Ron Paul, though technically still a Republican has given up that identity to embrace the chance to be the poster child for the more libertarian streak that has run rampant through CPAC, largely unabated for the last two years. Mitt Romney, the virtual author of Obamacare, and 2008's third place finisher for the GOP nomination, is weighed down by the fact that his universal health care mandate in Massachusetts has largely failed--except for the $50 state subsidized abortions. Gary Johnson was only added to the line-up at the last minute and whose presence also stoked the flame of immoral libertarianism actually advocated for legalized pot and the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual sexual unions.
In other words, this year's CPAC wasn't about advancing conservatism, but rather the radically disrespectful element of the libertine.
In truth it has been the inclusion of the libertarian aspects of the last two years that has thrown the message of conservatism askew in a widely disproportional way.
It is the libertarian in attendance that produced the pornographic free calendar that they passed out to attendees in 2010. It is the libertarian in attendance who openly promote the inclusion of groups like GOProud, largely as an attempt to silence groups who would speak in strong support of traditional moral values. It is the libertarian in attendance who slandered President Bush, by claiming his appreciation for the constitution was best summed up as a "damn piece of paper." It is the libertarian in attendance that proclaimed the war to prevent terrorists from regathering strength and coming after our homeland as "illegal." And it is the libertarian in attendance that eschewed, booed, cajoled, and screamed "war criminal" to Vice President Dick Cheney, a man who served his country with commitment and still this day attempts to help the world understand the threat of the radical Islamic element devising plans to eliminate us and our allies.