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CPAC Boasts Guns, Germs, and Steele

Conservative conference lays the groundwork for a permanent minority

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    ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele speaks on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept the GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    The future of conservative America is being decided this weekend in Washington D.C. by an assemblage of angry nerds in filthy fur suits, and Michael Steele.

    Attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference can earn a chance to win a free Nintendo Wii from Newt Gingrich. They'll also find ample opportunities to embarrass themselves by talking that new urban hip-hop lingo in front of an audience. Other attractions include Joe the Plumber, wandering around between panel discussions, as well as National Rifle Association Executive VP Wayne LaPierre declaring that "I don't care if it makes their butts pucker from here to the Potomac, the Founding Fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules."

    Online poker proponents such as Greg Raymer, the 2004 winner of the World Series of Poker, showed up at this affair as well, hoping to persuade CPAC attendees that "Morals have no place in good government because they are not an adequate basis to make policy decisions." Ha ha good luck with that, Greg! Provided Raymer is not run out of the conference by howling yokels with pitchforks, he might be able to attend a big poker game on Saturday night hosted by American Conservative Union head David Keene.

    If the first two days of this conference are any indication, its third day will be a fantastic, mind-blowing explosion of hedonist delights and Nintendo Wii awards. And FREEDOM.

    Conservative political activist and Ann Coulter memorabilia collector Sara K. Smith writes for NBC and Wonkette.