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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor
Copied and pasted from Axios --
On GOP VIP attendance at CPAC

March 5, 2023 --

Why it matters: Trump, easily the most recognizable name at this year's conference, is returning to CPAC while in the midst of his third presidential campaign. Other believed frontrunners for the GOP 2024 presidential ticket — like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — are not attending the conference.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel are all also not attending the four-day conference.Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will all speak to the crowd, along with GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), House Chairs Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mark Green (R-Tenn.), Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and James Comer (R-Ky.).Trump allies, including MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, are also on the list of speakers.

Thought bubble from Axios' Josh Kraushaar: CPAC's 2023 lineup, while leaning heavily toward the MAGA portion of the GOP, does not reflect the party at large. However, the event will shine a light on what the MAGA voter base is feeling, especially with regard to 2024 candidates — including DeSantis and Trump — in the annual straw poll

Non-attendees include McCarthy, McConnell, McDaniel -- displaying their true, anti-MAGA colors, of course.

LPR hates to burst Kraushaar's "though bubble" but the first half of Federalist No. 57 makes it clear that MAGA reaches back to 1788, well before Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, and then got sandbagged out of re-election by the despicable, demeaning, Deep State demagogues. May truth prevail in 2024.