CPAC, 2009 CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is a 3-day conservative event, Feb. 26-28, being held this year at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. (it is in process as I type). Some days ago, CPAC sent out a "Special Announcement" to supporters reading, "I am pleased to announce that Rush Limbaugh will be the closing speaker at CPAC, 2009!" - Huffington Post's Sam Stein writes, "That Limbaugh would keynote the affair is a telling indication of just how lacking the GOP is for actual leadership". Like other conferences held at hotels, there are many halls, many rooms with various speeches and panels going on. Lots of food and drink. Networking and schmoozing. On Thursday, Feb. 26, John Bolton and Mike Huckabee spoke, Joe the Plumber was a featured panelist in a discussion. Documentarian John Ziegler, who's mission in life right now is to restore Sarah Palin's self-imposed media debacle, debuted his new documentary "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin was Targeted." Among other events held Thursday, the speech "New Challenges in the Culture War" in the Ambassador Ballroom at 2:30 pm. - Also, "Al Franken and ACORN: How Liberals are Destroying the American Election System" -- and "Building the Conservative Hispanic Coalition". (side note: Joe the Plumber has moved from plumber to political activist to Israeli war correspondent to author! -- Keith Olbermann gleefully reported that Joe's kick-off book tour at a Border's Bookstore attracted 11 people willing to stand in line, and sold a total of 5 books) Friday, Feb. 27, the day kicked off bright and early with "Breakfast with Phyllis Schlafly: 'Doing the Impossible'" (Phyllis Schlafly is a tireless crusader in the culture wars, a stalwart opponent of feminists, homosexuals and atheists - or at least their so-called "radical agendas" - even though her own son is gay) Newt Gingrich spoke. Mitt Romney and John Boehner spoke. They even let Ron Paul speak after relentlessly ridiculing him in the 2008 presidential primaries. Other notable speeches: "Will Congress Take your Guns?" in the Regency Ballroom followed by "Health Care: The Train Wreck Ahead." Saturday, Feb. 28, is the final day of the festivities. Rick Santorum (the former Pennsylvania senator, who, in a speech against gay marriage on the senate floor, compared gay sex to "man-on-dog sex") will speak, along with William Bennett (and additional Phyllis Schlafly, as if one day of her was not enough), Ann Coulter, David Horowitz (he's become so damned conservative lately!), and Rush Limbaugh. Saturday speeches and panels include: "Moving the Left Coast to the Right: A Call to Action for Conservatives", "The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria".... and, of course, the Straw Poll Results.