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That morning, The Tea gave me access to a small, executive suite so I could get Jim De Mint together for a private meeting with roughly 35 bloggers.
De Mint wanted to promote his new book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse and it was a great opportunity for bloggers to talk face-to-face with him and get a pic.
One of my favorites, probably because I was quoted in it on the air, was this one from NPR (The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it was cut in a way that made it sound like I was behind the whole event instead of the The Tea ) After CPAC proper ended, it was time for the ultimate blogger party: Blogbash (A special thanks goes out to Melissa Clouthier, along with Ali Akbar and Aaron Marks from Vice and Victory for throwing a huge party that featured free booze, great prizes, awards and a surprisingly good band (I say surprisingly good because a lot of conservative music is pretty so-so and a little too on the nose).
Now, before I talk anymore about Blogbash, let me go all Quentin Tarantino on you and tell you what happened on the way to Blogbash.
We probably made up 80% of the crowd at Tortilla Coast that night.
After RINOcon, I took the metro back to my hotel and called it a night.
Even that description doesn’t really convey how hectic things really get.
This year, however, Dialog New Media was bringing me in as part of a team to cover CPAC as it occurred.
She tells it to dial “Mom.” Somehow, the name that comes back from that is Jeff Quinton.Still, I figured it was better to do an early event on Friday than Saturday — and besides, we had an amazing show lined up. My first hint of that should have been when I walked in the room to find a shirtless Steven Crowder changing clothes, noticed that the first trophy we were going to give out was broken, and realized that the cordless mike and audio equipment that the hotel was supposed to provide wasn’t in place.This was a big deal because the show was supposed to open with a live rap performance (more on that in a moment.) So, we started working on getting equipment in the room, but there were a ton of problems that made us start 25 minutes late.In addition, I was running the CPAC Red Carpet Blogger Awards and doing a Social Media Mastery panel for The Tea while I was also booking a private get-together for Jim De Mint to promote his new book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.
I was actually wondering if I was taking on a little too much for the event and um, yeah, the answer to that question turned out to be “yes.” Day 1: Arrival After getting 3 hours sleep, I had to be up at 4 AM in order to make the 8 hour drive into town to make a mandatory 3 PM CPAC staffer meeting.It was standing room only and there was a ton of press.Wayne’s event got a lot of write ups, a few bad, but mostly good. You get up early and stay out late, meet famous conservatives, hang out with friends you only get to see in person 2-3 times a year, meet dozens and dozens of new people, and hit parties and receptions galore.