The Cool Kids Care About Taxes at Changing CPAC

Old guard rubs elbows with grass roots
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 12:41 PM CST
The Cool Kids Care About Taxes at Changing CPAC
A man takes a phone call while his son and another woman applaud during a speech at CPAC, Feb. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference will be very different from those of years past—or even from that of 2009—as an influx of grass-roots populists displaces the old guard. These days, the energy is flowing from the anti-tax, anti-spending tea party movement, and its activists are crowding out the anti-abortion, anti-gay, and defense-centric groups that have dominated in the past, Politico reports.

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Many of these new activists are leery of the older groups, believing they’ve essentially become too close to the Republican establishment, says Erick Erickson of RedState.com. “There needs to be a purging of the movement, and I think we’re already starting to see a different of hierarchy of groups,” he argues. “You’re going to see a much more diffuse conservative movement.” (Read more CPAC stories.)

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