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February 20, 2013 5:17 PM Mitt At CPAC: Nugget Cause You Dug It?

By Ed Kilgore

I’m not that surprised by anything that happens among conservatives these days. But an exception is the news that some guy named Mitt Romney will be speaking at CPAC’s 2013 conference next month, at least according to National Review’s normally well-informed Robert Costa.

Costa says Romney—who is “restless”—wants to offer his pithy views on “economic and fiscal issues,” and thank his 2012 supporters. That’s fine. But I’m shocked the event organizers want him around at an event that’s always about the competition for right-wing leadership in the future. Maybe they were like a dinner party host who doesn’t know what to do when someone uninvited (or invited only as a courtesy with zero expectation of attendance) just shows up at the door. You’d figure the last thing conservatives want to hear right now is another Mitt Romney speech. But maybe he’s so 2012 that he’s already eligible for a nostalgia tour.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on February 20, 2013 5:42 PM:

    I can dream that he'll use this opportunity to berate the looney Right for being the looney Right, for forcing him off the ideological cliff to become so unpalatable to the unwashed masses that.

    I doubt he'll do that, and if he did they wouldn't listen, but a guy can still dream.

  • c u n d gulag on February 20, 2013 5:50 PM:

    This has got to be like a team bringing in Mario Mendoza to teach "Hitting!"

  • Kathryn on February 20, 2013 5:55 PM:

    Nah Cynic, Mitt can Obama hate with the best of them, he'll give a full throated hate speech like all the rest complete with shit eating grin. In no way do I see Mitt as a good loser and that goes double for Ann,

  • martin on February 20, 2013 5:58 PM:

    He's got money,how could they turn him away?

  • Doug on February 20, 2013 8:24 PM:

    Aaand, martin for the win!

  • Repack Rider on February 21, 2013 4:17 AM:

    He seems to be splitting the headline gig with SnowBilly. Riveting oratory.