As Coalitions Manager for Townhall.com, I have the perfect job for an extrovert like me: attending events and meeting new friends in the conservative movement. For over four years, I have tracked Townhall’s 115 partner organizations, keeping you informed about what they’re up to through our daily What’s New email and other features around the site.
This year in particular has been filled with some of the most amazing conservative events, and for those of you who weren’t able to attend with me, I thought it might be helpful for you to find out what you missed.
Most Important: CPAC
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference, attended by thousands of conservative activists, consistently attracts the biggest names and the most attention. This year’s agenda featured debates, panels, book signings, and dinners featuring guests ranging from Ann Coulter to Sen. Rick Santorum. CPAC is for all conservatives, whether you’re actively involved in politics or just a casual reader of Townhall.com. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. The 2006 CPAC will be held Feb. 9-11 in Washington, D.C.
Most Prestigious: Evening with Milton and Rose Friedman
The honored dinner guests on a June night in New York City were Milton and Rose Friedman, celebrating fifty years since Milton first conceived the idea behind the school choice movement. Milton, now 93 years young, received praise from conservative celebrities both on stage and in the audience. Joining me at my table were Andrew P. Napolitano of FOX News, coalition-building king Grover Norquist, polling guru Kellyanne Conway, JunkScience.com host Steven Milloy, and Milloy’s Free Enterprise Action Fund co-founder – and our table host – Tom Borelli. I felt very humbled to be in the presence of these conservative powerhouses.
Best Gifts and Prizes: Independent Women’s Forum Celebration Dinner