I confess that I have never paid all that much attention to what happens at CPAC. This year is different. Big things could happen. Intrigue and controversy abound. Sarah Palin accepted the keynote speaker position this year, after refusing to participate in years past. How will Ann Coulter ever repair her damaged credibility among conservatives? Her one-note Romney/Christie song has gotten old, but I look for her to sing it still. Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be there. What does Mitt Romney have to offer a crowd of conservatives, if anything? Can anyone capture the conservative imagination? Will one candidate successfully use the event to distinguish himself? Will conservatives emerge with a badly needed unifying message? Robert McCain, at the American Spectator, calls it The Best CPAC Ever.
I look forward to seeing what happens between now and Saturday. This time, I'm paying close attention.
UPDATE: Live Stream here.