Republicans and conservatives alike are preparing for the start of CPAC, or Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins tomorrow. Both Chris Christie and Jeb Bush are scheduled to make appearances, while neither John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will attend. While Christie and Bush will speak to diffuse rumors about their political temperaments and loyalties, their possible campaigns have attracted big money donors which the conservative 'grassroots' organizations distrust. Washington Republicans and conservatives are not completely in accordance over certain political actions; the attendances of Christie and Bush despite their uncertain standing and absence of Boehner and McConnell will underscore the tensions visible between the conservatives leading CPAC and those Republicans on Capitol Hill. Boehner and McConnell have cited scheduling reasons for their lack of attendance, but is it possible that other reasons have pushed them to not want to attend? On the other hand, however, The Washington Times reasoned that the CPAC stage is better suited for the 2016 Presidential Candidates, and that Boehner and McConnell are better suited to be in Washington D.C.
What do you think about the attendance of certain politicians over others; is The Washington Times correct or are tensions between Republicans and far-right conservatives escalating?
Do you have any predictions about what might be talked about in speeches and how those messages might be received by the public?