CPAC has also been a hotbed for a favorite pastime of the right: Obama-bashing. Between Rubio and Romney's repeated jabs at the president and author Jason Slattery's racially stereotyping screed, many speakers at the conference have eschewed policy discussions for personal smears. Even-handed ABC blogger Rick Klein argues CPAC attendees have been united by anger, not by any single conservative figure.
The speakers' anti-Obama vitriol drew the ire of right-wing titan Bill O'Reilly, who regularly bashed liberals for their personal takedowns of President Bush. While O'Reilly has criticized many of Obama's policies--and praised the spending freeze--he had little patience for "cheap" personal attacks, especially when they overshadow the real purpose of CPAC.
If CPAC makes a weekend out of bashing Obama, it will be making a big mistake. In order to regain power in America, conservatives must come up with solutions to complicated problems. And that's what they should be doing at the Washington convention.