.
The issues that could expose some cracks in the Republican Party — trade, economic populism, the emergency declaration over the border wall — got little attention compared to topics like abortion, censorship of conservatives and the rise of socialism.
In my tour through the conference, I found that it lacked the kind of freewheeling energy that once made it a must-see political show. The audience wasn’t nearly as raucous, the garb not nearly as gonzo. Even the infamous straw poll, once a test of conservative opinion, asked participants to rate not Republicans but Democrats.
Some of that is because Republicans are no longer fighting for power in the same way, given that the party controls the Senate, the Supreme Court and the White House. Some is a result of how the organizers have worked over recent years to push out the raucous Ron Paul supporters who once overran the event.
But mostly, the changed atmosphere underscores just how much the president and his brand of no-holds-barred politicking has conquered the Republican Party.
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____________________CPAC talks 2020
When we talk about the Democratic presidential field, we mostly focus on what Democratic voters think about the various candidates. We thought it might be fun to flip the question and ask Republicans which Democrat worries them most. Here’s some of what attendees of CPAC had to say:
“I would say probably Joe Biden. The Rust Belt is why Trump won, and I think he would have the biggest shot of winning over those voters.” — David Shaulis, student, 22, Maryland.
“I say Tulsi Gabbard. She taps into some of the more centrist viewpoints. I think a lot of people on both sides are sick of the foreign policy entanglements. It’s not necessarily right or left.” — Ken Greenberg, student, 20, Maryland.
“Kamala Harris is extraordinarily dynamic. She has a certain presence I think it all boils down to this at this point. It’s the image you can create. She’s strong, she is a woman,” — Joyce Porter, retiree, 76, Virginia.
This is The Soapbox, a forum for you to share your thoughts with us and your fellow On Politics readers. In today’s edition, readers from across California sound off on the relationship between President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom. (The responses have been edited for length and clarity.)
Deborah Russell of Sacramento:
As a lifelong Californian of 68 years, I have to say that Trump is the worst president during my lifetime. There is an old saying that I’ve been hearing my entire life: As goes California, so goes the nation. I am not naïve enough to think it could ever happen, but many of us would just as soon secede from the union. We “need” him? I don’t think so.
Jon Kragh of Greenbrae:
While I am no fan of the president, I also believe the ‘fast train’ was a boondoggle of the highest order and believe we should return the money to the federal government (since the project was cancelled). And while California has the largest economy in the nation, we don’t run our the public sector that well (for example, our K to 12 schools rank 44th in the nation and we can’t seem to manage natural disasters like fires all that well). I would hope the governor would find ‘common ground’ with the president and stop grandstanding as a lightning-rod liberal in order to position himself for his run at the presidency.
Allen Hurlburt of Tulelake:
I am a Republican and am bothered by the huge trend to a one-party state. But the GOP has been and is failing us on both a national scale and statewide. Trump is a total disaster, I am loath to admit that we actually elected him president. At one time, Republicans were for reducing the deficit, not ballooning it as the last tax cut is doing. We supported responsible government and responsible tax policy. Trump and McConnell have totally discarded that philosophy and are focused on “building a wall,” kicking out a huge part of our population that have integrated into our economy in a very positive way.
Lauren Steele, junior at Redwood High School (Gavin Newsom’s alma mater):
Like most other people in my state, I disapprove of Trump’s utter ignorance and disrespect toward California. His snarky tweets attacking my state are a perfect reflection of his character and the way he treats others. Trump has mastered the art of victim-shaming, whether it be about victims of sexual assault or victims of the California fires. He has managed to blame California for global environmental problems that he still refuses to believe in. Trump still resents us for our political stance as a state, and he will continue to blame us for problems that he has the power to address.
Thank you to our California readers for writing in! We got a ton of responses, and sadly couldn’t include them all here. But we read everything that comes into our inbox. If you want to share your thoughts, you can reach us here: email@example.com.
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平特1肖见证奇迹“【与】【我】【交】【战】【还】【能】【分】【心】？” 【在】【骷】【髅】【王】【分】【身】【耳】【边】，【一】【声】【悦】【耳】【动】【听】【的】【声】【音】【响】【起】，【继】【而】【是】【一】【记】【毁】【天】【灭】【地】【的】【攻】【击】【浮】【现】，【令】【骷】【髅】【王】【脸】【色】【一】【变】。 【轰】！ 【骷】【髅】【王】【被】【击】【下】【空】【中】，【在】【烟】【尘】【中】【被】【深】【深】【砸】【入】【地】【面】。 “【该】【死】，【卑】【微】【的】【爬】【虫】！” 【显】【然】，【这】【句】【话】【指】【的】【是】【林】【蒙】，【那】【个】【先】【前】【以】【为】【已】【经】【被】【自】【己】【解】【决】【掉】【了】【的】【人】，【却】【不】【想】【自】【己】【被】【完】
【大】【家】【好】，【我】【是】【阿】【阮】， 《【四】【姝】【传】【之】【神】【鬼】【纪】【行】》【今】【日】【就】【算】【正】【式】【完】【结】【了】，【其】【实】【这】【种】【日】【常】【性】【的】【故】【事】【我】【们】【可】【以】【写】【很】【久】，【可】【我】【们】【并】【不】【喜】【欢】【拖】【剧】【情】，【有】【代】【表】【性】【的】【故】【事】【写】【上】【几】【个】【就】【好】，【每】【个】【都】【写】【的】【话】，【估】【计】【能】【写】【到】【我】【俩】【退】【休】，【毕】【竟】【生】【活】【也】【每】【天】【都】【在】【发】【生】【新】【故】【事】。 【虽】【然】【改】【了】【名】【字】，【但】【是】【我】【还】【是】【喜】【欢】【用】【以】【前】【的】【名】【字】，【后】【来】【改】【名】【字】【也】【是】【逼】
【青】【莲】【宫】【的】【出】【现】，【给】【了】【洗】【剑】【门】【那】【些】【弟】【子】【很】【大】【的】【底】【气】。 【那】【一】【股】【古】【老】【而】【恢】【宏】【的】【气】【息】，【代】【表】【着】【的】【就】【是】【方】【浩】【不】【凡】【的】【实】【力】。 【当】【初】【跟】【着】【方】【浩】【一】【起】【去】【仙】【人】【洞】【府】【的】【溪】【边】【社】【成】【员】【现】【在】【都】【不】【在】【洗】【剑】【门】，【要】【不】【然】【他】【们】【能】【够】【认】【出】【来】，【这】【就】【是】【他】【们】【在】【仙】【人】【洞】【府】【那】【座】【湖】【底】【下】【发】【现】【的】【宫】【殿】。 【宫】【殿】【现】【在】【关】【闭】【着】【大】【门】，【远】【远】【的】【看】【过】【去】，【就】【像】【是】【一】【朵】【还】
【绿】【又】【点】【点】【头】，【然】【后】【继】【续】【好】【奇】【地】【开】【口】：“【那】【要】【是】【像】【胖】【子】【这】【样】，【一】【次】【性】【做】【太】【多】【的】【话】，【就】【会】【晕】【倒】？” 【南】【祝】【一】【口】【口】【水】【呛】【在】【了】【喉】【咙】【里】，【开】【始】【剧】【烈】【地】【咳】【嗽】【起】【来】。 “【怎】【么】【了】【怎】【么】【了】？”【绿】【又】【赶】【紧】【给】【他】【拍】【拍】【背】，【还】【好】【出】【门】【的】【时】【候】【她】【顺】【手】【拿】【上】【了】【茶】【几】【上】【的】【水】：“【没】【事】【吧】？” 【南】【祝】【努】【力】【地】【猛】【呼】【几】【口】【气】，【总】【算】【是】【恢】【复】【了】【过】【来】，【接】【过】【绿】
【黄】【沙】【中】，【一】【行】【人】【快】【速】【的】【朝】【前】【走】【着】，【而】【其】【中】，【寒】【霜】【竟】【然】【也】【在】，【不】【过】【她】【此】【时】【的】【脸】【色】【十】【分】【冰】【冷】，【想】【要】【跑】，【却】【是】【被】【一】【旁】【的】【几】【个】【高】【手】【牢】【牢】【的】【看】【着】。 “【大】【小】【姐】，【你】【就】【跟】【我】【们】【回】【去】【吧】，【不】【要】【想】【着】【跑】【了】，【你】【是】【跑】【不】【掉】【的】，【你】【要】【知】【道】，【你】【偷】【偷】【跑】【出】【来】【的】【消】【息】【已】【经】【被】【门】【主】【给】【知】【道】【了】。” 【人】【群】【中】，【张】【开】【成】【暗】【叹】【一】【口】【气】，【连】【忙】【说】【着】，【刚】【刚】【乘】【着】【混】
【魔】【域】。 【手】【持】【着】【权】【杖】【的】【矮】【小】【牛】【头】【人】【魔】【毕】【疏】·【境】【泽】【真】【香】【看】【着】【天】【空】【密】【布】【的】【异】【域】【通】【道】【心】【中】【充】【满】【怨】【恨】。 【如】【果】【不】【是】【那】【个】【人】，【魔】【域】【怎】【么】【会】【伤】【亡】【殆】【尽】。 【它】【双】【目】【留】【下】【一】【行】【眼】【泪】，【偌】【大】【魔】【域】【地】【界】【竟】【只】【剩】【它】【一】【人】，【孤】【单】，【恐】【惧】，【怨】【恨】【最】【终】【都】【归】【在】【沈】【默】【身】【上】。 【它】【恨】【沈】【默】，【恨】【这】【个】【异】【族】【魔】【王】。 【但】【它】【实】【力】【并】【不】【强】【大】，【魔】【族】【王】【族】【血】【脉】
【雅】【克】【的】【死】【还】【未】【平】【息】，【而】【巡】【逻】【的】【侍】【卫】【发】【现】【了】【赛】【林】【宫】【殿】【发】【生】【了】【袭】【击】。 【龙】【丘】【公】【国】【的】【主】【人】【赛】【林】【大】【公】【遭】【受】【攻】【击】，【全】【身】【瘫】【痪】【只】【有】【一】【双】【眼】【睛】【能】【够】【转】【动】。 “【怎】【么】【可】【能】！” 【翼】【狮】【王】【国】【的】【阿】【利】【托】【和】【克】【里】【夫】【得】【到】【这】【个】【消】【息】【后】【都】【有】【一】【些】【不】【敢】【相】【信】，【龙】【丘】【公】【国】【的】【宫】【廷】，【守】【备】【力】【量】【虽】【不】【算】【太】【强】，【但】【也】【不】【弱】。 【能】【够】【无】【声】【无】【息】【地】【完】【成】【这】【样】【的】