CPAC madness

It’s March, so time to break out the brackets. Since CPAC amazed and confused us this weekend, I thought I’d put together brackets to determine the king or queen of the conservatives. I couldn’t decide if the competition should be for the craziest among them or who would be their 2016 nominee or, perhaps, if that was one and the same.  Either way, have fun with the bracket. Or use it as a dartboard…

This morning,  RH Reality Check‘s Adele Stan – a survivor of many a CPAC – joined in to help me debrief this weekend’s festivities.  Read Addie’s and her colleague Emily Crockett’s coverage of CPAC here.

It’s Monday, so Nicole Belle joined in from Crooks & Liars (where she and her colleagues watch those Sunday talking head shows so we don’t have to) for “Fools on the Hill™” and brought us this:

I learned about a new area of study this week: agnotology, which is the study of culturally-induced ignorance.

Obviously, this practice has had many uses in history and I think we can see it being practiced every Sunday.

For example, Peggy Noonan wasn’t even sure if Obamacare was in effect.

Speaking of Obamacare, Jonathan Karl tells Ted Cruz that it’s “bizarre” that he thinks Obama will repeal Obamacare.  Of course that sounds like journalism, but instead, it really was a softball for Ted Cruz to trash it.

David Gregory is really, really upset that Putin isn’t going along with American domination, wondering why he’s not listening to Obama. Could it be that Putin doesn’t think that he should be governed by the US?  Could it be that we don’t have a leg to stand on when we say “don’t invade this sovereign nation”?

And Chris Wallace is really, really upset that President Obama played golf this weekend…when there’s a crisis in another country!

But there is some hope on the horizon.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is fighting against agnotology with his hosting of the rebooted Cosmos series.  And he had some very pointed things to say to science deniers on Reliable Sources.

Also…  NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on Morning Jerk Joe today to push universal pre-K and tell them where they got the Eva Moskowitz story wrong!

Alan Grayson was vindicated.

And daylight savings time robbed us of an hour of weekend sleep. We need to end this insanity!