McCAIN: Surely, I have held other positions that have not met with widespread agreement from conservatives. I won’t pretend otherwise, nor would you permit me to forget it. On — on the issue of illegal immigration, a position which –But that's not even the best part, and you know I ain't lyin'. Apparently the CPAC organizers had aspirations of being "more civil" than the Democrats by asking their participants not to boo the esteemed speaker:
CROWD: Boo! Boo!
During registration last night at the Omni Shoreham a registrant was asking to upgrade his CPAC package and then proceeded to ask what time GOP front-runner John McCain was going to speak today. “Oh good,” he said to the response — answer: 3 p.m. today — “I hope they boo him out of the room.”Well, chalk that up as one mission failed for CPAC.
“No, no no no no” came the reply from the person registering him. “We’ve been instructed to tell participants not to boo McCain.”
“Are you kidding me?” the shocked CPAC-goer asked.
“Well, we want to seem above Democrats and we don’t want the booing to be the story,” the CPAC person declared. When asked for a response, CPAC's Ian Walters told us: “We would hope that our folks would be polite and give him a fair opportunity to be heard.”