All you need to know about CPAC politics is to see Mitch McConnell in attendance.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave retiring Sen. Tom Coburn a musket to thank him for his service, while training his rhetorical fire on President Barack Obama during Thursday’s session of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
McConnell, who faces a tea party-linked primary challenge and a tough general election in Kentucky this year, struck a populist tone in a 7-minute speech that received a respectful but not raucous reception at the annual gathering. He promised that if he becomes majority leader next year, the U.S. Senate will be a place that the deeply conservative Coburn of Oklahoma “can be proud of again.” (read more)