Gilmore A Non-Starter At CPAC
By Erick Posted in CPAC | Special Events — Comments (3) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Jim Gilmore did what he thought he had to do. He attacked Romney. He attacked Rudy. And he attacked McCain.
Gilmore proclaimed himself the only conservative, but he did not mention Brownback. He threw lots of punches to claim the mantel for himself and in the process barely got any applause from the crowd.
In fact, Jim Gilmore, in his efforts to go all out at CPAC, might have done himself in. He failed to attract a lot of enthusiasm from the student activists and his largest applause lines were about Ronald Reagan -- not himself.
He also tried mightily to remind people that Virginia, under his watch, suffered an attack on 9/11, just like Rudy. The difference, of course, was that Rudy was in the thick of it and Gilmore was not. And judging by his showing the straw poll, Gilmore did not get any traction with his late effort.