Today I was at an Americans for Prosperity conference. Some quotes and observations:
- John Fund: “If we fight, we win. If we flinch, we lose.”
- Grover Norquist, contrasting left and right: “Around their table aren’t friends and allies, but competing parasites.”
- Michael Steele and Michael Williams are exceptionally fine thinkers and speakers who deserve national exposure. They beat Obama on style—Williams, by a mile!—and crush him on substance. I haven’t heard his name bandied about, but it should be: Michael Williams for VP!
- Michelle Malkin is even more dynamic as a speaker than she is as a writer. (And, she’s even better looking in person than she is in photographs and on TV.)
- Judging by audience reaction, energy is a great issue for conservatives. “Drill more, drill now, pay less” is a winner.
- John Fund had an optimistic message for conservatives. Since 1944, only one Democrat has won more than 50.1% of the vote: Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Without a third party candidate to confuse things, it’s very difficult for a Democrat to win. Republicans do well when they articulate a conservative message and differentiate themselves clearly from Democrats.
- A number of speakers sought primarily to get people motivated for the November election. They’re right that it’s important—think an activist Supreme Court, redistricting in 2010, nationalized health care, a nationalized oil and gas industry, same day voter registration, massive electoral fraud, the end to secret union balloting, defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in Iraq, etc.—and they did a good job. But it’s striking that, faced with the most left-wing major party candidate for President in United State history, it’s necessary to work to motivate the troops.