CPAC on YouTube

Nation reporter Max Blumenthal attended the Conservative Political Action Conference last week and put together a short video, CPAC: The Unauthorized Documentary. The video opens with footage of Michelle Malkin refusing to sign a photo of a Japanese internment camp and includes Ann Coulter’s homophobic jab at John Edwards and a Tom Tancredo supporter who won’t display his Confederate lapel pin for the camera. There’s also an interview with David Horowitz, in which Horowitz continues to insist that liberals wish all conservatives would die. Thanks to Shakespeare’s Sister for the link to the video.

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  1. david silver Said,

    March 5, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    wow. after watching some of the characters in attendance, coulter seems (relatively) sane. but then after seeing her try to field max’s questions, she seems even more loopy. what a weird collection of americans under one roof.

    thanks for the post. i hope the nation continues doing stuff like this.

  2. Chuck Said,

    March 5, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    I’ll admit that I’m somewhat ambivalent about the “gotcha” documentary genre, in part because I’m not sure how much it opens up any form of dialog. That being said, Blumenthal’s video is eye-opening in places, and it would be interesting to see The Nation make similar videos in the future.

    Probably the most interesting moment in the video, for me, was Blumenthal’s exchange with the Hispanic woman who acknowledges at one point that the Republicans are, as Blumenthal describes it, “a party of white men.” No matter what, she seemed more willing to engage with Blumenthal than anyone else he interviewed.

    I also think that Bob Barr comes across as one of the more reflective interviewees in the video *shudder*, something I never thought I’d say when he represented the district bordering my own (which was, alas, represented by Newt Gingrich). I still find Barr’s semi-libertarian politics both problematic and incoherent, but his comments about the direction of the Republican Party and the “conservative movement” were somewhat interesting.

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