Guy Benson

AURORA, CO - The mood among more than 1,500 conservatives here at CPAC's Colorado conference is buoyant today, for obvious reasons.  When four of Mitt Romney's sons came onstage earlier today and introduced their father for an unexpected appearance, the standing-room-only crowd went wild.  Conservatives' enthusiasm batteries have been re-charged.  Here's the full (brief) speech:


For a better sense of the energy permeating the hall, watch this condensed clip from our friends at Revealing Politics -- taken from the audience's perspective:

The scheduled keynote speaker was Marco Rubio, who delivered the goods, as usual:

I'm told the Romney campaign raised more than $2.5 million over night, online alone.  And that was early this morning.  Will Romney and the Republican ticket take advantage of this momentum and sustain it?

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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