I spent much of the day trolling around CPAC—the conservative activist answer to Woodstock (but with showers)—keeping Marv Krinsky out of trouble, stirring up some of my own, but above all wondering how Jonathan Martin of the sprightly new internet news venture The Politico managed to get the idea that conservatives are in "A Mood of Gloom."
Not to cast too many aspersions here, but pay close attention to the folks Martin quotes in his story. Lets just say that most of these figures are attention-seekers who were gloomy ten years ago. My sense wandering around was that most people without an agenda of personal advancement or a project to sell were in a very upbeat mood.
There is an awful lot of politicking going on for the various presidential hopefuls (odd for an off-year CPAC, but thats how it is now with the accelerated campaign), with Brownbacks legions winning the prize for Best Imitation of a Carnival Barker. I commented to Newt (yes, that Newt) that before very long, were likely to be holding the New Hampshire primary the day after inauguration day.
I did see Dinesh DSouza from a distance, but didnt get the chance to slide alongside him and ask, "So-Dinesh, you got anything new going on these days? Oh really?? I hadnt heard. . ."