3:15 p.m. We have arrived safely after a harrowing experience on I-10 driving through traffic unlike any that we see in Fort Smith, Arkansas! We are heading to the Blogger bash and will report back with all of the juicy details!
4:26 p.m. BTW! Take a look at our blogroll and check out the website of Dr. Mark Green, the American soldier/physician who had the first conversation with Saddam Husein after his capture. We will be interviewing him Saturday morning!
5:00 p.m. We were allowed to go into the Grand Ballroom where Carl Cameron was doing live cut aways for Fox news. We scoped out a great place to get some good pictures of the speakers. Mary Matalin introduced Liz Cheney who spoke eloquently about national security mentioning the dissing of Israel’s Prime Minister by President Obama.
Former congressman J.C. Watts had a great speech. He talked about the time when his girls were young and it was 5:00 a.m. on Christmas morning and he was still putting together a doll house for one of his girls. At that point, he continued, you wonder whether it’s the glue or the instructions that are the most important. He went on to say that really the most important thing at that time of the morning is the picture on the box that shows what the house should look like. Republicans, he said, need to be the ones to paint the picture of what this country is supposed to look like.
A hi-lite of the evening was the last speaker, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who came into the room to the heart pumping sounds of the song, “Eye of the Tiger”. He entered from the back of the room working his way through the crowds and shaking hands. He spoke for about 30 minutes without notes and without a teleprompter. He said, “If you speak from the heart, you don’t need a teleprompter.” The crowd went wild as Newt laid out the two stages of victory in 2010. Stage one is to take back the House of Representatives and the Senate and then de-fund and repeal the healthcare legislation. Stage two is that Republicans need to provide positive solutions and take back the White House. He emphasized the need for starting at the local level and making sure that conservatives are elected to the school boards, as mayors, as state legislators, as judges, and as federal legislators. He also warned of President Obama’s “Secular Socialist Machine.”
Stay tuned for a big announcement tomorrow!