Ron Paul may have won the CPAC straw poll, but from what I saw, Marco Rubio got the best reaction. The crowd didn't just love him, they wanted to love him really badly. But there were parts where his message and his thinking could have been sharper. Here are some thoughtful criticisms by David Frum
that bear some thinking about and some hyperbolic criticisms
by Daniel Larison that are worth answering, if only as a prelude to coming up with a governing conservatism. I generally share Rubio's perspective and I sure favor him over a glad hander like Charlie Crist, but the George W. Bush years taught us something about the potential pitfalls of careless rhetoric and thinking.
7:32 PM / February 20, 2010